While the U.S. is seeing a definite increase in mixed-use developments, they’re actually not a new concept. In fact, according to Deloitte, mixed-use properties were strategies used about 50 years ago to rejuvenate urban areas. And as population density increases, real estate prices remain high and office occupancy remains low, mixed-use developments offer an attractive option for developers, companies, tenants, and residents. Live, Work, Shop, Play A trend that had been growing in popularity even prior to COVID-19, the pandemic accelerated the planning, design, and construction of mixed-use developments. In fact, in Boston alone, there are at least seven major mixed-use projects under construction right now. These properties empower residents and visitors to have more control in their choices and
Mega-real estate projects have become plentiful in this historic city thanks, in large part, to a growing, diverse economy. The life sciences and technology companies are driving Boston metro’s office market activity. But among these major new and renovation projects? Mixed-use developments include a variety of: Housing Lab and tech spaces Offices Retail spaces Healthcare facilities Educational facilities Industrial buildings Mixed-use projects include the Suffolk Downs Redevelopment,Winthrop Center, Union Square Revitalization Project, and Washington Village. Learn more. Read Original Article
J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Not all those who wander are lost.” But in general, travelers prefer to know where they’re going. Whether an environment’s familiar or not, well designed signage helps ensure that only those who want to wander are free to do so — and everyone else can successfully find their way without getting lost. Wayfinding, or directional, signs serve four main purposes: Pointing people where they need to go. Identifying landmarks (rooms, concourses, wings, and other important features). Informing people about regulations and instructions a space requires them to follow. Defining the space, because transportation hubs are large, open spaces, and wayfinding branding helps define and bring consistency to the property. As with wayfinding signs used in other facilities like
Travel often triggers people’s anxieties, especially when they’re navigating an unfamiliar environment. Signage and wayfinding can help alleviate that anxiety. Not surprisingly, there’s a close connection between transportation hub architecture and environmental graphic design for signs. Poorly designed signs distract and cause confusion. Ideally, the best signage/wayfinding strategies remain unobtrusive— and if you arrive at your destination without remembering the signs that helped you navigate, they did their job effectively and unobtrusively. This article suggests various approaches to the type and use of signage for wayfinding in transportation hubs. Learn more. Read Original Article
With vaccines readily available and the post-COVID landscape evolving, businesses will continue examining and creating policies to ensure the safety of their employees returning to in-person work — and the safety of customers and visitors, too. In many cases, companies have also recognized the value of offering their employees a hybrid approach: working part-time virtually and part-time in person. This strategy makes sense for companies who’ve incorporated virtual meetings as a complement to in-person meetings with clients and visitors. More than a year of remote work is challenging the way we view traditional work models. A Microsoft 2021 report found 73% respondents desiring flexible, hybrid work options after the pandemic ended, and 66% of businesses indicating a plan to redesign physical
U.S. manufacturing activity picked up in May as pent-up demand amid a reopening economy boosted orders, but unfinished work piled up because of shortages of raw materials and labor.
Sign of the Times, a well-known publication specializing in comprehensive sign-industry news, technical information, and in-depth analysis, featured Metro in its July 2021 issue. The article, “Catch the Wave” highlights Metro’s work with faux-neon LED signage and features a sign Metro designed, manufactured, and installed for the Ryder apartment complex in Revere Beach, MA. LED sign design involves several logistical considerations including fit, turning radius, and long runs. Learn more about how Metro created this fun sign to light up the beachside apartment complex. Read the full article at: editions.mydigitalpublication.com Read Original Article
With warmer weather upon us, vaccination rates increasing, and restrictions lifting, people have been venturing out to visit their favorite restaurants in person. The pandemic hit the restaurant industry very hard — and while it’ll take time for the industry to recover from its 2020 losses, owners can take heart based on the results of a recent June survey conducted by Morning Consult: 70% feel safe eating at a restaurant, a 3% increase from the end of May 67% feel safe dining indoors 76% feel safe dining outside 59% indicated they’ll feel comfortable dining out by July Consumer excitement about eating out continues to grow and friends and family who’ve not seen each other in person for months look forward to connecting
Event signage doesn’t have to be utilitarian to be helpful. Here’s five creative ideas to use signs to enhance the attendee experience.
Here at Metro, we’ve developed a reputation for overcoming challenges. In 2020, the pandemic required us to rethink our approach to projects and conduct much of our collaboration in a remote environment. Government buildings closed for weeks, which presented another challenge for obtaining signage permits and staying on deadline with project installations. Clients saw initial project budgets shrink, so our team worked with them to devise alternative signage options—in design, materials, or both. At Metro, we love a good challenge. Challenges make us better because they require us to grow and innovate—and that benefits our clients and our partners, especially when we’re faced with a new “problem” we’ve not encountered before. And let’s face it. It isn’t just us signage