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5 Types of Buildings NYC Needs

Major Progress Spawns New Problems: Solutions for NYC’s Built Environment New York City, a thriving metropolis where social, political and technological breakthroughs happen daily. As the city’s focus shifts constantly for the sake of progress, there will be topics that are neglected, even ignored, and the consequences catastrophic. Issues not unlike the energy crisis, poverty, global. . .


Office Design for Success

These 3 Trends Will Revolutionize Your Office Design Let’s say that the average American spends 40 hours at work and about 7 hours a night sleeping; that means that 34% of waking hours are spent at work. With that in mind, office design and work space becomes very important. These 3 trends have been shown. . .


How to Dig In: A Project Management Method That Works

The very first project management job I ever had was likely the same one you had: the childhood chore of keeping the bedroom clean. When I was younger, I’d often rearrange my bedroom, trying to find the most aesthetically pleasing and efficient method for keeping myself orderly. The habit of taking things apart and putting. . .


Team Talisen Honored by NYS Senate

WATCH THE VIDEO: John Rigazio & Team Talisen Honored by The NYS Senate State Senator Todd Kaminsky presented a proclamation on the Senate floor to John Rigazio of Team Talisen recognizing him for his unique contribution to Autism awareness. As part of Team Talisen’s fundraising efforts, John participated in the 2016 Bike to the Beach,. . .


Talisen Gives Back: The Bowery Mission & Guardians of Rescue

Giving Back to the community is part of building the best possible tomorrow. At the end of 2016 the Talisen team had the chance to volunteer their time with The Bowery Mission and Guardians of Shelter. Dedicated to building New York’s Best Possible Tomorrow, Today we were thrilled to be able to give back to. . .


Bob Dylan and the Power of Reinvention

New years is in the rear view, and your “resolution” may be too–but it’s never to late to reinvent! As a construction company we help to empower organizations focused on creativity, wellness, and community improvement by building beautifully functional spaces along with our colleagues in the architecture, engineering and real estate professions.  With that in. . .


Get to Know Talisen: Field Superintendent

At Talisen, our people are our core. Day in, and day out, every member of the Talisen team gives their all to make sure that we’re building the safest and highest quality projects in New York. Our field superintendent’s do this hands-on every day at the job site. Assisting with drawings, coordinating subcontractors, and planning the next. . .


Mentor Materials: Talisen Shadow-Day!

Just a few weeks back Talisen was thrilled to host our first-ever Shadow Day! Part of Professional Women in Construction’s Mentor program. Kristy Tougas, an intern and current Architecture Major at Columbia University joined us for the day to gain some first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to work in the Construction Management/General Contracting Industry.. . .


Talisen’s Safety Committee Survey: Download Now

Know The Facts, Be Prepared NYC Buildings  found that there was a 48% increase in the number of accidents between 2014 and 2015. One simple, scientific, and proven way to fix this? A Safety Committee focused on clear communication, teamwork, and collaborative thinking towards improving the safety standard. But what can those involved with the. . .


Bike to the Beach NY: Team Talisen completes 100 Mile Cycle for Autism

BIKE TO THE BEACH NY: 100 MILES FROM NYC TO WESTHAMPTON Bike to the Beach NY: We did it! We are happy to inform you that all 25 Team Talisen riders crossed the finish line. Even better, our team raised over $40,000 in the process! What a great experience, from all the riders helping each other out. . .


The Beginner’s Guide to Succeeding in the Construction Industry

Proven Methods for Succeeding in the Construction Industry Succeeding in the construction industry can be quite a challenge. Often times it requires extensive hours, extreme dedication, and a high level of knowledge. As such, Hays  has put together a report to help those hungry for success along their journey. We are excited to announce Joseph Rigazio’s. . .


Light It Up Blue: Talisen Raises Awareness for Autism

Light It Up Blue is a Great Way to Raise Awareness for Autism 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism every year. Autism is a spectrum disorder that typically causes difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors to varying degrees.  Despite incredible breakthroughs recently, we still don’t know much about autism. . .


A Different Kind of Scaffolding

SCAFFOLDING: COMPLETING TASKS IN SMALL STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH A BIG GOAL. The design for the Bike to the Beach 2016 jersey is in and it looks great! We’d like to thank the folks at Bike to the Beach for including Talisen in the design. In today’s world where time is always a factor, schedules are looming, and deadlines are. . .


A Presidential Guide to Architecture

Architecture and Organization It’s 8 AM, you have a busy day ahead of you with a lot to accomplish. When you get to your work area you look down to notice that your hands are rapidly organizing everything around you into neat little piles. When you are finished, some of that nervous energy has faded. . .


Making The New Year Count: Streamlining Your Goals

Ah. 2016, we made it! As we move into another new year it’s a great practice to sit back and assess how last year went. What did/didn’t go our way, why/why not, and what can be done to improve in the new year. This year, Talisen accomplished many wonderful things with many wonderful people in. . .


Thank You: An Excellent End to 2015

  While we continue to digest all of that food, Talisen would like to consider all of the wonderful projects we were able to participate in during the course of this year and say thank you. We’re reminded of all the amazing people we get to work with, and the opportunities that we have to. . .


This Holiday Season: Plan on Planning

  November already! Thanksgiving…good food, family, friends…oh yeah, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! Looking forward to these exciting events, we often forget about all of the preparation and management work that needs to be done for them become the extravaganzas they are. Another name for these prep items? Logistics. It’s the secret weapon behind every. . .


Five Things We Learned About Urban Climate Adaptation

Last week, Talisen attended the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Urban Climate Adaptation event. With the growing public acknowledgement of rapid ice melt, rising sea levels, and the host of problems that face urban environments across the globe, the AIA’s event focused on fostering a conversation on what is being done currently and the future. . .


