www.csemag.com: Latest News http://www.csemag.com/ en www.csemag.com: Latest News http://www.csemag.com/typo3conf/ext/tt_news/ext_icon.gif http://www.csemag.com/ 18 16 TYPO3 - get.content.right http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Sat, 20 May 2017 00:02:00 -0400 Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 19 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-may-19/e66fc973aa48d87b01530f9f4061b7da.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving... Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving two companies from Canada. This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving two companies from Canada. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale M&A Transactions 5/11/2017 DLR Group (Minneapolis, MN) (ENR #84) acquired Kwan Henmi Architecture & Planning (San Francisco, CA), a firm recognized for its modernist design in a variety of building types. The firm will operate as DLR Group | Kwan Henmi and join with DLR to serve the interests of public and private sector clients throughout California. Link to details 5/18/2017 Structural engineering firm, Bennett & Pless (Atlanta, GA), acquired King Guinn Associates (Charlotte, NC), another structural engineering firm. The combined firm will have 44 employees. Link to details 5/16/2017 Environmental service provider, TAS Environmental Services (Fort Worth, TX), acquired Water Kleen Services (Ennis, TX), a leading regional provider of environmental and industrial services. Link to details 5/16/2017 Interior design studio, MartensGroup (Calgary, Canada), joined Kasian (Vancouver, Canada), an integrated architecture, interior design, and planning firm. Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Article SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 19 May 2017 07:56:00 -0400 Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 12 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-may-12/a1a3ed907bf91f1f277502de6fefa597.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and five international deals... Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from Canada, the U.K., China, and Japan. This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from Canada, the U.K., China, and Japan. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale M&A Transactions 5/4/2017 NV5 (Hollywood, FL) (ENR #54), announced the acquisition of three firms—Holdrege & Kull (Nevada City, CA), a full-service geotechnical engineering firm, Lochrane Engineering (Orlando, FL), a civil engineering firm, and Energenz (Irvine, CA), an international energy services company. Link to details 3/30/2017 West Yost Associates (Davis, CA) acquired Whitley Burchett and Associates (Walnut Creek, CA), a company that specializes in providing municipal water, wastewater, and recycled water planning, permitting, and design services. Link to details 5/1/2017 Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) (Milwaukee, WI) (ENR #340) acquired Burkettdesign (Denver, CO), an architecture and interior design firm. EUA specializes in serving the workplace, healthcare, education, senior living, student housing, and mixed-use markets. Link to details 5/2/2017 ENR's #33 ranked global design firm, Hatch (Mississauga, Canada), acquired g3baxi partnership (Dorking, UK), an employee-owned upstream oil and gas engineering company that provides engineering solutions to oil and gas production problems. Link to details 5/10/2017 Urban development giant, BMEDI (Beijing, China), acquired a 23.83 percent stake in C Cheng Holdings (Hong Kong, Hong Kong), an architectural service provider. Link to details 5/9/2017 Environmental consulting firm, RSK Group (Helsby, UK), acquired Acies Civil and Structural (Runcorn, UK), a property and construction consultancy. Link to details 5/9/2017 Multidisciplinary consulting firm, Waterman Group (London, UK), accepted a takeover offer from CTI Engineering (Tokyo, Japan), ENR's #88 ranked global design firm. Link to details 5/7/2017 Sadler Brown Architects (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) acquired Anthony Keith Architects (AKA) (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK). The acquisition will allow Sadler Brown to expand and grow their client base while providing an excellent level of design service. Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Article SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 12 May 2017 08:28:00 -0400 Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 5 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-may-5/a1bb3c3d9f54e9226c6570d59c3d16c0.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving... Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from Sweden, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from Sweden, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale  M&A Transactions 4/28/2017 Global design firm, Stantec (Edmonton, Canada) (ENR #10), acquired Inventrix (Seattle, WA), a 22-person mechanical engineering firm built to deliver modern, intelligent buildings that leverage the latest advancements in systems technology. Link to details 5/3/2017 ENR's #111 ranked design firm, Environmental Science Associates (ESA) (San Francisco, CA), announced that Scheda Ecological Associates (Tampa, FL), an environmental permitting and ecosystem management consulting firm, has joined ESA. Link to details 5/2/2017 Kain Capital (New York, NY) acquired a majority stake in King Engineering Associates (Tampa, FL), a full-service civil engineering firm with expertise in land