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Gresham Smith | Aug 22, 2014

Before & After: Hospital upgrade shows shifting needs in healthcare construction

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida took an outdated 10-bed inpatient hospice unit and created a space that would meet the needs of patients receiving end of life care by creating a place that felt like home.

Gresham Smith | Jun 10, 2014

Site optimization: Paving the way for smoother land development projects

The biggest cost differential when dealing in site development from one site to another is the earthwork. So, when selecting a site, it is critical to not only take into account the initial purchase price of the property, but also what sort of investment it will take to prep the site for development.

Gresham Smith | May 21, 2014

Evidence-based design practices for the palliative care environment

Palliative care strives to make patients comfortable as they are receiving treatment for a severe illness. As hospitals seek to avoid Affordable Care Act penalties for poor patient satisfaction, many expect this field to grow quickly. 

Gresham Smith | Feb 13, 2014

3 keys to designing freestanding emergency departments

Having physically disassociated from a central hospital, FEDs must overcome the particular challenges associated with a satellite location, namely a lack of awareness, appeal, and credibility. Gresham, Smith & Partners' Kristin Herman-Druc offers three keys to success. 

Gresham Smith | Jan 30, 2014

The evolving workplace: One designer's inspiration board

"Open office" has been a major buzzword for decades, and like any buzzword, some of the novelty has worn off. I don't believe we will abandon the open office, but I do think we need to focus on providing a dynamic mix of open and closed spaces.

Gresham Smith | Oct 29, 2013

Are public-private partnerships the new normal?

The factors currently complicating public projects—a lack of funding and resistance to tax increases—are unlikely to change anytime soon. As development needs become more complex, public-private partnerships will become much more common.

Gresham Smith | Oct 14, 2013

The next level of Lean process for healthcare

Most hospitals have begun the Lean process improvement stage to eliminate waste, reduce travel distances, and minimize inventory, with varying levels of success. Here are three keys to creating a prosperous Lean program.

Gresham Smith | Aug 21, 2013

Why research is the ticket to successful airport wayfinding

Wayfinding is more than just signs; it requires a holistic approach based on communicating information that helps people make the right decision at the right time. 

Gresham Smith | Aug 8, 2013

Blueprint for a boom town: Potential pitfalls for booming development

Accolades for Nashville, Tenn., my hometown and GS&P’s flagship location, just keep piling up. In 2011, Forbes named Nashville No. 3 on their list of “The Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S." All of these accolades are wonderful, but Nashville now must work hard to prove their longevity—to grow and build intelligently.

Gresham Smith | Jul 25, 2013

How can I help you?: The evolution of call center design

Call centers typically bring to mind an image of crowded rows of stressed-out employees who are usually receiving calls from people with a problem or placing calls to people that aren’t thrilled to hear from them. But the nature of the business is changing; telemarketing isn’t what it used to be.

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