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.

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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 write...

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 daylight...
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 Bel...
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 occup...

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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 way...
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 ambiguous...

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 gainin...
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 othe...

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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-re...

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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 receiv...

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 to...

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 Care...
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 a l...
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 open...

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 developme...
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 levels...
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 th...

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 list...
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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