Workplace Design: Any Way You Want It
October 13, 2017
Eric Romano, AIA, EIT, LEED AP
We’ve all heard that being healthy comes from the inside out. I’ve found that this mantra applies not just to the human body, but the corporate workplace as well. In order to better serve our clients, we as employees need to be in a good mindset ourselves.
“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”: Revitalizing Your Senior Living Community–A Step-by-Step Guide
September 20, 2017
Jeff Anderzhon, FAIA
Revitalizing your community’s environment, keeping ahead of trends and making sure you communicate improvements to your client base will provide benefits for your market competitiveness, residents and staff.
Responding to Change: Understanding the Challenges in Outpatient Facility Expansion
September 19, 2017
Paul Stefanski, AIA, EDAC , LEED AP
Today’s healthcare organizations exist in a rapidly changing landscape. Patient consumerism, demographic shifts, healthcare reform, and private payers are all putting tremendous pressure on organizations to evolve in order to survive.
- Workplace Design: Any Way You Want It October 13, 2017 Eric Romano, AIA, EIT, LEED AP
How the Midwest Became My Home...Again
September 14, 2017
Bill Fedun, Madison Studio Director
Born in the Midwest, but having moved to the West Coast years ago, I recently moved to back. In moving to Madison, I had a difficult time letting go of my California drivers license because I felt like I could no longer claim to be ‘not from around here’. It was ‘cool’ to be from CA.
Outside the Curriculum: The Effect Environment Has on Learning
September 11, 2017
Do you think that a room can affect a student’s grades? Let me put it this way, do you think that the quality of the learning environment effects learning? If you answered “yes,” you are not alone.
Use it or Lose it
September 05, 2017
As I tour existing schools everyone asks for classroom space but then I ask them if those cabinets full of holiday decorations are a necessity. Do they need 42 chairs in the room if there are only 23 students?
- How the Midwest Became My Home...Again September 14, 2017 Bill Fedun, Madison Studio Director
The Lean Perspective on The Four Keys to Engaging Staff and Patients
August 04, 2017
Robin Anderson, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP
As healthcare providers strive to strike the balance between operational efficiencies and maintaining a high-level of patient-centered care, Lean design strategies can play an important role in healthcare facility design.
Experience your building design before you break ground
July 17, 2017
Picture this: a client meets with the design firm they have entrusted to create their new headquarters. They’ve spent countless hours and resources to ensure employees will have a space that is comfortable, inviting and integrates into their overall brand.
Households for Senior Care - Installment Three
July 11, 2017
Jeff Anderzhon, FAIA
The design of households has evolved into several differing approaches regarding layout of resident rooms and their relationship with social/community spaces, support spaces and services.
- The Lean Perspective on The Four Keys to Engaging Staff and Patients August 04, 2017 Robin Anderson, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP
Households for Senior Care - Installment Two
June 27, 2017
Jeff Anderzhon, FAIA
Every designer who has worked in the long-term care or assisted living arena has an opinion on the correct number of residents a senior care household should have.
Households for Senior Care-Installment One
June 13, 2017
Jeff Anderzhon, FAIA
Evolutionary steps in the creation of household models of care. Learn more about the history behind senior living care environments.
Walk the Line: Balancing Patient-Centered Design with Staff Satisfaction and Productivity
May 31, 2017
Paul Stefanski, Senior Design Architect, LEED AP, EDAC
The other day I realized that Johnny’s struggles are analogous to the challenges we face as designers and healthcare administrators when undertaking “patient-centered” healthcare projects.
- Households for Senior Care - Installment Two June 27, 2017 Jeff Anderzhon, FAIA
Social Transparency: The Importance of Workplace Culture on Social Media
May 22, 2017
Jackie Posselt, ASID, LEED AP ID+C
Today, prospective employees, business partners and customers can access your work culture within a few clicks. A truly inspiring work space can make people want to like, pin, snap, tweet and share your message with others.
People and Spaces Working Together in Collaboration
May 11, 2017
We all have those favorite spaces in our homes, communities, and at work. A space where a comforting feeling is created as a result of both the physical setting of the space and human factors.
I Want Innovation...That I Have Seen Before
April 11, 2017
As an architect, one of my biggest challenges is to help people think differently about the problem they want to solve. Open mindedness is essential when trying to provide innovative solutions
- Social Transparency: The Importance of Workplace Culture on Social Media May 22, 2017 Jackie Posselt, ASID, LEED AP ID+C
Putting 10 Pounds of Labs in a 5 Pound, 50 Year-Old Box
April 05, 2017
When designing new lab facilities, a floor to floor height of 16 feet is common, however, clients can’t always afford a new building. Many clients do a “facelift” to their existing laboratories and it is becoming more frequent within the higher education market.
The Savvy Consumer: Facilities that Create the Provider of Choice
February 27, 2017
Being a healthcare provider of choice is dependent upon many factors: a patient’s insurance coverage, facility location, and brand reputation, among others. Brand reputation, in turn, is the result of the training of your professional staff, the pricing structure of your services, and the way you conduct yourself as an organization.
Why Does School Capacity Matter? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
February 06, 2017
Learning environments are continually evolving – the suburban, Midwestern high school from the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off highlights a high school with standard classrooms – 30 years later, high school spaces and classrooms are looking much different.
- Putting 10 Pounds of Labs in a 5 Pound, 50 Year-Old Box April 05, 2017 Eric Slifer
Architects See Things Differently
January 10, 2017
This is the first blog of my series in 2017 that will focus on the surging expansion of biotechnology in the upper Midwest.
Turn That Frown Upside Down: Applying an Orthodontist's Best Practices to Primary Care
November 02, 2016
Robin Anderson, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
After a recent visit with my daughter to an orthodontic consultation that left us very satisfied with our experience, I began thinking about how the patient experience starts long before you get to the clinic and ends after you leave
Attracting Employees in the Age of Match.com
July 14, 2016
Jackie Posselt, ASID< LEED AP ID+C
We live in a world of instant gratification, a world where virtually everything is digital, online or at your fingertips, a world where you can sign-up for Match.com one day and be married the next.
- Architects See Things Differently January 10, 2017 Steve Holzhauer
Do We Stereotype Aging?
May 27, 2016
Why the de-emphasis on “aging”? We are moving away from stereotyping aging, age-restricted communities and the negative connotations of aging.
You Had Me at Efficiency
May 24, 2016
Paul Stefanski, LEED AP, EDAC
Okay, maybe efficiency in healthcare design isn’t as exciting as the love story between Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweiger in the movie “Jerry Maguire,” but when I talk to Healthcare Industry Leaders, any time a design solution can improve bottom line operational efficiency, it’s a win.
Improving the Client Experience through R&D
March 21, 2016
Technology and innovation play a critical role in the success of fully designing today’s buildings and spaces. At one time Building Information Modeling (BIM) was a differentiator in the AEC marketplace.
- Do We Stereotype Aging? May 27, 2016 Jeffrey Anderzhon
Consensus Building for Highly Technical Laboratory Projects
February 23, 2016
Aligning a team toward a common goal under a specified budget can prove challenging during a laboratory project. Obtaining consensus among the stakeholders will lead to a successful, timely and cost-effective completion.
Did You Order This Pizza?
February 16, 2016
How do you like your pizza? In your mind, when you place your order, you have designed the perfect pizza exactly the way you like it.
Journey Already in Progress – Welcome Aboard
December 15, 2015
Robert Vajgrt, AIA, LEED AP, CDT
Remember the quintessential family road trip? Our road trips consisted of my wife and I and our two kids piled into the minivan. Sound familiar? The family road trip always included a starting point, an end point, and plenty of drama in the middle.
- Consensus Building for Highly Technical Laboratory Projects February 23, 2016 Eric Slifer
Thank You Mrs. Pauly: The 1970s Makerspace Pioneer
October 30, 2015
What was your 4th grade teacher’s name? Mine was Mrs. Pauly. She was an outdoorsy lady who appreciated nature and the history of early Wisconsin pioneers and liked to take a unique approach to teaching.
Embracing Change: Making a Difference in Student Outcomes Through Education Design
September 01, 2015
The era of square classrooms where students sit in perfectly aligned rows of desks while teachers stand and lecture at the front of the classroom has faded.
Make Space for Makerspace
March 13, 2015
Recently there has been a lot of discussion on adding makerspaces within the school districts I am working with. However, from district-to-district there is variation between what a makerspace means to each district and how it is (or will be) used.
- Thank You Mrs. Pauly: The 1970s Makerspace Pioneer October 30, 2015 Bob Vajgrt
Establishing Your Student’s Educational Foundation
January 19, 2015
Abie Khatchadourian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
I believe the foundation of life is much like a structural building foundation, as both need to be strong to succeed.
Will our students of today have the skills for the jobs of tomorrow?
January 12, 2015
I challenge us to ask ourselves can we create a better connection between future job market needs and setting students up with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful? Is there a correct balance between soft skills and technical skills?
- Establishing Your Student’s Educational Foundation January 19, 2015 Abie Khatchadourian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB