• Get Ready to Immerse and Emerge! Black Box VR is the world’s first full-fitness virtual reality gym experience. You will step into the Black Box VR boutique gym and immerse yourself in a whole new way to get fit. You will never want to visit an outdated gym again. Go inside the black box and come out leaner, stronger, faster, […]

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  • How VR is Transforming Architectural Design Architects tend to have a very good sense of space in three dimensions.  From two-dimensional drawings they can interpret and visualize the final building or space in three dimensions.  Unfortunately, very few of our clients can ‘see’ a space from looking at the drawings.  They see a 2D plan (layout) and 2D elevations (vertical […]

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  • May 07, 2018

    Restaurant NEXT

    Categories: Design Insights

    Neighborhood, EXperiential, Tastemaker Authentic.  We hear that word a lot.  Especially in marketing and branding aimed at guests at or below the median US age, 37.5 years. You know the labels. ‘Authentic’ practically has its own brand – real, made by hand or with natural materials, standing for something, honest, reflective of its community, imbued with story. Restaurant NEXT is […]

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  • From playing to the five senses to immersing us in virtual reality space, designers are creating a new, fuller experience, both in the built project and during design. Environmental Design Imagines the Built Space When you think about being in a space, there are sensory influences that help you experience and remember that particular space or perhaps an associated memory. […]

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  • Office design trends are a hot topic today!  Like a pendulum, the open office has gone from Wow! to How-could-you? to We-have-new-solutions.  Very few of us had the dollars, and dare I say radical notions, of the Silicon Valley giants.  Yet, many owners and designers saw a brass ring and reached for it. Open workspace can take on dozens of […]

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  • Steve Wakeman, AIA, CSHQA Sacramento Regional Manager, and Jim Marsh, AIA spent part of Monday, August 7, 2017 in downtown Seattle taking in the sights, including Amazon’s amazing campus and biosphere! They were in Seattle to attend the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) Pacific NW Retail Conference. While there we attended the Immersive Retail Panel. Jim’s notes are as follows: Develop near […]

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  • Is there proof that good school design leads to better learning? The education design industry has long held a common belief that as designers we have only anecdotal ‘proof’ that good design influences learning outcomes.  A peer reviewed team of researchers from the University of Salford Manchester, England has demonstrated that in fact, there is proof. This blog is a […]

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  • Grand Opening Day for the Inn at 500, Boise, Idaho is Friday, February 10th! The story behind Boise’s newest hotel, The Inn at 500, begins in downtown Eugene, Oregon. In 2012 owners Brian Obie and Casey Barrett opened The Inn at 5th, a boutique hotel where the service alone ensures a loyal following and high acclaim, including being named a […]

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  • The Idaho Humane Society is moving forward with their new facility! Check out the article recently featured in the Idaho Business Review. Click to access a PDF of the full article

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  • CSHQA earned an ASHRAE Regional Technology Award – 1st Place Commercial Buildings at the Omaha, NE conference earlier this year for outstanding technical and energy efficient engineering design of the LEED Platinum CSHQA Office Building in Boise, ID.  Russ Pratt, PE, LEED AP and CSHQA were recently recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2017 International ASHRAE Technology Awards. The entry was one […]

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