Lights, Camera, Learning!: Turning High End Performance spaces into High Performance Educational Space

When you walk through a school during a typical day there is always a rhythm accompanying you. Every building is different, but there is always a rhythm. Dropped pencils, scurrying footsteps, bells and tones and the din of youthful exuberance populate the symphony. This score gives learning environments a unique pulse. Great learning environments have... Continue Reading →

Transgender Toilet Rooms – The Scoop

The issue of transgender toilet rooms has been a hot topic in the news a LOT recently!  And, I bet, as a building owner, you've been asked how you will accommodate this segment of the population.  So, the first thing you did is call a trusted Architect or Engineer to ask this specific question...and the... Continue Reading →

Should you build new or renovate?

This is a fairly typical question that plagues building owners.  It is not unusual for clients to assume that, to get what they want, they have to build new...and 'we' certainly can't afford that! Owners will often overlook the tremendous value in their existing facilities.  This is understandable if you were looking at the (typically)... Continue Reading →

Having an impact…

While construction of the Workman Family Softball Field (a new $2MM stadium on Millikin University’s campus in Decatur, IL) progresses, recent events in the sporting world have reminded me of how athletics can bring people together, create hope, and provide a much needed distraction. As a life-long Cubs fan, my world just got turned upside... Continue Reading →

Think BIG – Richland Community College

Early this spring, Richland Community College presented us with several challenges: the College was looking to reinvent their educational environments and add momentum to a fundraising campaign for a proposed business school. Similar to many Community Colleges in Illinois, Richland is also battling reduced state funding and decreasing enrollments. A successful solution to the challenges will include developing educational environments that allows... Continue Reading →

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