Sizable Sustainability

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Designing for sustainability is about finding the right solutions to reduce facility resource consumption. The benefits can easily be found in regular utility costs; however, long term accomplishments can translate to healthy systems and easier facility maintenance. And a more positive impact on surrounding environments is always a plus.

When seeking to achieve sustainable performance, a good place to start is through a goal setting process that utilizes energy modeling and CFD analysis to...

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Sustainable Landscape at Notre Dame University

By: Dan Adler

Notre Dame's Stinson-Remick Hall houses high tech research activities for the College of Engineering. The building’s traditional architecture communicates the distinct character and brand of the university’s campus. And the facility’s LEED Gold certification illustrates this highly complex laboratory building as a sustainable structure.

Outside the building, an innovative landscape combines multiple advantages in an attractive and environment-friendly design. This first-of-its-kind landscape on...

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The Buzz in the Industry... Culture of Care

By: Paulina Bugyis

As I flip through publications, magazines, emails and sometimes marketing material, I realize that we are all repeatedly using one very powerful word: Culture. I have used it myself thinking it was my own doing; however, I believe at times we assimilate trends even without knowing.

The powerful thing is that the word culture next to care is now associated in a concept of something that we can create, develop and put into practice. For example, the Animal Science Research Industry advertises how...

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An Inspired Man = Countless Improved Lives

By: Michele Lord

Inspiration is often elusive. We seek it in our vocations and relationships, our places of worship and from our leaders. I have realized recently, through a tragic experience, about the genesis of inspiration. 

True inspiration builds within us … you and me. We carry it forward and create it for others around us.

I have reflected this past week about the concept of inspiration, following the untimely death of my colleague, Rick McCain.

Rick was wired to do the right thing … for himself, his...

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The New Care Environment

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

United States healthcare delivery is changing. A common consensus is that the system will be unsustainable as solutions to fix it lack the creativity and energy to carry it into the future.

There needs to be revolutionary change in the planning, design and construction of these environments in order for sustainability to occur. The focus is on patient-centric approaches and with advancing technology the ability to overhaul and transform a built environment into a new care environment is closer...

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Dedications of Higher Education Facilities

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

It was an exciting fall as BSA LifeStructures celebrated the dedication of four higher education facilities. The new buildings offer collaborative environments for advancing education and discoveries that contribute to surrounding communities and the lives of others.  

Drug Discovery Facility
Purdue University

The new Drug Discovery Facility at Purdue University is located in the Life and Health Sciences Quadrangle creating a highly controlled environment for successfully developing new drugs. In...

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Detail-focused and "Big Picture" Bound

By: Paulina Bugyis

In the A&E industry, we work in cross-functional multifaceted teams that employ all sorts of talents, specific trades and specialties. Every member of the team has a very specific role – mine is laboratory planning and design. Through the years I have learned to focus on the details of my role, from the day that we start working on a project, to the final punch list.

In Research Facility Design and Planning, the details are technical, and mostly deal with specifications such as rough ins and the...

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A Purposeful Design that Connects

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

The 140,700-square-foot Neurosciences Research Building brings psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery and basic neuroscience research under one roof through an initiative between Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Health and the State of Indiana.

The facility design supports science organized by research themes. It has achieved LEED Gold certification and elevates research through advanced technology and planning; however, its most valuable component is a purposeful...

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When 20th and 21st Century Bathroom Designs Collide

By: Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Patient room design in the mid 1980’s meant you did not need to travel far beyond the patient room door to find the patient bathroom. The bathroom was efficient in design with no nonsense, and no frills. In most cases it was equipped with a walk-in shower stall, a wall or floor-mounted water closet and a wall-hung lavatory.

Today’s patient bathroom certainly has the typical plumbing fixtures you are accustomed to seeing, although the specifics of how they work and look are extremely different....

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Yes, Your Renovated Laboratory Space Can be Flexible!

By: Paulina Bugyis

What are the key design features of flexible wet laboratories and teaching laboratories? I was asked this question recently, and my response included concepts related to how a facility is designed to be flexible. Because the current economy has limited the ability for some institutions to build new facilities, the concept of flexible design can seem unachievable. It is puzzling to consider flexibility in buildings that were designed 30 years ago.

So, is flexibility a design feature of only...

