Architecture has always been a mixture of art and science, considering aesthetics, function, structural and technical integrity. In recent years, when data is increasingly driving decisions, we are utilizing Evidence-Based Design and using credible research to guide design decisions.
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Control buildings in chemical plants, power plants and refineries must be built to withstand catastrophic failure or be situated outside of the process area. This is because of their proximity to the large quantities of hazardous materials being transported, stored and produced in these facilities. These buildings have vital equipment, systems, and personnel that, if breached by an adverse event, could endanger the lives of employees and the surrounding communities.
Design developments follow certain trends influenced by multiple factors. To stay on the cutting edge, architects must do more than passively take note. Hutton’s architects proactively study the industry to anticipate trends and apply forward-thinking practices in healthcare design.
One of the first Hutton team members on any jobsite is Hutton’s surveying coordinator Warren Bontrager. Warren ensures the architect’s plans fit on the selected site and that electrical, plumbing, and all site utilities will be in the correct place.
When people have easy access to professional development, they have the capacity to invest in more than just their jobs, but in their lives, too. The key is making these opportunities applicable and accessible. Learning has to be fun, relevant and engaging for it to stick.
Picture this: You planned to build a new facility in the Midwest, and there was a lot to consider—budget, design, builder, equipment, employees. After completing what you thought was a thorough plan, you chose your site and hired an architect. But before they could put pen to paper, you found out you hadn’t planned for everything.
Whether or not you heard the news, saw the videos or were in the direct trajectory of the April tornado that ripped through Andover, Kansas just over a month ago, it’s not hard to empathize with the community that came face-to-face with the full force of it.