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Sector Similarities: Corporate & Higher Education

December, 2016

Christopher Miller

Workplace design and Higher education spaces are in the process of a paradigm shift as they retool for the 21st Century.

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After nearly fifteen years of higher education design experience, I came to a firm in Granum that has a strong portfolio in corporate headquarters and workplaces. It quickly became apparent that my passion for higher education had similarities in commercial architecture.

To start, they both are in the process of a paradigm shift as they retool for the 21st Century.

In offices, the future is planning for the change from baby boomer employees to Millennials and Generation Z. It is about being able to recruit good employees who will contribute to the company’s long term success. And it is about planning for the unmapped shift in the global economy resulting from the US Great Recession and Eurozone Economic Crisis.

In higher education, the future is planning for the change from the early 21st Century boom years where Millennials entered higher education in droves. It is about being able to recruit good students while also competing for those students in a tightening market. And it is about reacting to pressures to reduce or stabilize tuitions, to maximize degree return on investment, and to decrease spending on unnecessary projects.

For both, the answer is the same: Flexibility

Corporations continue to shift in large numbers to the open office plan that is heavy on collaboration and opportunities for team building and can easily be reconfigured to changes in department sizes and corporate objectives (https://hbr.org/2014/10/workspaces-that-move-people). They are implementing this office plan by re-visioning existing buildings and where building new, they are emphasizing the need to be flexible for an unknown future (https://hbr.org/2011/09/high-performance-office-space).

Colleges and Universities are developing retention and recruitment programs that emphasize students collaborating with and supporting each other as a means to keep them in school (http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2013/11/duke-weighs-sophomore-slump-phenomenon). They too are breathing new life into existing facilities while emphasizing that all new buildings remain flexible to handle changes in enrollment, new college offerings, and changes in the institutional focus (http://www.bdcnetwork.com/4-more-trends-higher-education-facilities).

Colleges are not corporations nor vice versa. The needs and performance indicators are very different. But when we see how our clients’ goals set within the broader trends within and between sectors, we as architects can be stronger partners in achieving successful projects.

  
 
 
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Construction Update: Confidential Client Headquarters

December, 2016

See our 4-story spiral stair under construction!

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A sculptural stair extends the experience of the gallery vertically in the atrium, connecting all four floors of the building. It’s full height metal guardrail accentuates the stairs form in a continuous gesture and is displaced by a glass guardrail where the bottom run meets the floor, opening views from the elevator lobby. The inner face of the metal railing provides a surprising burst of color and highlights the tactile experience of the stair.

  
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Work Design TALK Wrap-up: Philly and Charlotte Recaps

December, 2016

Kim Hong - Interior Design Director

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Kim Hong selected as a final panelist for Philadelphia to discuss cowork with Work Design Magazine.

See the full article here!

  
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Granum A/I wins 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Award!

December, 2016

Citation of Merit for Interior Architecture!

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Towards a Paperless Architecture Firm

April, 2016

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For obvious reasons, the design profession remains at the tail-end of the trend to remove paper from the workplace. After all, our livelihood depends on professionals in the construction industry correctly reading, interpreting, and following the instructions that we so deliberately compose on large format printed sheets. These huge pieces of (future wrapping) paper are expertly organized and maintained in trailers on job sites where they are meant to be referred to on a nearly minute-by-minute basis. How, then, can we expect ourselves to step away from the printer within our own office?

Since smartphones, cloud computing, and high-speed internet became ubiquitous whole ecosystems have risen to accommodate just this goal to remove the analogue components (pen and paper) and maintain a dynamic, searchable, check-off-able, update-able, and share-able data set that can apply equally to grocery lists or meeting minutes.

Along with developed hardware and software to make this happen, there has been an equal rise from the cheering section who applaud this race towards the paperless as proof of progress. Cultures have formed and flourished with the goal of ever increasing efficiency via digitalization highlighted by such glories as Lifehacker.com. And it is in this camp where I happily pitch my tent believing that, yes, we can greatly reduce or remove the use of paper while also striving towards doing things better and faster at the same time sharing and creating positive feedback cycles that will continually improve each workflow. Do I wake up each morning shouting from the rooftop that if we just click a little more, a little harder, we can go to bed a few minutes earlier? Yes and I need a honeyflavored lozenge to soothe the pain.

Back to the question, then: How can we reach paperless within an architecture firm?

There have been a few technological solutions that have come online in the recent years that have lent themselves quite nicely towards this goal:


Large format tablets that provide:

   Superior resolution

   Support for high-end graphics

   Near instant local computing speed

   Support for detailed stylus input


Cloudbased,collaborative organization platform (OneNote, Evernote, etc) that incorporates:

   Typed notes

   Handwritten notes (via stylus)

   Free-form sketching

   Layered sketching over design underlays

   Smart and user generated Metadata

   Searchability

   Hyperlinks to local and web-based locations

   Seamless sharing and permission sets


While the list can go on, the above encapsulates the core minimum in making a paperless architecture office a reality. And with improvements in augmented and virtual realities, larger format roll-able screens (think portable 30x42 paper-thin flexible screens), 3D printers, 3D pens, cameras, scanners, battery life, and wireless charging; we’ll all soon run out of excuses for still collecting the heaps of wood pulp in our offices.

