Hoffmann Architects welcomes new Business Development Manager

Hoffmann Architects, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, is pleased to announce that a new business development manager has joined the firm’s Manhattan office. Lauren Mulrooney joins Hoffmann Architects as Business Development Manager for the New York City office, covering the greater New York metropolitan area and New Jersey.

A massive redevelopment in Tokyo reunites developer and architect

One of the largest redevelopments in Tokyo’s history is underway.

The project, known as OH-1 (it is located in Tokyo’s Ohtemachi business district), will consist of two high-rise buildings with 360,000 sm (3.88 million sf) of total floor space, and a landscaped public open space. The redevelopment, which covers 20,900 sm, will be adjacent to the Imperial Palace East Gardens.

OH-1’s mixed-use programming includes office space, a luxury hotel, retail, and cultural facilities. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Construction firms pulling back from federal market due to new reporting rules

Construction companies are stepping away from the federal contracting market because they say recently finalized reporting rules have placed too much risk on them.

The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order (EO 13,673) requires contractors to disclose any violations of 14 federal labor and employment laws and comparable state laws for the previous three years when seeking federal contracts worth more than $500,000. Agencies can deny contracts based on the disclosures.

Architecture Billings Index slips, overall outlook remains positive

On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just below the positive mark. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).

Is ‘Growroom’ a glimpse into the future of urban agriculture?

Many new mixed-use developments are beginning to use food as a luring, featured amenity. Farm-to-table restaurants and organic gardens are beginning to replace past amenities such as golf courses, but this has primarily been for more rural, or at least, suburban, developments.

‘Floating’ triangular glass building from Foster + Partners breaks ground in Copenhagen

Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ new headquarters building is being constructed on the urban fringe of Copenhagen in Kastrup. Designed by Foster + Partners, the 39,000 sm glass building consists of six stacked floors and sits above a stone plinth, giving the building the appearance of floating.

DLR Group broadens its practice range and market penetration with addition of Westlake Reed Leskosky

In the latest chapter of the industry’s ongoing consolidation saga, two of the top 50 architecture/engineering firms, DLR Group and Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL), are joining forces, bringing together companies with 1,000 employees in 26 locations worldwide.

This is the second addition to its stable in the last 14 months for Omaha, Neb.-based DLR. In July 2015, it acquired SORG Architects, which works primarily in the Washington D.C. area, and will now operate as DLR Group|Sorg|Westlake Reed Leskosky.

Design for the transition from thinking to creating

Educational institutions and professional organizations are placing more and more emphasis on the role collaboration plays in creating new ideas.  They are looking for ways to nurture critical thinking and curiosity by providing environments for authentic, cross-disciplinary connections.

Airbnb presents legal liability for multi-family owners

When renters sign up to be Airbnb hosts, they open liability issues for building owners.

Airbnb’s popularity has skyrocketed, offering appealing, affordable experiences to travelers and an easy way for renters to make quick cash. The overwhelming majority of Airbnb travelers use properties responsibly. There have been horror stories, however, with condos being held hostage by guests citing squatter’s rights, thefts, allegations of sexual assault and damaged property. 

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