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Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

We are used to thinking of infrastructure as built public works systems, such as roads, sewers, and utilities. “Gree...
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Green Infrastructure

Energy Laboratory Design

Energy Laboratory Design

As the demands of a growing population continue to impact the environment, today’s generation is responsible to rese...
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Energy Laboratory Design

The Changing Workplace: What's Your Strategy?

The Changing Workplace: What's Your Strategy?

Many factors contribute to the ever-changing workplace—technological advancements, economic and societal influences,...
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The Changing Workplace: What's Your Strategy?

A New Class of Patients

A New Class of Patients

Rapidly changing diagnostic & treatment modalities—predicated on emerging technology, an increasingly chronic pa...
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A New Class of Patients

Designing for the T-Shaped Student

Designing for the T-Shaped Student

Over the past decade employers and educators have placed increasing importance on the mastery of competencies beyond those...
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Designing for the T-Shaped Student

Workplace Culture: Is it all Hype?

Workplace Culture: Is it all Hype?

As workplace designers, we often ponder the connection between workspace and the culture of an organization. Does the envi...
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Workplace Culture: Is it all Hype?

Remaking the Engineering Building: Strategies for Success

Remaking the Engineering Building: Strategies for Success

Borrowing a page from a playbook more familiar to real estate turnaround experts, a number of research-based institutions ...
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Remaking the Engineering Building: Strategies for Success

Relational Sustainability: Environments for Long-term Critical Care Patients

Relational Sustainability: Environments for Long-term Critical Care Patients

In recent years, a new type of critical care patient has emerged who requires both intense care and long-term care in the ...
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Relational Sustainability: Environments for Long-term Critical Care Patients

American Senior Living Models in China

American Senior Living Models in China

The Continuing Care Retirement Community has long been the preeminent model of senior care in the United States. Its domin...
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American Senior Living Models in China

Planning for Urban Universities and Colleges

Planning for Urban Universities and Colleges

More than half of all colleges and universities in the United States are located in urban centers and their immediate surr...
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Planning for Urban Universities and Colleges

Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Classroom

Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Classroom

The necessity for providers from all health professions to work together in coordinated care teams has become a critical c...
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Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Classroom

The Rise of Human Capital and Engagement

The Rise of Human Capital and Engagement

In the not-so-distant past, human capital was defined in limited, objective terms. The benefits in terms of effectiveness,...
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The Rise of Human Capital and Engagement

Interprofessional Innovations in Allied Health

Interprofessional Innovations in Allied Health

Increasingly, leadership in higher education and industry are working closely together to focus on better preparing studen...
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Interprofessional Innovations in Allied Health

The Evolution of the Engineering Building

The Evolution of the Engineering Building

In March 2016, SmithGroupJJR convened in San Francisco, California to host an Advisory Board discussion in conjunction wit...
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The Evolution of the Engineering Building

Defining the New Mixed-Use

Defining the New Mixed-Use

Once viewed as an optional typology, mixed-use has become a development mainstay but needs to be considered through a diff...
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Defining the New Mixed-Use

Thriving in a Disruptive World

Thriving in a Disruptive World

We expect change. We welcome innovation. But in today’s business world, disruption has become the new norm. Disrupti...
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Thriving in a Disruptive World

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A New Class of Patients

A New Class of Patients

Rapidly changing diagnostic & treatment modalities—predicated on emerging technology, an increasingly chronic pa...
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A New Class of Patients

Advanced Science & Technologies

Advanced Science & Technologies

SmithGroupJJR specializes in the planning and design of a variety of science facilities, from life sciences to material...
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Advanced Science & Technologies

American Senior Living Models in China

American Senior Living Models in China

The Continuing Care Retirement Community has long been the preeminent model of senior care in the United States. Its domin...
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American Senior Living Models in China

An Immersion in Biophilic Design

An Immersion in Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is based on the theory of ‘biophilia,’ defined by Edward O. Wilson as “the innately emo...
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An Immersion in Biophilic Design

Asset Repositioning

Asset Repositioning

Every city tells a story through its urban landscape: its street life, retail, transit offerings, art and architecture. In...
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Asset Repositioning

