Place attachment research explains how we develop personal attachments to a place, what connects us to a place, what connects us as a campus community, and what motivates us to preserve our special places. Laurel Harrington and Marilyn Sander of Christner and Laurie Harmon of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse presented this topic at the 2013 Society of College and University Planning North Central Conference. The research suggests that beautification and donor recognition projects can be very successful in promoting the university and engendering loyalty and love for the campus.
The presentation included an example of how the installation Soldiers’ Memorial Plaza at Lincoln University informed campus design more broadly and made a lasting change in the campus experience. The talk also addressed best practices for donor programming and recognition. It explored the design elements that are most effective in promoting the mission of the school, strengthening ties with students, faculty and alumni, and creating a lasting impression.
View the complete presentation here: http://vimeo.com/77639865
Understanding the challenges of a space planning in a complex and dynamic organizational environment
Planning strategically for large-scale space reallocation at the University of Chicago Medical Center demanded a structured process for participation, methods and tools for comparing and interpreting data, and the development of options recommendations based on a chosen direction and guided by input from key participants.
John Reeve and David Coleman of Christner and Scott DeBlaze of the University of Chicago Medicine described the process, methods, and governance structure used to manage the complex factors (both physical and human) impacting the Master Facility Space Plan 2013. The plan addressed over 4 million square feet of assignable space and achieved an integrated plan for healthcare, research and academic facilities. It also laid out a seven-year plan for capital investment.
The recommendations of the plan were guided by many factors: institutional excellence, patient care, growth projections, business strategy, priority needs, operational improvement, facility conditions, and capital capacity. The successful “integration” of these factors into a single, actionable plan for development directly mirrors our initial concentrated efforts on governance.
View the complete presentation here: https://vimeo.com/77539498
Founded by Ted Christner in 1963, Christner is proud to celebrate 50 years of planning and design in the St. Louis region and across the Midwest. In honor of the occasion, we took a look back at our history and compiled a book highlighting 50 of Christner’s most memorable and significant projects. We are proud of the impact we’ve made and grateful to the clients who have been pivotal to our success. We hope the book also serves to recognize the contributions of our employees who are essential to the collaborative success of the firm.
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Shanna Wiechel, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP has been elected a shareholder at Christner. A healthcare planner and project manager, she is inspired by the importance of making well-thought-out decisions with our clients. Her interest in lean process improvement makes efficiency of staff workflow as important a priority as creating pleasant environments for patient care.
We are pleased to have Shanna as a member of the ownership group, which includes John Reeve, Dan Jay, Grace Corbin, Bob Ducker, Todd Jacobs, Tom VanLandingham, David Coleman, and Laurel Harrington.
Posted in Staff News | September 18th, 2013
Christner and Goody Clancy are designing a new research building at the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. The innovative design will foster collaborative research on topics at the forefront of medical science discovery.
Design features include highly flexible laboratories that anticipate trends in research, as well as spaces that encourage interdisciplinary interaction. The building will house researchers in medicine, genetics, genomics and regenerative biology and is scheduled to open in June 2015.
More information available at http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25524.aspx