Enhancing Healthcare Planning Through Virtual Reality

Healthcare facility planning traditionally follows a linear process, from concept phase to schematic design to design development to construction. Multiple in-person meetings between planning and design teams, clients and user groups help to identify goals and challenges, which the team then develops into concept options using sketches, diagrams and eventually Revit.

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Topics: Healthcare, Technology

New Approaches to Planning Holistic Cancer Centers

Cancer diagnosis is often a life-changing moment for any patient. Procedures and treatments with multiple specialists can be intimidating and confusing—for both the patient and family members. As clinical procedures continue to improve, many healthcare organizations are increasingly emphasizing an overlooked but equally important aspect of cancer care—the patients’ emotional wellbeing.

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Topics: Healthcare

Up Close: Melissa Pesci

Melissa Pesci, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect and Principal specializing in workplace planning and design in HGA’s Corporate Interiors Group. Here, she talks about changes driving the workplace—and opportunities to engage people on different levels.

What inspires you about workplace design?

Workplace design is really about people and understanding what makes people happy and productive. People spend most of their day in the workplace, so it is important that the design creates a positive experience for team members. In many ways, workplaces are our second home, and we often spend more time with our co-workers than with our own family during the day. The most successful businesses recognize that design supports business goals by improving efficiency, staff wellbeing, and innovation. They also recognize that the workplace is always evolving and changing as the business model and marketplace change. Companies need to adapt to changes to grow and continue to be successful.

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Topics: Corporate

Strategizing the Workplace of Tomorrow

Great workplaces are driven by a shared vision—the blend of an organization’s culture and a strategy for how people can do their best work. This shared vision inspires people to thrive, and as a result their organizations thrive. Placing the wellbeing of people at the core can create a happier and more productive workforce, increasing the chances for people to succeed within the organization’s culture and “live out” the vision.

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Topics: Corporate

The Challenges of Meeting LEED and WELL Light Standards

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Corporate

Complying with engineering code requirements

Krista Biason and Jeff Harris discuss new code requirements and often-overlooked and misunderstood requirements that are consistently implemented incorrectly in health care facilities in the Summer 2017 edition of Inside ASHE.

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Topics: Engineering, Healthcare

The Empathy Effect: A Virtual Reality Study

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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: Technology, Healthcare, Research

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: Arts & Culture, Community, Education

Past To Present: John Cook and the Walker Art Center

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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: Community, Arts & Culture


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