Discovery

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

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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Natural Playscapes: Healthy Childhood Development through Exploratory Play

“They splash for slithering tadpoles, tip-toe to observe butterflies, and set up mini-track and field for beetles in the sand,” says Naturalist Lew Major. “They learn things about themselves that they don’t even know they’re learning and learn in ways traditional schools aren’t teaching.”   Major animatedly refers to the children experiencing the Jester Park Natural Playscape in Polk County, Iowa, USA.…

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FIVE Sustainable Site Practices:

Through integrated best management practices, we are striving to incorporate measures that reduce the amount of runoff and improve the water quality of every site. There are site and design practices that can assist in creating a more sustainable, regenerative environment, while utilizing a natural systems approach – one that mimicking the ecological systems of the tall grass prairie.…

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Shared Successes

Although counter to some trends, team locker room space can be optimized by sharing certain components.

The rise of dedicated competition and practice facilities for individual Division I and II collegiate sports has made the design of team locker rooms more straightforward.…

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Engaging Early Learning Interiors

An early learning center is not an elementary school. Early learning environments need to provide a warm, welcoming setting that reflects a home environment rather than an institutional or school environment. Yet the same place needs to provide support for the physical and emotional needs of young children during the 6-to-8 hours they spend there each weekday.…

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Ecological Design in Early Childhood Centers

Children do not simply grow, but evolve from nature into culture; therefore ecology should form the basis of design for both indoor and outdoor spaces in early child education centers. Through interaction with the natural environment, children become active participants in their own development.…

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