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Greener Tools for Better Designs

I grew up around handsaws and hammers, two-by-fours and plywood, saw dust and the fresh scent of clear pine.  Thirty years later, I am an architect and design thinker at SLAM advocating for mass timber structural solutions, in part, because my grandfather was a woodworker, lumberjack, and union carpenter.  – Tim Applebee

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The Design Thinkers Blog presents the diverse viewpoints of our team members. We hope you enjoy their perspective and ideas on all the things that inspire and excite them.  We are SLAM!

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Architect to CM. . .Going to the Dark Side

The thought of working on the contractor side of the industry wasn’t something new to me.  Earlier on in my career, I had investigated other opportunities where I could use my architectural knowledge and experience, outside of design, in roles such as owner’s rep, Construction Management (CM), facilities, but couldn’t make that jump.  - Matt Ciaglo

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SLAM Team Member Appointed Chair of CT GBC

GLASTONBURY, Conn., February 4, 2020 – Ross Spiegel, FAIA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED® AP, BD+C, a resident of Milford, CT, is a specifications coordinator for SLAM and was recently elected Chair of the Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) Board of Directors for 2020.

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Greener Tools for Better Designs

I grew up around handsaws and hammers, two-by-fours and plywood, saw dust and the fresh scent of clear pine.  Thirty years later, I am an architect and design thinker at SLAM advocating for mass timber structural solutions, in part, because my grandfather was a woodworker, lumberjack, and union carpenter.  – Tim Applebee

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Feeling WELL in our buildings

Before I ventured into the architecture and design world, I worked as an Account Manager for a global advertising agency in NYC. The industry is known to be extremely demanding. I worked long hours, late into the night, but I was fresh out of college and didn’t know any better. I also didn’t know that my workplace environment was not conducive to supporting the demands of our work. - Eleana Lynch

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Climate change – material selection matters

As a specification writer and architect, I spend a good deal of my time reviewing and learning more about new and existing building materials. But my real passion is finding materials that support and push sustainable design forward. I use my expertise and passion to help project teams, make their projects greener and ultimately combat climate change. - Ross Spiegel