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  • Dec 07, 2015

    Fentress held its holiday event last Friday. We started our festivities at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel by touring the holiday displays and ice sculptures in ICE!  The temperature in the exhibit is kept at a frigid 9°F so participants are provided “stylish” blue coats to stay warm. After ICE!, our team had an excellent lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Restaurant. We all had a wonderful day that helped us get into the holiday spirit. [caption id="attachment_2932" align="alignright" width="320"]Fentress at ICE! Fentress attends ICE! holiday event.[/caption]

  • Presented at Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies Conference
    Presented at Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies Conference
    Nov 25, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2854" align="alignright" width="170"]tradeline Tradeline's Space Strategies Conference[/caption] Keith Fentress and Alison Jones presented at the Tradeline 2015 Space Strategies Conference on November 16-17.  For the second year in a row, the Tradeline conference was a great experience - a well-run conference that included innovative speakers on the leading edge of space transition. This year, we presented on Space Reduction Initiatives and highlighted best practices that we have seen through our experience. We hope that attendees left with a better understanding of how to transition traditional offices to a more mobile and collaborative work environment.

  • Court Needs Assessment in New York
    Court Needs Assessment in New York
    Sep 01, 2015

    Fentress recently visited the Southern District of New York to assess existing facilities and project future space needs for federal courthouses in New York CDSC_0042ity (Manhattan), White Plains, and Poughkeepsie.  The original District of New York first held court in Manhattan in November 1789, the first court to sit under the new U.S. Constitution.  Court has been held continuously in New York City since that time.  The present-day Southern District of New York is one of the largest federal courts in the nation; it regularly handles high-profile trials involving well-known litigants, suspected terrorists, large corporations, and complex civil matters.  District Court proceedings are held in both the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse and the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, both located in the Foley Square complex in Lower Manhattan.  Completed in 1994, the Moynihan Courthouse serves as the District Court headquarters and is the second-largest federal courthouse in the nation.  The Marshall Courthouse was originally completed 1936 and recently underwent a major renovation (see below).  The Bankruptcy Court is located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, a National Historic Landmark originally completed in 1907 and located near the southern tip of Manhattan. Concurrent with our work in the Southern District of New York, Fentress is also assessing space needs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. One of 12 federal appellate courts, the 2nd Circuit covers six judicial districts located in New York, Connecticut and Vermont.  The Circuit is headquartered in the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan.  The main hall of the Marshall Courthouse resembles the main hall of the U.S. Supreme Court, which architect Cass Gilbert designed at nearly the same time.  The Marshall Courthouse underwent a comprehensive renovation between 2006 and 2013, during which circuit operations were temporarily housed in the Moynihan Courthouse. The renovation included modernization of building systems and upgrades and restorations of the façade and numerous noteworthy interior spaces.

  • Housing Assessment Study for Courthouse in St. George, UT
    Housing Assessment Study for Courthouse in St. George, UT
    Jul 01, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2673" align="alignright" width="300"]St. George Courthouse for the Fifth District Court St. George Courthouse for the Fifth District Court[/caption] CRA Architects subcontracted with Fentress Incorporated to conduct a housing assessment study for the U.S. Court in St. George, UT.  The District and Bankruptcy Courts lease space in the state courthouse, while the Probation Office, U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Attorney's Offices are housed in separate leased facilities in the city.  Although these leased arrangements work well currently, the state recently notified the court that it could only extend its courthouse lease through 2025.  CRA and Fentress were hired to determine the court’s 10-year space needs and to recommend a housing strategy that included consolidating the court components ino one building.  St. George is a small division within the District of Utah but is the closest federal court to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S.  Fentress worked with the court to forecast the personnel and caseload growth over the next 10 years and developed space needs based upon these projections.

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  • Collaboration in Open Offices: Opportunity or Obligation?
    Collaboration in Open Offices: Opportunity or Obligation?
    Aug 25, 2016

    By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultant Collaborative workplaces have become the new standard for companies and are synonymous with high performance and innovation. In office design, collaborative workplace cultures are supported by an open office layout that encourage employee interaction. But is that layout right for ... Read more

  • Back to the Future: How Will Technology Shape Our Courtrooms?
    Back to the Future: How Will Technology Shape Our Courtrooms?
    Aug 18, 2016

    By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultant Growth in Technology is everywhere. Where will technology lead us in future courtroom design? What will future courtrooms be like, and is your court ready for these coming changes? No Crystal Ball, But… No one really knows how to use a crystal ... Read more

  • Collaboration FAIL: Success Is Dependent on More Than Just Design
    Collaboration FAIL: Success Is Dependent on More Than Just Design
    Aug 11, 2016

    By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect Is there more to achieving collaborative open office spaces than just good design? The all-too-common dissatisfaction with the performance of open offices would suggest so. A note to myself and other architects involved in this pursuit; be humble, look at the ... Read more

  • Want to Get Out of Court? Safety Tips for Courtroom Emergency Egress
    Want to Get Out of Court? Safety Tips for Courtroom Emergency Egress
    Aug 04, 2016

    By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultant Does your courtroom design layout impede safe egress for trial participants during a courtroom emergency? Does it present tripping hazards? This post will discuss these potential hazards and offer suggestions for resolving these problems. Egress Safety Egress safety from a courtroom must consider two ... Read more

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