In the late 1970s, many American office workers began complaining of a mysterious illness. Their symptoms included headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Often, these symptoms started after workers arrived at the office and dissipated after they left the building.
Stakeholder input is a vital part of any building project. Through surveys and workshops, members of your organization should contribute to the design process, voice their concerns, and share ideas. This type of collaboration leads to a project that fits the occupants’ unique needs.
Building project commissioning is the process of checking building systems and verifying that they are designed, constructed, and operating as intended. Investing in the service can prevent operational inefficiencies and reduce maintenance and energy costs. It is also a requirement for many building verification systems, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Housing First is a nationally recognized homeless assistance model that provides permanent, low-barrier housing. It is based on the idea that people need a place to live before they can address the underlying issues that contribute to chronic homelessness.
Since 1971, the National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA) has been dedicated to the development and advancement of minority architects. This year, over 1200 professionals and students attended the conference in Nashville, TN, making it the largest conference in NOMA history.
Material selection is a core component of any building project. Every material—from façade treatments to flooring—must be specified by a design team.
Security is a top concern for any building owner. From federal buildings to hospitals to schools, all industries and sectors are looking for ways to protect occupants’ physical safety. An architect’s job is to guide the conversation, listen, analyze issues, and develop potential solutions.
When one thinks “parking facility,” sustainability usually doesn’t come to mind. Not only do parking facilities house carbon-emitting vehicles, but often, they are constructed from carbon-intensive materials like steel and concrete. Due to these inherent problems, designers and their clients need to exercise care and find ways to reduce emissions when planning parking facilities.