May 6, 2020

A Post COVID19 Workplace: Considerations and Conversations for Returning to Work

Navigating the return to the workplace is complex. Every organization and building is unique and their solutions should be too. This guide considers the return to work as phased, with new challenges presented at each step. Below, Bialosky shares big picture considerations for organizations in return-to-work strategies and conversations.

 

 

July 2, 2019

InfoComm 2019 Recap

The modern practice of architecture involves a blend of art, design, engineering, building science, sustainability, and technology. When touring our office for the first time, visitors may assume that the “technology” side of architecture is about utilizing a well-thought-out mix of the latest design, visualization and presentation software, keeping abreast of mobile technologies, implementing “maker” tools and hardware, and the like. However, our team feels that technology “tools” are just one part of the equation. Technology in architecture is more encompassing. As we strive to design buildings and spaces that are inspiring, welcoming, beautiful, and functional, we often incorporate technology to foster such experiences. The development of audio-visual technologies, augmented and virtual reality systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), distance learning technologies, E-sports broadcasting and presentation systems, as well as collaboration and conferencing platforms, continues to move ahead quickly. This year’s InfoComm show, attended by over 44,000 people from the U.S. and abroad, was proof of that. The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience show was held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida, and had over 150 educational sessions and about 930 exhibits for Design Creatives and AV pros to consider. I've highlighted just a few technologies & an educational session to provide you with a brief glimpse of this year's show.

Exhibit Hall:  Transparent OLED, MicroLED, Curved OLED, Crystal LED (CLED) Display Systems, Interactive Displays

LG, Sony, Epson, and many others manufacturers had eye catching booths to show off their impressive technologies. My guess is that LG’s Transparent OLED signage will capture the attention of Retail and Hospitality clientele.

Crystal LED Display System by Sony Electronics, Inc.

Close-up view of a curved modular framing system for LED displays, by beMatrix. LED displays that appear to be bending along a modular system's radii.....does that spark your creativity?

Looking for a large curved display, but need it to show vivid color and deep contrast? Then your eyes may have focused on LG's Fine Pitch LED Curved Display

....or LG's Curves of Nature OLED Display

Multi-View 4K 3-D Simulation Projector, by Digital Projection. Each participant's view of the imagery is adjusted to match his perspective, as the participant changes position.

Multiple projectors + Sculpture + Projection Mapping + Video Content = Eye Catching Display

Exhibit Hall:  Technologies for Huddle Spaces

Several Exhibitors showcased collaboration and presentation solutions for corporate and educational use.  Will you see the latest round of these technologies incorporated into your workplace?

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Session: AV/IT Design with LEED - How Sustainability and AV Design Can Contribute to Successful Projects

Sustainability and AV?  Yes!  Legrand AV presented an informative course on how the AV Industry is focusing on sustainability.  If you were wondering how this is possible, then visit LeGrand AV’s website for information about AV installations and LEED v4.0 certification.

As current technologies continue to develop and gain appeal, you can be sure that creative Architects, Engineers, AV Pros, and Designers will collaborate to incorporate these trends into the buildings we visit, read about, work in, and enjoy.

 Cliff is a Registered Architect, a LEED BD+C accredited professional, and is Director of Technology at Bialosky Cleveland

February 11, 2019

Future Offices – Winter Event Recap From NYC

A few weeks ago I visited New York City while attending the Future Offices Winter Event to learn about the drivers influencing the workplace.  We know that workplace design matters and can positively impact the level of engagement employees exhibit through my article in Smart Business Magazine. Through my few days there, a number of common themes arose.

Panel Discussion Hosted During the Event.

Employee Experience:

The word, “experience” is all the buzz across a variety of sectors. Retailers are focusing on how to create a memorable experience for shoppers, to incentivize them to shop in store rather than online. Universities are focusing on enhancing the college experience to attract students. The modern office is no different. Understanding the value of human capital when it comes to the costs of doing business, employers are focusing on improving the experiences of their employees in order to attract and retain the top talent. Employers are prioritizing food offerings, wellness activities, training, and professional development.  Additionally, companies are looking for ways other than amenities to engage employees.

Internet of Things:

With the evolution of connected devices in our homes, employees now expect to see these products at work too. Mobile phone apps will remind us when to adjust sit-to-stand desks. Automated package delivery systems will send messages when packages arrive, minimizing or eliminating the need for a staffer to deliver packages to your desk. Meeting rooms will be assigned based on appointment criteria, rather than scouring our calendars for open rooms. Plants will notify us when they need water with sensors. The possibilities are endless with the goal of minimizing administrative work allowing us to do our jobs more efficiently.

