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After a period of under-investment in technical training, community colleges and universities are now creating teaching environments that prepare their students for successful careers in today’s manufacturing workplace.
What does the future hold for trends in the workplace, and what have been the long-term effects of past trends?
Sharing “aha moments” from our work with MLive Media Group and the national roll-out with parent company, Advance Publications.
Our Grand Rapids office earned a 2017 Governor’s Fitness Award for “Healthy Workplace.”
How do you know if it’s better to build new or expand your current facility?
This past March we hosted an event for manufacturers featuring presentations from key leaders and professionals.
There is no such thing as “one-size fits all” when it comes to humans. According to the Centers for Disease […]
Campus master planning is a methodical process that includes analysis, benchmarking, visioning and aligning the institution’s stakeholders.
By Melissa Powell Sheppard The first widely distributed reference on etiquette was written in 1922 when Emily Post authored “Etiquette […]
The design of the Hanson Technology Center celebrates the way technology and design can pair with precision manufacturing to create dynamic spaces that are environmentally and financially efficient.
By John Van Houten and Jamie Benvenuto We are thrilled to share that St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church has been […]
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.
Three projects, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Mary Free Bed YMCA and Mercy Health St. Mary’s Cafeteria, brought home awards from AIA Grand Rapids.
Is your worship facility working for you? Will it still be working 20 years from now? Planning ahead can help […]
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…
How do you create spaces that meet both the needs of the programs and the needs of those using them?
When choosing furniture for memory care facilities, special attention must be paid to the fabric, cushion and design of the piece. Choosing the correct furniture can help make daily life easier for both residents and staff.
By Jessica Griffis I first started attending NeoCon while in design school and quickly became enamored with what is arguably […]
The local Grand Rapids Boy Scouts chapter recently launched a campaign titled “Build Character Today, Lead Tomorrow” to expand the DeVos Family Center for Scouting.
Employers are scrambling to identify the best ways to bring talent in and keep them engaged.
With shrinking resources and budget limitations, it is critical to understand the utilization and condition of your current facilities and infrastructure.
Kudos to our community leaders who had the foresight to understand all great cities have a downtown urban market.
This is the second part of a three-part blog series focused around unique ways that worship facilities can work to attract new members.
The world of a structural engineer tends to be one of quiet, focused work. We are the ones after all who are responsible for the integrity of entire systems, including the building where you currently sit.
Taking the time to step back and look at how the space will be used, and who it will used by, can help determine the overall layout and degree of flexibility required for the space.
School safety has become an important topic over the past several years. According to the National Center for Education […]
Throughout my career I’ve come to learn one very important thing: in order to create a space for someone, […]
Workplace studies have shown that engaged employees are more productive. Even a slight increase in staff performance can cover the initial cost of a better work environment.
This year marks Progressive AE’s 10th consecutive year on the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list.
Good lighting can help dementia patients by allowing them to easily see what is around them.
An interior design solution is functional, improves the quality of life, culture, health, safety and wellbeing of its occupants
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.
The importance of a health system’s primary care network has become increasingly important, especially when you consider the idea of […]
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.
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.
As designers, circulation (which refers to the way people move through and interact with a space) is often seen as […]