Beardsley Blog

  • Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES - Before and After

    Since 2013, Beardsley Architects + Engineers has been working with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (WFLBOCES) on the renovations to three existing buildings at their Newark, NY Campus. Through a comprehensive study conducted with WFLBOCES administration and staff, it was determined that the three buildings could be renovated to accommodate 730 people in conference and meeting space. The study also determined the need for a commercial kitchen to serve events held at the conference center while also pr…

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  • Beardsley Attends SUNY/PPAA & NYAPPA Conference at Ithaca College

    Beardsley Architects + Engineers had a strong presence at the 2016 SUNY/PPAA and NYAPPA Summer Conference hosted at Ithaca College on August 2-4, 2016. This annual event brings together facilities leaders, operations and maintenance professionals, architects, engineers and exhibitors from across the state to focus on technological innovations, emerging trends, and solutions for higher education professionals. As part of the event, attendees were treated to an opening keynote by Dr. James B. Maa…

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  • International Energy Conservation Code Changes Coming Soon

    All projects obtaining building permits on or after October 3, 2016 will be required to comply with the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 2016 New York State Supplement to the 2015 IECC, and the 2016 New York City Energy Conservation Code. It is important to note that there are significant changes to the Code, along with new sections, that raise the bar on the minimum requirements buildings need to meet for compliance. Many of the changes are a response to the increasing popula…

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  • Beardsley Hosts Accessible Design Seminar

    Beardsley Architects + Engineers was the site of a seminar on Accessible Design featuring keynote speaker and accessibility expert Dominic Marinelli. The focus of the event was to educate Architects, Code Officials and Health Care Professionals and gain firsthand knowledge of accessibility changes from an expert who is a major contributor to the writing of the codes. “We realized that New York State is in a transitional period following the adoption of the new International codes and with new…

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  • Asbestos Awareness Week

    April 1-7 is National Asbestos Awareness week to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure,” per Senate Resolution 125. But what is asbestos and what should you do if you suspect your building contains this extremely harmful material?…

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  • March Madness

    The key thing when designing any facility is to think of the end user’s needs. In the case of a gymnasium, we as architects and engineers work with the owner to determine what is important to the coach and players. I’ve been in a lot of gyms over the past few years and I’ve seen firsthand what works and what doesn’t.…

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  • The Casualties of Re-Branding

    After 15 years of the same corporate identity/logo, Beardsley Architects + Engineers recently went through a rebranding initiative. Like many firms have experienced, the process takes several months and involves a good deal of external assessment and internal self exploration. After the messaging and positioning statements are developed, most firms begin to develop a logo which helps promote the brand.…

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  • Change of Occupancy

    Change of occupancy and the life safety issues that can be created by it is an area that is not well understood by building owners and to some extent design professionals. There is a Chapter 9 in the Existing Building Code of the State of New York dealing with this topic.…

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  • Fire Ratings in Doors

    ​Ever wonder why the door in a 2 hour partition is 1-1/2 hour rated? The reason is that the code assumes there will be a “lower fuel load” for a door than for a wall. That means that there will not be any flammable furniture or building contents placed immediately in front of a door.…

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  • Fire Ratings on Federal Design-Build Projects

    There has been a recent change to UFC 3-600-01 that could affect Fire Ratings if you are using the latest March 2013 version.…

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