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Tech Support for Design and Construction

February 29, 2012

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File Under: Worst Case Scenario

February 27, 2012

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Mercifully, I finished a built-in shelving project at my house last week. In the process of consolidating book storage afterward, I came across my misplaced copy of “The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook”.  This book was on all the cash register shelves and all the usual places around 2000, and spawned a lot of genre imitators […]

Consider This a Burn Notice

February 22, 2012

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 As Republican presidential hopefuls square off in primaries across the U.S., a lot of talk is on how much money candidates are spending to position themselves as the most attractive.  The longer the primary process stretches on, the more resources are needed. Political pundits note that candidate “super PACs” bring in millions a month yet can spend […]

Need for Progressive Healthcare Design

February 20, 2012

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I follow less and less of ‘who’s hot’ as far as architectural design goes these days, probably because I am far more immersed in the specific market sector of healthcare. Also, I appreciate good design yet rarely see a project that, to me, evokes the future—what buildings might look like in 20 or 50 years. In […]

An Institution at Your Institution

February 17, 2012

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A couple weeks ago I met with a Vice President of Operations at a medical center in a town of about 20,000. We were discussing recent project history and she noted with pride that her hospital has been using the same architecture firm that built the hospital over 45 years ago. In this day and age, it is […]

Waste and Cost Control

February 15, 2012

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In December’s Architect, an article on Crisis Response Centers caught my eye. The renderings and photos were bright, the designs cool and, of course, it was about healthcare. The general theme was cost containment in light of buildings that need to last in a healthcare environment. A couple paragraphs into the story was the first quote […]

Construction Productivity and Dreaded Rework

February 13, 2012

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Rework is almost a four-letter word in design-build. Rework is when work is put in place on a job and needs to be redone. This can mean tearing out and completely redoing, or going back to further and more accurately correct work to an acceptable level. Rework is one of the most insidious causes of […]