  
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Paintings: Series 2

April, 2016

Barry Ginder

Barry Ginder's volume of painting work depicts architectural space, capturing fragments or glimpses of urban fabric and its sculptural edges in particular.

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Like his architectural work, there is a focus on material texture, transparency and depth, not only in the subject matter, but also in his technique of developing the painted surface Working on plexiglass, Barry repeatedly sands and rebuilds the paint, resulting in a surface of palimpsest. His technique enables him to capture subtleties, such as urban infrastructures that he has seemingly woven into the surface, and contrast them with surfaces drenched in light or saturated in shade.; Visible traces of the re-working and under-painting also lend the work a shifting temporal quality that situates his body of work between representational and abstract modes of seeing.

Trained as an Architect, Barry holds a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from Temple University with a minor in Painting, as well as an Associates Degree in Architectural Technology from Thaddeus Stevens. Barry has taught architectural design studios at Temple University and has been a visiting critic at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Rhode Island School of Design.

  
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CP Hauth joins Granum A/I

December, 2015

Welcoming the newest member of the Granum team!

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CP brings with him a diverse portfolio with a strong focus on corporate, healthcare, hospitality, and residential projects. With over twelve years of construction and design experience he brings a thoughtful, client focused approach to his work. CP also brings an extensive background in LEED documentation and the design of energy efficient building systems.

CP has lectured extensively on sustainability, particularly on building envelope systems, vegetative roofs, and vertical garden systems. His most recent lectures were presented at Drexel University, as well as on behalf of the AIA and USGBC. In addition, CP spends his free time in his own wood shop, as well as dismantling his 130 year old farm house in rural NJ.

  
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Construction Update: 1900 Market Philadelphia

October, 2015

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Construction Update: FMC Tower Philadelphia

October, 2015

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Visit Granum A/I's flickr page for updated construction photos of FMC Tower!

Granum A/I's flickr page: FMC Tower Philadelphia

  
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Southampton Private Residence receives Building Permit

September, 2015

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The Village of Southampton, NY has issued a building permit for the construction of our 18,000sf oceanfront residence project. Demolition of an existing structure on the property is underway, making room for site preparation and foundation work. We were pleased to hear comments made during the final Architectural Review Board hearing when Board members referred to the home’s design as “elegant and appropriate with beautiful materials” and “a great fit with its context”.

  
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Kendra Linton joins the Granum a/I team

July, 2015

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Kendra Linton joins the Granum A/I team as an interior design intern. She is currently working towards her Masters of Interior Architecture and Design at Drexel University (2016) and brings with her experience in architectural salvage and residential design. Her design aesthetic is informed by patterning and often includes a systematic approach to space planning and configuration. Her strengths include collaboration, patterning and graphic design.

  
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Ximena Valle joins Granum A/I

June, 2015

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce a new member to our team, Ximena Valle.

Ximena Valle, AIA is an NCARB certified architect with a diverse portfolio of work across various market sectors. With over ten years of professional experience, Ximena’s work includes new construction and renovation of higher education, corporate, commercial and research facilities. Working collaboratively with clients, Ximena’s passion for designing spaces that are both functional and inspiring have resulted in dynamic buildings that fulfill and express the client’s vision.

Ximena holds a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. She is the recipient of a number of academic fellowships and awards. With deep enthusiasm for the profession and a dedication to its future, Ximena is passionate about her role as an educator. Her appointment as lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and adjunct professor at Temple University’s School of Architecture is emblematic of her commitment.

  
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Soo Oh joins Granum A/I

June, 2015

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce Soo Oh as a new team member.

Soo is passionate about sustainable design and has been involved in a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, institutional and aviation. Soo received her Masters in Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois with a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering at Hanyang Univeristy in Seoul, Korea.

With almost 10 years of experience, Soo continues to utilize her skills in BIM modeling and conceptual design to investigate complex project objections. As a designer, Soo enjoys working with colleagues in a collaborative environment making valuable contributions to each project. Soo is an integral member of the design team and is always cognizant of her clients’ needs.

  
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HSG Selects Granum A/I to design new office

February, 2015

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Health Strategies Group, the leader in market access intelligence and research for pharmaceutical and biotech professionals, has announced a move to new office space. The organization, currently housed across three floors in Lambertville, NJ will be moving to Yardley, PA. They have selected Granum A/I to provide workplace and interior design services. Consulting partners include AKF Engineers, Drago Illumination, and Metropolitan Acoustics. Structure Tone will provide construction management services.

