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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 what can ...

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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 of new housing ...

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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 ...

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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 private. ...

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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 directly lower ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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