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Construction Cost Trends
February 11, 2019
Construction Cost Trends

Over the past decade, we’ve seen construction cost rise and fall due to the economy, instabilities of material prices, and the low availability of skilled labor. The result of these impacts have driven the increases in construction cost, created uncertainties, and have led some owners to consider delaying, re-scoping, and even cancelling projects.

Meet the People: Lori Duesler
Evidence-Based Design Process is Improving Healthcare Facility Design
January 21, 2019
Evidence-Based Design Process is Improving Healthcare Facility Design

For healthcare facilities specifically – one of DC’s core markets – there is an organized effort and movement to take the built environment to another level of positive human experience. This is known as the Evidence-Based Design process.

Kelsey Rowe and Nathan Woods Named Associate Partners
January 14, 2019
Kelsey Rowe and Nathan Woods Named Associate Partners

Eight people have been promoted as we begin 2019.

Meet the People: Jeremiah Hatfield
18 for 2018: The Definitive List
December 27, 2018
18 for 2018: The Definitive List

2018 has been a great year at Design Collaborative! During its final week, we reflect on 18 opportunities and milestones we’ve shared with our clients, community, and DC staff throughout the year.

Interns Design an Artists Retreat
December 17, 2018
Interns Design an Artists Retreat

Panoramique is a conceptual artists retreat located on the peak of a mountain in Colmar, France. This "inspiration hostel" was a team effort. Learn more from our fall interns.

What is a Master Plan?
December 10, 2018
What is a Master Plan?

A master plan is a long-term vision reflecting a strategic plan, and should be driven by a mission statement and a vision to clearly define what drives it.

Meet the People: Ryan Birkey
December 3, 2018
Meet the People: Ryan Birkey
Environmental Graphics Bring Brands to Life
November 26, 2018
Environmental Graphics Bring Brands to Life

Graphic design is typically thought of as business cards and brochures. But it really does subtlety impact everything that you experience on a daily basis.

Five Design Predictions for Retail Bank Branches in 2019
November 19, 2018
Five Design Predictions for Retail Bank Branches in 2019

What customer experiences do financial institutions want customers to have when they step inside their branches?

Good Design is Good Business
November 12, 2018
Good Design is Good Business

Good design finds a way to navigate all its unique challenges and incredible opportunities to create a sum that is greater than all its parts. Here, we explore this idea through Multi-Family Housing design.

Meet the People: Zhurong Qian
Design Considerations for Student Housing
October 29, 2018
Design Considerations for Student Housing

To create a successful design for higher education student housing spaces, our Higher Education studio has identified the items that need to be addressed.

Construction Engineer Becomes Principal for a Day
October 19, 2018
Construction Engineer Becomes Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day program is an eye opening experience into the daily routine of the elementary schools that we design.