The new facility comprises approximately 14,000 sf and consolidates space on a single floor. To meet HSG’s goals of providing an open collaborative environment that supports communication across all levels of the organization, the design team has responded with an open plan that incorporates current technology and current workplace strategies to improve efficiency and provide a space where people can perform their best work.

Occupancy is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

  
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Promotions Announced for Brian Brooks, AIA and Jennifer Nye, IIDA

November, 2014

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Granum A/I is proud to announce that two employees were recently promoted.

Brian Brooks, AIA was promoted to Senior Project Architect. Brian joined Granum shortly after its inception and has served in the role of project architect on some of the firm’s most significant opportunities including the North American Headquarters for Novo Nordisk, the 200 Radnor Chester Road Retail Building and a 100,000 sf office relocation for a confidential pharmaceutical client. Brian is currently leading documentation for another confidential corporate interior project totaling approximately 280,000 sf. Brian’s background covers building core/shell design and interior architecture in both design and technical roles. His work is frequently acknowledged by clients as critical to their project’s success particularly during the construction phase. Brian also supports the firm’s operations through his refinement of Granum’s documentation standards and our QAQC program.

Jennifer Nye, IIDA also joined the firm in its formative stages and has been promoted to the position of Director of Workplace Strategies & Planning. Jennifer provides leadership of the firm’s programming and workplace planning process for all of the firm’s projects drawing upon her significant experience in this subject matter. She is also a highly experienced and talented designer and will personally lead interior design for our most important assignments. Similar to Brian Brooks, Jennifer’s recent project credits include the North American Headquarters for Novo Nordisk, a 100,000 sf office relocation for a confidential pharmaceutical client and she is currently leading design of a confidential 280,000 sf corporate interiors project. Jennifer is a highly valued contributor to our firm, pushing for excellence in all that we do.

  
 
 
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Final Tenant Moves into 200 Radnor Chester Rd Retail Building

November, 2014

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The final tenant has moved into the Brandywine Realty Trust’s new retail building at 200 Radnor Chester Rd, Radnor, PA. The building is 100% leased and proving extremely popular with local residents and adjacent office tenants. Granum A/I’s contemporary design for the building features a flexible floor plan, a terra cotta shingle rain screen exterior wall system and innovative signage treatment.

  
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Katie McBride Joins Granum A/I

November, 2014

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Katie McBride has joined the firm as an Intern. Katie is currently a student enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s graduate architecture program. Katie also has an undergraduate degree in art history and has completed programs in interior design. Prior to joining Granum, Katie worked for the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and has volunteer experience serving the Community Design Collaborative, both in Philadelphia. Katie possesses very strong organization and computer graphic skills.

  
 
 
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Rob Hibbard Joins Granum A/I

October, 2014

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that Rob Hibbard, AIA has relocated from Washington, DC to join the firm. Entering the firm as a Senior Project Designer, Rob has over 20 years of experience in corporate, government and residential projects. Working on behalf of a former employer Rob recently led some of the most complex aspects of a newly constructed 2.1M SF headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Fairfax County, VA. He has also designed significant projects for the Smithsonian Institution in Panama City and the new National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD.

Rob’s considerable skills are equally balanced between his design and technical abilities. Our firm welcomes Rob’s passion for architecture and his collaborative, team-based work style. We look forward to his contributions and project leadership.

  
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Chris Miller, AIA Joins Granum A/I

August, 2014

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Chris Miller joins the firm as a Project Manager with nearly 20 years of architectural experience. Since 2001 he has focused on higher education with leadership responsibility for a range of project types and scales including renovations of lab spaces, creation of tiered classrooms, and changes of use and occupancy type for entire floors to large scale new construction projects for student centers, medical education buildings and residence halls.

Chris has been published and quoted in a number of journals including Construction Today, PCI’s Ascent Magazine, and College Planning and Management. His presentation on consensus building in the design process was made to the SUNY Physical Plant Administrators conference in 2014.

Chris leads teams by stressing the need for constant communication, effective information and decision tracking, and most importantly aligning the team’s effort to the client’s vision. As a project manager, he believes in a hands-on approach to his projects that keeps him not only a part of project decisions but also integral to the documentation within the computer models.

Chris will manage some of the firm’s most significant project opportunities. We welcome his contributions to the firm’s growth and leadership.

  
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Paintings: Series 1

April, 2014

Barry Ginder

Barry Ginder's volume of painting work depicts architectural space, capturing fragments or glimpses of urban fabric and its sculptural edges in particular.

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Like his architectural work, there is a focus on material texture, transparency and depth, not only in the subject matter, but also in his technique of developing the painted surface Working on plexiglass, Barry repeatedly sands and rebuilds the paint, resulting in a surface of palimpsest. His technique enables him to capture subtleties, such as urban infrastructures that he has seemingly woven into the surface, and contrast them with surfaces drenched in light or saturated in shade.; Visible traces of the re-working and under-painting also lend the work a shifting temporal quality that situates his body of work between representational and abstract modes of seeing.

