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Making a Difference: giving back to our community

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2011, 3,331 people were killed in vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, with an additional 387,000 people that were injured. Some other distracted driving-related statistics include: Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute) Sending or receiving a…
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The Patient or the Caregiver? Part 2: Designing for the Caregiver | Environmental Quality I By: Kelly Hiskey, Associate AIA, ASHE

Patients are to healthcare facilities like water is to fish. The latter couldn’t exist without the former. So it’s no surprise that a designer’s first inclination is to focus on designing for the experience of the patient. Through the principals of patient-centered care, designers create environments that encourage healing, empower patients and mitigate stress.  However,…
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The Patient or the Caregiver? Part 1: Designing for the Caregiver | Operational and Spatial Considerations I By: Kelly Hiskey, Associate AIA, ASHE

Patients are to healthcare facilities like water is to fish. The latter couldn’t exist without the former. So it’s no surprise that a designer’s first inclination is to focus on designing for the experience of the patient. Through the principals of patient-centered care, designers create environments that encourage healing, empower patients and mitigate stress.  However,…
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Senior Living Facility Lighting

Conducting specialized lighting services for the senior living facility lighting has become a challenge in its own right. Senior living facilities do not want to look institutionalized and the residents need adequate light to properly and safely perform their daily routine. State authorities have focused on higher levels of lighting in these facilities for resident and…
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Schemmer in the News: Matt Sutton on Choosing an Engineer

Matt Sutton, P.E., LEED AP was recently featured in the December 14, 2012 issue of the Midlands Business Journal. The article, titled "How to Choose an Engineer", focuses on the items that should be a priority when choosing an engineering partner for a project. While cost is a valid concern, especially in tough economic times,…
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Communicating Design Intent

Design Intent is an expression that is used frequently in the AEC industry and can often mean different things to many people. Design Intent stems from an individual’s preconceived expectations and, due to those preconceptions, has the ability to create either an instant consensus or a sore misunderstanding. What Design Intent really embodies is information…
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Water and Wastewater Trends

When opening the bill from your utility company, it is not uncommon to see an increase in rates for the water/wastewater services. Why do the rates keep going up?While there are numerous factors affecting the amount on the bill, there are three items that have a significant impact on rates: aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent government…
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