Category Archives: Architecture
Posted in Architecture | Client Service | Information Technology | Innovative Solutions by David I. Balzer, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP+, Project Manager (Project Manager - Brand Architecture) on June 26, 2013
Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows us to report on design alternatives in terms of energy usage and other key metrics.
We use Autodesk® Revit® Building Information Modeling (BIM) to design & coordinate projects for many of our clients. BIM is an intelligent 3D model that allows the team to better visualize a design, resulting in improved coordination and decision making.
For each brand, we create a complete 3D library of all prototypical components (shelving fixtures, gondolas, furniture, equipment, signage, and finishes). Then we overlay them onto the proposed store layout. It is rendered to create a full 3D-model of the entire space, allowing both the design team and the client to visualize the proposed new store prior to construction.
This technology is even more valuable when working within existing spaces where constraints are more challenging. Using BIM, first take information from our comprehensive building survey to create a complete model of the entire building shell. This allows us to coordinate existing columns, beams, joists, walls, etc., with the proposed new store design.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Client Service | Information Technology | Innovative Solutions by David I. Balzer, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP+, Project Manager (Project Manager - Brand Architecture) on June 12, 2013
LDG utilizes a user-friendly online Project Management Portal (PMP) which allows our Brand Architecture clients to monitor multiple projects in real-time, from any location 24/7/365.
The system is securely hosted on the cloud and can be accessed from any computer, laptop, or mobile device, allowing clients to view information on their own schedule without having to call or email.
What makes this software so unique is that all project information is located on a single, easy-to-use platform. Key features include dynamic scheduling, task checklists, web-links, automatic notifications, contact list, and a built-in file server. There’s no need to send an email attachment or navigate through a cumbersome FTP site to view a drawing; with the PMP you are automatically sent a direct link when a file is uploaded. The system supports any file type and can even be used to host documents for private bid.Comments (2) | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Building Systems | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Sustainable Design by Serena Wray, LEED AP+ (Brand Architecture) on May 30, 2013
With consumers increasingly buying into the green movement and making sustainable choices, there has never been a better time for companies to start to adopt green business practices. Companies are finding that their customers embrace shopping at stores or dining in restaurants that have proven environmental stewardship. People feel good about going to those places, and that can translate to more time spent shopping or more dollars spent at the register.
A company’s buildings can make a big impression on shopping habits. Perhaps even better is the advertising potential that can come from showing consumers firsthand just how sustainable your company is.
Through LEED certification, building projects receive an internationally recognizable, third-party verification that shows the world that a company means business regarding sustainability.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Codes & Regulations | Current Events by Steven M. Beattie, RLA (Senior Project Manager) on May 16, 2013
Ever since I received classroom instruction at West Virginia University in the mid-1990s, accessibility has been a key component to my design process. Of course, back then we merely worried about the basics by providing ramps, curb cuts, and accessible parking spaces. Today, accessibility is a complicated, multi-level set of regulations and design guidelines that reach into every aspect of our society and daily lives – as they should. Over the years, I was guilty of questioning the regulatory guidance and why we needed to provide such a comprehensive approach which complicated design, sometimes limited the final design, and absolutely increased construction costs.
Today, I’m proud to say that I fully embrace accessibility, and make it the very first priority on any site design. In addition to the comprehensive checks and balances now in place to ensure accessibility that force compliance, I have witnessed over the years all types of people struggle in some of the same places I designed. Additionally, you can learn a lot when you have two young children and a stroller to push around. It was these experiences that have me now incorporating Universal Design Principles, as accessibility guidelines truly help all users, no matter your physical or cognitive ability.Comments (1) | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Blogging | Employees | Landscape Architecture | Professional Development by Jillian Ibbs (Marketing) on April 16, 2013
Designer – Landscape Architecture
At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success. This month the spotlight is on Emily Diehl, Designer with LDG’s Landscape Architecture group.
Where did your career take you before joining LDG?
I worked full-time while attending Penn State to get my bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. I worked a variety of retail jobs, managing employees and schedules, marketing, creating displays, stocking merchandise, and making sure my customers left happy. I am probably one of the few to say I truly loved working in retail. I loved being able to help so many people find things for their home, or that perfect shoe or tennis racquet. Yes, there is a lot of negativity surrounding the retail world, but I made it a goal to help people enjoy their shopping experience and in turn I enjoyed my job. I learned that you can’t make everyone happy; some customers will always find something to complain about. Also, the thought of leaving that comfortable work environment to come work in an office every day was very scary to me, but I did it and it turned out for the best. After 9 years, I still love being here.