Author: Jacob Chambal

As a company built around the importance of home design and decor, At Home knew that they wanted their headquarters to be beautiful and functional—and they needed it fast. Structure Tone Southwest helped them realize their vision—a versatile and comfortable workspace to energize and inspire their employees.

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Built in 1914, the Lord & Taylor Building in Manhattan served as the retail giant’s flagship store for over a century and helped shape the city’s identity, including introducing Fifth Avenue as a premier shopping destination. In March 2020, Amazon purchased this landmark, transforming the department store (along with the neighboring Dreicer Building), into a modern, dynamic workplace for more than 2,000 employees. This new tech hub is known as “Hank.”

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As builders, one of our core markets is corporate interiors, which adds up to over 2,500 small projects every year. These “day two” projects, as they’re often called, can range in size from $10,000 to $5M and, from a schedule perspective, anywhere from just a few days to several months. Managing these fast paced projects with multiple stakeholders and many moving parts is one of the industry’s toughest challenges. While our project teams are well versed in the nature of these fast-track projects, we know they can be challenging for our subcontractors and partners to keep up with, let alone our clients and project stakeholders.

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“The best air quality in the world.” “The world’s first National Park City.” “A zero carbon, zero waste city.”

Those are just some of the bold goals London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced in 2018 as part of the city’s plan to make London a world leader in sustainability. As he put it at the time, “My aspiration is to help turn London into a zero carbon city by 2050. And I’m committed to working with national government, local boroughs, London’s businesses, NGOs, our European neighbours, and individual Londoners to achieve this goal.”

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Building green isn’t just a trend—it’s a responsibility. In 2021, several STOBG companies signed on to the Contractor’s Commitment, a pledge created by contractors for contractors, to set sustainability targets and measure their progress—divided into Good, Better, or Best tiers. Over the last two years, those early signatories were able to provide valuable input to make the Commitment even stronger and more impactful.

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It’s Hurricane Season, and we know that the best time to prepare for a storm is before it’s even in the forecast.

Marc Reeves, Ajax Building Company’s Florida-based director of safety and risk management, offers the following tips on keeping the flow of communication going if a storm is on the way.

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