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Small Investment, Big Impact

How small-scale renovations can enhance the look and feel of senior living communities and positively impact residents’ emotional and mental well-being.

When we think about impactful renovations, we tend to think about large-scale construction projects – work that involves the undertaking of complex, costly changes.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: Imagining the Workplace of a Post-COVID Future

The second in our two-part series looking at COVID-19’s long-term impacts on workplace design and what lessons we can continue to learn from the health care market.

The face masks are on, workers are returning to the office and employees and employers are wondering “what’s next?”…

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Storm Shelters for Worship Spaces and Church Education Centers

Severe weather is a very real part of life for many in the United States. Fortunately, we have the tools to design spaces that can potentially avert tragedy and provide peace of mind.

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.

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Research and Review: Using UV Light to Disinfect

In the era of COVID-19, an increasing number of markets are exploring the use of UV light disinfection. Here, we explore the benefits and risks of this developing technology.

The discussion about and application of ultraviolet light disinfection technology is not new or revolutionary.…

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COVID-19 Design Series: A Workplace Designer and A Health Care Designer Walk into an Office

The first in a two-part series exploring how offices may now be designed with health care facilities in mind.

Many non-essential businesses are beginning to reopen their doors, and along with this reopening are a multitude of employees, who now emerge from home offices to return to the corporate workplace.…

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Moving Forward, Even Amid the Uncertainty of COVID-19

Proactive community planning is a critical component to the health of any community. And right now, it’s more important than ever before.

The past 12 months have been very interesting here in Nebraska: in the spring of 2019, devastating floods swept across the state, wiping out infrastructure and leaving businesses destroyed; a year later, the global COVID-19 pandemic has flooded our communities in a different but equally significant and devastating way.…

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Four Foundations of Successful Preservation

National Preservation Month offers a chance to consider what it takes to preserve the past to create a better future.

The month of May is dedicated to National Preservation Month, a time to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states.…

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Setting a Course for the Railroad Pergola

How a dynamically-designed public art installation in Waukee, Iowa connects communities and builds vitality.

The community of Waukee, Iowa is bringing public art and infrastructure together to realize the full potential of the tri-county Raccoon River Valley Trail and its exceptional 72-mile trail loop.…

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Reflecting on the Architect Experience

To close out AIA Iowa’s Architecture Month, RDG designers discuss what drew them to the profession, what it means to create a “well-designed” building and how they see the industry evolving amid a changing global landscape.

Each year, AIA Iowa celebrates Iowa architects and architecture by recognizing April as a statewide Architecture Month.…

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A Better Built Environment for the Changing Environment

Designing for resiliency amid the inevitable impacts of climate change.

The infrastructure of our towns and cities – buildings, homes, roadways, buildings, land use –make up what we know as the built environment. These human-made environments are where we often live and work, and they strongly influence how we behave and feel, and can even impact our physical and mental well-being.…

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