Energy Watch: Tracking Energy Usage

Brendon Dorn

HGA Building Performance Analyst Brendon Dorn highlighted how facility Owners can save money through energy tracking at his program, "The Energy-Efficiency Gap," in May at the 2016 Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Expo. Below he details three basic steps to track energy.

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Topics: Energy & Infrastructure

Resilient Design: Forecasting Risk

Planning for resiliency is a multifaceted process that considers building type, business operations, and geographic location. Each building type--whether government, corporate, healthcare, or higher education--requires a targeted approach to forecasting risk. Government buildings requiring high-security measures face challenges different from hospitals that need to be operational 24/7 to deliver life-critical services. Yet each benefits from a strategic process that evaluates potential internal and external risks.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

What Came First: Distribution Equipment or Coordination Study?

What came first — the chicken or the egg? This age-old question has been perplexing society for generations. The electrical equivalent of this timeless dilemma is “What came first — the distribution equipment or the coordination study?” In the last few months, I have had many “discussions” with construction team members regarding this topic — most of them not too pleasant.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

What Matters Most in the Workplace

HGA Research

Flexible workspaces and collaboration inspire today's office design.

HGA's Workplace Research Study "What Matters Most in the Workplace" identifies what drives corporate real estate decisions, what design features are most important to workers, and what's in store for the future of workplace strategies.

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Topics: Corporate, Research

Schreiber Foods: Merging Corporate Goals and Urban Reinvestment

A global dairy company consolidates its operations and R&D functions onto a single campus that is building synergy in downtown Green Bay.

Schreiber's Home Office and Global Technology Center in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a lesson in business strategy and community building. The global dairy company set ambitious goals to transform its business model and civic profile when planning a new 250,000-square-foot headquarters. With approximately 700 employees (or partners, as Schreiber refers to them, since the company is employee owned) locally and 7,000 globally, Schreiber is one of the world’s largest dairy companies. It serves a diverse customer base, from restaurants and institutions to grocery stores and food manufacturers.

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Topics: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure

Designing for the Future: The Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building


HGA's work on the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building exemplifies our ongoing partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) over the years. The architecturally distinctive, midcentury-modern office building has been carefully restored while addressing new technology, sustainable initiatives, and modern workplace needs--positioning B.H. Whipple to serve the public well into the future.

Renovation highlights include:

  • New landscaping and plantings on a 25-acre site.
  • Restored travertine walls, terrazzo floors and elevator banks along a reconfigured Main Street corridor.
  • Interpretive exhibits of regional geology and history.
  • Flexible workspaces that meet programming needs for 13 federal agencies.
  • Sustainable innovations, including a geothermal heating-and-cooling system and high-performance exterior.

For more information, visit the B.H. Whipple Microsite.

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Topics: Corporate, Engineering

Designer Spotlight: Karen Lu, AIA

Karen Lu, AIA

Karen Lu, AIA, recently won the 2016 National AIA Young Architects Award for her contributions to the architecture industry. As a project designer at HGA, Lu focuses on public and corporate architecture, including several projects for the General Services Administration (GSA). Lu promotes a collaborative work style to develop innovative design solutions. Below, Lu discusses her professional inspirations.

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Topics: Corporate

Up Close: Kara Freihoefer, Ph.D.

Research specialist Kara Freihoefer, PhD, and process engineer Brent Peterson, PE, recently presented "Lean on Research: The Merge of Two Methodologies" at the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference, where they highlighted Lean strategies combined with Evidence-Based Design (EBD) research. Below, Freihoefer summarizes key takeaways.

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Topics: Healthcare

Hope College: Bridging Town and Gown Opportunities

The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, reflects a growing trend among colleges to share educational and cultural resources with their hometown. By working together, campus and town can plan facilities that benefit curriculum and community needs. The following three points detail how Hope College created an exceptional new Music Hall that enriches the campus and Holland.

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Topics: Education, Arts & Culture

Health Matters: Designing with Virtual Reality

Ryan Spiering


Virtual reality (VR) design tools have been growing in importance by bringing new levels of reality to the design process. For designers and healthcare facility owners, VR offers an immersive spatial experience of work-in-progress. Facility owners, especially, can experience space planning in ways not possible with 2D drawings, giving them more information in decision-making.

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Topics: Technology


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