Discovery

A place to share our ideas, expertise, and lessons learned.

Natural lighting in architectural design: a conversation with architect Stuart Shell

Why is natural lighting such an important part of today’s design philosophy? How does natural light accentuate other design elements? How long has the emphasis on natural light been such a primary focus of architectural design, and have the appetites for daylighting from building owners changed over the years?

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A simple renovation: Transforming office culture by improving indoor environmental quality

Last year, RDG realized a remarkable shift in employee satisfaction, though the accomplishment was not achieved through salary adjustments or management policies. However, we did strategically enhance aspects of the physical office environment by using research-based assessment tools to measure occupant comfort, and then completed a small renovation project targeting the areas identified.…

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Four steps in the High Performance Design process

“To measure is to know. If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.” – Lord Kelvin. This same thinking can be applied to the built environment and the design process to attain maximum operation results.

The diagram below identifies the 4 steps to achieve high performance design and the goals associated with each step.…

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Forcasting: The State of Collegiate Recreation

Based upon a recent user survey conducted by RDG and Athletic Business magazine, the future as seen for collegiate rec indicates movement toward a technologically advanced but individualized campus recreation center experience. The years that separate a building’s initial planning and its completion make it imperative that owners and architects are accurately able to forcast for future trends” ..…

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Trends in Collegiate Aquatics

Jack Patton, director of RDG’s sports studio, explains how aquatic facilities are a huge growth area in College Recreation. Particularly leisure pools, with lazy river rides, slides, zip lines and climbing walls. A lot of students don’t want to swim laps, but a leisure pool is a great equalizer: I can get my toes wet, I can play, I can study, I can watch a movie, I can socialize.…

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Designed to Capture Attention

“Everybody keeps pushing the edges on student recreation building” says Al Oberlander, principal and COO at Des Moines, Iowa-based RDG Planning & Design. “Its ‘what can we do that will separate our building and how can it tell a story about what goes on inside?’” The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Outdoor Adventure Center makes it purpose apparent with a 41-foot-tall exterior climbing wall intend to resemble western Nebraska’s Chimney Rock National Historic Site.…

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Therapeutic Gardens in Healthcare Design

For years, it’s been known that the simple act of viewing or visiting a safe landscape is beneficial to our health. It’s why corporations value the “corner office” and why picture windows became a staple in our homes; viewing landscapes makes us feel better. …

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Storm Shelters for Worship Spaces and Church Education Centers

Though the people of southwest Missouri are certainly familiar with severe weather, on the afternoon of May 22, 2011, everything changed for the parish of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School in Joplin, Missouri. A catastrophic tornado swept through the town, leveling the entire parish facility with the exception of the church cross.…

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Campus Recreation: A Healthy Relationship

More schools are realizing that student health and student recreation can be compatible cohabitants under one campus-wellness roof.

Vibrant student recreation centers have become mainstays of contemporary college campuses. So have health-conscious students. To take full advantage of these trends, many institutions are merging their recreation center and student health center into a single facility.…

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Outdoor Offices, the New “must have” Amenity

As corporate environments strive for sustainable excellence and look to attract today’s modern professionals, designers are becoming more creative on how to bring the outdoor environment and corporate culture together. There are several benefits to working outdoors – consider that both temperature control and lighting are free!…

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