ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

The Empathy Effect: A Virtual Reality Study

07.17.17
HGA News

HGA Virtual Reality study recognized among the 2017 R+D Awards by Architect Magazine, the Journal of The American Institute of Architects.When architects design, they give a lot of thought to how people will use a space, but usually much less thought to the types of people who will use it. It’s a tough problem to solve: What are the unique ways in which an elderly person, a blind person, or a child experiences space—and how should architects and other design professionals respond?

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Topics: Healthcare, Technology, Research

The Happy Campus

Happiness is essential to positive mental health—and crucial to student safety and wellbeing on campus. As such, achieving happiness should be integral to the master planning process to improve the campus experience for students, faculty, and visitors.

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Topics: Education

Enhancing Value Through Integrated Design-Build Teams

Colleges and university systems traditionally have maintained sophisticated facility departments that manage campus infrastructure, renovations, and new construction. They have extensive experience working with contractors, architects and engineers under different delivery methods. For many campuses facing tight capital budgets and shrinking state funding, design-build is becoming an optional delivery method to manage budget, program, schedule, and quality construction. Yet design-build can also offer added value with an experienced team that researches design innovation.

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Topics: Education

Up Close: Roxanne Nelson, AIA, LEED AP

Arts Principal Roxanne Nelson recently presented Resiliency Planning: Preparing to Preserve and Protect at the American Alliance of Museums 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with HGA colleague Ariane Laxo, LEED AP ID+C. In the following, Nelson highlights three big takeaways from the conference.

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Topics: Education, Arts & Culture, Community

Past To Present: John Cook and the Walker Art Center

05.09.17
HGA News

See the evolution of the internationally renowned Walker Art Center’s campus—completed this summer—and the museum’s long-term partnership with HGA.

Through this video, we explore the evolution of the campus over the years – past to present – and the original insights of John Cook and Joan Soranno that have played a role in shaping this institution near and dear to HGA.

 

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Topics: Arts & Culture, Community

Generator Shutdown Means

Krista Biason's most recent article for EC&M Magazine focuses on the changes in the 2017 NEC regarding the shutdown requirements for the prime mover and how this requirement relates to other NFPA codes.

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Topics: Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure

Trends In Workplace Design Focus On Productivity, Occupant Satisfaction

Redistribution of space and creating multipurpose circulation space provide comfortable options to work, as well as flexibility in design.

After decades of research and post-occupancy evaluations, the impacts that workplace design can have on employee productivity, satisfaction, recruitment, and retention are well-documented, understood, and accepted. Those findings have inspired numerous innovations in workplace design, from more daylighting and shared or collaborative spaces to technology-enabled and -enhanced work areas.

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Topics: Corporate

Connect with HGA at the American Alliance of Museums' 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo

05.03.17
HGA News

HGA is thrilled to be attending and presenting at the AAM 2017 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in St. Louis – the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world. We have attended AAM for two decades, and look forward to connecting with museum leaders, curators, administrators, volunteers and supporters to discuss the vital impact and influence that museums have on our culture.

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Topics: Arts & Culture, Community

Ariane Laxo Presents at Three National Resiliency Conferences in May

Ariane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC is an interior designer and co-chair of HGA’s Sustainability Council. She leads the firm’s resilient design task force, an inter-disciplinary firm-wide group that conducts primary and secondary research in order to deepen the firm’s expertise in the field of resilient design. In this video, Ariane briefly describes the building industry definition of resiliency, upcoming conference presentations (described below), and takeaways for conference attendees. 

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Arts & Culture, Community

HGA Presents at Several Conferences in May

05.01.17
HGA News

We are pleased to have several HGA thought leaders on the road presenting at these national and regional conferences through the month of May 2017:

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Topics: Healthcare, Corporate, Sustainability & Resiliency, Education, Arts & Culture, Community, Engineering, Energy & Infrastructure, Research

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HGA’s team of architecture, engineering, planning and design experts share their knowledge through research, published articles, white papers, and speaking engagements.