Inspirations and Innovations

Energy Efficient 400 gallon gas fired storage tanks

Energy Efficient 400 gallon gas fired storage tanks

Making schools in New England more energy efficient is a large part of what Harriman does on a daily basis but we don’t always get to show you what goes on behind the scenes in a building. This detailed rendering illustrates a water heater replacement at Dover Middle School in New Hampshire. Two 400 gallon gas fired storage tanks will be replaced with 4 very efficient on demand gas fired waters heaters with only one 200 gallon storage tank.… Read More

Refrigerant Gasses and Climate Change

Refrigerant Gasses and Climate Change

Written By Matt Strong

Ozone damage caused by refrigerant gasses is a big topic in climate change that needs to be addressed. Today’s cooling systems use HCFC such as R410A & R22 and HFC refrigerants but there is a plan … Read More

Innovative Reinforcing Gives Old Structure New ‘Light’

Innovative Reinforcing Gives Old Structure New ‘Light’

After the dream of a new building fell through, Maine Health was faced with finding an existing building to house all of its corporate and administrative operations. Multiple offices, scattered about the city of Portland, Maine needed to be consolidated … Read More

An Inside Perspective on Urban Renewal

An Inside Perspective on Urban Renewal

Emily Keys Innes AICP, LEED AP ND Senior Urban Planner The concept of Urban Renewal has evolved since its origins in the 1950s as a federal program created to compensate for substandard housing conditions. The focus of our work has … Read More

How can we Keep Urbanism Sustainable?

How can we Keep Urbanism Sustainable?

Margarita Iglesia AICP, Senior Urban Planner and Designer

We need to focus on development in areas that are already developed in order to leave underdeveloped areas in their natural, pristine condition. If a LEED certified building has a 30-minute commute, … Read More

The Grass is not Always Greener

The Grass is not Always Greener

Let’s get one thing out of the way; “maintenance-free” landscapes are a myth.  So please stop asking.  Everything requires maintenance to be efficient and cost effective.  Landscapes are no different.   However, when planning your new development or other project you … Read More

Chapter 40B Design Review Handbook for Massachusetts

Chapter 40B Design Review Handbook for Massachusetts

Handbook: Approach to Chapter 40B Design Reviews, Massachusetts from The Cecil Group

 

Making approvals less time consuming and less expensive was paramount to the creation of the Handbook: Approach to Chapter 40B Design Reviews. This handbook creates a shared … Read More

Approach to Complete Neighborhoods

Approach to Complete Neighborhoods

Complete Neighborhoods: Exploring Holistic Community Planning from The Cecil Group

Today, people are expecting more from their neighborhood. The places people choose to live must provide opportunity, connection, walkability, recreation, amenity and a high quality of life. Many planning, development … Read More

Conventional Zoning vs. Form-based Code

Conventional Zoning vs. Form-based Code

Conventional zoning has traditionally focused on the segregation of land-use types, permissible property uses, and the control of development intensity through simple numerical parameters (e.g., FAR, dwellings per acre, height limits, setbacks, parking ratios). Design guidelines may be used to … Read More

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