Trained as an Architect, Barry holds a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree from Temple University with a minor in Painting, as well as an Associates Degree in Architectural Technology from Thaddeus Stevens. Barry has taught architectural design studios at Temple University and has been a visiting critic at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Rhode Island School of Design.

  
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Drawing is Seeing

April, 2014

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Recently, my passion for travel led me to La Antigua, Guatemala.  I fell in love with its incredible 16th century architecture (it used to be the capital of Central America), breathtaking natural landscapes (check out Lake Atitlan), and gracious people.  It continues to inspire me and I can’t wait to return.  On my first visit, like any tourist, I carried my iPhone everywhere.  I took thousands of pictures, effortlessly and regularly.  I think, I’ll come back to that picture and look at it some more later, but I don’t.

On the next trip, I abandoned the camera-phone and carried a small sketchbook to draw the details that I wanted to better understand and remember.  Each detailed observation began its own thesis.  I wanted to document every different volute, tile and stencil pattern, personalized gate and profile.  It is like collecting important signatures from the past.  

My original photographs were proof that I was there, but sketching the places I visited gave me a first hand experience and a physical connection to the artisan.  Some days I waited for better light and sometimes I returned the following day to draw even more.  Altogether, it forced me to stop and relax.  

The camera encourages me to rush and be rushed in a way that feels disrespectful to a place, its experience and its culture.  I think, It took a long time to get here; I can afford to give it a bit of my own.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know La Antigua through book and pencil, similar to the slower pace and focused attention one gives a new friend.  The elemental lines and forms in 16th century, Roman-inspired architecture of Central America now seem more appropriate to a pencil than the slick, advanced camera-phone.  This ancient architecture would not be quickly labeled as modern, but through sketching, I definitely discovered things that they have in common - simplicity of line and form, bold geometries and pattern, and a gravitas - all working together to give it timelessness.  The locals labeled their architecture Earthquake Baroque, because it’s weighty enough to not fall over.  

The freedom that comes with sketching can feel like a luxury, but it is a basic tool that we as architects and designers share.  At Granum A/I, I’ve experienced impromptu, open-office design charrettes that take advantage of the marker wall in our conference room.  We each grab a color marker and leave our opinions on the wall, outlines of what’s in our mind’s eye.  Sometimes, clients and consultants engage in the sketching process and the haphazard wall becomes as important as formal meeting minutes.  Then we take out our iPhones and take a picture, in case we want to look at it some more later.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I Selected for Renovation and Expansion of St. Joseph’s University Post Hall Vivarium

April, 2014

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Granum A/I has been awarded design for the renovation and expansion of the St. Joseph’s University Post Hall Vivarium which will upgrade the Psychology department’s ability to conduct studies including parental care impacts on the development of offspring brain functions and behaviors.

  
 
 
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Kim Hong from Granum A/I to participate as Juror for Best of Neocon 2014

April, 2014

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The competition honors new products introduced to the U.S. market since the close of NeoCon 2013.
Winners will be announced on the opening day of Neocon. Products will be exhibited at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago during NeoCon 2014, held June 9-11.

  
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Granum A/I Awarded Biovid Headquarters

April, 2014

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce being selected to design a new headquarters for Biovid, a leading pharmaceutical and medical device global marketing research and strategy consulting firm.  The company will relocate operations to a converted mill building in Hamilton, NJ.  Their new office design will feature a free address open plan workplace strategy.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I selected to Design New Manufacturing Facility

April, 2014

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Granum A/I has been selected to design a new 200,000 sf state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in southeastern PA for a confidential client. Design is underway and the project will be ready for occupancy in January 2015.

  
 
 
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Eleven Corporate Dining Projects Completed

March, 2014

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Working on behalf of a confidential national client, Granum A/I has completed design and documentation for twelve corporate dining projects located throughout PA, NJ, NC and AZ.  Eleven renovated facilities are now in operation and the company is seeing dramatic improvements in employee engagement and participation.  Each project site now features expanded menu offerings supported by innovative equipment capabilities and a focus on healthy food choices.  Dining environments are configured and furnished to leverage use throughout the day for both casual and formal meetings.

  
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First Tenant Moves into Granum A/I Designed New Retail Building

March, 2014

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Brandywine Realty Trust’s 200 Radnor Chester Rd Retail Building is now in operation with its first tenant having opened its doors to the public. The building is near-fully leased.  Construction activities for the remaining tenant suites are underway.  Granum A/I’s contemporary design for the building features an innovative terra cotta shingle rain screen exterior wall system and expansive use of glass.

  
 
 
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Today's Facility Manager Names Ted Bielicky, CFM 2014 Facility Executive of the Year.

February, 2014

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TFM’s Facility Executive of the Year Award honors influential individuals changing the way business is performed and the value they bring to their organization. Ted Bielicky was honored as the 2014 Facility Executive of the Year for his leadership in completing Novo Nordisk’s New North American Headquarters. More information on this prestigious recognition is provided on this link.

http://todaysfacilitymanager.com/2014/02/todays-facility-manager-names-ted-bielicky-cfm-2014-facility-executive-year

  
 
 
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McGranaghan Architecture, D.P.C. is Selected to Design Southampton, NY Residence

December, 2013

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McGranaghan Architecture has been selected to design a new 18,000sf contemporary home in Southampton, NY.   Sited on a spectacular 6ac oceanfront property, the new home will feature expansive ocean and bay views.  Early design studies for the residence feature multiple courtyards and a rich material palette consisting of natural stone, wood, weathered metals and exposed concrete.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I’s Christina Dierolf and Jennifer McDonald Complete Knoll Project XPerience

December, 2013

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Knoll Project Xperience is a nationwide mentorship program that recognizes exceptional talent and leadership of young design professionals. Granum A/I is pleased to announce Christina Dierolf and Jennifer McDonald with this recognition for their outstanding achievements in leadership and design.

  
 
 
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Novo Nordisk Headquarters Recognized by ENR NY for Best of Office/Retail/Mixed-use Project

November, 2013

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that their design for Novo Nordisk- New North American Headquarters was honored as the 2013 Best Office Building/New York Region by Engineering News Record.  Granum A/I’s project responsibilities included complete design for both the building’s core and shell and interior fit-out.  Misreported in the award description, HOK served as architect-of-record for the core and shell documentation.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I Principals Form New Residential Design Firm

November, 2013

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Granum A/I Principals Patrick McGranaghan and Mark Duckett have created a new residential design firm called McGranaghan Architecture, D.P.C.  The new firm will concentrate on the design of luxury residential architecture and interior design.  Initially registered to practice in the state of New York, the firm will expand with additional state registrations according to client needs.  Website design for the new company is under development.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I Awarded St. Joseph’s University Science Center Lab Renovation

November, 2013

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St. Joseph’s University Science Center has hired Granum A/I for a lab renovation.  The new flexible lab will utilize mobile benches with plug-and-play functionality connecting to above-ceiling services.   This capability will support a modern classroom that is adaptable to innovative and evolving educational trends. Construction begins in May 2014.

  
 
 
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Barry Ginder Joins Granum A/I

November, 2013

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that Barry Ginder has joined the firm.  An exceptionally strong designer, Barry has over twenty years of experience in a wide range of building types including custom residential, corporate and healthcare.  The firm will benefit from Barry’s creativity and his disciplined and collaborative work style.  Barry is also an accomplished painter.  Representative samples of his work can be found on Granum A/I’s website under Interests.

  
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Matthew Peters Joins Granum A/I

November, 2013

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that Matthew Peters, RA, LEED AP has joined the firm as a project architect and BIM leader.  Matthew brings over 10 years of experience across multiple building types and scales including projects for science and technology, higher education and corporate markets.  Matthew’s strengths consist of collaboration, communication, and building information modeling.

  
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Kim Hong, IIDA Joins Granum A/I

September, 2013

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that Kim Hong has joined the firm as Interior Design Director.  Prior to joining Granum A/I, Kim served as Design Principal for a leading Philadelphia firm.  Kim’s twenty years of experience are concentrated primarily in corporate design for a wide range of client programs.  Kim’s project leadership and design skills are highly prized by clients who value her creativity, enthusiasm and dedication.  Kim’s past work has garnered numerous interior design awards.  Kim is a frequent contributor to design publications, design juries and professional design associations.

  
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Granum A/I Selected to Design Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Workplace at New Allentown Arena

August, 2013

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Lehigh Valley Health Network System has selected Granum A/I to provide a full interior design services for the move of non-clinical personnel currently represented in three campuses to the new Allentown arena complex under construction in Center City.
The 120,000sf environment will be designed to support and anticipate the evolving work practices within the LVHN system. The administrative work environment will include senior leadership in a 100% open workplace strategy. Designed to be more flexible, supportive and agile, this new work environment will promote collaboration, mobility and flexibility while maintaining confidentiality and privacy.

  
 
 
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Jennifer McDonald Joins Granum A/I

August, 2013

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that Jennifer McDonald, NCIDQ has joined the firm. A project interior designer with over 10 years of professional design experience, Jennifer brings strong conceptualization skills and attention to detail. Her experience includes work in multiple markets with a focus in the corporate workplace sector where two of her recent projects were IIDA award-winners.  Jennifer’s strong team approach and her dedication to creating a great client experience has led to many successful projects.

  
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200 Radnor Chester Road Ground Breaking

May, 2013

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On Thursday 16 May 2013, Brandywine Realty Trust will break ground for construction of a new retail center in Radnor, PA.  The building will be home to restaurants and other retail tenants serving Brandywine’s tenants in adjacent properties and surrounding communities.  Completion is scheduled for 2014. 

