Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 31, 2012, by Josh Gentry

Designing Mechanical Systems in the New Natural Gas Age

Everyone by now has reaped the benefits of the new found abundance of harvest-able natural gas. I have seen one of our clients save over $100,000 last year alone from the lower gas prices. However, what does this mean for the future design of buildings? First, I went to the Energy Information Administration and found the Annual Energy Outlook […]

July 23, 2012, by admin

When Transitioning to a BIM Process, Ask the Last Question First

At SHP, our conversion to a building information modeling (BIM) process occurred in 2005.  We completely converted all of our architects and engineers to the Revit platform in about ten months that year.  The timetable we set for ourselves was unheard of and we knew it.  However, by committing to the goal of getting 100% […]

July 17, 2012, by Jim Schriefer

I Can Have My Headphones and Wear Them Too

A number of years ago, SHP hired a “stodgy” semi-retired architect (we’ll call him George for the sake of this blog) to fill the role as project manager and to teach his “craft” to a much younger and less experienced staff.  George quickly categorized people into two sets, those who wear headphones and those who […]

July 10, 2012, by Jenny Gallow

Doing More With Less in School Design

If you are somehow connected to the world of education (or educational design) chances are you aware of 21st Century Education or 21st Century School Design trends. School Districts fortunate enough to have new building programs (in design or under constriction) right now are being forced to make decisions on how to balance these future-focused […]

July 3, 2012, by Amy Cattrell

Outside the Cubicle: A look at SHP’s Corporate Culture

Those of us in the architecture industry are very often known for being glued to our work.  The stigma (and the reality) of this attribute usually begins in the college studio, where long hours and over-nighters are standard operating procedure, making us forego many a social gathering because of an upcoming presentation.  Once we begin […]

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