The Structure Tone Journal
As a leading construction services provider, staff from throughout the Structure Tone organization are frequent contributors to, either as authors or quoted experts, a wide variety of industry publications including our own newsletter.
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In the Press
As a leading construction services provider, staff from throughout the Structure Tone organization are frequent contributors to, either as authors or quoted experts, a wide variety of industry publications.
March 2014 – Engineering News Record (ENR)
Technology Today I: Leveraging Technology for Every Customer's Best Interest
"A myriad of technologies are enhancing construction delivery and creating synergies and efficiencies," says Terence Robbins, vice president of information technology for Structure Tone. "We are taking advantage of all of them and pioneering new directions for some."
February 2014 – The Wall Street Journal
Pews, Stained Glass Spruced Up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
As the renovation of St. Patrick's Cathedral progresses under Structure Tone's management, signs of it's work are becoming more visible. The stained glass windows are being cleaned and re-glazed. Pews that were removed a year ago were restored and then reinstalled, while the next set were removed. In addition, the pew kneelers and containers for the hymnals were also fixed. The project is slated to be completed in December 2015.
February 2014 – New York Post
Good Heavens!! Doing God’s Work in Restoring St. Pat’s
For nearly a year, worshippers and visitors at St. Patrick’s Cathedral have beheld a mighty power above—a moving scaffold of artists and restorer. Modern-day Michelangelos and their assistants are cleaning and painting the plaster at different levels of the iconic building.
January 2014 – Commerce Magazine
Predicting 2014: A Business Forecast for a New Year
For the 2104 forecast Commerce interviewed 29 top executives to get their insights on healthcare and about how other industries will fare in the coming year. “The construction market is looking better as we go into 2014,” says John White, senior regional vice president in charge of New Jersey at Structure Tone, an international construction management firm with an office in Woodbridge. “But most of the work we’re doing is consolidation, putting more people into less space.”
December 2013 – Engineering News Record (ENR) New York
Spirit of Cooperation Aids $177M Cathedral Upgrade
What does it take to do a massive spire-to-sidewalk, inside-to-outside restoration of one of Manhattan’s best-known landmark churches? The crews assigned to the three-year, $177-million upgrade of St. Patrick’s Cathedral has found it comes down to preparation, coordination and an enormous amount of scaffolding.
December 2013 – American Builders Quarterly
John Vazquez is transforming Verizon's real estate portfolio, creating new inspiring work environments, overhauling their existing portfolio and finding new uses for the properties they already have. Structure Tone has worked with John throughout his career. “One thing John does that we appreciate is he brings us into a project early. He’s very direct and has always been forward-looking. Everything we’re doing with Verizon, I’m trying to emulate with our other clients,” notes Tony Carvette, president of Structure Tone, 140 West’s construction management firm.
November 2013 – The Journal News
Mindspark Opens Yonkers HQ
Mindspark Interactive Network moved 160 employees into 40,000sf in the former Otis Elevator building in downtown Yonkers. The newly renovated office was constructed by Pavarini Construction Co. “The new headquarters is the perfect post for what will allow considerably more creative thinking, efficiency and collaboration across teams,” said Joey Levin, CEO of IAC Search & Applications, a division of IAC which includes Mindspark.
November 2013 – Engineering News Record (ENR) New York
Best Projects, Tristate Region Winners: Gut Rehabilitation Brings New Life to Office Building
The 730,000sf renovation of a 1985 building is a standing model for redevelopment of older corporate facilities in New Jersey. The building was stripped to its skeletal frame, and its facade, roof interiors and mechanical systems were replaced with environmentally advanced systems to achieve LEED Silver certification. Structure Tone managed the construction of the renovation, and created a state-of-the-art office for Novo Nordisk.
November 2013 – American School & University
Architectural Portfolio Citation Winners
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development was honored with the Louis I. Kahn Citation in the Architectural Portfolio review by American School & University. The renovation addresses the changing programmatic needs of the University, while providing infrastructure upgrades for three buildings to meet LEED Gold standards.
Winter 2013 – EcoStructure, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects
Forget the Office Park
GSK's new HQ, built by LFD, reduced its office footprint by 75%. While it cut down its physical presence it pushed the envelope in sustainability and environmental responsibility achieving double LEED Platinum certification (core & shell and interiors). GSK also implemented a "SMART Working" program, doing away with assigned seating and desks. Instead people are organized in neighborhoods with shared and collaboration spaces.
