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GIVING BACK: Big Changes Start Small

While there’s certainly been a lot of progress, when it comes to plastic reuse and recycling, the United States still has some work to do. According to the National Geographic Society, shoppers in the USA use almost one plastic bag per day, compared to Denmark, where, on average, residents use four plastic bags per year. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency reports the USA only recycles 9% of its plastic, leaving plenty of room for improvement. Meanwhile, around 18 billion pounds of plastic end up in oceans around the globe every...

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Flexibility and Adaptability: What’s Next for Workplace Design

  Collaboration. Connection. Choice. Those have been the operative words in office design over the last few years, particularly as the open-plan concept has taken hold. How are those ideas changing the workplace, and where are we headed next? We spoke with three workplace design experts to get their take on the workplace then, now and in the future. Open-plan offices are arguably the most prevalent workplace trend in recent years. Why do you think it’s been so popular? Treacy: A trend is something that is short lived, but the open office has...

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An Officer and an Employee: Law Enforcement Facilities as Workplaces

  How do you create a comfortable, productive workplace that also functions as a highly secured public building? Two law enforcement departments in Florida have found a way to achieve both goals, blending modern function with form in their new facilities. With the help of Ajax, both Volusia County and the City of St. Petersburg have new facilities that provide the security and functionality necessary to get the job done in an environment where people actually want to work. The new 22,000sf evidence facility for the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office replaces its...

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Podcast: Data-Driven Design

What happens when weeks of robust research and data collection meet workplace design? Find out how Aaron Schiller’s award-winning design firm uses in-depth analytics to help their corporate clients boost productivity.   TRANSCRIPT Narrator: Welcome to Building Conversations, a construction podcast powered by the STO Building Group. On today's episode, 30-year construction veteran, Rob Leon, will be speaking with Aaron Schiller, founder of Schiller projects, an award-winning design firm that leverages weeks of data for unique approach to each project. Rob Leon: So, uh, today we have Aaron Schiller, welcome Aaron, it's great to see...

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