People of CN: Gaby Orizondo

by Allison Weeks

“Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I would always bake with my grandmother,” Gaby Orizondo recalls. “Back then, it was never anything too intense, just mostly brownies and cookies, but I’ve always really liked baking. In my country, there is…

9 Tips for Effective Change Management

At its core, change management seeks to maximize the ROI of a physical space by addressing fundamental aspects of culture, structure, and language to develop a durable workplace strategy that transforms behaviors and delivers measurable results. w Achieving those results,…

People of CN: Angie Brose

by Cat Brutvan

“In Germany, students are required to spend at least three months in a building trade — I decided to do an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker. Before I ever started studying architecture, I became a master cabinetmaker, so, it’s safe to…

A Case Study on the Economic Value of Sustainable Design

by David Lancor

Since the advent of “sustainable design,” designers have argued there is more than an environmental rationale for sustainability – there is a valid economic case for green building design. Today, between the data to back it up and the…

People of CN: Klaus Perkins

by Cat Brutvan

Klaus is part of the one percent. In this case, the estimated one percent of structural engineers who are involved with FEMA’s Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) or the NCSEA’s Structural Engineers Emergency Response (SEER) groups. He serves as a…

5 Ways to Improve School Safety – for Free

by Becky Brady

Safety in schools continues to be a topic of everyday conversation. While there are many ways to improve school safety, these often focus on physical changes to the school environment and, as a result, are difficult to achieve unless there…

A Look at Integrating Outdoor Environments in K-12 Education

by Eliza Vaughn, featuring Derek Burns, Principal of Douglas Elementary School, and Becky Brady, architect, Clark Nexsen

The creation of spaces for outdoor learning and experiences is gaining traction in K-12 school design. Looking beyond play time, growing recognition of the significant benefits associated with time spent outdoors is driving the integration and use of outdoor classrooms,…

Highrise Standpipe Design: A Case History

by Rick Alpert

Rick Alpert recently published an article in the July/August edition of Sprinkler Age magazine. Sprinkler Age is the membership publication of the American Fire Sprinkler Association. The article is a follow-up to a previous article Rick authored on standpipe systems…

Employee Well-Being and the Impact of Workplace Design

by Rachel Domencic

By making strategic design investments that focus on the health and welfare of their people, employers can expect a happier, higher performing workforce, and ultimately a more successful company culture. This marks a critical shift in the design paradigm. w…