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Celebrating student artwork—and arts education

September 19th, 2017

With major funding cuts and an increased focus on a STEM curriculum, arts programs across the country continue to suffer. Marx|Okubo wants to do something about that: We are committed to keeping the arts alive.

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ADA allows everyone to access some of our greatest natural assets

August 3rd, 2017

While accessibility functionality may be more apparent in urban settings and facilities, such as office buildings for example, each summer, we are reminded of a place where ADA requirements can provide a critical boost in quality of life: recreational facilities.

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The benefits and challenges of unmanned aerial vehicles

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.

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Marx|Okubo participates in the Richmond Leadership Public School "Internship Experience" program

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.

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Budget or premium: An array of options for tomorrow’s solar systems

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.

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The future of architecture is built for bicycles

April 4th, 2017

There’s no doubt that bike culture is revolutionizing American cities. In fact, between 2000 and 2009, bike use in the top 55 U.S. cities rose by 70 percent. It’s a trend that’s not expected to wane any time soon.

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San Francisco’s innovative BORP: A model for resilience

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.

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If you can't predict, you have to prioritize-thoughtfully: What your real estate investments need now

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.

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Challenges and misconceptions in creative office spaces

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.

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50 shades of green: understanding next-generation sustainability systems

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.

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Building owners feeling aftershock of L.A. quake retrofit

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.

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The value of a CASp review

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.

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Latest landscape trends reflect limited resources and modern lifestyles

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.

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Another Marx|Okubo project in the news - Santa Monica's Pen Factory

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.

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Technology enhancing the way we deliver construction services

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.


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Going net zero: What about the envelope?

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.

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Does your roof warranty have you covered?

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.

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What you need to know now about EBM

January 13th, 2016

The trouble with exterior building maintenance requirements (EBM) is they’re not widely known. Buildings are not typically reviewed for compliance with state and federal safety codes, and enforcement is by complaint only.

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