development, water/wastewater, planning, transportation, ecological, surveying, landscape architecture, and construction management. Link to details 5/1/2017 One of the nation's premier planning and design consulting firms, Kimley-Horn (Raleigh, NC) (ENR #21), acquired Oasis Design Group (Baltimore, MD), a landscape architecture, master planning, and urban design firm. Link to details 4/27/2017 Premier provider of business and technology solutions, RCM Technologies (Pennsauken, NJ) (ENR #176), acquired certain assets of RAF Services (Smithtown, NY), a multi-disciplinary engineering company. Link to details 4/25/2017 Architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firm, LaBella Associates (Rochester, NY) (ENR #250), acquired Novus Engineering (Delmar, NY) and their subsidiary division Bagdon Environmental. Link to details 5/3/2017 ENR's #32-ranked global design firm, AF Consulting (Stockholm, Sweden), acquired Koncept Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden), an architecture and urban design firm. Link to details 5/3/2017 ENR's #89 ranked global design firm, Assystem (Paris, France), acquired Engineering Partner Automotive Nordic (Gothenburg, Sweden), a specialist of engineering services rendered to the automotive and industrial markets. Link to details 4/27/2017 EnviroSuite (North Sydney, Australia) entered into a binding agreement to sell its entire Pacific Environment Consulting (North Sydney, Australia) practice to Environmental Resources Management (London, UK), ENR's #14 ranked environmental firm. Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Article SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 05 May 2017 09:10:00 -0400 Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 28 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-april-28/3cc70d28052f1b416092b9c206716596.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving... Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Canada and the U.K. This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Canada and the U.K. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale M&A Transactions 4/20/2017 ENR's #12 ranked global design firm, SNC-Lavalin (Montreal, Canada), is set to buy WS Atkins (Epsom, UK), ENR's #11 ranked global design firm, under a final offer announced on April 20 that both firms' boards have approved. SNC-Lavalin says the offer represents a 35% premium to the closing price of Atkins shares on March 31. Link to details 4/26/2017 Full-service engineering firm, M&S Engineering (Spring Branch, TX), acquired San Antonio Design Group (San Antonio, TX), a civil engineering firm that serves the public and private sectors. Link to details 4/25/2017 Architecture and planning firm, Quinn Evans Architects (Ann Arbor, MI) (ENR #379), acquired Cho Benn Holback + Associates (Baltimore, MD), another architecture and planning firm. Link to details 4/25/2017 Civil engineering firm, Parker Design Group (Roanoke, VA), acquire Stone Engineering Group (Rocky Mount, VA). Stone is another civil engineering firm that serves local businesses and municipalities. Link to details 4/18/2017 Wold Architects and Engineers (St. Paul, MN) acquired Ruck Pate Architecture (Barrington, IL), a firm that focuses on architecture design for K-12, higher education, government and religious clients. Link to details 4/27/2017 Environmental consulting firm, Corporate Environmental Advisors (West Boylston, MA) was acquired by Joseph Campisi (Colchester, CT). Campisi, who has been managing environmental consulting firms for the last 30 years, will act as the new president. Link to details 4/27/2017 Private equity firm, Edwin James Holding (Glasgow, UK), acquired WT Parker (Burton upon Trent, UK), a specialist provider of mechanical, electrical and process engineering services. Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationType: Article SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:18:00 -0400 Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 21 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-april-21/19b02effb0787f954c753b0cad05d0a4.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. involving companies from Florida,... Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. involving companies from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Arizona, and Indiana. This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. involving companies from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Arizona, and Indiana. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale M&A Transactions 4/17/2017 Provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions, NV5 (Hollywood, FL) (ENR #75), acquired Bock & Clark Corporation (Akron, OH), a surveying, commercial zoning, and environmental services firm. Link to details 4/17/2017 Two architecture and interior firms, Street Dixon Rick (Nashville, TN) and Orcutt | Winslow (Phoenix, AZ) merged. The combined firm will have over 100 design professionals. Link to details 4/13/2017 The Etica Group (Indianapolis, IN) acquired PCS Engineers (Avon, IN), a civil engineering firm. Etica specializes in architecture, engineering design, construction inspection and building envelope consulting services. Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Article SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:04:00 -0400 Designing for radiation protection at Texas Children's Hospital http://www.csemag.com/single-article/designing-for-radiation-protection-at-texas-children-s-hospital/99baa8268d7322315605f55073d76943.html A key successful element for the design process was the ongoing conversation and collaboration... A couple of weeks ago, I presented an overview about radiation treatment room design and shielding to the State of Texas hospital licensing division along with Jay Poston, the radiation safety officer from the Texas Children's Hospital (TCH). We just opened the new Meta Iodo Benzyl Guanidine (MIBG) therapy room at TCH, used to treat children with a very specific type of cancer, metastatic neuroblastoma. This form of cancer is usually diagnosed between 18-22 months of age, and 98 percent of patients are less than 10 years old. The final treatment option for these patients is MIBG therapy, which involves injecting the patient with a radioactive iodine that attacks the tumors but leaves the patient radioactive for up to 10 days. Their parents serve as the primary caregivers because the radiation levels are too high for the hospital staff to safely treat multiple MIBG patients over their careers. The patient is protected inside the room behind lead shielded walls and portable lead shields that are positioned around the bed to prevent large radiation exposure for the staff and parents. Additionally, everyone wears radiation protection monitors so they aren't over exposed while these patients remain in the hospital until the decay of the radioactivity reaches a safe level.

A lead glass window with a second switchable double-paned window was installed to allow the parents to view the child, yet the window can be changed to become translucent for privacy when the rooms are not being used for MIBG treatment. Courtesy: DewberryPreventing radiation exposure

This wasn't the first time I worked with incorporating radiation shielding into design, but it was the first project using thick lead protection instead of concrete. The MIBG therapy rooms were designed with radiation shielding elements, including lead-lined floors, walls, and ceilings with 3/8 inch lead bricks, lead-lined steel doors, and a window made of five-inch thick lead glass. We performed structure evaluations to be certain it would accommodate the additional weight of the lead installed throughout the room. We redid the air conditioning duct work for the room, as well as medical gas and electrical piping so all of the lines entered the room above the door and used lead-lined protection at each penetration. It was very important for this room to be easily cleaned because, after each patient, the room must be cleared for any presence of radiation or contamination. All of the finishes used throughout the room are child-friendly colors, impervious, and seamless materials were used on the floors and walls as a part of mandatory regulation so any traces of the radioactive substance can be cleaned properly. This was imperative throughout this design because the injectable radioactive substance has a tendency to cling to objects. The patients are catheterized and the radioactive material is mostly discharged from the body through urine that goes into a lead container, which is then pumped into the sanitary sewer system with a continuous flow of water. A radioactivity decay room was designed to house 40 lead barrels that hold all waste products that touch the patient during the treatment process until they are no longer radioactive, usually by 90 days.

Collaborating to meet regulation and patient needs

A key successful element for the design process was the ongoing conversation and collaboration between multiple hospital departments to make sure protocols and safety measures were considered before finalizing the design. The patients' needs were also incorporated into the design by addressing what their expectations were. After months of meetings and discussions, we were able to settle on the current design of the therapy room with unique elements including wiring for an intercom between the patient and parent rooms, Xbox, and Wi-Fi. When we started the initial design process, there were only six of these therapy rooms across the country, now there are a dozen, with this one being the third in Texas. Tom Brown, AIA is a principal at Dewberry. Healthcare design is a balancing act between incorporating technology, clinical functions, engineering requirements, and safety regulations, while the design strategies should include thoughtful concepts combined with healing environments to faci litate patient-focused care. I am thankful I could help with the design of this special therapy room. Just knowing that I'm impacting a family and a child's life in a positive way and giving them hope is worth the whole project to me. Tom Brown, AIA is a principal at Dewberry. He is a Certified Accessibility Specialist and a Registered Architect in the States of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Wyoming. Dewberry is a CFE Media content partner.]]>
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency Codes & Standards Slider Homepage Item - CSE SyndicationType: Article SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Dewberry Syndication: Hospital Syndication: Codes and Standards (Energy Efficiency) SyndicationTopic: Codes and Standards SyndicationTopic: Building Types Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:58:00 -0400
Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 14 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-april-14/de2bea06a616011efa7a35cccafc4bbd.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from... Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from Idaho, Pennsylvania, New York, California, North Carolina, and Michigan. This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from Idaho, Pennsylvania, New York, California, North Carolina, and Michigan. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale M&A Transactions 4/3/2017 Full-service planning and engineering firm, T-O Engineers (Meridian, ID), acquired Pharmer Engineering (Boise, ID), a firm that specializes in water and wastewater treatment systems. Link to details 4/10/2017 Architecture firm, spg3 (Philadelphia, PA), joined Bergmann Associates (Rochester, NY) (ENR #206), an architecture, engineering, and planning firm. The joint firm will provide retail, hospitality, entertainment, civil and expanded commercial services both regionally and nationally. Link to details 4/5/2017 Montrose Environmental Group (Irvine, CA), through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Montrose Air Quality Services (Irvine, CA) and Enthalpy Analytical (Durham, NC), acquired the field services and laboratory business assets of Prism Analytical Technologies (Mount Pleasant, MI). Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Article SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:16:00 -0400 It’s time to plan for water safety in all buildings http://www.csemag.com/single-article/its-time-to-plan-for-water-safety-in-all-buildings/dddb14867804d903e3e79b55a113fe42.html The complexity of water systems in today’s buildings warrant a need for a comprehensive water... Modern buildings comprise increasingly complex water systems. But complexity brings risks to health and safety that must also be understood and managed. I believe it’s time to convene a professional oversight group to look at the introduction of a comprehensive water safety plan for buildings.  Today, resource-efficient building designs often incorporate water reuse systems, such as rainwater harvesting, greywater, and blackwater, alongside standard drinking-water provision. Hot- and cold-water distribution systems need to be designed to operate safely and hygienically with a range of demands placed upon them. Hot-water temperature needs to be regulated to control bacteria growth whilst avoiding potential scalding. And we need to plan for changing demands on water systems through a building’s lifetime, especially during periods of maintenance or while only partially occupied.  Taken together, these water-related hazards, such as chemical and bacterial contamination, scalding, and over-pressure, lead to risks to building occupants. So designers need to understand and assess water hazards holistically to develop effective control measures.  Sharing information and documentation is one way we could improve control. Designers would benefit greatly from simple documentation that could then be passed through from the installer to the operator of the building. It would ensure risks are properly considered and communicated from design, installation, and commissioning through to operation. This “chain of responsibility” would ensure that systems are operated and maintained in the manner that the designer envisioned and risks are properly controlled. Important support for this approach already exists. World Health Organization guidelines refer to the benefits of water safety plans (WSPs) that incorporate the principles of other risk-management paradigms, including multibarrier, hazard analysis, and critical control points approaches.  Currently, WSPs are considered the most effective means of maintaining a safe supply of public drinking water. Their use should ensure that water is safe for human consumption and meets regulatory water health standards. There also is comprehensive guidance available for developing WSPs for municipal water systems, such as the Water Safety Portal. These existing municipal WSP principles could be adapted for buildings. Initial feedback on the use of WSPs from a joint conference of the British Standards Institution and Water Management Society suggests support for the use of risk assessments and management guidance together with a series of simple templates. This could provide an immediate basis for a WSP for buildings, which could be passed on through the chain of responsibility and used to understand and document the risks inherent with water systems.  Martin Shouler is associate director at Arup. Martin is Arup’s global skills leader for environmental services engineering and works on a wide variety of projects related to water and wastewater systems. The next step should be establishing an industry-expert working group to review the need and feasibility of introducing a water safety plan approach for water systems in buildings. This could include members from the Royal Society of Public Health, the Water Management Society Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management, the Society of Public Health Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, and WaterSafe together with representatives from the water industry (water regulations enforcement) and other interested parties.  This expert group would need to review the hazards facing buildings’ water systems and assess whether they are adequately controlled under current regulation and industry practice. They would also review how existing industry guidance could be adapted for use in buildings and consult with building owners, the water industry, regulators, and other interested parties on the value of undertaking a WSP for buildings. Finally, the group could outline a business plan to create a “WSP (Buildings)” resource for the industry.  I would be interested to hear your thoughts on maintaining the safety of our water systems in and around buildings.
