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May 24, 2017
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Students living at New College House, the first residence built on the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) campus since 1972, will benefit not only from improved daylighting and views, but also from enhanced sustainability thanks to the building’s curtain wall, window, and sun shades. The $127-million project draws on the historic style of surrounding Philadelphia buildings while also incorporating modern window technology.
Savvy contractors and construction product manufacturers can gain greater project input and secure more work for their companies by becoming involved with design professionals during the early stages of project design. Engaging with architects, specifiers, and designers, they can assume a proactive role as a design consultant—or, more specifically, as a design-assist contractor. This two-part series looks at how subcontractors can gain greater insights, bid projects more knowledgably and successfully, and assert greater influence on installation outcomes.
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