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COCA Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Addition

Students, staff, friends and neighbors gathered on Friday, June 8 to celebrate the completion of renovations to the Center of Creative Arts historic building and mark the beginning of their expansion. The event included groundbreaking festivities and a “first look” at the recently completed renovations.

In COCA’s customary non-traditional fashion, they broke ground not with dirt, but with the flare of colorful confetti and streamers. A student performance queued up the groundbreaking with a revised rendition of Hamilton’s “My Shot” re-written to tell the history of COCA and the notable Mendelsohn building.  […]

Three Ways to Optimize the Cancer Patient Experience

Do you notice poor design? For a long time, kids’ toothbrushes were designed to look like shorter adult toothbrushes. This optimized the production process, and no one questioned whether this was the best design. 

Similarly, healthcare design in a cancer care center can have a direct impact on the experience of cancer patients and their companions. Cancer care can be quite stressful. Patients may be fairly healthy or may be immunocompromised. […]

How are you going to compete for talent moving forward?

NOW is the time for businesses to invest in people (and your real estate portfolios).  We find ourselves at an interesting moment in time: unemployment is historically low , the corporate tax rate is plummeting , and technology supports work flexibility.

It’s a seller’s market in the employment exchange, so how do you attract and retain the best talent?  There are, of course, compensation packages and perks, but the employer that relies solely on benefits to woo employees is missing the boat. […]

“The Most Cruel Absence of Care”

I didn’t craft that phrase, Florence Nightingale did in her 1860 book Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not regarding unnecessary noise in nursing units.  That’s right, 1860.  This problem has been around for a while.  Her judgment, “Unnecessary noise, then, is the most cruel absence of care which can be inflicted either on the sick or well.” wasn’t just a one-sentence comment.  The entirety of chapter 4 is committed to the topic and simply titled “Noise.” […]

Building WELLness into Healthcare Facilities

Many healthcare providers have an interest in sustainability and, as long-term users of their buildings and operators of their space, they are excellent candidates for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  However, many are unable to pursue LEED for their buildings for various reasons including inability to meet space or functional prerequisites. […]