Community-building Needs More than Sturdy Walls


It is not enough to erect the next building in the neighborhood in Portland. Look around you, and you will notice each towering block complements others around it in an effort to stand out but still fit in. Sticking out like a sore thumb is simply not an option. It might even lower the value of the building, regardless of the location of the prime real estate. It’s understandable then that land developers would spend considerable time looking into the aspects of the locale that they can incorporate in their building design as a sort of homage—and a ticket to fitting in.

From Colorful Facades to Nature-inspired Exteriors

There are rows of houses that run the gamut of colors, and as a group, they create a colorful collection. As individuals, they each have their personalities, but one purple house does not exactly have the same impact as the rainbow row. However, building a community need not be so bold. If all buildings on the block follow a theme, such as nature-inspired facades, they are making a statement that is easier to see and hear than if only one building is standing up to relay the message. Of course, a lot of effort is needed to make this happen without losing the message. From designing a building, building commissioning, to the final adjusting, the details need to be clarified and double-checked so that the output is something sturdy, beautiful, and impactful. Hence, there is a need to hire a building commissioning expert.

Energy Efficiency and Eco-conscious

Green buildings are becoming more common and for a good reason. A majority of consumers have switched to a greener mindset, and commercial companies have no choice but to follow. The local government may also have restrictions in place or reward those who follow a more eco-conscious way of building. From the construction to the operation, the building impacts the environment. Any way to minimize their carbon emissions will contribute to the betterment of the community. If the building refuses to go with energy-efficient processes, instead of becoming a welcome part of the community, they might become the black sheep of the family—and it might not play well with the image they’re trying to portray.

Reputations at Risk

skyscrapers of buildings in the city

A building is not just a building. It is the home of future companies that reside in it. It is the signature of the developer that took care of its construction. It says a lot even as it just stands there. This means that its strength, eco-friendliness, and sustainability speak a lot about the priorities of its developers and, in turn, save the reputation of the company. If developers decided to cut corners during construction, this can be seen in how the building stands the test of time. Future projects of the developers will be seen in a different light if the company has a faulty or weak building in their portfolio of projects. The dangers it poses to the immediate vicinity also leads residents to avoid it instead of doing business with it.

A company’s reputation in the community can be strengthened by their actions as early as during the construction phase. For any building projects, developers should look into their processes and make sure that they are working toward community integration.

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