Energy Watch: financially Planning Energy Infrastructure Now and in the Future

Brendon Dorn

HGA Building Performance Analyst Brendon Dorn highlights The Energy Efficiency Gap at the Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Expo on May 17. Below, he details steps to invest in future energy performance.

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Topics: Energy & Infrastructure

HGA Awarded Certificate of Research Excellence by the Environmental Design Research Association

HGA Research

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) awarded HGA with a Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for the study “On-Stage/Off-Stage Clinic Design: Implications for Operational Efficiencies, Staff Collaboration and Privacy”. CORE recognizes rigorous, valuable, and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practice in environmental design.

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Topics: Research, Healthcare

Make a Steel Building Sail: BIM and VDC Bring Church of the Resurrection to Life

HGA News

When people think of churches, what often comes to mind is a square white building with a triangular roof and a steeple on top. When the congregation of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection envisioned its new place of worship, they imagined something much different.

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Topics: Arts & Culture, Community, Engineering, Technology

Embracing Green

Choosing materials to promote healthy indoor environments

New sustainable building standards are putting a greater emphasis on healthy indoor environments. Healthcare facilities, in particular, are becoming increasingly focused on promoting healthy environments that support the well-being of patients, families and staff –with particular focus on indoor air quality.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Sustainability & Resiliency

Holistically Rethinking the Workplace

Destination workplace. Activity-based workplace. Agile workplace. Mobile workplace. Well-certified workplace. Cognitive-era workplace.

What’s behind the buzz? Most of these workplace labels suggest some generalization about the workplace environment. The risk in generalizations is they can promote a one-size-fits-all mentality. The reality today is that people in most organizations vary widely in terms of socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual preference, religion, geography, language, and culture. Designing workplaces that meet the needs of a diverse workforce requires a holistic approach.

HGA Workplace Strategists Dave Paeper and Melissa Jancourt get beyond the buzz and offer some insight into the dynamics impacting today’s workplace.

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Topics: Corporate

Q&A: How Health Care Engineers and Designers Can Communicate Better

Research shows the most important predictor of a team’s success is their communication patterns. But sometimes stereotypes get in the way and communication breaks down – thwarting opportunities for breakthroughs.

If you manage, design, or build health care facilities, you may have some preconceived notions of your engineering or design counterpart. Krista McDonald Biason, PE, associate vice president and senior electrical engineer of HGA Architects and Engineers, shares tips for overcoming the perceived “linguistic divide” among health care engineers and designers to achieve better solutions.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

International Meeting Addresses Healthcare in Vietnam

Michael Hess

HGA’s Michael Hess (right of center) was among the international healthcare experts and diplomats at the recent U.S.-Vietnam Health Infrastructure Development Meeting in Hanoi.

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Topics: Healthcare

6 Behavioral Health Design Trends

HGA has designed behavioral health facilities across the country—including several mental health units within hospitals and numerous addiction treatment facilities—and has identified six approaches that not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. Consideration of these trends in healthcare planning and design can positively impact costs, functional capabilities, and safety for patients and staff. 

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Topics: Healthcare

Panelboard Bonding in Patient Care Vicinities

Article 250 of the National Electrical Code ( NFPA 70) addresses grounding and bonding requirements for electrical installations — addressing topics ranging from bonding jumpers to grounding of electrical equipment to ungrounded systems and even a section on how to prevent “objectionable currents.” What this Article doesn’t address is the specific requirement in health care facilities for bonding of  panelboards in patient care vicinities. This requirement is above and beyond the requirements identified in Art. 250.
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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Change Management and Workplace Design

Q&A with The Registry

What are employees’ greatest fears about change management? 

The biggest fear here is the word “change.” Let’s face it, no one likes change. I wish we had another word for this because “change” gets a bit overused these days and everyone has their own definition of what it should mean. In terms of how this impacts workplace design and management; it comes down to communication, and a lot of it.

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Topics: Corporate


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