Category: Design

Calling all Design Professionals – NYS 2020 Codes Released!

This week, New York State released their  2020 Uniform Codes! As of May 12th, all design professionals will be required to access these updated codes. NKB’s in-house NYS Code Enforcement Official (CEO), Kim Schwanke, says the latest version of code books are based on the  2018 International Code Council books. Instead of  having a supplement […]

Written by on May 14, 2020

The Post- COVID-19 Workplace

COVID-19 Design Awareness Over the last couple of months, we have all adjusted to the ‘new normal’ or working from our home ‘offices’.  If you’re anything like me though you’re itching to get back to real life because you really miss your desk, and your task chair, and your work family!   But what does the […]

Written by on May 12, 2020

So You Want to be an Architect: Where Do I Start?

In order to call your self an Architect, you need to take the Architecture Registration Exams (ARE), but the process starts much earlier than that. It starts with your education. EDUCATION Picking a college to start your formal education is no easy process. When your choosing an architecture major there are many things to consider. […]

Written by on March 29, 2019

So, you want to be a licensed architect? Why?!

Architecture is not a simple process. There are many things that come into play through design development on numerous different levels. What is this design going to look like? How is this building going to function? What is the budget? Is this idea even possible? But don’t let that scare you away. Architecture has some […]

Written by on February 25, 2020

Turn Your Revit Model into a 3D Printer Part with MakerBot Replicator

PHASE ONE Develop your Revit model. Once the area for desired printing is complete, you can then set up your views for 3D Printing. PHASE TWO There are three easy steps for this process. 1) Choose the 3D Views from your project browser. Under the extents of the view Properties, click the section box to […]

Written by on January 21, 2019

Template Time!

It’s that time of year again! The weather is changing, the chill is in the air, you’ve probably started thinking about holiday gifts and before you know it the New Year will roll in. At NKB, the New Year brings new software and new templates. Like the jolly old elf, we keep a running list […]

Written by on December 17, 2018

Designing a Green Roof

Designing a green roof is a new experience for many like myself.  Here is the story of my first green roof design. The first step with something new is to collect information from the web and from people who have done it before.  It is best to learn from other’s mistakes because you will not […]

Written by on November 19, 2018

Opinion: Unisex Restrooms?

Often times we don’t stop to think about how shifts in societal norms can affect the architecture of the buildings we live, work and play in.  A great example of this is a design challenge recently posed to us by an educational client to create the first multi-occupant, unisex restroom on their campus.  As seen […]

Written by on October 18, 2018

Designing for Change: Research Laboratory Design

There are not many buildings designed for obsolescence; but there is one building type where change is actually expected – research laboratories.  Change is the one constant with highly technical research facilities. You may be wondering why is change the only constant for research facilities? Why can’t the design be adequate for every need without […]

Written by on July 24, 2018

Transparent Security

So you have something valuable in your building that you want to protect, like children at a daycare or the entrance to a federal building, yet you want to be able to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and views of the outdoors, what do you do? Thankfully, there are decades of research and many manufactures out […]

Written by on November 9, 2016