All the Design Elements We Cannot See
A unique aspect of our process includes advanced sensory technology to provide indoor indoor environmental quality testing as part of the conditions assessment procedure. A recent report from the World Green Building Council outlines the benefits of optimizing the IEQ in schools, which concludes that IEQ can have a profound impact on students’ cognitive function and performance. But optimizing the environmental quality of schools involves much more than air sensors. A holistic master planning process enables clients to think beyond a bare-bones conditions assessment approach to think comprehensively about building performance. This was exactly what occurred at the Barrington School District 220 in Barrington, Ill.
The following case study gives a full overview of the survey, study, and results of this process documenting 12 schools and an administrative building to qualify and quantify the holistic building performance. Our client’s “report card” measured energy performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, visual comfort, and acoustical satisfaction.
Ultimately, while data, analysis, and recommendations play an important role in any holistic master plan to help clients make informed decisions affecting facility budgets, the greater value may lay in the deeper conversations that occur between agency and individual users. This kind of transparency and communication goes a long way in improving services for a community. Pulling back the curtain on all the things we cannot see equips everyone to better understand – and embrace – a more holistic approach to district planning.
Implementing the Framework for Design Excellence
Senior Principal Prem Sundharam, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, will join AIA Arizona for a webinar on implementation of the AIA's Framework for Design Excellence.
Semillas y Raices: The Future of Farming Communities
Architecture at Zero 2022 Merit Award winner, Semillas y Raices, models a community to meet housing demands where workers establish roots in their own space.
Integrating Technologies to Bring History to Life: A Krishna Story
We were engaged by The Cleveland Museum of Art, a long-time client, to bring to life the compelling story of a particular artifact in the archives – the “Cleveland Krishna.”
Priorities for Laboratory Environments: Flexibility
Easily adaptable lab environments bring new possibilities to ever-changing research requirements, elevating the case for flexible design.
The Past to Present: Accessibility and Universal Design
A brief review of how accessible design came to the practice of architecture--and how it informs universal design principles today.