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Diversity and Architecture: Benefits of Employment Equity

Diversity—whether in the population of a country or the employees of a company—makes entities and organizations better. This is very clear in architecture firms, where having a variety of perspectives and inputs on projects invariably leads to better designs.

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How Your Architecture Firm Can Help with Community Engagement

Architecture Firm Building Community Engagement

In many cases, it takes more than an excellent design and quality construction for a new-build or renovation project to succeed. Sometimes success hinges on the owner’s ability to obtain funds or secure support from people who will benefit from or be affected by the project. In those instances, a project may require a community…

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CTGBC Names The Slate School Best in Show

  New Haven, CT – On October 3, Patriquin Architects accepted the Connecticut Green Building Council’s 2019 Atelier Ten Award of Excellence, or “Best in Show,” for the Slate School in New Haven. This award, along with others from the Connecticut Building Congress, CREW CT, and Engineering News Record New England, recognized Slate School as…

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Roìa Renovation: How We Highlighted Beautiful Hidden Features

One of our areas of expertise is the careful handling of historic structure rehabilitation projects. Designing spaces that have modern functionality and accessibility but also retain key features that help tell their story is no easy task. It requires research into the building’s history, exploratory demolition in many cases, and a knack for the best way…

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Exploratory Demolition: What Is It and What Does It Uncover?

When you’re talking about a building renovation and you hear the word “demolition,” you probably picture crews wielding crowbars and jackhammers with reckless abandon. Sometimes, however, the initial stage of a renovation project calls for a lighter touch. Exploratory demolition, or partial demolition, is used when there are elements in an existing building that need…

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How to Leverage an RFP to Gain Insight on an Architecture Firm

Finding the right architecture team can make all the difference in the success of your construction or renovation project. But how do you do that? One of the keys is writing a good request for proposal (RFP). And by “good” we mean one that gets you all the information you need to identify the firm…

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Interesting Summer Slammer Projects of 2019

The term “summer slammer” is often used to refer to design and construction projects that take place at schools while students are away. It’s meant to capture the urgency that comes with trying to complete all work before the school re-opens its doors in the fall.

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Summertime School Projects: Smart Scheduling is Key

Design and construction projects for schools involve unique challenges. One of the biggest is ensuring that work is completed in the summer months when students are away so that construction activities aren’t a distraction. Avoiding construction zones in a building during the school year also helps mitigate safety concerns.

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How Top Trends are Affecting Architecture Today

It’s surprising when I stop and think about the fact that I began working as an architect more than 20 years ago. I’ve seen many changes in my two decades in this profession, including new areas of emphasis like sustainability, and new tools such as 3D printers. Yet it seems that the evolution of architecture…

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