Martin Shouler is associate director at Arup. Martin is Arup’s global skills leader for environmental services engineering and works on a wide variety of projects related to water and wastewater systems. This article was originally published on Arup Thoughts. Arup is a CFE Media content partner.  ]]>
Slider Homepage Item - CSE SyndicationType: Article SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Arup Syndication: Plumbing (water reclamation low-flow water use commercial landscape/irrigation techniques) SyndicationIndustry: Water And Wastewater Plumbing Syndication: Plumbing (sprinkler technology sprinkler systems) SyndicationTopic: Building Types Fri, 14 Apr 2017 01:38:00 -0400
Incubator spaces, innovation hubs: How to design workplaces for big ideas http://www.csemag.com/single-article/incubator-spaces-innovation-hubs-how-to-design-workplaces-for-big-ideas/291cbfd92a5c861d410369fe85fd6862.html Organizations seeking to thrive in today’s knowledge economy need to ensure their workplaces are... Innovation isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a requirement for survival in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace. Not surprisingly, businesses of all scales—from startups to corporations—spend great capital and focus on increasing innovation in their organizations. Whether it’s disruptive innovation that changes the marketplace entirely or incremental innovation that improves one product from another competitors’ offerings—innovation is fuel in the business world. To best instill an innovative culture, companies should consider the design of their office spaces and how they’re engineered to naturally spur the type of creative thinking that can turn an idea into a scalable innovation. It’s not enough to simply find an empty room and rename it a think tank, incubator, or hackerspace. Energizing the innovative spirit in an organization via design requires concrete strategies and intentional efforts—and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Here’s a look at three industries that can teach any organization a thing or two about catalyzing innovation. Education: Innovation is not a 9-5 job Every successful entrepreneur knows the best ideas are rarely found while staring at a computer, checking emails, or in between meetings with finance and human resources. Creative energy often finds us while out for a run, over a drink with friends, or even late at night when we can’t sleep. Organizations need to find a way to ensure their people can channel their creative energy anytime, anywhere. Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah, a first-of-its-kind education facility that merges a residence hall with an entrepreneurial garage, fully embraces this idea. Students living in Lassonde Studios have 24/7 access to 3-D printers, prototype labs, co-working space, and a slew of technology. If students wake up at 3 a.m. with a new concept, they can walk downstairs and begin ideating. They live, create, and launch all in one space. To be clear, I’m not suggesting emerging companies should ask their employees to live at the office. But companies do need to ensure they offer a continuum of workplace and information technology infrastructure that empowers their people to connect anytime. The last thing organizations want to have happen is to lose new ideas simply because an employee can’t log in and access company tools from home. Moreover, organizations need to recognize that flexible schedules and cultures of wellness are good things for creative energy. A mid-day run does more than just help the employee get away from the workplace. It may set off a creative spark. Ultimately, start-ups and emerging companies rely on creativity and innovation to push forward. Organizations seeking to thrive in today’s knowledge economy need to ensure their workplaces are setup to help their employees innovate the key ideas that lead to differentiation and growth. Courtesy: CannonDesignMedical science: Bring people together to collaborate, collaborate, and collaborate some more The best way to find breakthrough ideas is not to lock yourself in a room and stay there until you’ve covered a wall in sticky notes. Game-changing ideas are often the result of ongoing brainstorming and collaboration driven by multiple teams and individuals. New science facilities like the Gates Vascular Institute and Clinical Translational Research Center in Buffalo, N.Y., are designed to empower this radical caliber of idea sharing. The academic medical center stacks a research building on top of a vascular institute and connects them with a collaborative core to enhance partnerships and innovation. The collaborative core contains education and conference spaces, along with a 4,000-sq-ft business incubator that allows doctors, researchers, and entrepreneurs to meet in a variety of dynamic situations to accelerate and commercialize medical discoveries. This culture of collaboration is enhanced further by open-plan laboratories that allow for increased flexibility, adaptability, and innovation. While not every company is looking to build a massive hospital-like facility, the same principles can apply to smaller workplaces. It’s key that startup spaces are designed to bring people together, not separate them. Creative ideas from one department can inform efforts in another, and someone’s crazy idea might be the solution a different team needs. This doesn’t mean eliminating every wall in the workplace, but it does suggest organizations need to seek out workplace solutions that purposely bring people together, knock down traditional silos, and encourage collaboration to achieve new ideas for business success. Art: Give people tools and get out of the way People often find their best ideas when they’re allowed to put different pieces together, try, modify, tweak, and try again. The new Theater School at DePaul University, Chicago, welcomes this notion by providing expansive shop spaces for costumes, makeup, prop and scene shops, rehearsal studios, lighting laboratories, movement studios, etc., where students and actors are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild.  