Why Permitting Matters

John Hart, PE, CDT, LEED AP

School projects are challenging for so many reasons. Chief among them: Permitting. In Massachusetts, particularly, good building sites are difficult to come by. Wetlands and other site constraints often restrict development, and many new schools are built on the same sites as the ones they will ultimately replace, resulting in a phased, occupied construction project

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How Low Can You Go?

Elizabeth Galloway, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C

The building industry is moving toward higher energy performance, as codes become increasingly stringent and more owners opt for net-zero solutions. But what is zero energy? And what design considerations need to be taken into account in achieving it?

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Transit-Oriented Developments: Defining Convenience

Brian Lawlor, PE, LEED AP BD+C

In this Q&A, SMMA Principal Brian Lawlor shares his thoughts on where he sees the transit-oriented development trend heading in the future, how it’s impacting the Greater Boston Area, and what obstacles developers have to navigate when designing projects of this nature.

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Architecting Altruism

Michael Kyes, AIA, LEED AP

Volunteering with the Open Architecture Collaborative has allowed Mike Kyes to experience firsthand the profound and deeply personal impact of humanitarian design projects. In this Q&A, he shares some of those experiences and affirms his belief in the power of architecture to positively impact people’s lives.

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