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What your employees really want

Employers can support employees' personal growth by encouraging them to take courses online or be mentored by more senior employees. Photo courtesy of Evan Bench/Wikimedia Commons.

Steven Burns
Here are key aspects of a job that keep employees happy
Future-proofing educational institutions: 5 trends to consider

The ‘digital-native’ generation has developed unique modes of assimilating and comprehending information. Learning space design has evolved alongside these changes. Photo courtesy Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
In response to rapidly changing conditions in K-12 and higher education, institutions and school districts should...
The importance of quiet and the consequences of distraction

Steelcase study recently published in The Harvard Business Review found that “98% of the most highly engaged employees reported that they had ‘the ability to concentrate easily’ in their workplace and that this attribute is a top factor in their satisfaction.” Photo: Phil Whitehouse, Flickr CC

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Recent work style studies show that the average knowledge worker spends 25-35% of their time doing heads-down focused...

The Loblolly House in Taylors Island, Md., designed by Kieran Timberlake, showcases the real-world application of modern industrial supply chain principles that were at the heart of Stephen Kieran's and James Timberlake's book, Refabricating Architecture. Photo courtesy Kieran Timberlake

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Can innovative project delivery methods, namely modular construction, bring down costs and offer a solution for housing...
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930 Poydras Residential Tower, New Orleans, LA. Photo: Valspar

Jeff Alexander
With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar’s Fluropon exterior coatings have become an industry standard...
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Modular Space Showcase: Sales center brings curb appeal
Williams Scotsman
The Welcome Center received rave reviews from the customer as well as community residents and potential buyers.
State of the green union, and the next big shift in sustainability

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The history of the green movement offers cues that we are on the precipice of another significant shift in the green...
Why the mobile workplace isn't always mobile

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Perkins+Will’s Ideas + Buildings
Perkins+Will’s Janice Barnes addresses the nuance in mobility types and explains the importance of defining terms...
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Why diversity at work matters

In the U.S., there is a linear relationship between racial and ethnic diversity and better financial performance, a study by McKinsey found. Photo: Monisha Pushparaj/Wikimedia Commons

Steven Burns
Companies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above...
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When lava flow in Hawaii threatens a public school district, officials turn to modular

In November, the Keonepoko Elementary School at Keaau opened its doors to 430 students in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade, providing educational facilities for a community displaced by a natural disaster.

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Hawaii Modular Space, a Williams Scotsman company, designed temporary classroom space for the Pahoa and Keeau schools...
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