Design / Build

The real estate industry and sustainable design in the new normal - by Jing Xue

For a number of years now, sustainability has been at the forefront of real estate. However, cost, supply chain, and logistics have always posed challenges for the industry’s attempts to be more environmentally-conscious. Yet with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are reassessing their values and lifestyle choices, and are calling for more green real estate.

Dyer Brown unveils resources for reopening offices safely

New York, NY As employers across the country continue to reopen their offices for in-person work, the question of how to keep team members and visiting clients safe weighs heavily. Dyer Brown has unveiled two unique offerings: An illustrated “re-entry playbook” published online, and a line of customizable, off-the-shelf environmental graphics.

Construction continues on The West, condominium development designed by Concrete

Manhattan, NY CBSK Ironstate, a partnership between CB Developers, SK Development and Ironstate Development, is developing The West, a new construction condominium development rising in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.  The West is located at 547 West 47th St. on 11th Ave., between 47th and 48th Sts., near from Hudson Yards with access to the Hudson River waterfront. A block-long development, it rises 12 stories and features 219 residences, which will include studios to three-bedrooms. 

Product of the Month: Shark Byte Systems launches GarageNet: AI & machine learning transform NYC parking

NEW YORK, NY Shark Byte Systems, Inc., a Manhattan-based software developer, has been leading a wave of technological innovation in the parking industry for over 20 years with its proven cloud-based GarageNet revenue-control solutions that simplify parking facility management, boost productivity, and provide the highest levels of customer service. The company serves real estate developers, owners, and operators, as well as commercial parking operators, hotels, hospitals, and event parking venues. 

Gov. Cuomo unveils Energy Efficiency Training Program

Albany, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the Career Pathway Training Partnerships program in high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and electric heat pump technologies to prepare New Yorkers for the growing number of job opportunities in the clean energy industry. The partnerships will target training over 1,000 workers and prioritize the state’s most underserved populations, including low-income New Yorkers and those residing in environmental justice communities, helping support the state’s economic recovery.

BrainBox AI launches AI app with autonomous real-time cloud connection to Niagara Framework

Montreal, CA BrainBox AI, a leader and pioneer in autonomous building technology, has launched its driver for the Niagara Framework, one of the first artificial intelligence (AI) applications to utilize an autonomous real-time cloud connection to the platform. The Niagara Framework is the leading open platform for the building automation market, with over 920,000 installations across the globe. BrainBox AI’s driver supports both the AX and N4 versions of the Niagara Framework.

CetraRuddy wins preservation award for Fotografiska NY project

Manhattan, NY CetraRuddy is winning praise for its work on cultural and educational works globally, even as the firm maintains its stature for multifamily residential buildings and hospitality projects. CetraRuddy’s project, the museum Fotografiska New York, has won a 30th annual Lucy Moses Preservation Award, which was announced last week by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Landlords in New York City should be on alert when it comes to lead-based paint - by Ken Apen

A federal probe has led mayor Bill De Blasio to sign five bills in February that deal with New York City’s persistent lead-based paint problem, with four of them targeting landlords. While many NYC landlords are complying with the cities lead paint laws according to a recent NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) audit, many are not, placing too many children at risk. 

Refreshing the existing multifamily experience - by Neeraj Chander and Steve Lang

Living in a high-rise, condominium or co-op certainly has its perks. You get the convenient location, the dramatic views, attentive concierge services and a range of amenities. Fast forward a few years and what was once the new kid on the block is now part of a streetscape that is within walking distance of up-and-coming competition. The ability to attract new tenants, retain the existing, and maximize the long-term value of the asset will ensure longevity in an ever-competitive market.

Crystal Window & Door Systems completes fenestration for Univ. of Michigan student housing

Queens, NY Crystal Window & Door Systems has added another new university property to its portfolio of higher education window projects. The newly constructed Vic Village North high-rise building in Ann Arbor, MI, offers apartments for students close to University of Michigan’s Central Campus.  Crystal supplied 536 energy efficient Series 5100 Aluminum Fixed Picture Windows for Vic Village North. This heavy-commercial window features a 3-¼” jamb depth and narrow sightlines.