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SLAM Landscape Architecture & Planning Studio Expands West, to Denver

DENVER, CO, December 2, 2020 – The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM), a national multi-disciplinary design firm, takes the next step in its strategic plan to grow the integrated practice across nine offices, with the expansion of the SLAM Landscape Architecture & Planning Studio (LA&P) to 1900 Grant Street, Denver. This location is part of a recent acquisition of five CBRE | Heery architectural design studios, focused on healthcare, sports facilities and justice, adding to SLAM’s existing education, corporate, healthcare and sports/recreation expertise.

[DT logo] Creativity in Design to Enrich Lives

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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A building that’s all about the people

The Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) at the University of Minnesota opened in Summer 2020. At over 150,000-SF of new construction and another 50,000-SF of renovation in the adjacent Phillips Wangensteen Building , it is a massive project that will have a major impact on the connectedness and education of future doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals on the Twin Cities campus. - Karen Parzych

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Decompression Space in Behavioral Health Design

Thanks to the ease of access to healthcare professionals, hospital emergency departments (EDs) have become a primary location where behavioral health patients seek help when their conditions require immediate care. However, EDs are generally designed and operated to treat only a small number of behavioral health patients at a given time.

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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 Magic of Paper and Pen

As an architect working for institutional clients comprised of large groups or committees, I see a resurgence that is much needed, fresh, and human. It has nothing to do with PowerPoint, Videos, Webinars or Skype. Quite the opposite.  It’s about paper and pen, a growing relic of modern society. - Neil Martin

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ASHE Vista Award Recognizes LEAN Approach to Keeping UMass Memorial MC2020 on Track

It’s always a great honor to receive an industry award, but receiving the ASHE Vista Award affirmed that the team’s LEAN approach enabled UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC) Executive Leadership to realize their goal to be “The Best Place to Give Care, The Best Place to Get Care.”