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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. […]

Beyond the Arch: Exploring Cultural Landmarks in St. Louis

As the new museum at the base of the Gateway Arch is completing construction, the Arch grounds will once more be the most popular tourist destination in St. Louis. It’s logical to think that St. Louis is synonymous with the Gateway Arch - the iconic, stainless steel monument to westward expansion designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947.  The Arch may be an icon for the city and many times act as its logo, but it does not fully represent the cultural and civic fabric of St. Louis that we want the world to know.   […]

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. […]