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Transforming Underutilized Space into a Main Attraction

Transforming Underutilized Space into a Main Attraction

West Des Moines Community Schools converts an unmaintained courtyard overgrown with invasive plant material into its new media center.

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Exploring the Waveland Trolley Loop's personal connections at Shive-Hattery and the community.

5 Ways To Decrease Exposure to Contaminants in Fire Stations

5 Ways To Decrease Exposure to Contaminants in Fire Stations

Protect firefighters by reducing exposure to toxic contaminants and carcinogens inside the fire station

Managing Environmental Hazards In Iowa Schools During The Pandemic

Managing Environmental Hazards In Iowa Schools During The Pandemic

While the pandemic continues to draw public attention to environmental safety in schools, Iowa school districts continue to grapple with managing the regulated hazards in their buildings.

Managing Environmental Hazards In Iowa Government Buildings During The Pandemic

Managing Environmental Hazards In Iowa Government Buildings During The Pandemic

As the situation surrounding the pandemic continues as well as ongoing derecho recovery efforts, Iowa government officials may find it difficult balance both the needs of COVID-19 and the management of normal operations and maintenance in their buildings.

Using UV & Visible Lighting to Disinfect & Manage the Coronavirus

Using UV & Visible Lighting to Disinfect & Manage the Coronavirus

As we return to work and school in the safest manner possible, disinfection lighting through UV and/or visible lighting is a method that reduces pathogens on surfaces and air spaces that we use and occupy.

Adding a Storm Shelter - The Best Option

Adding a Storm Shelter - The Best Option

The best option for safety during a tornado is an ICC 500 or FEMA P-361 storm shelter. Both have similar requirements.

Strengthen Existing Areas Against Extreme Wind Events During Remodels

Strengthen Existing Areas Against Extreme Wind Events During Remodels

Existing spaces that were not designed for resistance to the effects of a tornado can be augmented to provide additional protection for occupants as an interim measure.

Best Available Refuge Area Example

Best Available Refuge Area Example

Most school districts have tornado drills to practice where to go and what to do during a tornado. The locations within the school are typically chosen by administrators who have the best intentions, but do not have the structural engineering training to identify the criteria necessary to choose the safest options available.

Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) - When You Don't Have a Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) - When You Don't Have a Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Tornadoes can occur anywhere in the US, but are most frequent in the tornado-prone Midwestern states. With students and staff spending a large portion of their day in the school building, having a designated safe area for use during a tornado is critical.

Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities & Planning

Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities & Planning

Because our children spend a majority of their time at schools, we often perceive these buildings as safe and should inherently possess good resistance to natural hazards.

Preparing Your Students, Staff and School for Tornado Season

Preparing Your Students, Staff and School for Tornado Season

Natural disasters are inevitable, however, the extent impact of the disaster can be mitigated lessened when a strategy is in place.

Tornado Season - Preparing Your Students, Staff & School

Tornado Season - Preparing Your Students, Staff & School

Growing up, many of us became well-practiced in tornado drills and know exactly what to do when we hear the alarm.

Modify Existing HVAC Equipment to Create Negative Space for Your Facility

Modify Existing HVAC Equipment to Create Negative Space for Your Facility

A client was tasked with creating an action plan for his hospital to support an increase in coronavirus patients. Was there a way to modify or control the existing HVAC equipment to provide a negative pressure area within the hospital?

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

With snow flying at this time of year, you may be concerned with the amount of snow on your roof. Doing a roof assessment for snow loads is the first step to make sure your facility’s roof is structurally sound and may also save you money on insurance premiums.

Is the Household Model the Solution for Senior Living?

Is the Household Model the Solution for Senior Living?

Senior living communities have been hit hard with the COVID-19 pandemic and it continues to be a major disruptor with the looming possibility of new regulations and changes in design guidelines that haven’t been seen in a generation.

Documenting Storm Damage

Documenting Storm Damage

Through the use of drone technology, our certified drone pilot(s) produce vibrant, dynamic HD aerial video and photos that are immense valuable when documenting storm damage.

Identifying Aquatic Resources a Key Step When Planning Development

Identifying Aquatic Resources a Key Step When Planning Development

If you are developing in Iowa, it’s important to include wetland delineation early on in your site selection process to avoid costly design changes due to regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

Incorporating Shock Pads - A Best Practice for Synthetic Fields

Incorporating Shock Pads - A Best Practice for Synthetic Fields

As bands march and athletes run on their schools’ athletic fields year after year, the synthetic turf will unavoidably breakdown.

Critical Surge Capacity Design: Single to Double Occupancy Flex Design

Critical Surge Capacity Design: Single to Double Occupancy Flex Design

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the need for flexible and adaptive spaces. To deal with an everchanging future you can design patient care areas that quickly transition to an isolation environment during a critical surge capacity.