For more information:  http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/print-edition/2013/04/26/brandywine-to-build-radnor-retail-space.html

  
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Radnor Corporate Center 2 Completes Construction

May, 2013

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On Monday 06 May Brandywine Realty Trust opened the doors to the new lobby of Radnor Corporate Center 2 in Radnor, PA.  The expanded and updated lobby comprises a new addition creating a gracious two story lobby.  An elegantly curved monumental stair links the entry level to a full-floor tenant’s reception space on the upper floor.  

  
 
 
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Granum Awarded 600 and 619 Alexander Road Repositioning

May, 2013

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Ivy Properties selected Granum A/I to provide design services on their recently acquired properties at 600 and 619 Alexander Road in Princeton, NJ.  Granum’s work comprises analysis and design of the core and shell to reposition the properties.  The firm will also provide tenant planning services.

  
 
 
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Novo Nordisk Celebrates Opening of New Headquarters

May, 2013

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On Friday 19 April Novo Nordisk cut the ribbon on their new headquarters located at 800 Scudders Mill Road in Plainsboro, NJ.  The building is now home to 1,200 of Novo’s staff.  Helping to celebrate the milestone in Novo Nordisk’s US history were Jurek Gruhn, President of Novo Nordisk US; New Jersey Leutenant Governor Kim Guadagno; US Senator Bob Menendez; US Representative Rush Holt; State Senate President Steve Sweeney; Township of Plainsboro Mayor Peter Cantu, and Consul General of Denmark Jarl Frijs-Madsen. 

In his remarks Mr. Gruhn noted, “The redeveloped building was designed to promote innovation, teamwork, and employee wellness. Features include a state-of-the-art cafeteria, a one-mile scenic walking path, and special quiet focus areas where employees can work effectively. The redesigned headquarters showcases Novo Nordisk's dedication to its unique internal culture and commitment to employees' personal growth—values that have earned the company recognition on the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For" and the NJBiz "Best Places to Work in New Jersey" lists in 2013.”

  
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Kim Hong from Granum A/I selected as Juror for Contract’s 2014 Inspirations Award

March, 2013

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celebrate interior architecture that recognizes a commitment to social responsibility by improving the quality of life for those in need through design. The Inspirations Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago during NeoCon 2014. Honored work will be featured in Contract magazine print and digital editions, and on contractdesign.com


http://www.contractdesign.com/contract/competitions-awards/inspirations-awards-973.shtml

  
 
 
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Stephen Freret Joins Granum A/I

January, 2013

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Stephen Rene Freret, AIA, LEED AP recently joined the firm as a project architect.  He brings over fifteen years of experience in a wide range of project types including healthcare, higher education, and cultural institutions.  Prior to joining Granum Mr. Freret served as a project architect for the new the Barnes Foundation museum in Philadelphia, PA.   He brings a particular expertise with complex and sophisticated building enclosures. 

  
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The Importance of Graphics

December, 2012

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Communicating effectively through graphics is a prerequisite skill for working professionals whether they are statisticians or designers. Many make the mistake of incorporating an excess of information-obscuring elements into presentations that distract the audience from the content they are trying to communicate. Effective graphics show the data; tell the truth and communicate with clarity, precision and efficiency. In most scientific and business disciplines, being able to design, construct, and present clear and perceptively accurate graphical displays is key to effective communication.

Edward R. Tufte, who has been labeled "the Di Vinci of Data" has written some of the most influential books on the issues of the unsuccessful uses of presentations. His criticisms mostly focus on the misuses of Microsoft PowerPoint. What ends up being so easy to do in PowerPoint is over-embellishment with unnecessary decorative debris. A successful presentation always places emphasis on the content rather than the presentation method.

Here are some of his criticisms on the downfalls of PowerPoint:

  • It is used to guide and to reassure a presenter, rather than to enlighten the audience;
  • It has unhelpfully simplistic tables and charts which are unclear;
  • The outliner feature in PowerPoint causes ideas to be arranged in an unnecessarily deep hierarchy;
  • Enforcement of the audience's lockstep linear progression through that hierarchy (whereas with handouts, readers could browse and relate items at their leisure);
  • Poor typography and chart layout, from presenters who are poor designers and who use poorly designed templates and default settings;
  • Simplistic thinking, from ideas being squashed into bulleted lists, and stories with beginning, middle, and end being turned into a collection of disparate, loosely disguised points.

Now this shouldn't be any reason for people to stray from PowerPoint. PowerPoint is a great way to present information if the information is presented successfully.

Graphic design also creates the sense of Professionalism. How many times have you judged the quality of a product and/or services solely from the graphic representation of its website? While you may have the best product in the world, if your website is second rate when it comes to graphics, your company can be seen as, simply put, unprofessional. In today's day and age the public's perception of good graphics has certainly been heightened. Graphics and credibility work hand in hand.

