GS&P Dialogue

Gresham, Smith and Partners' blog, Dialogue, is about starting discussions. We want to get people thinking about issues and trends that are impacting the design services industry and the market sectors GS&P architects, engineers, interior designers, planners, consultants and environmental scientists serve. Great ideas are typically enhanced through conversation and often stifled by singular views and opinion. We hope you'll join in this conversation and help us to create a meaningful Dialogue. Visit http://dialogue.greshamsmith.com.

Posted on September 12, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
In 2013, Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation—the highest in 57 years. It’s also been said that by the mid-2030s, self-driving vehicles could be deployed, altering the commuting movement altogether. What does this mean for development projects in cities where a significant...
Posted on September 07, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
It's happening at community hospitals all over America: leadership teams are looking for ways to maintain margins by managing underutilized and non-revenue producing space. Let's look at a real life scenario, and then break down some potential, seemingly non-traditional approaches to a solution....
Posted on August 22, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
As hospitals evolve, service lines expand and contract, new technologies are embraced, building codes change, and new state-of-the-art specialty centers are needed. Existing hospital spaces must be repurposed to meet these ever-changing needs. Among the challenges in repurposing older hospital...
Posted on June 10, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
Being able to determine early on that a site does not fit within a project budget is extremely useful. And, as many of us are likely all too familiar, having a thorough understanding of a selected site can also mean the difference in keeping a development project moving on-time and on-budget....
Posted on May 21, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
As human beings, we cannot always control the timing and severity of illnesses, but as healthcare designers, we do have some control over the environment in which chronically or terminally ill patients spend their days. Palliative care strives to make patients comfortable as they are receiving...
Posted on February 13, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
For the vast majority of patients, emergency care has traditionally been delivered in a centrally-located hospital emergency department at the nucleus of a given local health system.  However, the Affordable Care Act has spurred a focus on emergency care at the fringes of a health system’s...
Posted on January 30, 2014 by GS&P Dialogue
"A building is not something you finish, a building is something you start."  —Writer and environmentalist Stewart Brand   While this might terrify some of my clients, I believe that Brand got it right. The workplaces we design will change and adapt long after the keys are handed over to...
Posted on October 29, 2013 by GS&P Dialogue
The Lewis and Clark expedition. The Transcontinental Railroad. The invention of the Internet. These are some of our country’s proudest projects, and they have one critical factor in common: they were the result of a public-private partnership. A P3 agreement between a public entity and a private...
Posted on October 14, 2013 by GS&P Dialogue
As an industry, the American healthcare system falls into three groups: those that embraced Lean principles early and persevered, those that tried and failed and quit, and those that are just waking up (better late than never).  While the ACA and other reform measures are shifting incentives...
Posted on August 21, 2013 by GS&P Dialogue
The last time I blogged on GS&P Dialogue, our environmental graphics team had recently completed the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 52, titled Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside. Using the best practices we established in the guide, our team...