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Creating ‘Virtual Futures’ to Support Planning, Change Management

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By Miguel Burbano de Lara, AIA, NCARB Comprehensive Flow Modeling Over the past five or six years, many healthcare leaders have gained valuable insights from Building Information Modeling, for positive impacts on building design, construction and operation. Likewise, they have used energy modeling to improve building energy performance and sustainability. More recently, those leaders have [...]

Leadership For/Beyond Architecture: AIA 2013

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The upcoming 2013 AIA conference in Denver is focused on “Leadership for Architecture” and “Leadership Beyond Architecture,” and will examine architects’ roles as civic leaders. In an effort to understand what these themes mean for architects in the community, we asked several architects at Neenan for their perspective on the theme. Below are our questions, [...]

Shape, shadows and the play of light

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We were San Diego bound, full of wonder, high spirits, with an insatiable appetite for stylish modern architecture.  We had a mission, plain and simple — renew our outlook and study what new ideas and interesting architecture we can then translate into a new Neenan architectural form.  It’s quite a task, to lead the new [...]

What Does A School Do? Online vs Physical Environments

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Good contemporary design embodies the notion that the built environment has both measurable and intuitive effects on the well-being of occupants. In an educational context, architecture shapes the destiny of students via comfortable, interactive, healthy spaces. These interiors must then be filled with committed teachers and teaching tools to create a school. Ideally, the building [...]

Racing Toward 2012: Challenges and Opportunities

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I have to admit that for my own sanity and productivity, Ive stopped paying too much attention to the uncertainty of markets or the challenges ahead. Anecdotally, Im seeing my peers fully employed more and more, yet Occupy Wall Street rages on and industry outlooks oscillate widely for 2012. However, theres never a bad time [...]

A New History for Weldon Valley School District

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Weldon Valley School District in Weldona, Colorado enjoys a fruitful seven-year relationship with The Neenan Company. During this time, three separate improvement projects have followed a master plan to bring the beloved historic character of the campus up to 21st Century sustainability standards. Even the most well-built, hundred-year-old structure needs to be changed. At Weldon [...]

News and Views: Good Design Makes Its Case

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recently published a report with quantifiable evidence that good design has social and economic benefits. Whether the focus is on materials, space, or process, good design will decrease costs over the lifetime of a building and increase the well being of those using it. As Ruth Reed, RIBA [...]

Schools of the Future: Why Architects Matter

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Buckminster Fuller argued in 1981s Critical Path that school children should not go to school. Instead, he suggested that they stay home and learn remotely by video cassette. His reasoning had to do in part with an energy equation that figured the real price of gasoline on the order of a million dollars per gallon, [...]

School Funding Success Stories: Tips on Passing Bond Measures from Mapleton and Akron, CO

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It takes a village to raise a child–especially when were talking about school funding. In Colorado, BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grants offer matching funds to communities who can raise bond money in their districts, providing big financial incentives for area residents to chip in for education. We spoke with Whei Wong, Chief Communications Officer [...]

Developing Design Build: A Look at Real Estate in Architecture and Construction

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Traditionally, the creation of a new building is a segmented process with architects, contractors, and developers each in control of their own sphere and focused on their own interests. Combining design and construction under the same corporate roof as design-build brings another level of sustainability as highly individualized interests find more compelling synergies and clearer [...]