Ayers Saint Gross, a leading international architectural, planning, and design firm in D.C. for 25 years, recently expanded its business while reducing its environmental footprint. The new workspace, located in the growing NoMa neighborhood, was designed with the measures and materials necessary to attain a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Next stop: Baltimore. What are visitors’ first impression of Baltimore, coming from the north on a train? How do we fix the blight and “post-apocalyptic view” that people see? Watch Adam Ravestein’s thoughtful and poignant 5-minute talk at Ignite Baltimore about this important topic.
A D.C. native, Skelsey, 52, is making his mark, literally, in his hometown. His architecture firm helped design St. E’s east campus, draft the city’s sustainability strategy and master plan its school system. But give him a day off, and he’d rather be kneeling in dirt.
Baltimore’s tourism bureau is expanding its free app for tourists and convention planners to new platforms and neighborhoods.
Most Challenging Project Winner: Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The 6-story HSEB serves two end-users; has extensive building information modeling, laser scanning and blue-beam software capabilities; includes 2, 500 custom cooper panel; and has two owners and two contractors.
The app, developed by Baltimore architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross, allows users to zoom through a 3-D map of Baltimore, create custom tours of the city and find attractions near them.
D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is vowing to make the District the nation’s “healthiest, greenest and most livable” city within 20 years and is launching dozens of initiatives to curb energy use, reduce traffic and boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
James Wheeler has always had a simple business plan: Make people seek him out instead of the other way around. At Ayers Saint Gross, a 100-year-old architectural firm that specializes in higher-education institutions, Wheeler has turned that plan into a reality.
We’ve all experienced a “bad” meeting. The presenter came unprepared, your employees were texting under the table, and no one seemed to know why they were there in the first place. In some workplaces, the word “meeting” is probably a euphemism for “time-wasting”. Fortunately, these local CEOs know what it takes to wring every last drop of productivity out of their regular get-togethers.
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