Monthly Archives: October 2016

Massachusetts Reconsiders Elevator Re-Inspection Approach

In March, the state of Massachusetts adopted a new elevator inspection policy that they are still struggling to fine-tune. After conducting a study, officials decided that they would not re-inspect the elevators which failed their annual safety checkup due to the need for routine repairs, and would instead leave it up to the elevator owners or their maintenance provider to report that repairs had been made. Continue reading Massachusetts Reconsiders Elevator Re-Inspection Approach

Smart Architecture and Smart Infrastructure Poised to Reshape Property Management

Global energy-efficient products provide insight to  U.S. property managers and owners looking to predict the next wave of energy-efficient trends. The European Commission expects that by 2020, 72 percent of the European Union’s citizens will have smart electricity meters, and 40 percent will have smart gas meters. These smart meters track usage at a close hourly basis and relay the info back to the utility company daily. Continue reading Smart Architecture and Smart Infrastructure Poised to Reshape Property Management

Mega-Neighborhood Envisioned for Red Hook, Brooklyn Waterfront

Engineering and construction firm AECOM has begun to share their vision for a revitalization of the Red Hook, Brooklyn waterfront with the community it will impact. AECOM’s vision  is centered around 45,000 new housing units in approximately one dozen high-rise towers built on parcels of land along the waterfront owned by both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the city of New York. Continue reading Mega-Neighborhood Envisioned for Red Hook, Brooklyn Waterfront

Elevators in the Hospitality Industry

With the advent of elevator technology came the demand for their installation in the
hotel industry. When the Metropolitan Hotel was competed in 1852, the New York Tribune chronicled the discrepancy between the speed of the luggage lift, a steam powered freight elevator, and the guests’ slow climb upstairs to the fifth floor. When the elevator at New York’s historic Fifth Avenue Hotel became operational in 1860, it set a new expectation for what amenities would be offered by a modern hotel. Continue reading Elevators in the Hospitality Industry