Month: May 2018

The new green: Decreasing energy use while improving employee well-being

May 29, 2018

Today’s definition of sustainability goes beyond a building’s ecological footprint to create better environments for the people who work, play, heal, and learn inside these structures. To fully capture their return on green initiatives, leaders must select the right options to fit their culture, market, and budget. The most efficient design and features aren’t sustainable unless […]

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Decreasing energy use while improving well-being

Business and organizational leaders rally around the idea of “going green”—especially because energy-efficient buildings create operational savings.  They consume less electrical power and fuel, and they need less water. It doesn’t hurt that these improvements often generate positive feelings among potential customers. To fully capture their return on investment in green initiatives, leaders must select […]

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Greening up: Get started today

How can you get the most efficiency out of your building while improving employee well-being? Here are a few ways to start. EASY Let the sun shine in. Install additional windows to let daylight filter through your building and cut back on lighting costs. New glazing treatments and insulated panes ensure a tight seal so […]

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Retirement means time for art, family — and no deadlines

May 9, 2018

There is no “honey-do” list lurking for Paul Boerboom on Saturday—his first full day of retirement. There’s no firm deadline for his planned exhibition at the EastBank Art Gallery, where he will be a member of the local cooperative. And all of that is kind of the point. The elder of his two sons will be […]

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‘Wyoming is truly where (Bill Goodman’s) heart is’

May 8, 2018

Bill spent much of his career working on schools, primarily at the elementary and middle school levels. Asked to give an estimate of how many schools, he snorted at the question. “Many,” he said. “Many.” When the oil, coal, and gas industries were thriving in Wyoming, school districts had unlimited money to spend on infrastructure. That changed about three years ago.

One of his last major projects was the domed school for Johnson Creek School District in Wisconsin. He describes it as “a decent experience,” with the biggest challenges ensuring the acoustics were good and running traditional mechanical structures in a nontraditional building.

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