Living for the City

Anne Fontaine, AIA

The appeal of urban life in a modern context continues to grow stronger by the day. Trendy mixed-use developments have highlighted the fact that any area can be “up and coming,” if the right amenities and conveniences are planned into the project. This is driving more developers to think about how to build an entire work-live-play experience.

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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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The School as a Teaching Tool

Sustainable design features and technology support energy goals, reduce environmental impact, and can be used in curriculum to educate young adults to be good stewards of our earth’s resources. Incorporating the concepts of sustainability into the educational curriculum provides students the opportunity to develop a foundational knowledge of green practices.

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Getting Your Data Center Started

Andrew Oldeman, PE, CEM, LEED AP

Hugely technical and often capital-intensive, data centers are some of the largest, most complex commissions in the SMMA portfolio. In this Q&A, Andy Oldeman, the firm's Director of Engineering, talks about the necessary to tools to get these projects off the ground.

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