When community hospitals stand through multiple generations, how do people put a price to its construction and design, and what role do we as designers, engineers, and builders have in advocating for more long-term thinking?
09.03.14

Redefining What It Means to Design for the Life of a Building

How do you define the cost of a building? What if that building is designed to last 50 years? 100 years? Maybe even 200 years? How does that change the definition? Architecture has long been considered a balance between firmness, com...

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A drum line is loud, but for those advocating for a better approach to living better, being heard is very much the point.
08.12.14

Better, Unapologetically

Look up in the Cambridge Dictionary what it means to make no apologies and it says that it is a belief “that what you have done is right or acceptable.” Living in a state that has turned the word “nice” into a badge of honor describ...

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Taking a seat has never before left people with so many choices, but knowing how an active seat will be used is as important to consider as how the seat looks.
08.06.14

It May Be Active, But is the Seat Right?

A stability ball. The large, round, rather bouncy spheres are more than ubiquitous in fitness centers and health clubs. For anyone who participates in group exercise, the balls look right at home in studios and on fitness floors. But, would...

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Unassigned personal workspaces for employees to reserve and use on a sporadic basis can complement open-office environments and provide a quieter space for an employee to concentrate and work on tight deadlines or more personalized business.
07.09.14

Is your office hostile to employee mental health?

At the threshhold of a new football season with summer training camps, news last year of the Miami Dolphins having fostered a

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05.28.14

Can Do!

350 cans of Hunts tomato sauce. 1,100 boxes of pudding. Two foam-core discs for dials. And lots of fun and creativity. For the fourth year, our own Devin Little served as a design expert for the annual CANstruction Madi...

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More than the admitting room, emergency department beds have become the de facto treatment space for patients suffering a mental health crisis. Lack of inpatient beds have compromised the health system's ability to effectively treat patients with mental illness.
05.21.14

Innovate Care? Overhaul Payment System for Mental Health

The numbers are astounding: one in four adults (or about 62 million) in the U.S suffer from mental illness. One in 17 (or about 14 million) has been diagnosed with a severe mental disorder like schizophrenia, severe depression or bi-polar di...

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Mike Boldenow, left, and Mark Ludgatis, AIA, recently became principals at BWBR.
05.02.14

Boldenow, Ludgatis Named Newest Principals

BWBR recently named two new principals to its leadership team, promoting Michael Boldenow and Mark Ludgatis, AIA. One of the largest and oldest professional services firms in the region providing architectural and interior design services, BW...

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With his electronic signature, President and CEO Pete Smith adds BWBR's name to the AIA 2030 Commitment.
04.22.14

On Earth Day, BWBR Signs AIA 2030 Commitment

Taking on the challenge to not only design better performing buildings for sustainability but also improve the firm’s operations, BWBR signed the AIA 2030 Commitment on Tuesday. The firm used the event to mark the 44th anniversary of Earth Da...

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Rick Dahl joins the five-person board of directors leading the 92-year-old firm.
04.14.14

BWBR Announces Dahl as New Vice President

Rick Dahl, AIA, a principal at BWBR since 2005, recently was named vice president at the 92-year-old design firm. One of four vice presidents at BWBR, Dahl joins ...

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Elements such as a liquid floor and interactive video games engage patients in activity that can be therapeutic for a patient's well-being.
02.19.14

Exercise medicine, for mind and body

Much has been written about the impact of exercise on our overall health. Considered by some to be the Holy Grail, exercise can lead to weight-loss, help control on-going health issues such as cholesterol and diabetes, boost our energy level, and ...

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