Designing for a Disaster: Resiliency in a Changing Climate
DLR Group is guided by an ecological and systems-based approach with resiliency at its core.
While our expertise in sustainability aims to stop disasters before they start – by slowing the progress of the climate change that exacerbates the frequency and intensity of disasters – our inclusive, consensus-based decision-making process addresses the complex environmental, social, economic, and technological challenges that communities experience today.
By connecting interrelated design disciplines and planning expertise, we can holistically address diverse needs such as housing, infrastructure, community health, and environmental justice, using innovative strategies across all systems.
A Case Study
Covering more than 2.7 million SF of educational space in 45 facilities across St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands Department of Education has a deep portfolio of rapidly deteriorating schools.
Bringing a holistic look at education within the context of culture, our educational facilities master plan sets a new direction for education in the U.S. Virgin Islands while responding to environmental and community needs. In addition to the tropical climate, many VIDE buildings suffered significant damage by Category 5 hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in 2017. Involving more than 45 stakeholders in the planning process (government officials, educational leaders, teachers, students, and industry partners), a comprehensive set of guiding principles established four primary components of the master plan: spatial agility, school safety, sustainability, and community partnership.
The recently completed VIDE Master Plan will provide modern learning environments through modernizations and new construction across the USVI. It outlines an approach to implement the community’s vision of what schools should be and provides a framework for decision-making to proceed in a fair and equitable manner.
Easing the Burden
While we are entirely committed to addressing the climate change that underlies many of our most catastrophic environmental disasters, our strength in providing resilient, community-focused designs is a crucial stopgap in places such as the Virgin Islands, where well-designed solutions can help lessen the burden on communities after a disaster.
To learn more, download our FEMA Services Fact Sheet here.
Designing for Equity: A Guide to GIS Principles
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The Renwick Revisited
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Protecting the Symbol of the City: Preserving Portlandia
A well known symbol of Portland, the Portlandia sculpture required special considerations during our reconstruction of the Portland Building.
Outdoor Learning: Enhancing Student and Educator Well-Being
Student and staff well-being is deeply rooted in how we design learning environments. As educators seek to engage students in new ways, learning outdoors provides many benefits and opportunities for powerful learning experiences.
A Workplace Evolution: From Office to Destination
The future of the workplace is no longer ahead of us – it's here, and we’ve upped the ante to deliver one-of-a-kind workplace designs.
Designing for Health: Social Sports & Leisure Entertainment
An insurgence of retail mixed-use spaces dedicated to providing sports-oriented concepts engage people with their communities.
Q&A with Metropolis Climate Toolkit Interior Designers
Interiors account for up to 50% of a building’s embodied carbon. Designers share “a-ha moments” from Metropolis Climate Toolkit for Interior Design workshops.
Carbon 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Carbon and Climate Change
If we want to understand why carbon matters for climate change, it helps to understand the lingo. Here’s a simple breakdown so you can chime in on the conversation.
SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center
When the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center’s conditions began disrupting performances, our team stepped in to design a solution.
Adaptive Reuse Through Collaboration And Community
North Kansas City Early Education Center was made by and for the community it serves. Now, an empty retail space inspires the district's youngest learners.