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Hospital Planning: Imaging Departments
February 19, 2018
Hospital Planning: Imaging Departments

Hospital imaging rooms are designed with the evolution of advancements, replacements, and upgrades in mind. Each of these spaces is designed with the patient in mind first. Procedures are typically stressful for the patient, but good designers do their best to humanize the experience through design.

Hospital Planning: Emergency Departments
February 12, 2018
Hospital Planning: Emergency Departments

When designing a hospital's emergency department, our team needs to collect and understand a plethora of information from the hospital. The goal is to correctly size the department in order to adequately serve the patient population.

Hospital Planning: Surgery Departments
February 5, 2018
Hospital Planning: Surgery Departments

Our healthcare team has to have a developed understanding of a hospital's key departments to effectively plan and design an efficient and patient-friendly environment. Here, I'll focus on a surgery department.

Thad Berkes Joins DC as Chief Estimator
February 1, 2018
Thad Berkes Joins DC as Chief Estimator

Thad Berkes has joined the DC team as Chief Estimator!

Bright Ideas: Understanding Lighting Control System Design and Operation
January 30, 2018
Bright Ideas: Understanding Lighting Control System Design and Operation

I learned first-hand "watt's watt" with the installation of a lighting controls system. Here's how it impacts you.

Healthcare Design: Understanding the On-Stage/Off-Stage Model
January 22, 2018
Healthcare Design: Understanding the On-Stage/Off-Stage Model

The organization and relationship between patient and caregiver spaces is one of healthcare’s most fundamental design questions.

Updated Athletic Facilities Attract Student Athletes
January 15, 2018
Updated Athletic Facilities Attract and Retain Student Athletes

Designing athletic facilities where student athletes can practice, develop into better players, and have a sense of belonging is crucial to not only recruitment but retention.

Chris Stine Named Associate Partner
January 11, 2018
Chris Stine Named Associate Partner

Architect Chris Stine, NCARB, has been named an Associate Partner of the firm.

Meet the People: Chris Stine
25 for DC25: The Definitive List
December 27, 2017
25 for DC25: The Definitive List

As 2017 and Design Collaborative’s 25th year of creating people-first places comes to a close, we thought it only fitting to look back at 25 of the great things that happened in our 25th year.

Design Collaborative Wins AIA Fort Wayne Award
Kelli Warner, Construction Engineer, Wins BCA Emerging Leader Award
LEDs vs. Incandescents: A Christmas Case Study
December 11, 2017
LEDs vs. Incandescents: A Christmas Case Study

By replacing your incandescent strands of Christmas lights with LEDs, you'll save enough money to put in that swimming pool. And if there's enough left over, you'll be able to fly the whole family down to help you dedicate it!

Design Collaborative Wins Excellence In Construction Award
Water Wants to Ruin Your Building
December 4, 2017
Water Wants to Ruin Your Building

Figuring out where and how water is getting into your building after construction is complete is incredibly difficult and potentially expensive. That’s why it is critical to make sure that a Water Resistive Barrier is effectively designed, detailed, and constructed in your next building project.