Category Archives: Thought Leadership

Part I: Finding the Library’s Unique Role & Purpose

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Historically, the library has been the central information resource and academic heart for scholarly activity on college campuses. In that capacity, it is considered a valuable academic asset. Yet, due in large part to the digital revolution, the library’s role has shifted to accommodate the needs of today’s learners. In the process, some campus libraries […]

What Do Students Need In A Campus Library? Just Ask Them.

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To understand further how students are using their libraries, a Cincinnati architecture firm surveyed more than 20 of these higher education facilities. The college library’s exterior might be majestic and ivy covered and appear to be a solemn place where words of wisdom literally are etched in stone. But inside, it’s a different story. Rather […]

Behavioral Change from Hierarchical Systems

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How does the military win a war? History suggests it begins by identifying the “enemy,” with a focus on determining the location of its “leader.” After this, a vision can be defined, along with success criteria and mission strategies to deliver results. Yet, as recently described by Chris Fussell, at WorkTech’s NYC Conference, from his book, Team of Teams; these former rules have changed. Because the enemy is no longer hierarchal, fighting with past expectations does not achieve desired results.

Defining Privacy for the Future of Workspace Design

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Defining Privacy for the Future of Workspace Design The astounding rate of change and complexity in the marketplace in the beginning of the 21stcentury precipitated a shift toward barrier-free workplace design. Many business leaders believed that collaboration, fostered by open-plan workspaces, would stimulate the innovation required to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. However, […]

Change Management: Thinking Outside the Box

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE CHANGE MANAGEMENT BOX Changing behaviors is difficult! Image courtesy of the author. For the past few decades, change management has been the accepted best business process to transition individuals, teams, and organizations to new ways of working. Preparation and support through change are essential for people if you want to drive organizational […]

Safe Stores: Five Design Ideas to Help Customers Feel Safer

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Andrew McQuilkin, retail market leader at BHDP, discusses ways his team helps retailers design with shopper’s safety in mind by creating safe stores. During a recent European Department Store conference session on the global purchasing power of Chinese nationals, a fellow audience member—the president of a major department store—whispered to me: “No one’s talking about […]

Three Reasons Why Modeling & Simulation is a “Must” for Today’s Facility Planning and Design

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Michael Verdier and Sam Zhang of BHDP’s industrial team explain how modeling and simulation can analyze production bottlenecks and improve design outcomes.   With all of the bottom-line benefits today’s Modeling & Simulation (M&S) technology offers, why are so many companies continuing to plan and design facilities, such as manufacturing plants, through outdated approaches? Capital […]

Trends and Tensions in the Workplace Executive Roundtable Summary

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On Sept. 17, 2015, BHDP facilitated an Executive Roundtable titled “Trends and Tensions in the Workplace.” Leaders from across the corporate real estate industry met at Tangeman University Center in the heart of University of Cincinnati’s Clifton campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through ideation, data analysis and story-telling, the group unpacked workplace trends and tensions that […]

Interdisciplinary Spaces: Redefining Education, Encouraging Entrepreneurship

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Paul Orban, AIA, LEED AP, market leader for the higher education studio at BHDP, examines the purposes and benefits of “creative lab” spaces on college campuses that encourage collaboration across disciplines and lead to the generation of new ideas among faculty and students alike. Increased competition from online colleges is prompting many to question the […]

A Seat to Call “Home”—The Pros and Cons of Unassigned Seating in the Workplace

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Brady Mick, RA, MCR.w, Client Leader and Senior Workplace Strategist presented a webinar with Work Design Magazine on the benefits—and hurdles—to unassigned seating in the workplace. Brady continues the conversation by discussing three popular strategies for creating open seat-plans.   There are so many questions around taking the plunge to a 100 percent unassigned workplace, […]