Monthly Archives: September 2009

Skanska Presented with LEED Platinum Honor

The flagship offices for Skanska USA Building are in the fabled Empire State Building. Built on an accelerated schedule, those offices on the entire 32nd Floor have gained attention and honors because they were designed and built to LEED Platinum quality.

Capelin Communications has supported Skanska’s New York team for two years, much of it recently focused on getting out Skanska’s message that older buildings can be retrofitted to the highest level of sustainability.

Interview with Ann Banning-Wright, Syska Hennessy Group

In this 15th edition of “Sound Advice with Joan Capelin,” Ann Banning-Wright, senior vice president and chief strategy office of the Syska Hennessy Group provides her perspective and advice on the following topics:
-Why to focus on what your clients are doing, not your competitors
-How to make engineers – and anyone else – better consultants
-Ways people and a firm shift gears
-How to use market research for your advantage
-The importance of helping one another out during a recession.

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Ann Banning-Wright Explains How to Steer Design Firms Through the Downturn

Joan Capelin interviewed Ann Banning-Wright – Syska Hennessy Group’s chief strategy officer, senior vice president, member of the board, and managing director of the Western region – for the 15th interview of the “Sound Advice” series. This podcast provides perspective and advice on why you need to focus on what your clients are doing – […]

David Helpern Flags Why Developers Should Look Twice At Older Buildings

“In today’s economy, it could be not just cost-effective but also inspiring to rejuvenate the building stock that has already contributed to New York’s viability,” David Helpern writes in the the September 2009 issue of The Mann Report, a monthly publication about commercial real estate.

IOMA’s Principal’s Report Features Sound Advice

“Sound Advice,” Capelin Communications’ podcasts series in which senior design professionals discuss how to get through tough times and new times, was featured in The Principal’s Report.

Peter Piven Guides Design Professionals Out of the Downturn

Joan Capelin interviewed Peter Piven – who has just founded Peter Piven Management Consultants – for the 14th interview of the “Sound Advice” series. This podcast provides perspective and advice on how the best do research about their clients, ways that design firms are changing – and how a leader must handle change, why people […]

Interview with Peter Piven, Peter Piven Management Consultants

In this 14th edition of “Sound Advice with Joan Capelin,” Peter Piven, FAIA, founder of Peter Piven Management Consultants provides his perspective and advice on the following topics:
-How the best do research about their clients
-Ways that design firms are changing – and how a leader must handle change
-Why people become architects
-A strategy for fees.

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Craig Park Advises How to Market a Firm During the Recession

Joan Capelin interviewed Craig Park – vice president and chief marketing officer for Leo A Daly – for the 13th interview of the “Sound Advice” series.

This podcast provides perspective and advice on how to market a firm during the recession; what are some new sources of funding for projects; which path should a firm take during the downturn; and why marketing and business development are crucial to a firm’s survival right now.