Minneapolis Armory Renovation
Theory and Practice. Our design practice includes a full building performance design practice in acoustics, AV, Lighting, Daylighting, Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality, in order to provide perceptual comfort for the user, and these standards may be for the normal user of working age, or can be for the perceptually ore cognitively disabled user. This includes those living with aging, dementia, autism, mental illness, PTSD, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, blindness and deafness.
Some of these specialties have been included in architectural engineering, but the ME and EE fields are becoming more focused on energy and sustainability, to the detriment of user comfort.
Our work can include technical design, computer modeling, calculation and instrumentation measurement.
Mariucci Hockey Arena, U of Minnesota
Specialties. In the architectural field, we offer the only multi-disciplinary building performance consulting package in the country, and we have the only set of measurement tools to measure and confirm each area of design. We were the first consulting firm in the U.S. to employ many of these measurement systems, and we are the only firm equipped to provide measurement in all fields.
Think Bank (IBM Credit Union) Rochester, MN
Philosophy . Schematic Design is often completed without any definitions that are clear enough to measure successful outcomes. We have been very focused on having quantitative definitions for perceptual comfort on all projects before SD is complete.
Daylight Computer Model, Harley Davidson, Milwaukee, WI
Summary. Most clients would like predictable design processes that provide known results. Without the science of building performance, there is no ability to predict or to confirm success in providing comfortable environments for our users.