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Beyond TIF

Beyond TIF

Recognizing the critical role that public/private partnership (P3) will play in the sustainable growth and success of our ...
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Beyond TIF

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Coastal Modeling

Coastal Modeling

Coastal environments can be relentlessly unforgiving when it comes to winds, waves, erosion and flooding. The best waterfr...
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Coastal Modeling

Creating AMC Linkages

Creating AMC Linkages

Academic medical centers are meeting the demand for enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration by employing strategies to...
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Creating AMC Linkages

Creating Buy-In Before the Move

Creating Buy-In Before the Move

Picture this. Your organization is nearing a real estate transition. A move to a new or renovated location, perhaps a majo...
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Creating Buy-In Before the Move

Creating Modern Curb Appeal

Creating Modern Curb Appeal

Redevelopment of existing real estate assets, often in premier locations, offer developers many opportunities to increa...
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Creating Modern Curb Appeal

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Debunking the Myths of LEED-CI

Debunking the Myths of LEED-CI

The experiences of the companies earning LEED-CI (and of their architecture/engineering firms) do more than show the va...
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Debunking the Myths of LEED-CI

Defining the New Mixed-Use

Defining the New Mixed-Use

Once viewed as an optional typology, mixed-use has become a development mainstay but needs to be considered through a diff...
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Defining the New Mixed-Use

Dental Education

Dental Education

Research continues to illuminate the role of dentistry in a comprehensive, holistic approach to health care. In turn, dent...
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Dental Education

Design Build

Design Build

As early as 700BC with Code of Hammurabi, can one find reference to the principles of Design Build; a delivery methodology...
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Design Build

Designing for the Continuum of Care in Rehabilitation

Designing for the Continuum of Care in Rehabilitation

The continuum of care is critical in rehabilitation. Recovery after a catastrophic injury or illness does not end when ...
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Designing for the Continuum of Care in Rehabilitation

Designing for the Next Generation of Scientists

Designing for the Next Generation of Scientists

There has been much speculation about what the academic scientific workplace of the future will look like. As young scient...
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Designing for the Next Generation of Scientists

Designing for the T-Shaped Student

Designing for the T-Shaped Student

Over the past decade employers and educators have placed increasing importance on the mastery of competencies beyond those...
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Designing for the T-Shaped Student

Driven by Mobility: The New Workplace Environment

Driven by Mobility: The New Workplace Environment

SmithGroupJJR annually brings together a Workplace Advisory Board comprised of corporate real estate executives, workplace...
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Driven by Mobility: The New Workplace Environment

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Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy Efficient Lighting

The need for energy efficient lighting has become mainstream. Momentum is growing at the consumer level for light sourc...
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Energy Efficient Lighting

Energy Laboratory Design

Energy Laboratory Design

As the demands of a growing population continue to impact the environment, today’s generation is responsible to rese...
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Energy Laboratory Design

Exploring the ADA’s Influence on Design

Exploring the ADA’s Influence on Design

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since the act was first signed into law, what prog...
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Exploring the ADA’s Influence on Design

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Flexible Office Buildings

Flexible Office Buildings

When designing speculative office buildings, and campus buildings for end-users, there often exists an element of myste...
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Flexible Office Buildings

Forensic Medicine

Forensic Medicine

Laboratory space design represents a highly specialized challenge for facility owners, architects, and engineers. It requi...
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Forensic Medicine

Forensic Science Facilities

Forensic Science Facilities

Forensic science facilities have experienced an influx of operational and design changes due to advancements in technology...
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Forensic Science Facilities

From Research Park to Innovation Community

From Research Park to Innovation Community

Research parks are a key component of today’s knowledge economy. Initially conceived in the 1950s as real estate dev...
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From Research Park to Innovation Community

Fusion Facilities

Fusion Facilities

An emerging design paradigm is having a major impact on the world of university campus planning and design-fusion faciliti...
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Fusion Facilities

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Go Long

Go Long

Long span structures can create expansive views, future flexibility in a range of building types. Quite often when some...
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Go Long

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure

We are used to thinking of infrastructure as built public works systems, such as roads, sewers, and utilities. “Gree...
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Green Infrastructure

Green Workplace Interiors

Green Workplace Interiors

Green is good-including in the workplace. While green is good for obvious environmental reasons, sustainable design is als...
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Green Workplace Interiors

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Health Product Declaration: a building product 'nutrition label'

Health Product Declaration: a building product 'nutrition label'

SmithGroupJJR is encouraged by the increasing trend toward transparency in the building products industry.  For the l...
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Health Product Declaration: a building product 'nutrition label'

Higher Education in the New Financial Order

Higher Education in the New Financial Order

U.S. institutions of higher learning are confronting a dramatically altered economic landscape. Over the past 30 years, th...
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Higher Education in the New Financial Order

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Integrated Campus Planning

Integrated Campus Planning

As higher education confronts unprecedented change, campus planners are taking on the critical role of synthesizing an ins...
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Integrated Campus Planning

Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Classroom

Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Classroom

The necessity for providers from all health professions to work together in coordinated care teams has become a critical c...
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Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Classroom

Interprofessional Innovations in Allied Health

Interprofessional Innovations in Allied Health

Increasingly, leadership in higher education and industry are working closely together to focus on better preparing studen...
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Interprofessional Innovations in Allied Health

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Know Your WaterScore

Know Your WaterScore

SmithGroupJJR's landscape architects and environmental scientists were tasked with developing a new metric for site su...
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Know Your WaterScore

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Laboratory Renovations

Laboratory Renovations

The collapse of the United States housing market in 2007-08 precipitated a nearly commensurate downturn in new nonresident...
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Laboratory Renovations

Landscape over Structure

Landscape over Structure

 Maximize our site’s capacity. Lower our energy costs. Provide the community with a positive environmental impa...
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Landscape over Structure

Law Libraries & Legal Education

Law Libraries & Legal Education

In the course of its work on multiple law school projects in the past few years, the SmithGroupJJR design team has come to...
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Law Libraries & Legal Education

Learning in Place

Learning in Place

As planning and design professionals deeply involved in higher education, SmithGroupJJR is keenly aware of the profound...
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Learning in Place

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Material Transparency, part one

Material Transparency, part one

As the days go by, the global movement towards transparency gains steady momentum. In the design and construction world, t...
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Material Transparency, part one

Material Transparency, part two

Material Transparency, part two

SmithGroupJJR is working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) on a new facility, the Brock Environmental Center in Vir...
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Material Transparency, part two

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Net-Zero Energy

Net-Zero Energy

With programs like the 2030 Commitment, designers are pursuing incrementally stringent energy reduction targets following ...
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Net-Zero Energy

Nursing Education

Nursing Education

Healthcare is in a period of great change and innovation abounds in ways never imagined. Healthcare reform is unfolding...
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Nursing Education

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Optimizing Healthcare with Templating

Optimizing Healthcare with Templating

What if, every time you had to build a hospital, ambulatory care center or medical office building (MOB), you didn'...
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Optimizing Healthcare with Templating

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Performance Metrics for Sustainable Landscapes

Performance Metrics for Sustainable Landscapes

Landscape is often viewed as the warm and fuzzy side of sustainable design. While nearly everyone agrees that enhancing a ...
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Performance Metrics for Sustainable Landscapes

Photovoltaics – No longer the Ugly Ducklings of Design

Photovoltaics – No longer the Ugly Ducklings of Design

Solar power is now cost competitive with fossil fuel energy and gaining widespread adoption. But can architects imple...
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Photovoltaics – No longer the Ugly Ducklings of Design

Planning for Urban Universities and Colleges

Planning for Urban Universities and Colleges

More than half of all colleges and universities in the United States are located in urban centers and their immediate surr...
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Planning for Urban Universities and Colleges

Planning in a Time of Uncertainty

Planning in a Time of Uncertainty

Healthcare planners and designers are trained to solve problems: we seek the opportunities and challenges of any given cli...
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Planning in a Time of Uncertainty

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Re-Lighting of Historic Architecture

Re-Lighting of Historic Architecture

When it comes to renovating historic architecture, sensitivity to the original architect’s intent for each space and...
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Re-Lighting of Historic Architecture

Re-Thinking the Office: Lessons Learned in Office Design

Re-Thinking the Office: Lessons Learned in Office Design

One thing we can all agree on is that the workplace—and work for that matter—continue to evolve at a very rapi...
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Re-Thinking the Office: Lessons Learned in Office Design

Recreation-Sustainability

Recreation-Sustainability

As architects and engineers, we have an opportunity to design recreation facilities that promote awareness about sustainab...
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Recreation-Sustainability

Relational Sustainability: Environments for Long-term Critical Care Patients

Relational Sustainability: Environments for Long-term Critical Care Patients

In recent years, a new type of critical care patient has emerged who requires both intense care and long-term care in the ...
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Relational Sustainability: Environments for Long-term Critical Care Patients

Remaking the Engineering Building: Strategies for Success

Remaking the Engineering Building: Strategies for Success

Borrowing a page from a playbook more familiar to real estate turnaround experts, a number of research-based institutions ...
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Remaking the Engineering Building: Strategies for Success

Research Environment of the Future

Research Environment of the Future

The research environment is progressing. Growing industry workforce, evolving demographics and the teetering economy are t...
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Research Environment of the Future

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Safer labs, greener labs: Ventilation strategies

Safer labs, greener labs: Ventilation strategies

Today, there are a few givens that challenge design teams and owners striving to create state-of-the-art laboratory fac...
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Safer labs, greener labs: Ventilation strategies

Simulation Design

Simulation Design

Simulation has proven to be an effective teaching method, and one well suited to inter-professional education.  Stude...
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Simulation Design

Small Craft Harbor Planning and Design

Small Craft Harbor Planning and Design

The American Society of Civil Engineers' Manuals of Practice series represents a commitment by ASCE to provide frontli...
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Small Craft Harbor Planning and Design

Student Life

Student Life

When designing centers for student use, it is no longer enough to include a food court and a computer lab. Today's ...
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Student Life

Sustainability: Looking Forward

Sustainability: Looking Forward

Few will disagree that this is an exciting time for sustainable design. Significant trends emerging include the push towar...
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Sustainability: Looking Forward

Sustainable, Secure Reconstruction

Sustainable, Secure Reconstruction

Reconstruction and modernization of older and often historically significant buildings present many opportunities-and like...
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Sustainable, Secure Reconstruction

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The Changing Workplace: What's Your Strategy?

The Changing Workplace: What's Your Strategy?

Many factors contribute to the ever-changing workplace—technological advancements, economic and societal influences,...
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The Changing Workplace: What's Your Strategy?

The Evolution of the Engineering Building

The Evolution of the Engineering Building

In March 2016, SmithGroupJJR convened in San Francisco, California to host an Advisory Board discussion in conjunction wit...
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The Evolution of the Engineering Building

The Facility Response to Health Reform

The Facility Response to Health Reform

As healthcare reform legislation extends medical insurance coverage to more Americans, the nation's healthcare syst...
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The Facility Response to Health Reform

The JUST label: Adding social justice to the transparency movement

The JUST label: Adding social justice to the transparency movement

True sustainability must include the trifecta of environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and social responsibility....
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The JUST label: Adding social justice to the transparency movement

The Rise of Human Capital and Engagement

The Rise of Human Capital and Engagement

In the not-so-distant past, human capital was defined in limited, objective terms. The benefits in terms of effectiveness,...
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The Rise of Human Capital and Engagement

Thriving in a Disruptive World

Thriving in a Disruptive World

We expect change. We welcome innovation. But in today’s business world, disruption has become the new norm. Disrupti...
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Thriving in a Disruptive World

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Waste Heat Recovery in Data Centers

Waste Heat Recovery in Data Centers

The information technology arena is at a crossroads. While technologies can make the world a more efficient place, the fac...
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Waste Heat Recovery in Data Centers

Workplace Culture: Is it all Hype?

Workplace Culture: Is it all Hype?

As workplace designers, we often ponder the connection between workspace and the culture of an organization. Does the envi...
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Workplace Culture: Is it all Hype?

Workplace of the Future

Workplace of the Future

One of the biggest drivers of the future of work is technology. Rapid advances have changed the nature or work, allowing t...
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Workplace of the Future

Workplace Trends

Workplace Trends

Many factors are changing the nature of work, and work behaviors. No longer is the office the only place where work gets d...
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Workplace Trends