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Who’s Coming to your Emergency Department?

I had the opportunity this week to participate in a workshop "Reimagining the ED" that was part of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium taking place in Austin. The workshop was organized and led by Durell Coleman of DC Design.

The goal of the workshop was to identify issues common to emergency departments and then offer creative solutions for those problems. The effort was on behalf of the Federal Guidelines Institute (FGI) in support of incorporating new ideas into the design guidelines that would improve the efficiency and effective ness of hospital emergency departments. Roughly a hundred clinicians and designers participated, assisted by architecture students from Texas A&M University. […]

Christner Projects Selected for AIA St. Louis Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter celebrated excellence in the built environment with its Design Awards event held on September 14 at The Majorette in Maplewood. Through a juried process, projects in various categories were recognized for outstanding qualities in design and craftsmanship. Two Christner projects were recognized with Honor Awards in Craftsmanship.

Troco Custom Fabricators was honored for their metal fabrication and installation on the The Edward Jones Parking Garage and Pedestrian Bridge in Maryland Heights.  The 3-bay parking structure is open-air and houses approximately 700 cars on 4 levels. The pedestrian bridge links to the newly renovated 201 Progress Parkway office building and features a coffee bar and informal meeting space.  […]

Collaboration Spaces that Work in the Workplace

Collaboration spaces can mean different things to different people.  To some, it may be an enclosed room with the latest technology, while to others, it may be out in the open with more tactile tools like markers and paper.  No matter what the setup is of a collaborative area, it should allow the participants to feel comfortable to promote the exchange of ideas between employees, that produces an efficient and effective result.   […]

Inspiring Innovation with Plant Science Building Design

Christner is an established planning and design firm known for bringing innovation, research and insight to the practice of architecture.  In recent years, Christner has expanded our expertise to the Science and Research market, specifically in plant science building design.  St. Louis has experienced a rapid growth in the plant and life science industry over the past few decades. Christner is proud to be a part of such an impactful research industry with the design of two plant and life science projects, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion and KWS.   […]