  
 
 
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Granum Awarded Design of Otsuka Pharmaceutical America, Inc. Expansion

November, 2012

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical selected Granum A/I to design its headquarters expansion in Princeton, NJ.  The project comprises 75 ksf on two floors at 508 Carnegie Center.  Otsuka’s goal for this project is to transform their office from a traditional open / closed environment into a modern workplace supporting their business goals.  In announcing the selection Otsuka noted that the Granum team listened, demonstrated a mastery of current workplace concepts, and provided innovative ideas for workplace strategies focused on supporting Otsuka now and in the future.  Project completion is scheduled for the second quarter 2013. 

  
 
 
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PlanSmart New Jersey recognizes Novo Nordisk’s New Headquarters for Resource Efficiency

November, 2012

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At their 44th annual dinner and awards program PlanSmart New Jersey awarded Novo Nordisk's New Headquarters building at 800 Scudders Mill Road in Princeton, NJ the 2012 Resource Efficiency Achievement Award. 

Presented to Novo Nordisk “…for having the vision to see the possibilities and think outside the box in choosing to redevelop over greenfield development”, the award committee noted this approach “…will breathe new life into vacant real estate and provide a boost to the communities where these projects are located through sustainable redevelopment and investment in the regional economy.”

The award was accepted on behalf of Novo Nordisk by Jeff Frazier, Corporate Vice President for Human Resources.  The project was developed by a consortium of Ivy Realty, LCOR Incorporated, and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.  Granum served as the exterior design architect for the new enclosure and fit-out architect for Novo’s first phase of 500 ksf.   Occupancy is scheduled for April of 2013. 

  
 
 
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Benching...hello did you hear me?

August, 2012

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What is benching? Is it right for me?

Benching has been widely used throughout Europe for decades. It is becoming more popular in the US because it can support collaboration and mobility while maximizing real estate efficiency. This strategy is well suited for project teams and highly collaborative groups. It also serves as a work setting for mobile workers who need a touchdown location for a short time. A reduced footprint, compared to a typical 8x8 workstation, and ability to adapt to many work styles have made this a front runner in workplace design today.

This type of work setting appeals to many, but often times it's the millennials who find it most comfortable. This is the generation growing up with a team-based learning concept. Their work area reflects that- highly collaborative, team-based, sharing social media mindset, with one major drawback... Noise.

One of the biggest downfalls of benching is acoustics. Distractions and noise are rated a primary reason for the benching concept to fail within organizations. To be successful, the team and each individual needs to be in the right type of work setting for the work they are doing. Proper acoustics within the space must be addressed. Often times, acoustic tiles and sound masking are thought of as the simple solution to open office acoustics, however, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

A major complaint in the low horizon and open concept plans is that collaboration has met its match - it's collaboration vs. ear buds! While the atmosphere swells with busyness, it's becoming more quiet! People are tuning out with ear buds, and noise-canceling headphones are popping up everywhere. As noted in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, "At work, do headphones really help?" (see link below), the author states that when you try and ask a colleague a question," you call their name two, three, four times, and they're not responding. Pretty soon, you are throwing rubber bands across the wall."

From my own experience working in an open office benching environment, I've noticed the same thing. You expect that sharing an open table with your team would enable you to ask questions freely and talk about project issues quickly. Some days I may be the only team member at the table not plugged in, and have to stand up and wave to get someone's attention.

Headphones allow the wearer to become disengaged with their surroundings, but also send a message that they are not approachable and are in heads down mode. Scientists suggest that we become distracted while listening to music with lyrics. Catchy lyrics compete with the work you're attempting. Suggestions have also been made that instrumental music can serve as a sound-blocker and screen out a colleague's loud voice on the phone.

We've decided that our team should try and be plugged in less, and talk more. We will use headphones when we want to signal heads-down time. We want to maintain a highly collaborative setting but understand that employees need to do what makes them most productive.

  
 
 
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From the Bookshelf – Recommended Reading

June, 2012

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In 1961 Jane Jacobs came to national prominence with publication of her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities.  The book was written as the building of the nation’s interstate system was causing profound impacts on cities including New York.  Having done battle with – and defeated - Robert Moses the powerful city planner over a highway that would have demolished Washington Square Park, she became a leading expert on urban planning.  Considering that the book was written before the social, economic, and technological upheavals and changes of the last 50 years it is remarkable how relevant her theories are today not just for urban planning but planning on any scale.  The book has recently been released in a 50th anniversary edition with a new introduction by Jason Epstein.

Death and Life of Great American Cities, 50th Anniversary Edition - Jane Jacobs, 2011 Modern Library Edition.

  
 
 
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BIM Modeling – A New Interface for Design

June, 2012

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The above images are screen captures illustrating our use of Revit in the Novo Nordisk project.

Today, I find myself in the midst of a revolution that has not only influenced the way I work, but has had a positive impact on the architectural profession. In recent years, I have witnessed the latest shift in documentation techniques. Just as hand drawn documents have been phased out by drafting software like Autodesk's AutoCAD®, designers are currently experiencing a shift from drafting software to programs that utilize parametric modeling or BIM (Building Information Modeling). As with any change, the transition from AutoCAD® to BIM requires a learning curve and early adopters of the software did not always perceive a benefit.

