We are watching the ongoing extreme weather events with great concern. Because keeping hospitals and healthcare facilities fully functional is critical to public health and safety, we are making our latest research on improving energy resilience available to help hospitals and their communities respond to today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s. More
Featured in numerous national and international magazines, daily newspapers, and online business sources, EYP recently announced its participation in the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The article, “Bridge to the Past,” authored by EYP Senior Structural Engineer and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) adjunct faculty member Mark Kanonik, recounts how a group of RPI structural engineering master’s degree students completed an extensive and unique analysis of the historic Shushan Covered Bridge in Shushan, NY.
The Tradeline article, “The Future of Research Facility Design,” compares today’s laboratory design environment with that of five years ago, while exploring trends that effect how institutions determine how and when to build and/or renovate laboratory spaces. EYP Science and Technology Sector Leader Jeffrey Schantz shares his expertise on research facility design, commenting on several trends including a notable shift toward convergence science, the increased need for flexible spaces, and incorporating sustainability to boost research labs’ return on investment.
In the current political climate of constantly shifting national healthcare policy, healthcare architects and their clients are facing new challenges when it comes to long-term planning. Former EYP Healthcare Sector Leader David Watkins recently authored the article, “The Future of Healthcare Architecture: Obstacles and Opportunities Abound,” for Building Design + Construction, exploring these challenges, along with strategies and opportunities for architects to make meaningful recommendations to provide long term value to their healthcare clients and the communities they serve.
Environmental Graphic Design (EGD) reinforces the “Well Building” concept that has become central to so many building designs. EGD is also an excellent way to extend the conversation of the sustainability of buildings to elements we all need to live and flourish within the built environment. Through strategic EGD installations, we can encourage people to make healthy choices throughout their day while simultaneously helping clients subtly promote wellness. More
While we currently operate largely within the 3rd generation of BIM, we increasingly see owner requirements that suggest the next generation of BIM is fast approaching. In the 4th generation of BIM – BI(m) – the information contained in the model becomes more important than the 3D model element itself. One of the more concrete examples of BI(m) is the COBie (Construction to Operation Building Information Exchange) requirement, where design and construction-phase information is transferred to an owner for the operation of the building. Instead of creating a mountain of paper, all the information on equipment within the BIM model – color, model, manufacturer, links to PDFs on the component - is extracted into a spreadsheet format so that owners can easily access information for the future maintenance and operation of building equipment. In this newest generation of BI(m), the owner is able to benefit from the information in the model without actually having to deal with the model itself. More
The technical challenges facing BIM adoption today and in the future, are largely the result of legacy workflow protocols triggered by current software. Though our current BIM solutions have served us well over the last decade, they may not be built to lead us for future success. In particular, they have not created scalable, open or granular access to the information we create during design activities. To be most effective, future BIM implementation needs to consider the entire lifecycle of BIM data, including its consumption by downstream users. Current BIM applications create massive datasets, often within a single file. Given that we will have more – and more widely distributed – BIM teams in the future, greater granularity of BIM data will be vital for the collaborative consumption of information. Instead of continuing to create ever larger files, we need to conceptualize and structure the BIM environment for quick and easy access. We imagine an arrangement where BIM is comprised of many tiny pieces of data we are calling atomicBIM – i.e., BIM in small, discrete pieces of data. An atomized information structure would provide granularity and rapid access so that subsets of BIM information could be more easily accessed without a massive download. More