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The Tenant of the Future

Jerry Belfiore on What’s Changing Interior Construction “A great building must begin with the unmeasurable,” the great architect Louis Kahn said. It’s a sentiment that certainly impacts the way we design and create functional spaces today. The workplace environment today bears very little resemblance to corporate headquarters and offices that were built a decade or. . .


Joseph Rigazio to Speak at Bisnow’s Healthcare East Event

Join Talisen CEO, Joseph Rigazio, at Bisnow’s National Healthcare East Conference We are thrilled to announce that Bisnow will be hosting their National Healthcare East series on Tuesday, October 31st at the Convene space (117 W. 46th Street, New York, NY). Talisen’s CEO, Joseph Rigazio, has been selected as an expert panelist for the Healthcare. . .


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. . .


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.. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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. . .


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. . .