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Going Beyond ADA In Bathroom Design

Posted by: Steve Leone

Article included within Environments for Aging, Spring 2016 edition... Senior living bathrooms all tend to include the same elements, from shower to toilet, but how those elements might be located to achieve optimal results is anything but ordinary. That’s what Francis E. Parker Memorial Home Inc., owner and operator of long-term care community Parker at Monroe (PAM) in Monroe, N.J., proved to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Continue Reading

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Creating Less Barriers for Learning - Acoustics

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Many factors make teaching and learning more challenging. As architects, our goal is to create spaces that enhance the teaching experience and not be an impediment to a student’s ability to learn. Indoor environmental quality includes air quality, thermal comfort, lighting quality, acoustical quality, and ergonomics. Good indoor environmental quality enhances learning; poor IEQ is a barrier. Continue Reading

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What Schools Mean to Communities

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Our firm has a long history of being involved in the creation of school facilities, specifically designing and constructing school buildings that meet the needs and aspirations of our clients. We have done this well for many years. Part of what makes these buildings sustainable is their ability to adapt and transform to serve the needs of the community over time. Continue Reading

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Green Roofs Keep Getting Better

Posted by: Frank Sherman

There are a lot of good reasons for installing green roofs – or more specifically vegetated green roofs. High up on the list is stormwater management. A green roof will absorb rainwater as it falls, storing some in the soil or in the plants themselves, then slowly releases the balance. This is an excellent stormwater management strategy that reduces quantity and improves the quality of stormwater runoff. Continue Reading

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Water Efficiency Makes a Difference

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Water efficiency has been a focus category in LEED since its introduction in 2000. More specifically, LEED has advocated for reduction in potable water use in the operation of buildings and the maintenance of building landscape. With the introduction of LEED V4 the rating system has increased its emphasis on indoor water use efficiency. Continue Reading

Are You Ready to Build WELL?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

There is a lot to like about the WELL Building Standard®. It’s informative, aspirational, and for those who focus on continuous improvement in their work or in their lives there is much to gain from delving into this Standard. But do we really need another new building standard? Continue Reading

Is the USGBC Heading Down the Wrong Road?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

In what may prove to be a public relations nightmare for the Council, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced four days after the close of its annual Greenbuild Conference that it has extended the date for registering projects under the older LEED 2009 rating system until October 31st 2016. Continue Reading

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Get Up and Move!

Posted by: Frank Sherman

I already know I’ve been sitting at my desk too long as I settle in to write this. It’s time for me to get up and move. But let me get a few more sentences down – and answer these emails that just popped up – and revise that document the client says they need - I’ve got to take this call, back in a minute…. Before I know it another hour has passed and here I am still planted in my chair. Have I been productive? I suppose, but I am only six sentences into the task I set out to do, and I feel I have not moved an inch, which is literally true if you don’t count the slight shifting of the chair. I am rooted at my desk and that’s not such a great thing. Continue Reading