Strategic Insights

Why Lighting Is So Important When Designing for Dementia Patients

Good lighting can help dementia patients by allowing them to easily see what is around them.

Interior Design or Decorating?

An interior design solution is functional, improves the quality of life, culture, health, safety and wellbeing of its occupants

The Great Commission – Fishing is More Than a Weekend Hobby

The most successful church expansions are ones that support specific ministry goals. Unique ways that worship facilities can work to attract new members. This is part one of a three-part blog series focused around unique ways that worship facilities can work to attract new members.

Developing (or Updating) Your Primary Care Master Plan

The importance of a health system’s primary care network has become increasingly important, especially when you consider the idea of […]

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.

The Road Less Traveled: How Rethinking Circulation Can Change Your User’s Experience

As designers, circulation (which refers to the way people move through and interact with a space) is often seen as […]

The Coming Importance of Universal Design

Universal design (“UD”) of buildings, products, and technologies is not one of the most recognized subjects today.

The Science of Choosing Colors

The use of color is central to all work in interior design. Whether the designer is a trained professional or […]

Giving Back This Holiday Season

Part of the joy that comes with the holiday season are the abundant opportunities to give back and help support […]

Use Somebody Else’s Money for Energy Projects? Yes, Please!

If you’re like me, borrowing money is not your favorite thing. Especially for investments with long payback periods, even if […]

Mary Free Bed YMCA First Building in the World to Receive Universal Design Certification

The new Mary Free Bed YMCA has received the world’s first Global Universal Design Certification from the Global Universal Design […]