Category Archives: Published Articles

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Cry for Think Time

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As office landscapes become increasingly dominated by open floor plans, BHDP’s design strategist Brady Mick weighs in on how these collaborative environments may be taking away from valuable employee think time.   Over the last 10 years, the evolving nature of work and the demand for more collaboration in the workplace have produced a profound […]

Complexity as an Advantage in Workplace Strategy

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Brady Mick, design strategist and client leader at BHDP, investigates how businesses can recognize the significance of the science behind complexity and use it to create the customized environments that are essential for today’s work.   Tension between the realities of work and current workplace strategies is taking a toll on business. With increasing work complexity at odds with […]