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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.
A nurse station in a hospital with integrated artwork
Designers | October 10, 2017 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue 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 | GS&P Dialogue

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 | GS&P Dialogue

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 | GS&P Dialogue

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 | GS&P Dialogue
In their quest for total wellness, women today are more savvy healthcare consumers than ever before. They expect personalized, top-notch clinical care...

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Architects | September 12, 2014 | GS&P Dialogue

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...

Photos: GS&P

Architects | September 07, 2014 | 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...

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Architects | August 22, 2014 | GS&P Dialogue

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida took an outdated 10-bed inpatient hospice unit and created a space that would meet the needs of patients rec...

When designing Schwan Cosmetics USAs 173,000-sf headquarters and manufacturing facility in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Gresham, Smith and Partners reviewed three potential sites using site optimization software called SiteOps. In a short timeframe, the firm developed conceptual grading plans for each of the three sites with a grading cost analysis for each. Rendering: courtesy GS&P

Architects | June 10, 2014 | GS&P Dialogue

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...

Seating, desk and shelving space encourage the presence of family and friends, while high-quality finishes in the patient room and restroom create a less institutional, more-homelike environment. (Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, Fla.). Photo: GS&P

Architects | May 21, 2014 | GS&P Dialogue

Palliative care strives to make patients comfortable as they are receiving treatment for a severe illness. As hospitals seek to avoid Affordable Ca...

Architects | February 13, 2014 | GS&P Dialogue

Having physically disassociated from a central hospital, FEDs must overcome the particular challenges associated with a satellite location, namely...

Architects | January 30, 2014 | GS&P Dialogue

"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 o...

Left to right: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were private explorers commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to figure out what exactly the U.S. had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase; A public-private partnership made it possible for the Transcontinental Railroad-nearly 2,000 miles long- to be completed in six years, spurring incredible development and growth; The Internet was invented in a government lab but developed and commercialized in the private sector.

Building Owner | October 29, 2013 | GS&P Dialogue

The factors currently complicating public projects—a lack of funding and resistance to tax increases—are unlikely to change anytime soon. As develo...

Building Owner | October 14, 2013 | GS&P Dialogue

Most hospitals have begun the Lean process improvement stage to eliminate waste, reduce travel distances, and minimize inventory, with varying leve...

Airports | August 21, 2013 | GS&P Dialogue

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

Downtown Nashville, Tennessee

Building Owner | August 08, 2013 | GS&P Dialogue

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 l...

Architects | July 25, 2013 | GS&P Dialogue
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...
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