A Permit Expediter’s Guide to Austin, TX

Austin, Texas: a place you can find amazing barbeque, fantastic live bands, and a notoriously complicated permitting process. In 2015, Zucker Systems issued a report detailing Austin’s weaknesses in their planning and building department. They go into detail the exorbitantly high costs and wait time that Austin business owners must suffer through. For a commercial project, it is estimated that time to complete zoning and permitting could be 12 to 14 months. This puts a large strain, both in time and money, on potential businesses delayed in opening. While Austin has tried to offer remedies after the 2015 report came …

Nov 7, 2019 By Bridget Foley

Private Clubs: A Growing Trend

“The people who run Los Angeles belongs to The Jonathan Club; the people who own Los Angeles belong to The California Club.” Members-Only clubs have always been prominent in Los Angeles. The California Club, the second-oldest club in Southern California has been around since 1888. These exclusive groups bring in the wealthiest and most powerful people that Los Angeles has to offer. People pay extravagant fees to belong to such clubs – if they can pass the intensive interviews and background checks first. Since The California Club, the trend of private clubs has only grown. More and more associations open …

Aug 23, 2019 By Bridget Foley

A Brief Guide to Restroom Compliances

Think of The White House, The Eiffel Tower, and The Museum of Modern Art. What do all of these buildings have in common? They all have restrooms. Restrooms are a staple of any building and, in most cases, a requirement. With this, comes regulations and building codes from the Government to make sure all citizens can access your restroom safely. These guidelines fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Having a restroom that is inaccessible to a person with a disability is an act of …

Jul 23, 2019 By Bridget Foley

Office Tenant Improvements in 2019

Most spaces built for commercial use are not “move-in ready” for the businesses that plan to inhabit them. In fact, most new tenants will need to make significant changes to better suit their specific needs. While some tenant improvements are more practical, such as updating a space to current ADA standards, others are more aesthetic, such as changing out flooring and painting. Almost all forms of construction work pertaining to structural, exterior, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, parking, and/or landscaping will require building permits. Let’s look at some common types of office tenant improvements and what information to keep in mind when …

Jun 10, 2019 By admin