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SLAM Celebrates 25 Years of Integrated Construction Services

SLAM had a vision to approach construction from a master builder’s perspective. Taking the responsibility of an owner’s project from design through construction, guaranteeing quality projects and better control of the cost. A better way to build. – Tanya Cutolo

[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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How Builders Can Leverage Technology to Develop Smart Labs

The utilization of technology in laboratories and life science facilities has increased its prevalence and impact over the past decade. Lab automation, for example, is expected to represent an $8.4 billion market by 2026, up from $4.8 billion in 2018. - Jeff Talka and Todd Boucher

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Purpose of Place: Fast forward to the new multiformat meeting

As we continue to talk about the purpose of Place in a post-COVID world, it is important to reflect on why certain activities take place during the workday and how the physical and virtual environments can support them. Meetings, for example, are an ancient ritual. - Monika Avery

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Coming to an office building near you – what a breath of fresh air!

Starting off as an architect, my first experience of an office building was an older brick industrial building, with operable windows, located near the river in a mid-sized southern city. I have a vivid memory of working to finish a deadline on a summer evening. - James Puckhaber, AIA 

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Purpose of Place: Introducing the Hybrid Workplace

In this launch workplace-related series, I will examine the purpose of place through the lens of a hybrid workplace and the importance of designing physical environments that rebuild safety and trust for employees. - Monika Avery, IIDA

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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.