Social Spaces: Brewpubs for the 21st Century

Despite being in the food and beverage category, brewpubs follow a much more relaxed design approach than their restaurant counterparts. In most restaurants, the space is designed to make sure that the patron and staff areas, especially the kitchen, do not intersect. In the brewery, that’s a plus! Many breweries want to highlight the production. . .


Designing One Another: Three Eras of Fashion and Architecture

Did you ever gaze out of the window at your office wondering what was going on outside?…I mean…having an incredible moment of inspiration. Well, so has everyone else since before the United States was established. Starting largely with London’s famed East India Company; offices have gone hand in hand with daily work life. Many people. . .


The Social Workspace: How Outdoor Offices Benefit New York City

Why do companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook consistently get rated as some of the best places to work? Is it the highly competitive salaries or great benefits? Actually, most research indicates that these firm’s advanced social environments are responsible for their high employee satisfaction rankings. When you consider this, it does not come as. . .


Charter Schools: Metamorphosing New York City’s Buildings

Like it or not, charter schools are taking up more and more space in New York City, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon. With almost two hundred charters populating the five boroughs since 1999, these schools that pride themselves on creativity have been forced to get inventive with their facilities.. . .


Hunger For Green Spaces Transforming NYC Commercial Spaces

“Driving into the city, you can’t help but notice the rooftop gardens. They’re everywhere,” says Thomas Lewis, an urban garden designer and owner of Floral Studio. “They’re everywhere. “ Add to that a steadily increasing number of interior green spaces – Lewis cites the Bank of America lobby on 42nd Street as a great example. . .


8 Eye-Opening Facts About NY’s Scaffold Law You Need To Know

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government has done a fantastic study to look at the true impact of Labor Law 240 – more familiarly known as the Scaffold Law. You can read the study here, but just in case you don’t have time to go through all 89 pages right now, we’ve pulled out. . .


Talisen Construction is Hiring

Talisen is Hiring Construction Project Manager / Estimator About the Job NYC based General Contracting & Construction Management firm seeking experienced Project Manager for corporate and retail interior renovations. Job Responsibilities include: Estimating – Quantitative Take-offs – Bid Proposals Project Management & Scheduling Procurement Project Close-Outs Job Qualifications include: Excellent communication skills – written &. . .


TPG Architecture News Piece Spotlights Talisen Projects for Municipal Credit Union

TPG Architecture, a NYC based firm focusing on Corporate Interiors and Retail design, recently highlighted news about two projects they carried out together with Talisen Construction for Municipal Credit Union. The piece details Municipal Credit Union´s Ribbon-Cutting Event in Harlem and announces the groundbreaking of the MCU branch in Queens. Talisen NYC Construction Principal Robert. . .


Talisen LinkedIn Webinar Takeaways

LinkedIn is continually in the news these days.  Forbes recently revealed LinkedIn to be the most popular and trusted social networking site for executives and LinkedIn’s own Editor just stated in the New York Times that “My personal goal is that within the next six months, no one in the business world starts their day. . .


Soft Costs: A Hard Hit to Your Bottom Line

Talisen has had the opportunity to work so many talented architects over the years. John C. Sweeney is one such architect, with whom we renovated a major portion of the interior of Genpact International’s US Corporate Headquarters. Recently, Mr. Sweeney has written a detailed 12 page guide to understanding and analyzing soft costs titled “Soft. . .


Talisen Construction Corporation Receives Grand Award

Talisen is incredibly honored to have been presented with the 2012 Gold Nugget Award for the Best Interior Renovations. This award was granted to us for our work, alongside DES Architects + Engineers, on the Accel Partners renovations. Our efficient, innovative approach led to a space praised by the judges for its bright open feel with. . .


NYC Construction Management Spotlight: Going Green on a Budget

The PlaNYC Law & Value Engineering In September, NYC celebrated Climate Week. This is a time to celebrate the achievements the city has made in reducing greenhouse gases. The recently enacted PLaNYC law was designed to facilitate a significant reduction in greenhouse gases. The goal is to achieve a 30 percent reduction by 2017. If. . .


Understanding the Role of Value Engineering in Project Profitability

There are many challenges inherent in NYC construction management. The greatest city in the world has developed an unbelievable web of bureaucracy and regulation. Logistical obstacles abound, from sourcing specialty materials to ensuring materials loss prevention. There is continually increasing pressure to build green, sustainable buildings. It can be difficult to get builds completed on. . .


Building Better Retail Banks: Can Value Engineering Deliver For Building & Property Managers

If you are a building or property manager, you know the value of having a retail bank on your ground floor.  Not only are banks high-value, stable tenants, they can serve as an attractive anchor point for higher end retailers, restaurants, and other lucrative tenants. At the same time, we’re seeing unprecedented instability in the. . .


The Nuts and Bolts of Fast Track Build Outs: 5 Keys To Quick Project Success

Fast Track build outs present real challenges for today’s builders. Transforming, remodeling or renovating space on a tight schedule requires skilled, comprehensive supervision. Coordinating resources, manpower and supplies can be a logistical challenge. There’s a common misconception that Fast Track build outs may necessarily require large budgets. However, short time frame projects can actually cost. . .


A Healthy Work Environment

A Healthy Work Environment is Key to Success Corporate Office Interior Construction for a Productive Professional Environment Utilizing corporate interior space wisely creates an environment that fosters concentration, creativity, learning, communication and collaboration – the building blocks of productivity. Architects take this into careful consideration when designing the space initially, but as businesses grow and. . .