Perhaps the most critical measure of design success in the housing market is rapidly achieving full occupancy once a facility opens for lease. Clemson University’s amenity-rich, lively Douthit Hills Complex delivered on a key goal to make on-campus housing more attractive to upperclassmen, fully leasing within two days of being listed.
Designed with a soothing palette, inviting layout, and emphasis on the verdant outdoor scenery, Blue Ridge Orthodontics’ new office has helped the practice achieve a 20% increase in appointments. Notably, women make up to 80% of healthcare decisions for their households, and mothers in particular prefer environments with minimal to no electronics – like the one created by this L-shaped building, which positions the treatment area to overlook a 300 square foot landscaped bioswale.
In environmentally sensitive areas, widening roadways can’t be the only answer for more efficient traffic flow – and in the case of Wythe Creek Road, jeopardized the entire project due to budget overages. By implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems, our transportation engineers saved VDOT $10 million – making the project financially feasible, minimizing environmental impacts, and eliminating the need for total property acquisitions for Right-of-Way.
As a coastal city in a region that relies on its waters and ports as economic drivers, the City of Virginia Beach sees sustainability differently – facing the challenges of sea level rise in conjunction with the need to create sustainable, engaging neighborhoods. Partnering with the city to develop their Sustainability Plan, our team led more than 20 public meetings and multiple additional workshops to ultimately build unanimous approval from City Council on a plan that reflects the values and priorities of city residents.
A “library of the future,” per Time magazine, the James B. Hunt Library embodies the NC State motto “Think & Do,” propelling their students and faculty toward new discoveries with a design that fosters interaction, integrates cutting edge technology, and promotes connectivity both within the library walls and beyond. Learn more about how our partnership with Snohetta and NC State Libraries to design the library elevates NC State’s profile as a research university.
Delivering the Operation Smile World Headquarters under the projected $14.7 million budget is more meaningful than dollars and cents – the cost savings is the equivalent of 913 children’s lives transformed by surgeries to correct facial deformities such as cleft palate. Operation Smile’s mission to deliver high quality healthcare to children around the world inspired their new light-filled and engaging headquarters.
The LEED Gold Rhoades Hall at UNC Asheville highlights how a renovated academic space can maximize student outcomes and minimize environmental impacts. With a 47 percent reduction in energy use compared to pre-renovation and a 72 percent reduction in water use compared to the baseline, the state-of-the-art building now has a 10,000 gallon rainwater cistern that collects water for its low-flow toilets and geothermal wells to support heating, cooling, and hot water.