All the tools and props they might require are placed along the walls of the shops, and there are no set rules for how they need to be used or arranged. Instead, the entire space is an open canvas where these artists can work together to find creative solutions. This is another ideal organizations can infuse into their workplaces. Rather than view the workplace as a place where prescriptive actions happen in set areas and specific people sit in the same place every day, it is okay to dedicate spaces where employees can arrange technology, furniture, and lighting as they see fit for different activities. It’s okay to let employees sit and work amidst different people or departments for different efforts. This workplace freedom increases employee satisfaction and allows them to be more comfortable and creative each day. Ultimately, start-ups and emerging companies rely on creativity and innovation to push forward. Organizations seeking to thrive in today’s knowledge economy need to ensure their workplaces are setup to help their employees innovate the key ideas that lead to differentiation and growth.
Meg Osman, executive director of CannonDesign’s global corporate/commercial practice, works with clients to implement significant real estate and workplace strategies that positively affect their business objectives. This article originally appeared on CannonDesign’s blog. CannonDesign is a CFE Media content partner.]]>
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency Automation & Controls Slider Homepage Item - CSE SyndicationType: Article SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Cannon Design Syndication: Automation & Controls (building automation system building automation controls BACnet energy dashboards energy simulators) Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:41:00 -0400
Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 7 http://www.csemag.com/single-article/weekly-merger-acquisition-deal-update-april-7/7f763503c932583c98f73fcce85f3ddf.html This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving... Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S. and Canada. This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S. and Canada. Courtesy: Morrissey Goodale M&A Transactions 4/4/2017 This week's big news features industry leader TRC Companies (Lowell, MA) (ENR #30). On Friday, the firm announced it had entered into a definitive agreement with New Mountain Capital (New York, NY) to become a private company. Then on Monday the firm announced it had acquired public works and infrastructure engineer CALTROP Corp. (Riverside, CA) in an all cash transaction. Link to details (New Mountain - TRC); Link to details (TRC - CALTROP) 4/4/2017 Two architecture firms, AXIS Architecture + Design (San Francisco, CA) and Gene Fong Associates (Los Angeles, CA) announced their merger. The merged team will operate under the name AXIS/GFA Architecture + Design. Link to details 3/31/2017 Leader in water, wastewater, environmental, and energy management solutions, Chester Engineers (Moon Township, PA), joined Hatch (Mississauga, Canada), ENR's #33 ranked global design firm. Link to details 4/3/2017 Design-build firm, Gray Construction (Lexington, KY) acquired Spencer Bristol Engineering (Norcross, GA), a consulting design engineering firm. Link to details 3/31/2017 ENR's #112 ranked environmental design firm, Trihydro (Laramie, WY), acquired River City Engineering (Austin, TX), a company that specializes in providing water and wastewater services. Link to details 3/29/2017 Engineering, surveying, and planning firm, Interstate Engineering (Jamestown, ND), acquired Ackerman Land Surveying (Wahpeton, ND). The acquisition bolsters the firm's ability to better serve clients in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Link to details 4/3/2017 OEL Projects (Calgary, Canada) joined McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers (Ottawa, Canada), a multi-disciplinary engineering firm. OEL Projects offers engineering, procurement construction and management engineering services to the oil and gas industry. Link to details]]> Industry Roundup SyndicationType: Article SyndicationType: Press Release - Non-Commercial SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationSource: Content Partner - Morrissey Goodale Syndication: Architectural Engineering Firm Syndication: Design Build Engineering Firm Syndication: Consulting and Specifying Engineering Firm SyndicationTopic: Building Types SyndicationIndustry: Building Automation And Facilities Management Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:17:00 -0400