Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Asbestos

Asbestos is a name for a group of popular building materials that was used from 1950s to 1990s. Asbestos was often added to other materials to enhance the overall insulating, long-lasting, and heat resistance qualities. Common applications include spray fireproofing, mechanical insulation, linoleum, flooring tiles, drywall compound, vermiculite, and cement pipes. From past commercial fit-outs, … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements Site Condition: Asbestos

Leasehold Improvements: How to Relocate Tenants for Construction

Leasehold Improvements are customized alterations to a rental space for a tenant’s specific needs. These include changes to floors, partition walls, ceilings, custom furniture and lighting, among others. Tenants will be required to vacate areas for construction. One of the challenges of leasehold improvements is in tenant relocation. It is important to meet with the … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Relocate Tenants for Construction

Leasehold Improvements: How to Handle Unforeseen Site Conditions

The challenge with building a tenant leasehold improvement project is that you can run into unforeseen site conditions more frequently due to the fact that the performance of the interior is not only affected by elements of the interior but also the exterior. The overall building condition and the existing structure are often overlooked. Structural … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Handle Unforeseen Site Conditions

Leasehold Improvements: How to Minimize the Impact of Construction on Commercial Tenants

As with any construction project, leasehold improvements come with their unique constraints. Most leasehold improvement projects are located in a highly populated environment where construction must occur within a fully occupied building. How the project team handles tenant impact can make or break the project. This involves addressing the increased noise, odour, dust resulting from … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: How to Minimize the Impact of Construction on Commercial Tenants

Leasehold Improvements: Cutting, Coring, and Drilling (Base Building Structural Work)

Cutting, coring and drilling of concrete is a necessary part of the interior fit-out construction when the project requires new plumbing and electrical penetrations such as sinks or floor monuments. If not conducted properly, it can result in damages to the building structures and conduits. Inadequate preparation can also lead to worker injuries due to … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Cutting, Coring, and Drilling (Base Building Structural Work)

Leasehold Improvements: Start-Up Documentation (Ontario)

An overview on start-up documentation required for typical leasehold improvements.

Leasehold Improvements: Introduction to Construction & Design Manual

What are Leasehold Improvements? Leasehold Improvements are construction related work within demising walls* of the tenant’s suite for the exclusive benefit of the tenant. Further definitions are included in the tenant’s lease**. *A demising wall is a wall that separate a tenant's suite from another tenant's suite, or separate common areas in a building. **A … Continue reading Leasehold Improvements: Introduction to Construction & Design Manual

Introduction to Commercial Interior Fit-Out and Leasehold Improvements

Commercial fit-out is the process of building out the interior space after the shell and core of a building has been constructed, making interior spaces suitable for occupancy. Generally speaking, base construction builds out the shell and core of a building from casting the foundation to putting the structural components in place and finally separating … Continue reading Introduction to Commercial Interior Fit-Out and Leasehold Improvements

PMP: 8 Tips on Taking the PMP Exam

Let’s jump straight into it. 8 Tips on taking the PMP Exam. Before the Exam Tip #1: Study Effectively I have elaborated on how to study effectively in my previous post on PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam. Some of the mentioned tips include understanding the exam structure to allocate your efforts … Continue reading PMP: 8 Tips on Taking the PMP Exam

PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam is not easy. Aspiring PMPs will undergo rigorous preparation over the course of several months. I am a firm believer in having a systematic approach. Having recently passed my PMP exam, I am here to share 6 personal tips. #1: Book the PMP Exam Date Well in Advance … Continue reading PMP: 6 Tips on Studying for the PMP Exam

PMP: Completing the PMP Application

An overview on completing the PMP application. If you are considering applying, this could help.

