#ThrowbackThursday The Global Scholars Hall at Washington State University is a signature student residence with 133 dwelling units of varying types. Because of its location at the heart of an active campus, the project had some challenges associated with phasing, site boundaries, and student safety…
Check out this timelapse from Baker Construction & Development, Inc. showing the site-cast concrete panels going up at the Huntwood Cabinets warehouse expansion in Liberty Lake. There were a total of 30 panels – 25 feet wide by 32 feet high. They make it look easy!
Another Worksite Wednesday update, this time out at the Huntwood Cabinets facility expansion in Liberty Lake. Site-cast concrete panels are officially in place. The process was scheduled to take three days, but they only needed a day and a half. Fantastic job, Baker Construction & Development, Inc. Teamwork makes the dream work!
When working with a provider to design or renovate their space, patient experience is everything. Safety, cleanliness, comfort, and clarity are all at the top of the list of priorities. Providers know patients are faced with concerns when entering their office and aim to ease anxiety with the floorplan, finishes, and overall “feel.” When asked what percent of the patient experience is our responsibility, I would say that every inch is in our purview. Every element of a space can either add to or diminish the level of anxiety in patients. Colors, textures, daylight, orientation, circulation patterns, and noise levels should all be considered early in the design process. We benefit from an excellent interior design department that can work with our clients to achieve their desired feel while offering expert space-planning for the best possible outcome for providers and patients.
After completion of the project, we actively seek out feedback (especially the negative) once the space is lived in. We schedule time during our one-year warranty walk through to talk with a variety of staff members about what patients mention about the space, what functions well, and what they would change. Needs and processes change over time, and observing how a project endures helps us improve the next one.
Completed earlier this year, the Whitworth Water District Administration and Maintenance Building is a great example of how our in-house architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture departments work together to deliver thoughtful, enduring designs. This project included an inspired Xeriscape – an approach to landscape design that promotes water conservation through the use of native and drought-tolerant plants.