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June 6th, 2017
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are changing all types of industries, including real estate and construction engineering. This advanced technology is making it easier, faster and cheaper to perform real estate photography and due diligence reviews.
May 12th, 2017
For the third year in a row, Marx|Okubo was a site host for the Richmond Leadership Public School “Internship Experience" program.
May 5th, 2017
The U.S. solar market is anticipated to triple within five years as utility-size installations move forward. It’s no wonder. As one of the few capital improvements that can directly lower or offset a property’s operating costs, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems are a powerful investment.
March 10th, 2017
For the past 20 years, San Francisco building owners have had the option to enroll their properties in the city’s pioneering Building Occupancy Resumption Program (BORP). Registered buildings receive private post-earthquake inspection on an accelerated timeline, reducing business interruption costs and facilitating a faster return to operations following a major event.
February 3rd, 2017
Is your real-estate crystal ball looking a little cloudy these days? Trying to predict the future of markets these days is tricky—especially with a new President, a mature stage real estate cycle and global low-growth and -yield environments.
October 27th, 2016
Once upon a time creative office spaces were raw, unfinished, open floorplans in old, sometimes historic, buildings. Startup companies liked the flexible layouts and inexpensive rent. Over the years, the popularity of creative offices has grown and evolved into a design concept all its own—one that comes with special set challenges and misconceptions.
September 23rd, 2016
Green building continues to be the wave of the future. In fact, when the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo hits Los Angeles next month, it's estimated to bring up to 25,000 environmentally focused minds together to discuss everything from the most recent LEED rating systems, one of the leading drivers for sustainability and energy efficiency in the nation, to new offerings such as SITES, WELL, GRESB and BREEAM.
September 8th, 2016
Last year's seismic retrofit ordinance is putting 15,000 older Los Angeles buildings under serious pressure. Owners and operators of Los Angeles structures built before 1978 are left quaking about meeting minimum standards, opting for a retrofit or considering teardowns. Owners of buildings found to be non-conforming will be required to strengthen or demolish their structures within a specified time frame.
August 3rd, 2016
Accessibility regulations can seem like a complicated maelstrom of overlapping and conflicting requirements. The confusion over codes makes easy prey for "drive-by" lawsuits, which often target small businesses that may not have the knowledge of what's required and will therefore opt to settle an individual claim quickly.
May 25th, 2016
Like all design, landscaping is adapting to substantial shifts in sustainability as well as the new way people work in and around the built environment. One of the biggest national trend we are seeing is in native landscaping. This type of landscape design allows for climate-matched planting supported by sustainable amounts of irrigation. As resources become more limited, landscaping styles will continue to reflect this larger environmental issue.
May 18th, 2016
Marx|Okubo provided property condition assessment services on this development to assist our client in determining the proper scope for the renovated structures. This project shows how reusing existing buildings in creative ways can be attractive and sustainable, both from an environmental as well as financial perspective.
April 28th, 2016
In our experience, every building comes with issues. The key to navigating construction challenges successfully is to have the knowledge base necessary to identify those issues, communicate them effectively and efficiently, and champion prudent solutions.
March 10th, 2016
Setting new precedents in green energy, California made significant revisions to energy requirements as part of the state’s 2014 building code. The revisions also proposed an extensive mandate for new commercial buildings to be “zero net energy” by 2030.
February 12th, 2016
Warranty issues on roofing are a common problem in the world of property investment and building construction. Unknowns stem from the fact that there is a wide range of roof manufacturers, all of which have their own warranties for differing systems.