Every so often when developing construction details for a new ground up project, a question tends to arise that sparks debate within the confines of the office.  



Before answering that...



 2016 A.R.E. Design Awards - Las Vegas. Pictured (L to R): Chris Lund: CEO Perennial, Matt Smith: VP Marketing Performance Sports Group, Kimberly Viney: Perennial, Mike Saba: Owner MJ Development, Gary Sadler: Owner Upland Architects, Inc.


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With the drop in temperatures this winter, the risk of freezing pipes goes up.  In fact, I found myself thawing a few of my own frozen pipes this weekend.


I employed a few of the typical thaw methods you'll find on the internet like:

  1. Keeping a faucet (usually...


The Americans with Disabilities Act law was intended to empower private citizens to bring claims against business that are not in compliance.


According to a Wall Street Journal article written in October 2015, disability lawsuits against small business are soarin...


As you know The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in public accommodations,  among others places.


A lawsuit was filed back in 2009 by five wheelchair users and...

Since March 1992 all seating used in public occupancies in California had to meet California Technical Bulletin 133 standards for combustion performance.


Since then CAL 133 or TB 133, (as it's commonly referred to) has been adopted in several states and cities like New...


In our February newsletter, we noted a public meeting held at the United States Access Board (USAB) in Washington DC to consider public comments on the proposed changes to the 2009 edition of ICC A117.1.   On July 14-16, the USAB met again to approve / disapprove some...

The ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilitiesis a nationally recognized standard of technical requirements for making buildings accessible. Published since 1961, it is referenced by many federal documents and States like CT, RI, NC (to name a few)...

If you have a basic understanding of the ADA design standards, then you have a pretty good idea about the minimum requirements to make commercial and retail facilities readily accessible to individuals with disabilities.


But although most accessibility requirements can...

More and more we are being asked to help reduce sound transmission between retail and commercial tenants.


Whether it's trying to dampen the noise between the dance studio and yoga studio or provide privacy between the conference room and open office, understanding the...

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