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Six Lessons from a Facilities Master Planning Process “On Steroids”: Part Two

By Charlie Jahnigen, AIA, LEED AP   This is the second post in a two-part series based on SHP’s facilities master planning process with Sycamore Community Schools. Click here to access a PDF of SHP’s presentation of the process from the 2019 EDSpaces conference.   As I mentioned in my first post, SHP has had […]
April 14, 2020 - Article

Isolation and Introversion

When was your last “really good” meeting? If you’re like me, it probably was not one your calendar told you to attend; it was the meeting after the meeting that provided the most value. My last excellent interaction occurred after a formal update to SHP’s senior leaders on the firm’s innovation research. The core team […]
April 13, 2020 - Article

Six Lessons from a Facilities Master Planning Process “On Steroids”: Part One

By Charlie Jahnigen, AIA, LEED AP This is the first post in a two-part series based on SHP’s facilities master planning process with Sycamore Community Schools. Click here to access a PDF of SHP’s presentation of the process at the 2019 EDSpaces conference.   Over the past several years, SHP had the privilege of assisting […]
April 3, 2020 - Article

Outdoor Learning Should Engage All Five Senses

Children learn through play, and playgrounds provide the perfect opportunity for young learners to get their hands dirty—figuratively and literally—to explore how the world around them works. Among many other things, playgrounds provide an opportunity for children to learn teamwork, build social connections, examine patterns and experiment with cause and effect. The best outdoor learning spaces […]
October 2, 2019 - Article

The Meaning and Value of Desks at Work: Pivoting Toward Tomorrow

The workplace desk has undergone a steady evolution, convergent alongside technology and the very function of the office environment itself. What started as metal desk rows lined neatly—easy for supervisory observation—evolved into a sprawling cubicle farm and then into an amalgamation of open desks peppered with multiuse spaces. As we look forward, however, we see […]
September 12, 2019 - Article

The Meaning and Value of Desks at Work: Our Present at a Turning Point

From metal desk rows that defined mid-century offices, toward the 1990s-era cubicle farms, the design of desks in the office has evolved alongside the prevailing view of the American worker. In a previous post, we examined this history and what it meant for workplace culture. Understanding the history of workplace desks lays the foundation for […]
September 3, 2019 - Article

Time is Money: Five Reasons to Accelerate Your Project Timeline

Few adages are more apt, more often, than “time is money.” Whether you’re building a new school, office space or even your dream home, time is a major concern for every construction project. From the moment a levy is passed, budget is approved, or loan is granted, the spending power of those dollars begins to […]
August 21, 2019 - Article

We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About the Future of Work

The future of the workplace is changing at a rapid pace. Many are worried what the future will look like with the constant advancements in AI and technology. With this in mind, there are certain questions that get asked quite frequently. Will my job become obsolete due to tech? What will the workforce look like […]
August 14, 2019 - Article

The History of Overcrowded College Dorms

Each year it seems new headlines arise touting the plight of displaced college students due to over-enrollment and over-sold beds on university campuses across the United States. Although this condition is often temporary, it doesn’t do much to calm the frustration felt by all. With student success at the core of every higher education institution’s […]
August 7, 2019 - Article