November/December 2013 – GreenSource
A Gallery in a Garden, A Garden in a Gallery
At its new LEED Platinum campus in downtown Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation continues its mission of art and education. The Barnes is LEED Platinum certified, the first institution of its kind to be so designated. The museum was designed to exceed the performance of the 2007 version of the energy standard ASHREA 90.1 by 43%. A year after opening data shows that electricity consumption is almost double what was modeled. The extra consumption reflects how popular the facility has become, which is open longer than modeled. The Barnes is a stunning example of the integration of sustainable strategies and exemplary architectural design.
November/December 2013 – Hotel Business Design
Royal Treatment: A $140-Million Renovation Blends a Landmark Manhattan Mansion with a Modern Hotel
Located across the street from the iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Villard Mansion and the contemporary hotel that adjoins it underwent a complete renovation. In total 909 rooms and suites were renovated and Structure Tone provided construction management for this incredible transformation. Structure Tone and a team of designers carefully balanced the classicism of the mansion, while modernizing the guest rooms. Take a look at a multi-million dollar renovation inside the historic Palace Hotel.
November 2013 – The New York Times
Macy’s Splurges on a Makeover on 34th Street
Macy's flagship store on 34th Street in Manhattan is undergoing a $400 million makeover. Structure Tone managed the construction of the street level’s grand hall, studded with gleaming luxury goods showcases, high ceilings and shiny white marble floors. The firm also managed the extension and connection of the mezzanine level that overlooks the stunning grand hall and construction of a curved staircase. “We are very protective of our history, and very proud,” Mr. Terry J. Lundgren said, chief executive, Macy’s. “This store is the global symbol of Macy’s, and we want to make sure that we create something unsurpassed.”
November 2013 – Construction Today
Novo Nordisk Inc. North American Headquarters
The 731,000sf, LEED Silver certified headquarters for Novo Nordisk is a unique undertaking, simultaneously combining complete façade and infrastructure renovation with new interior construction. “Preplanning and logistics management are keys,” Keith Bergen, project manager for Structure Tone says. “For a job of this magnitude and complexity, it’s all about making sure you have the right people, skills and expertise in the right places. It’s a challenge and a reward every day.”
November 2013 – Metal Architecture
Pharmaceutical Company Moves Office Into Site of Old Building
A 1980s building was renovated as the new headquarters of an international pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk. The company sought a Danish aesthetic, emphasizing natural light, clear colors and functional architecture, while meeting LEED standards. The exterior was redefined, utilizing glass as the primary material and metal as an accent for character. Full-height glass and aluminum curtainwalls were used to define the new two-story lobby and adjacent stairwells.
November 2013 – Westfair Communications
App Developer Makes New Home in Yonkers
Pavarini Construction transformed an old factory into a contemporary new headquarters for Mindspark at i.park Hudson on the Yonkers waterfront. Elements of the original architecture were left, including the exposed brick walls, plank ceilings and oversized loft windows, and incorporated into the well-lit sleek design.
October 2013 – The New York Times
A Modern Flood Barrier Aims to Protect Verizon's Landmark Building
As storm waters surged in lower Manhattan during last years superstorm Sandy, Verizon's landmark building and switching center, which services the NYSE and other downtown financial firms, flooded leaving generators and fuel storage tanks submerged in water. Verizon executives quickly took action to prevent the disruption caused by the service outages again. After reviewing reports and exploring weather patterns, Verizon designed a 9ft flood barrier to protect their employees and communications equipment in the event of another storm. Structure Tone served as the construction manager for the project.
October 2013 – New England Real Estate Journal
InterGen’s 35,000sf Corporate Headquarters
As a leading global power generation firm, InterGen has a strong commitment to the environment, as well as the health and well-being of its employees. During the fit-out and relocation of its 100 local New England employees they sought LEED certification for their new facilities. They set high standards, and it was a priority of Structure Tone achieving a 90% waste diversion rate; maintaining a strict IAQ plan; and utilizing low emitting, non-toxic, high recycled content and locally sourced materials.
October 2013 – Interior Design
The Story of Stone: Stone Source Showroom
Stone Source wanted to change the way their clients think about the natural resources they are specifying in their designs. To achieve this change they renovated three showrooms, including the largest in New York City. Structure Tone worked with Gensler to design and construct their vision. Windows were uncovered to allow ample natural light to view the samples, samples were made more tangible through displays and storage and the rough edges and imperfections were highlighted.
