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Older vs. newer buildings: What’s really better—and why?

May 31st, 2019

Many people will tell you that buildings aren’t built the way they used to be. What does that really mean? And what do professionals in the field believe?

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Staying on top of common accessibility fails—to avoid noncompliance …and lawsuits

April 12th, 2019

An old proverb goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." As a building owner or operator, you know that accessibility-related lawsuits are not an everyday problem ...

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When cheap isn't cheap

February 4th, 2019

I broke a Christmas gift on Christmas day. Actually, I broke part of a gift. I broke a plastic bucket filled with automotive cleaning supplies from a well-known, high quality ...

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Why construction costs are on the (exponential) rise

December 13th, 2018

Well before new construction projects break ground, we at Marx|Okubo are often asked to get involved in order to better and more proactively inform owners and lenders. We see ...

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Resilience: Proactive considerations will go a long way

November 15th, 2018

More and more of our clients are asking, “How does my property stack up against others?...What can we do to increase our chances of avoiding new construction problems?...And ...

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Healthy balcony. Happy balcony.

September 17th, 2018

Shortly after midnight on June 16, 2015 in Berkeley, California, three men and three women were killed when the balcony they were standing on collapsed. Seven others were injured and ...

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Top 4 budget fails to avoid

August 22nd, 2018

Ask anyone involved in developing or building a construction project these days, and most likely they will tell you that one of their biggest challenges is staying in budget. In ...

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The lowest hanging fruit

July 30th, 2018

These days many people will tell you that sustainability has spread far enough across the building owner and manager communities that all the “low hanging fruit” is gone. The low ...

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Adaptability prevails. In design. In investments. In life.

May 29th, 2018

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” –Charles Darwin

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Understanding impacts of the Access Code Collaborative (ACC)

April 6th, 2018

Marx|Okubo Senior Associate Soojin Hur has been selected as one of the charter members of the Access Code Collaborative (ACC), a diverse stakeholder group representing building/facility owners, so ...

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Design trends for an aging population

February 16th, 2018

Our population is aging: According to United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the number of people 60 and over made up just 17 percent of the North American ...

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Less is more in parking

January 18th, 2018

One of the hottest issues facing cities is parking. It comes up as a space issue as well a component of the bigger transportation picture. Many project teams have realized ...

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The war of amenities in multifamily housing

October 24th, 2017

In Los Angeles County, there are currently 18,570 multifamily units under construction, 45,898 units planned, and an additional 30,090 units proposed. This may seem like a glut ...

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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 ...

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ADA allows everyone to access some of our greatest natural assets

August 3rd, 2017

Roughly 20% of all Americans have a disability. While many are elderly citizens experiencing the effects of the natural aging process, others have disabilities that they’d prefer to keep ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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