Why We Love Roxbury

For DREAM Collaborative principal Gregory Minott, the connection to Roxbury is personal. “As a transplant from another state (and from another country before that), Roxbury felt like the closest thing to my Jamaican roots, with neighborhood amenities such Tropical Foods, cultural events at Hibernian…

Q&A: Intro to BIM & Revit

Some clients have already made the transition to BIM technology for coordination of design and project delivery. Others are still undecided. Here is a brief introduction to BIM. What is BIM anyway? BIM, or Building Information Modeling, is a way of designing and documenting…

Q&A: To LEED or Not To LEED

Why should a building owner considered using LEED strategies in their next project? Lifecycle evaluations of LEED certified buildings show that the upfront costs of sustainable building methods are quickly offset by the reduced energy and water used to operate a building. As sustainable…

AIA’s 2016 Report on Diversity

Earlier this year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) published a report on Diversity in the Profession of Architecture. The AIA’s report concludes that, while improving, women and people of color continue to be underrepresented in the field. Contributing Factors According to the AIA’s…

Development I-CUE

DEVELOPMENT I-CUE (Innovative Conceptual Urban Environments) is a specialized feasibility study and due diligence service DREAM Collaborative provides to clients who are either in negotiations to purchase property or who have just recently purchased property. From the very beginning we partner with our clients…

Daylighting: Less Cost & More Productivity

Well-designed daylighting reduces energy costs and contributes to a significant increase in worker productivity. Daylighting involves more than simply adding windows or skylights in order to allow light to enter an occupied space; good daylighting design must also take into consideration the possibility of…

Residential Design Trends: Line of Sight & Flexibility

Two of the most popular residential design trends are open first floor plans and blended indoor/outdoor living space. Both are driven by the desire for unobstructed line of sight and flexibility of uses. The open plan has become one of the most popular must-haves…

Biotech Design Trends: Existing Vacant Buildings

When it comes to increasing square footage, many biotechnology companies – both large and small – have chosen existing vacant buildings over new construction. This trend has been strong for the past ten years in Massachusetts in particular, creating exciting opportunities for architects and…