Education

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    Inside and out—this campus is green

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Designing the ultimate student experience

Students need a space to think outside boundaries, a community to grow and be creative in, and a meaningful way to connect with the world. We design innovative learning environments that give students, faculty, administrators and their communities the spaces they need to learn, grow, and succeed. Through global design, intuitive planning, and local support, we help you create the ultimate student experience. Read More

All good design has a story to tell, adding to the appeal and interest of the overall project.

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Why do we design for Education?

Our team members share their personal stories about what drives their own passion for educational design.

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<p><b>Jim Chatas</b></p> <p>My wife is a teacher, so I believe that's my impact on society is to be able to help teachers engage with students and interact with one another. Our job, I think, is to support that interaction and engagement through our facilities that we create.</p> <p><b>Stephen Phillips</b></p> <p>We can influence the way things are learned, the way they're looked at. I also think that in higher education, universities, colleges and universities are willing to take a chance on creating spaces and buildings that are a little bit out of the norm. It has to who they are. It has to do with their type of students. It has to do with the programs. &nbsp;So I love to do that.</p> <p><b>Michael Reagan</b></p> <p>There's probably two reasons why I like designing laboratories. One, just from a selfish stand point, it's like a puzzle. The whole process is identifying the various pieces and then understanding the multiple ways those pieces could go together to try to balance functionality, flexibility, safety, constructablity. But at a higher level, we get to work with laboratories that have the capacity to change people’s lives. To think that the laboratory that I design is going to be used to train chemists at Harvard or MIT or Yale, and somebody is going to discover something that's going to change your life in the future, in a wonderful way. Being able to take part in that, maybe a small part, but just having a part like that is probably the most exciting thing.</p> <p><b>Don Hensley</b></p> <p>I've been doing it for 27 years. I think what's exciting to me is I feel like in some small way, our buildings make a difference in people's lives. The other thing I enjoy is the people. I feel like I'm working with people who really care, who want to get better and who want to change and who want our buildings to be a part of helping them and their students get better, so It's very rewarding.</p> <p><b>Jim Chatas</b></p> <p>There's something about when you open a facility and you see these educators and their students, how proud they become of their environment and how positive they feel about it.</p>

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