Month: February 2013

“In my humble and unbiased opinion”, it’s time to toot our own (blog) horn.

By Gary K. Pino, FMP As I was thinking about a Blog topic to publish this week, as well as what words of wisdom I wanted to share with you, a serendipitous moment occurred.   Our Firm Principal, Jill Mendoza, just happened to share with us a recently received response from a February IDO Newsletter recipient, Susan Fleck of Susan Fleck Photography… Read More

Samantha’s House

By:  Lee Boyland Each year in central Indiana, a wonderful organization called Samantha’s House provides a new or remodeled home for a deserving family with a special needs child. All of this is made possible through the donation of time, money, and complimentary design services from the community at large. Sponsors, contractors, designers and others pull together to make an… Read More

Sustainable Buildings, Carbon Trade & Public Policy – What direction will Indiana’s “Sustainable Future” take?

By: Jill Mendoza Last year, November 14th  2012, the USGBC, US Green Building Council, Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was held in San Francisco.  USGBC’s choice of conference location, San Francisco, was perfect because the city has been a leader in green building design and construction. There are over 700 LEED certified projects and approximately 1,300 LEED registered projects in… Read More

Evaluating Human Thermal Comfort

By:  Daniel Overby, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD + C In building design and construction, energy efficiency does not necessarily equate to good thermal comfort for occupants. In fact, human thermal comfort is rather difficult to analyze because it is as much psychological as it is physiological. The notion of “comfort” is a personal feeling – not a quantifiable metric like the kilowatt-hour is for… Read More

On-Demand Video in Education

By:  Donna Metallic Everything we touch today has some sort of video influence, so with this increasing use of technology how will it influence the next generation and how they learn? This blog will highlight technology, aging buildings and how that influences the way education is delivered.  The demands from this Next-gen network cannot be handled by out of date… Read More