Coworking vs. Flexible Office Space:

Coworking space started out as a way for solo entrepreneurs and start-ups to have a professional environment to work and meet. While this need still exists, flexible office space has entered the market from traditional coworking providers and new providers. Flexible office space is personalized and branded within a building with shared amenities, facilities management, and shorter lease terms.

While this type of space is becoming the norm in larger cities for both small organizations and as an enterprise solution, it’s unclear to me at this time how prevalent it might become in the Cleveland market. If you have experience with this model, I’d love to talk to you for a future blog/article I am writing.

Brooklyn Bridge - New York, NY

Oculus at the World Trade Center - New York, NY

The event was thought-provoking and inspiring in many ways.  As was the city of New York itself.  I extended my visit for a short retreat with my husband and was awed once again by this amazing city! My favorite new stops were the Oculus and One World Trade Center as well as walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

August 24, 2018

Bialosky Cleveland Featured in MARKETER Rebranding Issue

The Rebranding Issue of MARKETER has Bialosky Cleveland written all over it. Literally. Follow the links below to read a case study of our acclaimed rebrand, and an article from our Marketing Director, Hallie DelVillan about the power of mission and values!

2017 MCA Corporate Identity Rebranding Category Winners
The Power of Mission and Values

©Marketer, The Journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, August 2018, www.smps.org.

July 3, 2018

A’18 Convention on Architecture Recap

A couple of weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure to join over 20,000 colleagues at the AIA’s A’18 Conference on Architecture in New York City. This year’s conference, while mostly centered at the Javits Center, was spread through many venues across Manhatten and the larger city. While construction to the Javits Center forced AIA into this model, the institute did an excellent job turning this problem into an opportunity. With many sessions at venues around the city, Conference on Architecture was integrated into its host city in a way I have never experienced in the three prior conferences (Chicago, Atlanta, and Philadelphia) I have attended. While not without its challenges, the star of A’18 undoubtedly was New York City itself.


Highlights from the conference itself include:

A'18 Day Two Keynote: Sheela Søgaard, CEO of BIG, speaking at Radio City Music Hall.

The AIA's Chief Economist Kermit Baker provided an insightful economic outlook for the A/E industry at the AIA+Architect Magazine booth on the expo floor.

Day Two’s Keynote by BIG’s CEO Sheela Sorgaard on the business of architecture. This session also included short talks from Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and James Polshek (who was being honored with the AIA Gold Medal this year). Both days keynotes were at the stunning and famed Radio City Music Hall.

A session on Empathy In Architecture which included Nader Tehrani of NAADAA (design architects of the under construction The Beacon in downtown Cleveland). This session touched on the importance of good contracts; how, when and why to say no; and knowing one’s values as a designer.

The AIA Small Project Practitioner 2018 Small Project design awards

Attending AIA’s national business meeting which included multiple resolutions addressing issues of diversity and equity in the profession. Arch Record has a good summary as well.


Being in NYC, I left ample time in my schedule for self-guided architectural tourism. Highlights include:

Ten Arquitectos excellent project, Mercedes House

BIG’s VIA 57

 

432 Park Avenue Building designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects

Legendary Mid-Century towers along Park & Madison Ave including the Seagram Building (Mies and Philip Johnson), Lever House (SOM), and the AT&T Building/550 Madison Ave (Philip Johnson - which I got to catch before it undergoes controversial renovations designed by Snohetta)

Under construction Hudson Yards. Center of the image is The Vessel designed by Thomas Heatherwick Studio.

The scale of the Hudson Yards project is mindboggling. It includes Heatherwick Studio’s Vessel and The Shed a new cultural center designed by DS+R.

 

Zaha Hadid’s 520 West 28th project.

The last section to open of the High Line, which weaves adjacent to Hudson Yards. The highlight here was seeing Zaha Hadid’s recently completed 520 West 28th project.

ARO’s first built project, the US Armed Forces Recruiting Station, located on the south end of Times Square.

Probably the lowlight of my trip was leaving my cell in a cab, which cost me a good chunk of an afternoon hunting it back down! Never the less, it was a great conference and I look forward to hopefully making it to next year’s A’19 Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas!