Inspirations and Innovations

Streamlining the Development Process

Streamlining the Development Process

The old adage that “time is money” is particularly true when undertaking the permitting process for new development. Developers who are moving from low-density residential to multifamily or mixed-use may not be familiar with the processes for site plan approval or the granting of a special permit, and may not have the appropriate team in place at the beginning of the project. The lack of a coordinated team may delay the process, subject the developer to additional costs, and threaten the success of the project.

The precise composition of the team will depend on the complexity of the project, and the local process for the type of development under consideration. Complex projects – not necessarily large ones – may include a land use planner, architect, engineer and landscape architect to examine site conditions, a lawyer or land use planner to assess the regulatory environment and permitting process, and a financial expert to help evaluate feasibility. Specialists, including traffic, environmental and … Read More

A Call to Action on Sea Level Rise

A Call to Action on Sea Level Rise

Two recent reports from ULI Boston/New England, “Advancing Resiliency in East Boston” and “Developing Resilience: Living with Water Strategies for Greater Boston,” are furthering the conversation around how sea level rise will impact the Greater Boston area.

The conclusions of … Read More

The Changing Workplace: Choice is the New Trend

The Changing Workplace: Choice is the New Trend

The typical office workplace has been changing for decades, and most rapidly in the last 10 years. Cubical “farms” of the 1980s are disappearing. Workstation panel heights are coming down or vanishing all together. “Free Address Workplace” is the new … Read More

Refrigerant Gasses and Climate Change

Refrigerant Gasses and Climate Change

Written By Matt Strong

Ozone damage caused by refrigerant gasses is a big topic in climate change that needs to be addressed. Today’s cooling systems use HCFC such as R410A & R22 and HFC refrigerants but there is a plan … Read More

Innovation on Campus – Five trends in Higher Education Planning

Innovation on Campus – Five trends in Higher Education Planning

Colleges and universities are undertaking innovative strategies in campus planning that embrace technology in a physically connected social environment. Students and faculty are demanding more digital resources in and out of the classroom, but also want spaces that foster greater … Read More