Originally published in Interiors & Sources

05/10/2006

From the Editor

Who's in Control?

By John Gregerson

 

Who controls buildings: the owner, the architect, the integrator? Ultimately, it’s the end-user. That’s the person who decides the success or failure of a project.

Nestor Infanzon, an architect with Jonathan Bailey Associates, gave an example at a panel discussion during the National Systems Contractors Association tradeshow in March: You design a multimillion dollar healthcare facility with all the bells and whistles - the latest technology and healthcare delivery systems. If the nurse call button, which costs less than 1/4 of 1 percent of the total budget, does not work and a patient dies as a result, the architect’s reputation can be destroyed.

The stakes are that high with every decision you make.

Even when lives are not on the line, businesses always are. As the article Lighting Performance (pages 46-54) points out, workers who have more control over their environments are happier, more productive employees who will stay with their companies long-term.

Tradeshow season, now in full swing, presents wonderful opportunities for design professionals to interact personally with the products they might specify. Technologies that give end-users control are not only aesthetic, innovative building features, they’re also fun to work at tradeshow booths. (Thank you, SMART Technologies, for patiently watching as a colleague and I “experimented” - i.e. played with - those colorful electronic markers on your whiteboards at NSCA.)

As you peruse the pages of this magazine and the aisles of the tradeshow floors, I’d encourage you to consider technologies that enhance the day-to-day lives of the end-users. Climate and lighting controls, integrated security systems, digital displays with easy-to-move wall mounts, conferencing equipment that anyone can operate: All enhance the end-user experience. All have the capacity to make you look really good or really bad.

And, as in the example above, sometimes they can be the sole factor in your success or failure.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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