In the world of Architecture and Construction, it seems that the budget of a project has morphed form being “one” of the aspects of a project to “the” aspect of a project. Contractors take the position of protecting the budget above all else. Pressing construction schedules forward to maintain material and labor costs or eliminating unique building features that could be non-standard construction are methods used to maintain budgets and schedules at the detriment of design.
Over the past four months, I participated in an exciting volunteer-based program that exposes youth to the realm of architecture and design. Once a week, I had the privilege of presenting Ms. Robert’s 5th grade class (Canyon View Elementary) with structured lesson plans highlighting key design concepts and principles; including scale, space, structure, rhythm, typology, planning and presentation skills.
The services, consultation and design provided by your Architect should create a culture and awareness of environmental responsibility for your building occupants, visitors and facility managers. However, when it comes to creating a “Green” or “Sustainable” project, the work to ensure the long-term benefits of your initial investment are achieved should continue well beyond the initial design, construction and occupancy of your building.
In celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Green Building Council Nevada (USGBC Nevada) and GREEN Alliance honored local leaders who are inspiring immense progress for Nevada, illuminating the best in green building, community engagement and service at the GREENFest Awards Gala. In a recent award ceremony, Cashman Equipment received the Community Green Building Legacy Award for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold corporate headquarters in Henderson, Nevada. Read More
Over the past year or so, I have been researching office environments and particularly the paradox of the “Open Office.” The “Open Office” concept has expanded to include other attributes, influencers and characteristics (more than just cubicles) and has become more of a state of mind in the work place. The “Google-ization” of the office environment introduced concepts that would make Don Draper and Roger Sterling run into their offices and lock their doors. “Open Office” now encompasses the image, the branding of a company, the workflow process of an organization, the technology prowess of a company, the hours of the company and even to a point, the age of its employees and managers.