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    When firms take the time early in the design process to improve construction coordination — for instance between mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) subcontractors working in constricted areas — they can reap tangible benefits. This article offers a design/build-oriented perspective. — Editor


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    I have noticed as a professional actor — an observation reinforced in my work as a registered architect, specializing in theater design consulting — that the same shortcomings in backstage design occur time and again. Creating inefficient and sometimes barely workable spaces, these chronic problems in layout and provisions may be attributed in large part to design efforts that disproportionately concentrate on the lobby and the auditorium.


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