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The Gresham Smith blog 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 Gresham Smith 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.
Architects | February 12, 2019 | Gresham Smith Blog Joe Crowe, P.E., CxA, LEED AP and Johnathan Woodside, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP (O+M)

As building system technology increases in complexity and sustainability remains at the forefront of design, the need for commissioning continues t...

January 17, 2019 | Gresham Smith Blog Seka Collins, NCIDQ, Director of Interior Design, Flagler Hospital and Carolyn Fleetwood Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, Senior Interior Designer, Gresham Smith

Over the past decade, Flagler Hospital has been undergoing a complex, phased renovation touching every patient room and almost every public space w...

Urban Planning | September 11, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog

Believe it or not, alleys started off as public spaces.

Big Data | August 23, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog Johnathan Woodside ,P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP (O+M)

As technology advances, Building Energy Modeling (BEM) is becoming an even more powerful tool for making informed design decisions. This is the fir...

Healthcare Facilities | July 09, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog Ray Wong, AIA, MBA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED GA

Regardless of improved accuracy gains, caregivers may struggle with the idea of a computer logic qualifying decisions that have for decades relied...

Healthcare Facilities | June 26, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog Stephan K. Gartman, RA, LEED AP

Offering the one-two punch of cost savings and convenience, ASCs are increasingly becoming the venue of choice for both physicians and patients....

Transit Facilities | April 12, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog Mary Clayton

In every city with transit, there are some success stories, some challenges and plenty of lessons learned.

Architects | March 09, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog Corie Baker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

The Fitwel certification system is relatively simple and involves registering a building on a custom scorecard.

Architects | February 21, 2018 | Gresham Smith Blog Wilson Rayfield ,AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

This is the second post in our series examining why airport operators should bother to upgrade their facilities, even if capacity isn’t forcing the...

At North Shore Medical Center, all state-of-the-art hybrid OR equipment was designed and installed for ceiling-mount suspension and functionality.

Architects | November 28, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Stephan K. Gartman , RA, LEED AP

To help strike that delicate balance between the human and the high-tech, we must first have an in-depth understanding of our client’s needs as wel...

A GS&P-designed intersection in Tennessee

Urban Planning | November 20, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Michael Dorweiler , AICP

While there has been an emphasis on improving safety along corridors, it is equally important to focus on identifying potential safety issues at in...

A nurse station in a hospital with integrated artwork
Designers | October 10, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Carolyn Fleetwood Blake, LEED, AP, EDAC

With many hospital projects, art can be a construction-phase afterthought.

Terminal Modernization: Why Bother?
Airports | September 11, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Wilson Rayfield, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

A terminal modernization program can be a complicated and expensive task that airport operators may be hesitant to undertake unless necessitated by...

Inconvenient meeting spaces, inadequate task seating, and frequent interruptions were among the key takeaways from healthcare designer Carolyn Fleetwood’s observation of a nurse during an eight-hour shift. Photos courtesy GS&P

Architects | August 02, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Carolyn Fleetwood Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC

From the surprising number of “hunting and gathering” trips to the need for quiet spaces for phone calls, interior designer Carolyn Fleetwood Blake...

Retail Centers | July 10, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Steve Hohulin, AICP

The retail sector is charting unfamiliar territory as web sales and evolving tastes force a paradigm shift.

Retail Centers | March 23, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Vanessa Newton

The retail sector is charting unfamiliar territory as web sales and evolving tastes force a paradigm shift. In our Retail Renaissance blog series,...

Architects | January 23, 2017 | Gresham Smith Blog Phillip Petty

A branded environment has the potential to create a long-lasting impression for your intended audiences.

As UF Health North demonstrates, developer-driven projects can achieve the same high quality healing environments and design aesthetics as provider-driven projects.

Healthcare Facilities | December 13, 2016 | Gresham Smith Blog James R. Kolb, RA, LEED AP

When entering a new market, the financial risk can be magnified to the point that the investment – although critical to a system’s future – becomes...

Vanderbilt University's Rand Hall offers ample indoor and outdoor dining space along one of the most high-traffic paths through campus. Photo courtesy of GS&P.

Higher Education | August 05, 2016 | Gresham Smith Blog Patrick Gilbert, AIA, LEED AP

Location, visibility, and adaptability are three important ideas to keep in mind when designing campus dining spaces, writes Gresham Smith and Part...

Images courtesy GS&P.

Architects | July 20, 2016 | Gresham Smith Blog Ray Wong, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED GA

Charting procedures and highlighting improvement opportunities can lead to developing effective design strategy simulations. GS&P’s Ray Wong wr...

University of Florida Health Jacksonville. Images courtesy GS&P.

Sustainable Design and Construction | May 10, 2016 | Gresham Smith Blog Corie Baker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC

GS&P's Corie Baker shows how to design and orient a building to efficiently collect or dissipate solar radiation while enhancing natural daylig...

How retailers can create spaces to appeal to Millennial shoppers

The GS&P-designed 5th + Broadway mixed-use development provides provides pedestrian and mass-transit access as well as a variety of retail, dining, entertainment options on ground level. Images courtesy GS&P.

Retail Centers | April 27, 2016 | Gresham Smith Blog Brandon Bell

Today's college students have a bit more spending power than past generations. In the third part of the The New Student series, GS&P's Brandon...

Can "active" building designs make people healthier?

The staircase at the GS&P-designed Methodist Olive Branch Hospital helps promote an active lifestyle. Renderings courtesy GS&P

Healthcare Facilities | March 07, 2016 | Gresham Smith Blog Terrance Perdue, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The new high-performance Kaiser Permanente facility in Anne Arundel County, Md., uses the built environment to improve the overall health of its oc...

Images courtesy GS&P Dialogue

Urban Planning | December 21, 2015 | Gresham Smith Blog Jessica K. Lucyshyn, PE

How does success in managing density begin? By being design friendly to everyone, writes Jessica K. Lucyshyn of GS&P.

Good design can combat open-office issues

Photo: GS&P-designed Jackson Development Zone in East Lansing, Michigan, courtesy GS&P

Architects | August 19, 2015 | Gresham Smith Blog Jack E. Weber

Three tricks to maintain privacy and worker production in a cube-less world, according to GS&P's Jack E. Weber 

San Antonios lively Riverwalk exemplifies the benefits of urban living: inviting sidewalks with plenty of retail, restaurants and attractions in walking distance. Photo credit: GS&P

Architects | January 07, 2015 | Gresham Smith Blog

If an urban building isn’t grounded in the local region’s character, it will end up feeling generic and out-of-place. To do urban infill the right...

BIM and Information Technology | December 28, 2014 | Gresham Smith Blog

These days, BIM is par for the course across most facets of design. But a lot of the conversation surrounding BIM still lacks clarity due to ambigu...

The GS&P-designed workplace project, \"The Zone,\" created a space for Jackson National Life Insurance Company that supports mobility and collaboration. Photo courtesy GS&P.

Architects | October 22, 2014 | Gresham Smith Blog

The importance of mobility, flexibility, and sustainability in the world of corporate design are already well-established. A newer trend that’s gai...

Healthcare Facilities | October 03, 2014 | Gresham Smith Blog
In their quest for total wellness, women today are more savvy healthcare consumers than ever before. They expect personalized, top-notch clinical care...

Photo: GS&P

Architects | September 12, 2014 | Gresham Smith Blog

In spite of the trend away from multi-car residences, not much has changed with regard to parking spot allocations within apartment buildings and o...

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