Buildings Should Be Good Neighbours. Even When Under Construction.
Many construction sites can be a nuisance to pedestrians and local residents. But Mizrahi Design Build strives to make the construction process an expression of community involvement. We’re building a project to improve the local streetscape, after all, so why shouldn’t we do that while the project is underway?
Site cleanliness is paramount to Mizrahi Design Build. “Buildings should be good neighbours,” wrote Paul Thiry, an American architect. And we agree, not just in how they’re designed, of course, but in how they function while under construction. To ensure the least amount of disruption, we create and install high-design hoarding, using colourful photography and graphics on quality materials, that surrounds the site to contain the construction not only, but also to provide a pleasing aesthetic feature in the neighbourhood. In one instance, we even installed a specially-designed hoarding panel with beautiful photography but no graphics or corporate logos for the owners of a property adjacent to one of our construction sites.
And then, there’s the story about a lady’s boots. A female pedestrian was passing along the edge of one of our construction sites in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood during the spring. Our site manager happened to notice that the pavement was muddy as it had yet to be cleaned up. Her boots were soiled. He approached her, and offered to have them cleaned. She thanked him, but said it wasn’t necessary. We simply felt it was the neighbourly thing to do.