In some of the earlier versions of Revit®, another Autodesk product, some users complained that the program was cumbersome and had too many limitations that could adversely affect workflow. However most professionals – including myself – were sold on the overwhelming benefits that could be gained from BIM modeling with the release of new and updated versions of Revit coupled with additional experience using the software. Offering a dynamic and automated way to organize and accurately schedule or depict information makes Autodesk Revit®, Navisworks® and other BIM software essential tools and a welcome addition to most design teams.

Using Revit® and Navisworks® at Granum A/I to design complex spaces or forms like the atrium spaces for Novo Nordisk, makes it easy to develop drawings and anticipate potential conflicts prior to construction. The ability to view models from both a 2 dimensional as well as 3 dimensional perspective, gives the designers and owner the ability to navigate the building - providing confidence that the contractor and architect will consistently achieve the highest level of design and construction possible while avoiding change orders due to conflicts.

  
 
 
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800 Scudders Mill Road Wins 2012 Deal of the Year Award

May, 2012

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The New Jersey chapter of NAIOP recognized 800 Scudders Mill Road as a 2012 Deal of the Year in the creative office category. At a gala celebration on 17 May 2012 Ivy Equities was honored along with their partners in the deal: LCOR Inc.; Intercontinental Real Estate Company; HFF, LP; Newmark Knight Frank; and Cushman & Wakefield.

The real estate team secured a 15-year lease with Novo Nordisk for the 730,000 SF office facility which was the former home of Merrill Lynch. The project created 250 union construction jobs and 500 new permanent jobs. The adaptive re-use strategy includes demolition of the entire skin and interior. The new exterior and interior workplace will provide a state-of-the-art headquarters for Novo Nordisk's North American operations. The project is slated for LEED Silver certification. Granum A/I serves as the exterior design architect and the lead firm for the interior design.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I is proud sponsor of JDRF Promise Ball

May, 2012

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Granum A/I was a proud sponsor of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's 2012 Promise Ball held at Loew's Hotel in Philadelphia on Saturday evening 19 May. Jerzy Gruhn, president of Novo Nordisk North America was recognized for his work alongside Novo Nordisk towards ongoing contributions to the field of diabetes research, prevention and treatment.

Granum A/I has been working with Novo Nordisk over the past year to plan and design their new North American Headquarters located in Princeton, NJ. The project repositions an outdated building that was once home to Merrill Lynch as a state-of-the-art workplace for this world leader

  
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Granum A/I presents "Innovations in Office Design: Key Changes Taking Place"

May, 2012

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Patrick McGranaghan and Jennifer Nye traveled to Cambridge, MD for a meeting with Brandywine Realty Trust at their semi-annual senior leadership retreat. Patrick and Jennifer led a discussion entitled "Innovations in Office Design: Key Changes Taking Place". Their presentation included an overview of current trends in workplace design, including alternative work strategies, incorporation of evolving technologies and design supporting collaboration, attraction and retention for today's multi-generational workforce.

  
 
 
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Patrick McGranaghan provides Google SketchUp training for Villanova University business students

March, 2012

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Patrick McGranaghan delivered a two-day Google SketchUp overview and training for real estate undergraduate students at Villanova University's School of Business. The students will utilize the program to model and present their development ideas in competitions with peer schools.

The Granum A/I team utilizes a wide range of the design industry's latest computer modeling and rendering technologies, including: Revit® Architecture, Rhino®, 3ds Max® and SketchUp Pro. Granum A/I designers often use SketchUp as a versatile modeler early in the design process, to quickly test multiple design options.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I recognized by McGraw Hill as one of the Top 5 Firms

March, 2012

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Granum A/I was recognized as one of the top five design firms in the nation based on the value of office-construction-starts in 2011. The citation was part of an article in the March 2012 edition of Architectural Record documenting a slowly strengthening construction market in all regions of the country.

The article, supported by data provided by McGraw-Hill Dodge Analytics, notes that while construction-starts remain well below the highs of 2007 the trend is in the right direction. Both office employment and office construction-starts are showing improvement

  
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Mark Duckett and Patrick McGranaghan present 800 Scudders Mill Road, Princeton, NJ to Villanova University business degree students

February, 2012

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Mark Duckett, Patrick McGranaghan and their client for the 800 Scudders Mill Road project, Kurt Eichler/LCOR, presented an overview of this large-scale development project, concentrating on the real estate deal, prevailing economic forces and early design evolution of this notable project. Patrick and Mark made several presentations to Villanova University undergraduate and graduate student groups in 2011-2012. One presentation included an office tour of the Granum A/I studio to illustrate current trends in workplace design.

  
 
 
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Granum A/I awarded national contract to redesign food service facilities

December, 2011

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Granum A/I is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a design commission to transform the business dining experience for a confidential industry-leading corporation. The project scope will include a full range of renovations, inclusive of dining areas, serveries and kitchens. Initial project sites include numerous facilities throughout the mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest.