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Architects See Things Differently

I look for trends and signals in the market that foster growth, opportunity and innovation in biotechnology.

This is the first blog of my series in 2017 that will focus on the surging expansion of biotechnology in the upper Midwest. I am based in Madison, Wisconsin where science, research, innovation and entrepreneurism rank high in daily life. 

Madison is a good place to start this story. The University of Wisconsin has been here since 1848 and it is a world-class institution. UW–Madison is categorized as an RU/VH Research University (very high research activity). In 2012, it had research expenditures of more than $1.1 billion, the third highest among universities in the country.  This is not a blog about history, so I won’t dwell on the past.  But being based here gives me an acute awareness and valuable access to cutting-edge ideas and razor-sharp minds. 

What do I do? I am an architect and a planner and my team at Eppstein Uhen Architects specializes in the design of buildings and spaces that support science and innovation.  As an architect, I am keenly informed and amazed by the changes that are affecting the way we design and build buildings. We are using tools and technologies that integrate the best of the new hybrid forms and materials with the most durable strategies to make buildings comfortable and promote wellness for all occupants.  Even when they are working with caustic chemicals, vapors, bacteria, and viruses.

Wellness is the keyword. A new mindset emerged recently. After recycling, repurposing and sustainability, folks started to realize that good healthy buildings is what we really want.  Wellness is about people.

When you follow my blog over the next few months I will be talking about biotechnology and innovation in the Midwest. I will be traveling to places and touring new labs and plants.  I will also be spotlighting the features and engineering behind health-promoting buildings.  Well-buildings that can attract and retain the brightest talent to your company.

Steve Holzhauer, AIA, LEED BD+C is an architect and principal at Eppstein Uhen Architects. He has designed hundreds of buildings in his 30-year career. Steve is responsible for project development, serving as client advocate. Eppstein Uhen is a 180-person architecture firm with offices in Madison and Milwaukee and Des Moines.

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