October 2013 – Forbes.com
The Splashy Rebirth of a Manhattan Icon: The New York Palace Hotel
One of New York City's most prominent and largest hotels, the New York Palace, recently underwent a $140M renovation. Three top design firms were selected to give the hotel a new look, while paying homage to the history of the building. Structure Tone managed the construction and renovation of 909 rooms and suites, which accomplished the incredible transformation.
October 2013 – Philadelphia Business Journal
Behind the Deal: Should We Pull the Trigger?
Two short months after the developers of 1706 Rittenhouse Square, a luxury condominium tower in Philadelphia, closed on their $145M construction loan the economy collapsed. As the developers should have been celebrating their new project, they were instead debating if it was still viable and if they should continue on with it. After some soul searching they decided to forge ahead, and L.F. Driscoll built a one-of-a-kind property for them. Almost eight years from the initial concept to full occupancy, nothing in Philadelphia compares to the unique property they developed.
October 2013 – College Planning & Management
Columbia University Campbell Sports Center
Located on the northernmost edge of Manhattan, the Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University's outdoor sports program. The facility, which adds approximately 48,000sf of space, houses strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite and student-athlete study rooms.
October 2013 – Building Design + Construction
30th Annual Reconstruction Awards
Marble Collegiate Church, built in 1854 on a dirt road, is now surrounded by a densely populated Manhattan neighborhood. Helpern Architects and Structure Tone (CM) led the Building Team in a multi-phase, project between 2011 and 2013. The congregation's vision—and the conscientious, creative work of the Building Team—have produced a restoration that exemplifies the bold optimism of "America's hometown church." The team and project were one of 15 honored with a Reconstruction Award by BD+C magazine.
September 2013 – Healthcare Design
Architectural and Interior Design Showcase
Focused on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing Hospital campus, the design of Reading Hospital's new 465,000sf 7th Avenue building turns the site and program challenges into opportunities for connectivity, enhanced green space and advanced medical care. Scheduled for completion in 2015, L.F. Driscoll (CM) is working with Ballinger (architect) to define the construction program and build a modern, technologically advanced medical center.
September 2013 – ENR Sourcebook
Frank Renzler, executive vice president at New York City-based Structure Tone, says his firm has seen a spike in private-sector activity and expects that work should continue to ramp up in the coming years. “Every general contractor on the I-95 corridor is hiring right now to meet the increased demand,” he says. “We’re probably going to see 10% growth across the board this year.”
September 2013 – ENR Sourcebook
Top 100 Green Contractors
“Structure Tone supports the USGBC and the battle they are waging to keep pushing our industry, especially around the controversial disclosure of chemical ingredients in building materials and the avoidance of chemicals of concern,” says Jennifer Taranto, Structure Tone’s director of sustainability. She says safer building materials are healthier for employees and tradespeople that come into contact with them.
September 2013 – Houston Construction News
A Platform for Success
"No matter how successful a project is we collectively debrief each and everyone to find event just one thing that we can do better the next time. This has led to extreme efficiencies in budget and schedule and the highest quality project," notes Lane Anderson, STSW mission critical group manager. STSW served as construction manager and delivered two new tilt wall data centers, as well as a campus-wide high voltage electrical distribution upgrade, in less than six months. He says this was the fastest delivery ever for DLR [Digital Realty Trust] in its history.
September 2013 – Fordham Ram
Most Students Label On-Campus Food Favorable, Survey Finds
Over the summer Structure Tone was busy on the Fordham University campus renovating Dagger John's and most other on-campus eateries. Sodexo, Fordham's food service provider, renovated not only the eating environment but the menus as well. They infused healthy options with popular retail chains including Auntie Anne's, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Cosi and Panda Express.
September 2013 – School Construction News
New Housing Complex Completed at Temple University
Construction, led by L.F. Driscoll, on Philadelphia’s Temple University’s new Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall was recently completed after five years of project planning and construction. The original goal of the project was to create new housing and dining spaces for the university. The project team faced several challenges as construction on the project was underway. One of the main challenges was meeting the need to open the facility for the 2013 academic year while also staying under the budget, which they successfully achieved.
August 2013 – Hartford Business Journal
Webster Bows Storrs Center Branch in UConn's Shadow
Waterbury's Webster Bank has opened a branch in Storrs Center, the mixed-use development near UConn. Pavarini Construction oversaw the construction and fit-out of the space. This is Webster Bank's 169th branch office.
August 2013 – American School & University
Honoring Award-Winning and Outstanding Designs
The Culinary Institute of America's new Bocuse Restaurant, constructed by Pavarini Construction was honored as one of this year's Outstanding Designs in Interior Renovations. Inspired by traditional French cuisine, the restaurant is a new student-run campus brasserie with modern flair.
July 2013 – The Irish Times
Google to Open Digital Innovation Centre in Dublin Docklands
A small business incubator developed by Google, called the Foundry (located at Gordon House on Barrow Street, Dublin), is set to open in September. The 360-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, catering and broadcasting facilities, constructed by Structure Tone Dublin, will provide a meeting place for SMEs from the EMEA region to participate in conferences and research events to learn about consumer behavior and digital trends.
July 2013 – Commerce Magazine
Structure Tone Manages New Rutgers Projects
Structure Tone’s Woodbridge, New Jersey office managed construction of a new business school building, dormitory complex and solar/geothermal system (www.structuretone.com/rutgerssolarvideo) for Rutgers University. The Busch Campus also features a new 500-bed residential complex.
July 2013 - Engineering News Record (ENR)
Top Contractors: Private Sector Gains, But Not Enough to Offset Prior Losses
As the economy continues to strengthen, the private sector markets are beginning to drive the region's construction activity. "Both the healthcare and renovations markets remain strong," says Bob Mullen, CEO of Structure Tone (No. 3 Top Contractor). Structure Tone projects include a $177-million contract to restore the exterior facade of St. Patrick's Cathedral as well as a $100-million historic renovation of Macy's flagship store at Herald Square.
Summer 2013 - BizTech Magazine
Open for Business
As Superstorm Sandy approached the eastern seaboard, no one was expecting its effects to be so powerful. Companies with a strong disaster recovery plan were up and running with little to no downtime, and it was business as usual for its clients. Six years ago, Structure Tone brought on Terrence Robbins, vice president and CIO to unify the company's IT operations. "That request ultimately led to centralized IT operations in the New York headquarters and begin standardizing the infrastructure," Robbins says.
June 2013 – New York Real Estate Journal
Green Project of the Month
Novo Nordisk officially opened its US Headquarters after a $215 million redevelopment project to completely renovate and upgrade the office building, which was managed by Structure Tone. The project represented one of New Jersey’s largest commercial real estate transactions and was a paramount example of adaptive re-use. This project incorporated 95% of recycled material from the previous facility and successfully attained LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council.
June 2013 - New York Times
Spires at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cleaned Up, Come Back in View
After nine months the scaffolding around the spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral is being removed. The spires have been cleaned and restored. Work continues on the facade to restore the Cathedral back to it's original state. Still shrouded by scaffolding are the cathedral’s 343 finials. “My baby spires,” Ms. Eileen McCarthy calls them, project manager for Structure Tone construction manager of the renovation. They run along the roofline. One on the nave, for example, is 75 feet high, with a finial cap on the last five feet.
June 2013 - New Jersey Business
Data Centers - What’s Driving New Jersey’s Continued Emergence as a Pre-eminent Data Center Market?
Terence Deneny, Vice President, Mission Critical and John White, Senior Regional Vice President both of Structure Tone discuss the advantages and lure of building data centers in New Jersey. One key advantage is the proximity to New York City. Construction costs are another factor: "It costs significantly less to build a data center on a Greenfield site in New Jersey than inside a high-rise somewhere in New York City," says Terence.
April 2013 - New York Real Estate Journal (NYREJ)
Joseph Chin Featured as Executive of the Month
After 30 years in the construction industry, 20 of them in healthcare in New York City, Joe Chin knows that collaboration is the fulcrum upon which successful project delivery balances. “To best meet the needs of the hospital, or other healthcare client,” notes Chin “requires the architect, the engineer, other consultants, the construction manager, and, of course, the client all working in tandem from the earliest possible stages.”
April 2013 - Engineering News Record (ENR)
Joseph Chin Sees Changes in Healthcare Project Delivery
"Healthcare, like many industries, is under strong fiscal pressure," says Joe Chin senior vice president of healthcare for Structure Tone. Due to these strains, Chin sees several trends with real traction.
