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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 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. . .