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Presentations and Publications

Sharing as a Strategy for Campus Vitality: Better Together

Sharing, by definition, is the joint use of an asset, resource or space. It refers to joint or alternating use of inherently finite assets. Shared-use of facility assets is a widely used method to deploy excess capacity for the mutual benefit of a school district and its communities. In the context of higher education, shared-use can transcend the simple transaction – proportionally shared cost/value of a fixed resource – and deliver a value enhancing synergy to the collaborating institutions. If structured correctly, sharing physical assets with partners in the community can bring energy and vitality to campuses while optimizing resources. […]

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. […]

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.   […]

Growing Our Youth with Nature-Based Playscapes

Harrington Speaks at Annual NRPA National Congress

Laurel Harrington of Christner and Laurie Harmon of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse recently presented this topic at the 2016 National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) National Congress in St. Louis. Their presentation included research focusing on outdoor play as a critical component for the development of our emotional, physical, psychological and cognitive well-being. Local and national examples illustrated how playscapes reduce barriers to nature-deprived children while providing enriching play to nature-savvy kids. Attendees were even able to build their own miniature playscape as part of the session.  […]