Is Green the New Red for Fire Stations?

(By Paul Durand, AIA; with contributions from Dana Weeder, AIA LEED AP and Mike Fields) Green fire trucks instead of red ones? No, not that kind of green; the sustainable kind. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has brought sustainability to the mainstream of building design through their Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing in Integrated Project Delivery

(By Paul Durand, AIA) Our firm’s foray into BIM (Building Information Modeling) was largely fueled by the promises of a brave new world of Integrated Project Delivery. It seemed a godsend to the industry, in fact, the Holy Grail. It was a sane path to building success that seemed so smart and yet so obvious. … Continue reading

Biting the BIM Bullet

(by Paul Durand    , AIA) If you haven’t done it by now, you better get to it!  Or fall so far behind you may never be able to catch up.  Bite the BIM bullet.  It’s the future of the building industry and the future is now or just around the corner.  Our firm swallowed the BIM … Continue reading

T-Squares, Rulers, and Pencils (oh my!)

(by: heather the intern)   So here’s something we already know: sometimes it’s not just what you do, but how you do it. Now take that to the architecture world and we understand that it’s not always about the end product, but what the client gets in the process, and what tools you use to make … Continue reading

The Long View Approach

(By: Heather the Intern) Being innovative in this rocky market often means going out and actively looking for clients rather than waiting for clients to find you; and sometimes that means stepping outside your “bubble,” which is exactly what Winter Street is thinking and doing. This past week, I sat in on a meeting with Paul Durand, a … Continue reading

Growing the Creative Economy

Paul Durand Appointed to Creative Economy Council’s ‘For-Profit Working Group’ As part of the Commonwealth’s new effort to support the Creative Economy, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development has appointed local business professionals and organization leaders to the ‘Creative Business’ Working Group of the Creative Economy Council. Paul Durand from Winter Street Architects was nominated … Continue reading

The Future of Green IT – Recap of Uptime Symposium 2009

On Monday April 13th, Winter Street cofounder Mark Meche and Senior Associate Annette Popp Austraw presented with Tony Cataliotti, Datacenter Efficiency Manager for Sun Microsystems on Best Practices for Green Datacenter Design. After a succinct but powerful presentation on the realities of datacenter design/build, what we hear from clients and how to develop an integrated … Continue reading

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