April 2013 - CityBizList
Groundbreaking for New Dressbarn HQ
On April 15, 2013, Dressbarn and its team celebrated the groundbreaking for its new 195,000sf HQ in Mahwah, NJ. Structure Tone is construction manager for the retailer's new facility, which is targeting LEED Gold certification. Other members of the consultant team include Jones Lang LaSalle (project manager), Gensler (architect), Bohler Engineering (civil), Syska Hennessy (MEP) and Gilsanz Murray Steficek (structural).
Winter/Spring 2013 – Construction Today
Shaping—and Honoring—Architecture, Construction and Engineering Leaders
The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania recognized industry leaders in the architecture, construction and engineering disciplines. The new double Platinum LEED certified headquarters for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, constructed by L.F. Driscoll, was one of the honorees.
March 2013 – American School and University
Unorthodox School Setting: When a traditional facility is not feasible, schools and universities make the best use of what is available.
St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, NJ, is no stranger to non-traditional learning spaces. When it was
established in 1988, the private school held classes for its 10 students in a modest red brick building
donated by the Trinity & St. Philip’s Episcopal Cathedral. Over the years as enrollment grew, it slowly outgrew the facility. With the help of Structure Tone, as construction manager, they renovated an empty chocolate factory converting it into a state-of-the-art educational facility.
March 2013 - NJ Biz
Structure Tone Consolidates NJ Offices
In an effort to centralize its location in the state, Structure Tone is combining its South Jersey and North Jersey offices into one Woodbridge location. “Being under one roof, there is one message,” said John White, senior vice president. “All of our managers will be together and marching to the same tune.”
March 2013 - National Catholic Register
St. Patrick's Is Open
Cardinal Dolan described the need for restoration in strong terms: "Now, we’re not talking about a nice idea, folks, or some cosmetic facelift. We’re talking about the very survival of our beloved cathedral. This cathedral, simply put, is cracking. The bricks are crumbling and falling; the renowned windows are rattling and splitting; the heat, the air and the plumbing is old; the outside, as you see, is crusted with grit; and the roof is leaking. We don’t really have a choice but to repair."
March 2013 - New York Times
A Sports Complex Shows Its Brains and Brawn
Columbia University, busily expanding into Harlem, has meanwhile opened the Campbell Sports Center, a $30 million athletic building in Inwood, the neighborhood at the northern tip of Manhattan.... At 48,000sf, the five-story project, which also has coaches offices, an auditorium and various meeting rooms, anchors the Baker Athletics Complex, Columbia's satellite campus of sports fields and boathouses.
March 2013 - High Profile
Structure Tone Completes MFS HQ — CBT Architects
Over an aggressive nine-month construction schedule, Structure Tone successfully completed the fit-out of MFS Investment Management's new LEED Silver-certified corporate headquarters.... For seven months the Structure Tone team provided extensive preconstruction services to develop a comprehensive approach to achieve MFS' move-in date. The multi-shift construction schedule accelerated the date by three months.
February 2013 – Forbes.com
Top 10 Hotel Renovations: Lodging That is Better Than Ever
New York City has seen a spate of new hotel openings, mostly of the boutique variety and mostly in peripheral locations, from the Meatpacking District to Brooklyn. That's not the case with the "new" Westin, a large and centrally located property just two blocks from Grand Central Station. Before the renovation it was the tired New York Helmsley Hotel, but Structure Tone has turned it into the Westin New York Grand Central.
February 2013 - Construction Today
Structure Tone Delivers Legacy Project for Pharma Giant Novo Nordisk
The 731,000sf HQ for pharmaceuticals market-leader Novo Nordisk is a crown jewel in the firm’s portfolio. It is a unique undertaking, simultaneously combining complete façade and infrastructure renovation with new interior construction. The $215 million redevelopment and construction program will transform an existing 731,000sf office building into the new headquarters for Novo Nordisk Inc.
February 2013 - Construction Today
Lesson in Working Together: Temple's Newest Residence Hall is Being Built Through Cooperation
A two-year project is transforming the face of Philadelphia’s 128-year-old Temple University. In August 2011, the school embarked on a student residence project that creates a greater presence on the campus’ southern end, which faces the city center. The 1,285-bed facility consists of two 300,000-square-foot residences – a 27-story post-tension concrete structure and an eight-story L-shaped girder slab structure. Adjacent to the tower and mid-rise sits a three-story dining facility. In between all three buildings, there is an elevated landscaped terrace with parking and loading zones below.
January 2013 - Rutgers Business School
As Construction Progresses on Rutgers Business School Building, Livingston Campus Gains Dramatic New Anchor
The $85 million, LEED Silver project is both an eye-catching sign of how this decades-old campus is evolving and an impressive reflection of Rutgers Business School’s growing stature and deepening significance to the broader university community. The project is a key part of the university’s ambitious plan to transform Livingston. This is one of three projects Structure Tone is providing owner representative services for at Rutgers. The other projects include two solar fields on the Livingston Campus and the recently completed new 500-bed dorm on the Busch Campus.
January 2013 - Battery SeaGlass Carousel
Battery Carousel Rises Above Sandy
Battery Park in lower Manhattan took the full force of Superstorm Sandy. But thanks to some fortuitous thinking by the park’s staff, the foundation for the new SeaGlass Carousel, being constructed by Pavarini McGovern, scheduled to open this summer, was unharmed.
December 2012 - NY Post
Workers Remove Doors at St. Patrick's Cathedral for Restoration
Over two nights workers removed the bronze doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral, each weighing almost 9,000lbs, for restoration and cleaning. This is one step in the five-year, multi-phased full interior and exterior renovation managed by Structure Tone.
November 2012 - Environment Design + Construction (EDC)
The relocation of the historic Barnes Foundation puts sustainability and American hardwoods on display at the new Barnes Philadelphia Campus. When the Barnes Foundation and its board of trustees made the decision to relocate to Center City Philadelphia, they knew they wanted a building with a modern architectural design that emphasized the foundation's environmental mission.
November 2012 - Hotel Business News
Sheraton New York Turns 50 and Enters Final Phase of Renovation
In September the Sheraton New York celebrated its 50th Anniversary, at the same time it embarked on the final phase of a multi-phase renovation. Structure Tone is proud to serving as the construction manager for the full hotel renovation totalling almost 1.2M sf. The project included the renovation of guestrooms and suites, public spaces, infrastructure and—the last phase—the hotel's ballrooms and meeting facilities.
November 2012 - Site Selection
Data Centers: Site Selection 101
In today’s data center conversation there is considerable discussion of ideal topology, clean power, cost per MW, network connectivity (latency) and a myriad of ‘flavor of the month’ issues. The dialog is wide ranging because data center facilities are complex, technology changes rapidly and owners/operators have disparate needs. Site selection is also a highlight in discussion of data center drivers today. Strategic siting is integral to determining the total cost of ownership (TCO) and, to a significant degree, life span of a data center.
October 2012 - NJBIZ
Data Centers 2012 - Structure Tone Mission Critical
The computing environment is becoming very dense, with smaller form-factor server farms in small spaces. At the same time, the mission-critical facility owner and/or operator is focusing more and more on the need to maximize power-, water- and carbon-use effectiveness-generally referred to as PUE, WUE and CUE, respectively. Structure Tone is meeting these data center construction needs with dedicated mission-critical traveling teams.
September 2012 - Commerce Magazine
Understanding the Security Requirements for Offsite Data Storage: Identifying Best Practices
Terence Deneny, vice president of Structure Tone Mission Critical, discusses outsourcing data center operations while ensuring access to and security of data. He examines key elements of the terms of service and facility that one should examine and evaluate when selecting a service provider or facility operator.
Summer 2012 - Commerce Magazine
Commerce Magazine's 2012 Best Practices Guide - Honoring New Jersey's Top Thought Leaders
Terence Deneny, vice president of Structure Tone Mission Critical, discusses cutting edge cooling techniques for data centers and the benefits of these methods.
August 2012 - The Wagnerian
The Return of Main Hall
Structure Tone completed the historic renovation and repair of Main Hall, the face of Wagner College, for the beginning of the Fall semester. The project entailed the installation of new windows, re-pointing brick-work, a new roof and the re-fabrication of ornamental works on the building including the tower dome, gargoyles and the bow window of the facade.
July 2012 – Building Design + Construction
Renovation Resurgence Cuts Across Sectors
"The reconstruction market has gotten much busier," notes Karl Anoushian, Senior Vice President and Director of Preconstruction Services at Structure Tone. "The smart landlords, the financially stable ones, have timed the market and are pulling the trigger on deals." The strategy: repositioning—reskinning exteriors to make them pop, sprucing up lobbies and core bathrooms, upgrading the lighting, air-conditioning, and elevators.
July 2012 - ENR New York
Top Contractors Expect More of Same in the Year Ahead
"Unlike many of the bigger industry firms, our mix of work has been in steadily doing projects of a million dollars or less—every day," says Robert Mullen, CEO of Structure Tone. Structure Tone has about 300 projects of this size or smaller.
June 2012 - ENR New England Supplement
Blending History & Cutting-Edge Technology
"It [the New Balance store] was a collaborative effort between the designers, the creative staff, the store staff, the subcontractors that led to the opportunity for us to follow an organic path to creating the store," stated Jennifer Taranto, LEED AP, project manager for Structure Tone. "It was not a linear project that went from A to Z. It morphed over time and had a fantastic outcome."
June 2012 - ENR Mid-Atlantic Supplement
New Hershey Children's Hospital Rises 15ft from Existing Facility
"The proximity of construction activity adjacent to two sides of the functioning medical center presented numerous challenges...," says Dick Aradine, director of design and construction for the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. "The L.F. Driscoll team...successfully completed the required work with minimal disruption to ongoing operations while maintaining the planned construction schedule."
May/June 2012 - The Leader
MasterCard Technology: Workplace Transformation in Ireland
"The project [MasterCard's new global offices in Dublin] has had its challenges, chief amongst them being the coordination of client-related third parties, sometimes on different continents, and ensuring that the client's very specific needs and design intent have been interpreted and accommodated," said John Atkinson, project manager at Structure Tone.
May 21, 2012 - Time Magazine
Raising the Barnes. A serene new home for a contested collection.
Williams and Tsien [architects] have made a new Barnes that contains the old one but frames it in ways that are both subtle and spectacular.
Spring 2012 - Construction Today
Women in Design & Construction
Five women from L.F. Driscoll were featured in the first yearbook of women in design and construction. These women represent the great depth and breadth of involvement women have in the AEC communities. Through their profiles they share their unique perspectives and beliefs in our industry and what is in store for the region over the next few years.
April 2012 - Green Building & Design (gb&d)
Structure Tone gave a 100-year-old Flat Iron District building a modern makeover. Today it's the oldest LEED-CS Gold-certified building in the city and one of the hottest properties in Manhattan.
March 2012 - ENR New York
USGBC Drafting Standards for Data-Center Sector
"This is a sector (data centers) looking for some direction in terms of sustainability," stated Terence Deneny, Structure Tone's vice president of Structure Tone Mission Critical. "I don't think there is a way to reduce the energy required to power a data center, but there is a way to design and operate a facility where you make the most effective use of that energy."
March 2012 - ENR New England Supplement
Structure Tone Delivers Green for its Clients Across the Northeast
The firm has a strong reputation for interior construction, where the major challenge is managing the work flow of a client's staff, not dirt or snow. Fitting our a 170,000sf technology office in 1990s-vintage office buildings and achieving LEED Silver standards is not small feat, but the firm did so for Akamai Technology.
March 2012 - ENR Mid-Atlantic Supplement
An Alum Helps Bring New Residential Complex to Life at Temple University
For Jim Gallagher, building the new $215M residential complex for Temple University is like coming home. Gallagher graduated from the engineering school at Temple and is not the project manager for the complex's construction manager, LF Driscoll, a Philadelphia-based Structure Tone organization company.
March 2012 - Commerce Magazine
Building Data Centers for Today's Business Needs and for the Future
"Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a key driver in mission critical data center planning and construction today. Our customers are asking for energy-efficient, less grid-dependent options including self generating energy solutions," noted Terence Deneny, vice president and Peter McCabe, LEED AP, senior project manager, both with Structure Tone Mission Critical.
March 2012 - Site Selection
Not Every Corporate Real Estate Construction Services Provider is Created Equal
There are key service areas that differentiate highly effective corporate construction service professionals and provide significant value to owners/tenants. Corporate real estate projects are not simply about erecting walls or installing sheet metal. Successful corporate real estate construction firms embrace the responsibility to both uphold the integrity of your hard-earned brand and maximize shareholder and constituency value.
February 2012 - Construction Executive
Data Center Clients Challenge Contractors to Deliver More Power While Using Less Energy
“The overall footprint of white space is getting smaller, but the overall requirements to power the servers and IT
equipment is growing—in some cases, exponentially,” says Terence Deneny, Structure Tone’s vice president of mission critical construction.
February 2012 - High-Profile Blog
Structure Tone CM on Higher Education Resto Project
Structure Tone is currently managing the restoration of 70,000sf in the Tufts University's Administration Building. The two year project is being completed in several phases in an occupied building. Communication with all building occupants throughout the process has been critical to this project.
January 2012 - World Interior Design Network
Expansion and Fit-out for Thomson Reuters on the River Thames in London, UK
Structure Tone served as the main contractor for the Thomson Reuters new offices located on the third level of Vintners’ Place. It now features cellular and open plan spaces, meeting rooms, a project room, as well as informal collaboration areas.
December 2011 - ENR Texas & Louisiana
2011 Best Projects
"A fast-track project, this [Denbury Resources] is a great example of repositioning an older building in to a new headquarters for an oil and gas company consolidating operations," says Dan Busch, Structure Tone Southwest president.
December 2011 - ENR Texas & Louisiana
2011 Best Projects
"Despite challenges, we realized a clean safety record, delivered a LEED building on time and on budget and created a tribute to a renowned American architect," says Joseph Cribbin, Structure Tone Southwest senior vice president about the new Cathedral of Hope Interfaith Peach Chapel in Dallas.
November 2011 - New Jersey Business
Top Contractors Look for Job Growth
"Without job creation, New Jersey's construction market will never fully recover. What is happening in the marketplace today is either a function of consolidation or the need to create more efficient and productive workspaces."
John White, Jr., senior regional vice president, Structure Tone
November 2011 - ENR New York
2011 Best Projects Take Center Stage
Structure Tone earned a Best of 2011 Award for Interior Design/Tenant Improvement for its success in delivering HOK's new 34,000sf LEED Platinum office in New York City. HOK partnered with Structure Tone on the new integrated project delivery (IPD) method, designed and built the project using building information modeling (BIM).
November 2011 - Marble Collegiate Church Update
One Spirit, Many Gifts in Action—Construction Update
“It’s amazing and fascinating to go back in time and you see how people built things... You see people’s names from 1853 that they’ve carved into the timbers.”
Ron Pennella, project manager, Structure Tone
October 2011 - Interior Design
Uncommon Law - Proskauer, reimagined by Gensler, isn't your average New York legal firm
Proskauer's interiors are dressed up, Julia Simet, studio principal at Gensler explains, to rival a luxury hotel. However, Mark Morton Gensler design principal adds, "they have to stand the test of time." Together with Gensler, Structure Tone built Proskauer's new offices, bringing their high-end vision to reality.
October 2011 - Construction News
Construction News, Bringing Them Together
“From start to finish, this was a collaborative effort...working together to develop solutions allowed us to both keep pace with the aggressive schedule and achieve Denbury’s vision.”
Steve Gosling, senior project manager, Structure Tone Southwest
September 2011 - NJBIZ
Data Centers, An Overview of the Industry in New Jersey
"The goal for all data centers will be to develop centers that are built more efficiently and that operate and run more efficiently."
Terence Deneny, vice president, Structure Tone Mission Critical
September 2011 - NJBIZ
NJ Hospital Directory, Infrastructure Projects Aim at Efficiency
"Certified and silver [LEED certification] are the norm [for hospitals]."
Chris Mills, account executive, Structure Tone
August 2011 - ENR Texas & Louisiana
Top Contractors, Recession Realities
“Efforts to maintain a steady backlog of work have been challenging…but we see signs of improvement.”
Dan Busch, president, Structure Tone Southwest
April 2011 - ENR Mid-Atlantic
Alignment: The Structure Tone-L.F. Driscoll Merger
"Structure Tone is focused on being a healthy, sustainable business. One of the ways we pursue that is through diversification."
Robert Mullen, CEO Structure Tone
February 2011 - ENR New York
Six Companies to Watch
"In the New York metropolitan area we are ...projecting growth of around 10% to 15%..."
Robert Mullen, chief executive officer, Structure Tone
February 2011 - ENR New York
"Owners and landlords are...trying to retain or recruit new tenants."
Karl Anoushian, senior vice president, Structure Tone
January 2011 - Commercial Interiors
Space to Meet 21st Century Style - Andaz Hotel
"This was achieved thanks to a very collaborative approach between the
hotel and all members of the team."
Mark Ballantine, project executive, hospitality, Structure Tone UK
January 2011 - Dallas Business Journal
Optimism Wins Clients Over Again
"In today's market you compete for everything."
David Snyder, executive vice president, Structure Tone Southwest