Monthly Archives: October 2013

How much is the world changing?

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We are often faced with humbling facts about the human impact on the world. For example, I read a statistic from The Hay Group: more than 160 million employees worldwide are set to leave their organization.

Well, honestly I am skeptical by nature about such grandiose claims of profound knowledge, but as I enjoy wild statistics and they tend to stick in my head, I went in search of internet verification (another naive approach – I know).  In four minutes (yet another sign of the times) I failed in my search, but I did find an impactful web site that I just stopped and watched and thought about for another four minutes. Worldometers has a wow factor that is hard to not pause on – akin to watching an accident happening real time…

I can’t help but wonder; if 53 million cars have been produced this year, how many have been destroyed, in what way and where are they?  At the bottom of the ocean??

When will the number of obese people in the world (527 million as of this date) surpass the number of undernourished people (896 million as of this date)?  What are the consequences of this moment in human history?

And I turned off the lights in my kitchen after watching the energy consumption meters. Yikes!

Find your most impactful statistics; and please share back with me.

BHDP Designs New Bowling Green State University Chemistry Lab

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Bowling Green State University (BGSU) opened a new organic chemistry lab for students this fall. The new lab is open to all chemistry majors, as well as many other science students. 

According to a BGSU newsletter article, “the fresh new space, completely redone and renovated, provides a state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment that is also significantly more energy efficient than the former space.”

The lab has 12 new clear glass lab hoods, one ADA-compliant hood, a computer projection system, two flat-screen monitors, a “back bench” work station near the hoods, viewing windows, and new LED lighting.

The new lab was designed by BHDP. To learn more about the project, visit BGSU’s website.

The Importance of Strategy in Corporate Real Estate

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Corporate Real Estate (CRE) teams are evolving their areas of focus from the traditional three prongs of portfolio planning, design and construction, and facilities management to include strategy. Strategy includes addressing essential issues like company vision, workplace effectiveness, worker performance and employee engagement.

In the article, “”Trends in Corporate Real Estate: The Role of Strategy“” in the September/October issue of The Leader, Brady Mick writes about the importance of including a corporate real estate strategist into a CRE team.

Mick, an architect, workplace strategist and client leader for BHDP, explains why strategists are becoming key contributors to CRE teams. They are helping companies and the CRE team focus on the merging of the building’s design and the employee’s needs and performance.