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911: Resuscitating a Dead Mall

911: Resuscitating a Dead Mall

Once on the Dead Malls list, the former Sycamore Mall made a huge comeback and is now a vibrant and unique shopping and entertainment destination known as the Iowa City Marketplace.

Mall Anchor Sinks

Mall Anchor Sinks

When Sears went dark at Coral Ridge Mall, it left a large vacancy at the front door to the regional shopping center. Brookfield Properties, the mall’s owner, saw this as an opportunity to create a more dynamic retail presence.

Paul's Discount Store: Raise the (New) Roof

Paul's Discount Store: Raise the (New) Roof

When one door closes another door opens.

Marketplace at Clinton: Hole-y Retail, Big Box!

Marketplace at Clinton: Hole-y Retail, Big Box!

It’s a story familiar across America. A big-box retailer closes its door and leaves a large, dark windowless-building along a major thoroughfare.

Back from the Dead: Breathing Life into Large, Empty Retail Spaces

Back from the Dead: Breathing Life into Large, Empty Retail Spaces

“Back from the Dead” suggests that there is some kind of “Retail Apocalypse” happening in America today…and if you read the headlines, you may think that is true.

Well Certification: The Building Rating System on the Rise

Well Certification: The Building Rating System on the Rise

In today’s competitive market, recruiting and retaining talent is a top priority. Investing in that talent means companies are continually looking for ways to improve their quality of life.

Niche Services Periodic Table

Niche Services Periodic Table

As an architecture and engineering consulting firm, we provide a wide-range of services so you can pick and choose what works best for you and your project.

Designing Facilities for Safety and Security

Designing Facilities for Safety and Security

To gain a better sense of safety's place in design, it may be helpful to review common owner/architect project communication in a simplified sense.

Passive Ways to Improve School Security

Passive Ways to Improve School Security

When it comes to securing schools, finding the right balance between safety without sacrificing a welcoming and nurturing learning environment is critical.

Don't Let Rain Enter the Wrong Drain

Don't Let Rain Enter the Wrong Drain

If wet weather is overloading your municipal treatment plant, flow meters can spot source of problem.

Iowa Water and Wastewater Improvement Grant and Loan Programs

Iowa Water and Wastewater Improvement Grant and Loan Programs

There are some funding programs currently available in Iowa including United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the Iowa Finance Authority State Revolving Fund (SRF).

Connectivity a Major Theme at 2019 Environments for Aging Conference

Connectivity a Major Theme at 2019 Environments for Aging Conference

The passion for senior living design connects us and it is that connection that prompts us to share knowledge freely, so we can do greater good.

Get Your Fall Protection Plan Up to OSHA Requirements

Get Your Fall Protection Plan Up to OSHA Requirements

The ever-changing rules and regulations can make it difficult to determine if your fall prevention plan meets current industry standards or OSHA requirements.

The Metamorphosis of Food Service & Dining

The Metamorphosis of Food Service & Dining

The Senior Living industry continues to shift and grow; taking inspiration from industries including healthcare, hospitality and commercial. A consistent theme is the metamorphosis of food service and I expect it to remain a topic of interest.

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).

How to Start a School Security Program

How to Start a School Security Program

On the surface, a school’s mission to teach, nurture, and educate children seems clear enough. But a safe and secure environment is just as important – and a necessity – in order for children to learn.

Winter is Here!

Winter is Here!

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.

Pinpoint Electrical Problems & Hazards When Working On Infrastructure

Pinpoint Electrical Problems & Hazards When Working On Infrastructure

How arc flash studies help higher education institutions.