Our clients live and work in complex environments. BWBR is a trusted advisor to those clients – assisting them to innovatively leverage those environments for a better world. Integrated design research helps our clients make informed decisions to utilize their facilities to best meet their missions.
We utilize a variety of methodologies to approach research questions and find the best possible fit between people, processes, and place: pre- and post-occupancy evaluations, literature reviews, and in-depth explorations into the topics that influence people and processes. We also regularly partner with academic and research institutions (or individuals) for expanded research perspectives and project opportunities. Our commitment to a knowledge-driven design culture creates a more engaged practice and inspires our team and our clients to exceed expectations.
We see ourselves at the center of conversations and exchanges that make our profession what it is today. See how our insights engage these conversations, then join us — and help shape the world.
The pandemic exposed massive gaps with its disruption to our professional and personal lives. Those gaps, though, revealed opportunities to rethink the ways we work, learn, and access the needed services for our health and wellness. In this issue of [ENHANCE], we dive into this transformational moment to explore how we can be more resilient — organizationally and personally — and leverage what we’re learning about the value of in-person interactions.
Learning from how people react to their environments, in this issue of [ENHANCE] we’re examining both the tangible and intangible design strategies that can improve safety and make environments for care, education, and even rehabilitation better for staff and the people they serve.
What does it mean to think long-term? How do people wrap their heads around the idea of a 100-year building? In this issue of [ENHANCE] we delve into
the mindset of thinking long-term, from master planning to creative problem-solving to cost analysis. We also revisit a critical access hospital in central Minnesota that opened 11 years ago to see how it continues to serve an ever-changing health care market.
In this issue of [ENHANCE] we stretch our thinking to explore the idea of flexibility in the built environment — how clinical space can respond to changing care models; how classrooms adapt to different teaching and learning styles; and how climate change is forcing building owners to rethink their facilities. The president of Wisconsin’s first college also gives his impression of where a pioneering university fits in the 21st Century.
The premier issue of BWBR’s design magazine, [ENHANCE] looks at how design affects the way we live, heal, and learn. In this issue, we examine the workplace, accommodating up to four generations at once, balancing the convenience of technology with the benefits of face-to-face collaboration, and creating environments that inspire ideas and attract top talent.
We reflect on our experiences to expand our skills and knowledge, inform future projects, and help advance the profession. These white papers share some of that expertise.
Avera Behavioral Health Center: A 5-Year Post Occupancy Study
Design tactics and strategies scrutinized as facility’s prominent profile; open environment succeeds in changing image of mental health care.
Improving Safety And Care Through Smarter Design In Secure Treatment Facilities
Using open, softer environments to encourage behavioral change and reduce need for restraints and seclusion.
While we can learn from our own experiences, we can often learn more from the experiences of others. These research summaries share the results of our project-driven studies.
Reinforcing an Engaged and Energetic Corporate Culture at Self Esteem Brands/Anytime Fitness Corporate HQ
Findings from a pre- and post-occupancy study for the rapidly expanding global fitness franchise.
Healing Learning Environment Supports Student Self-Regulation
A case study at one of the first Minnesota education centers (Karner Blue Education Center) designed specifically for K-8 students with autism, emotional and behavioral disorders, and cognitive disabilities. This study investigates the ways in which design and architecture can influence the ability of students
to self-regulate and/or de-escalate in a healing learning environment.
Active Learning Environments Support STEM Education
A post-occupancy study of North Dakota State University’s A. Glenn Hill Center for STEM Education builds awareness of how physical environments influence 21st century learning goals and encourages new explorations into active learning experiences in undergraduate classroom designs.
Does Space Matter in Mental Health Treatment?
An exploratory study for a child/adolescent mental health inpatient unit in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital examined design elements and spaces as contributing influences to behavior and wellbeing for patients, staff, and families.