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BSA LifeStructures' Melissa Davis Published in 'Floor Focus' Magazine

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

The average person takes somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 steps per day. That is a far cry from The Proclaimer’s 500 miles; however, it still seems like a lot of ground covered.

How often do we really think about the surfaces underneath all of our steps?

When it comes to interior design, the strategy for selecting flooring goes well beyond appearance. Melissa Davis, director of interior design at BSA LifeStructures, tells about the important factors that determined the best options for a...

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BSA LifeStructures Hires New Senior Director for Learning Market

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm specializing in healthcare, higher education and research, has hired Dan Cash as Senior Director of the Learning Market in its Atlanta office. A licensed architect, Dan brings more than 30 years of experience in both public and private sectors for higher education, science and technology, government and military, healthcare, aviation, mission critical, corporate and commercial.

In his new role as Senior Director, Dan...

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Technology and Maintainability – Finding the Balance

By: John Sauer

Science Building Design

As engineers we love to apply leading edge technology in system designs for science research buildings. It is our nature to use newer, smarter and “neater” technologies when we plan. However, several other factors also push us in that direction.

Clients are seeking lower operating costs. Federal, state and local codes dictate certain prescriptive requirements. Finding the best solutions means providing standards of care through evidence based, LEED and lean designs. And as professional engineers...

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Where Will 24/7 Science Research Take Us?

By: Paulina Bugyis

I believe that one of the biggest components of the laboratory and research industry are the everyday, open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week practices.  Most research teams and investigators have the notion is that it never ends, it is a way of life, there are not delineated weekends and most likely there are no researchers that can become disengaged from their activities in the lab. That is why research facility design must aim to support an environment like a living creature, capable to respond...

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Dignity is the Reward of Successful Design

By: Andy Lane
Healthcare Design =
 
I recently had a conversation with the Nurse Manager at a newly opened patient unit. The motivation for my visit was to inquire how BSA LifeStructures’ design was performing and address any challenges that might be arising. The nurse shared many comments, but the most noteworthy was a patient experience story. When transferring the patient into her new room, the patient was overcome with emotion. “I’m not sure I deserve something this nice,” said the woman, while a few tears rolled from her...
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Boomer Nation: Improving Building Entrances For Seniors

By: Gary Vance

As baby boomers emerge as the primary users of healthcare facilities, it’s important to consider how they enter and exit buildings during their visits. This process involves assessing the entry sequence and focusing on areas like the building canopy, entry vestibule, and lobby.

One of the primary elements of the entry sequence is to address the safety and wellbeing of visitors and patients, looking at remedying tripping hazards to prevent visitor and patient falls, and injury due to...

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“Your Team, Your Way”: A Fan-Centric Approach

By: Gary Vance

As a college basketball fan, you might have noticed a significant change during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament (NCAA March Madness) coverage of the Semi-Final games, presented by CBS Sports and Turner Sports.

What was significant about the television coverage was how “fan-centric" it was. The “Your Team, Your Way” teamcasts are team-specific presentations tailored to the individual teams competing in both games. The teamcast concept provided “unprecedented local flavor,...

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Understanding the Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

By: Shawn Mulholland
Indianapolis architecture and engineering
 
During a recent conversation with a general contractor, I learned that 17 of his top 20 largest business development prospects are Private Public Partnership (P3) projects. Has this new project delivery process become the norm? In the architecture, engineering and construction industry’s constant effort to seek new and more efficient ways to deliver projects, public clients are more interested than ever in exploring the benefits of the P3 delivery method.
 
As defined by the National Council for...
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BSA LifeStructures Adds Kansas City Office, its Sixth

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Kansas City Architects

BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm specializing in healthcare, higher education and research, today announced it will open an office in Kansas City, KS. This marks the sixth office for the firm that also has operations in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Kansas City’s large healthcare, higher education and research markets make it an ideal location to serve new and existing clients throughout the states of Kansas, Missouri and the...

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Before you Build: Five Key Planning Imperatives

By: Terry Thurston

Healthcare Facility DesignDon’t let your building be an excuse to prevent you from improving patient outcomes and experiences

Many of today’s healthcare facility designs have outgrown technology and care delivery needs. The reality is that the strategic and capital planning process, master planning, programming, design and construction typically spans several years. With the uncertainties of healthcare reform and the impact of reimbursement schemes, there is a sense of urgency to deliver safe, effective and efficient...

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