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“I Ran Away From The Circus to Join This Company!”

— By Principal Consultant Mark Gillis CTS-D   After years of traveling the country — and world — with Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, and then as a technology consultant with The Sextant Group (now NV5), Mark Gillis returns to Arizona to lead the Phoenix office as Principal Consultant. Architects and owners will appreciate … Continue reading “I Ran Away From The Circus to Join This Company!”

Envisioning Building Autonomy

— By Joseph Bocchiaro III, PhD, CStd, CTS-D, CTS-I, ISF-C Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design International recently offered a brand-new course that I had the privilege of teaching. Entitled “Emerging Building Technologies – From Smart to Autonomous,” this 8-part certificate class covered a broad range of Intelligent Building Technology (IBT) topics. The arc of … Continue reading Envisioning Building Autonomy

Mindful Redesign for New and Effective Learning Environments

Photo Caption: Kaiser Permanente’s new School of Medicine is built around flexible spaces and technologies, and features simulation and computer labs, small group learning and collaboration zones, classrooms and learning labs, and this flexibly configurable lecture hall. As part of the recent Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Pacific 2021 Regional Spring Series, Principal … Continue reading Mindful Redesign for New and Effective Learning Environments

The Harmony of Architecture and Acoustics: The Magic’s in the Music

Business Development Specialist Julie Woodman recently caught up with Acoustical Consultant Stalin Vera for this conversation about some of the ways acoustics supports architecture. Julie: As we come out of COVID, I am really looking forward to in-person visits with my local library system. How do acoustics come into play for this type of environment? … Continue reading The Harmony of Architecture and Acoustics: The Magic’s in the Music

Emergency Notification Systems: Considerations for 2021 and Beyond

Considerations, code compliance requirements, and design parameters for institutions seeking state-of-the-art emergency notification systems (ENS) — by Tim Waters and Richard Derbyshire Preparing for unexpected events is not new for higher education institutions. Contemporary emergencies range all the way from campus interlopers bearing weapons to the COVID-19 pandemic. When faced with these situations, campus leaders … Continue reading Emergency Notification Systems: Considerations for 2021 and Beyond