• Jul 01, 2019

    Patio Seating

    Categories: Design Insights

    PATIO SEATING…nothing creates a better atmosphere than being outside on a gorgeous day, sunshine, a slight breeze, a cold beverage and something to eat. Just writing that makes me want to sit down at my favorite outdoor venue. The next thought is HOW do we, as designers, create this atmosphere? There are many planning and design items to be addressed […]

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  • Jun 18, 2019

    Hotel Future in Boise

    Categories: Design Insights

    CSHQA recently attended the Idaho Business Review’s breakfast series “Be Our Guest: Idaho’s Dramatic Hotel Construction Boom.” The tourism GDP for Idaho’s Tourism industry was $1.6 Billion in 2017 and growing. The outlook for both tourism and hospitality in Boise is positive. There is a continuation of growth and new opportunities to grow do not look to be impacted by […]

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  • As Architects and Designers one of our skill-sets is providing visualization for our clients. This comes in many forms: hand drawings, black and white collages, sketched perspective views, computer renderings and virtual reality. At CSHQA, we are investing heavily in technology and training and focusing on computer renderings and virtual reality. These approaches allow clients to view a photo realistic […]

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  • 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 You will never want to visit an outdated gym again.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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