PMP: My Certification Experience

Project management demands are growing. A majority of project manager positions are looking for candidates who are PMP certified. This trend is going strong, especially in the construction and real estate management industry I am part of. Project Management Professional (PMP) is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to provide a globally recognized credential … Continue reading PMP: My Certification Experience

The Passion Project: Personal Development

... When we asked Dian Razak what passion meant for her, she said “Passion is something you feel in your gut”. As an introvert, Dian spends her free time introspecting, reading, and learning new things. After assessing herself for a moment, Dian said she is currently transitioning from Dian Version 2.0 to Dian Version 3.0. … Continue reading The Passion Project: Personal Development

The Passion Project: A Child of Freedom

... Freedom means a lot of things to many people. To Dian, freedom means having the time and space to discover her identity and character without restrictions. However, growing up in a traditional Malay Singaporean family, Dian Razak did not feel she had the freedom to express herself. The strict cultural upbringings had led her … Continue reading The Passion Project: A Child of Freedom

How to Make the Most Out of Architecture School

Architecture school was a life changer for me. Despite the gruelling design courses, overwhelming workload and countless all-nighters, I would choose it all over again in a heartbeat. From learning about theory and history on one side, to design, engineering, and politics on the other, architecture has equipped me with a holistic view of the … Continue reading How to Make the Most Out of Architecture School

3 Defining Moments of My Life

When the school principal called, I knew I was in trouble. I thought I had gotten away with skipping 85 out of 97 classes in my Grade 9 year. But I was wrong. Now my parents know all about it.  We go through thousands of experiences every day, some simple some complex. But only a … Continue reading 3 Defining Moments of My Life

How Do You Measure Your Life?

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" This line is from a poem by T.S Elliot called “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock” and the man who speaks this quote is one who carries deep regrets. Why measure out your life, capable of such greatness, with something so insignificant as a coffee spoon? … Continue reading How Do You Measure Your Life?

The Climb

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was the moment of epiphany; it was the moment of despair. We were trenching on grass; we were trenching in snow. We experienced the most difficult times; we experienced the most effortless times. In short, it was one of the most intensive … Continue reading The Climb

5 Tips to Land the Right Job in Any Industry

If you are reading this post, chances are you are looking for opportunities. Having gone through multiple jobs, I understand the frustration and intimidation of leaving a familiar environment to start somewhere new. The general piece of advice that helped me is to trust your instinct and follow your heart. During university, I attended a … Continue reading 5 Tips to Land the Right Job in Any Industry

Project Management: 3 Tips to Effectively Manage Multiple Projects

Managing multiple projects is challenging. Here are 3 tips I have learned along the way to stay somewhat on top.

How to Communicate in Project Management

Communication is not only an essential tool in our daily life, it is also an indispensable tool in project management. We communicate to share information, to share ideas, and to influence others. Successful projects stem from effective communication. Now and then, we observe communication breakdowns. When we send a message to another person, we can … Continue reading How to Communicate in Project Management

The Passion Project: In Transition

In a culture deeply embedded in conformity - where young girls are shouldering tremendous pressure to dress and behave a certain way, Roohani Chauhan was free to choose her own path. Since the age of 16, Roohani left the comfort of her home in India to discover what the rest of the world has to … Continue reading The Passion Project: In Transition

Project Management: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out

Getting a construction project from substantial performance to completion and turnover is not easy. This process involves actions performed by individuals from all facets of the construction chain, with General Contractor leading the pack. Project close-out is a tedious process involving a lot of paperwork. Project close-outs have become a real challenge for many contractors; … Continue reading Project Management: How to go from Substantial Completion to Close-Out

The Passion Project: A Career in the Magazine Industry

It takes a special combination of personality, interest, and skill set to be a content creator. “Being a content creator is a lot of fun” says Nita, a 23-year old from Indonesia. “My job responsibilities range from creating video content to managing social media”. Turns out, creating content and marketing your content goes hand in … Continue reading The Passion Project: A Career in the Magazine Industry

A Balancing Act of Love

Back in May, I started a new job at a new company with new responsibilities. The learning curve was steep enough to keep me busy. The novelty kept me excited as I adjusted into my role. Several months went by and things had slowed down. In fear of losing my momentum, I filled my days … Continue reading A Balancing Act of Love