Strategic Insights

Commuting on Foot: Mixed use Trends on the Urban Front

One of the single largest contributing factors to our lifestyle is mixed use development. Shopping, dining, and workplaces accessible by short walks, public transportation, and a density that links them all, are fueling the renewal of existing urban places, and a genesis of new placemaking.

Not Your Parent’s Dining Experience
Trends in On-Campus Dining

University dining halls have changed drastically over the past few decades, and the gap between them continues to widen. It’s amazing just how much it’s changed over the years.

Competitive On-Campus Housing Solutions

According to “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015,” an annual survey put out by UCLA, nearly 80 percent of incoming freshman lived in on-campus student housing last fall. And more than 40 percent of those same students said they chose their college based on a campus visit experience.

Building an Affordable City

When communities support the development of affordable housing, it spurs economic development and ensures people and families of all income levels have a place to live. That push for affordable housing in Grand Rapids is a major goal of the City’s new master plan.

Understanding Thermal Comfort for Memory Care Residents

Having a clear understanding of how thermal comfort can affect those with dementia played a large role in the recent design for an HVAC system for a facility specializing in memory care.

Waterford Place Rehab Center Grand Opening

The building not only allows for state-of-the-art care to be delivered, but also provides a space for respite, socialization, reflection and a celebration of life.

Senior Living: Harvesting Food & Friendships

The benefits of gardening are evident through all stages of life, but is becoming much more prominent in senior living environments