January 03, 2020

CSHQA Past to Future - Part 3: Future

2020 is the start of a new Decade!! The future has endless possibilities and we look to take advantage of as many opportunities as we can. We have large-scale projects under construction, in design and about to begin design.  We also have many small and moderate-sized projects in the works.

Our aviation studio will be working with Fresno International Airport [FAT] on a $70 million terminal expansion to increase gate and baggage capacity for international travelers.  We are teamed with Q&D Construction of Reno, Nevada for progressive design-build of the terminal expansion.  Another team is designing and building a new parking garage. A total of approximately $115 million in improvements will not only allow for more flights but help the City of Fresno grow, as well. After 10 years of working with the Airport, this is an exciting opportunity to participate in the next transformative stage.

CSHQA’s hospitality practice is growing with two new restaurants completing construction this year and the discussion of two new ground up hotels on the horizon in different states. Retail and civic practices continue to respond to needs of our clients, providing the best built environments for each user.

In the next 10-15 years, we see a major push towards mixed use properties and lifestyle centers, a conscious design decision that reduces impact to the earth and its neighborhoods. We believe technology will play a major role in both the design of the built environment and what is IN that environment.  With VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) we will be able to visualize what is drawn and what is being built at the same time.

Going even farther, once built our buildings will be able to talk to us about what is wrong and what design elements were not ideal. Voice commands are gaining as much traction as keyboardless phones did in the early 2000s.  Will this lead to voice command in most buildings? Convenience is key, but personal interaction will still be important. Gauging the fine line between technology, personalization and the human touch will be important and challenging as we move into design for the next decade.

We look forward to these challenges and hope the next decade brings some exciting and challenging projects. 

Going even farther, once built our buildings will be able to talk to us about what is wrong and what design elements were not ideal. Voice commands are gaining as much traction as keyboardless phones did in the early 2000s.  Will this lead to voice command in most buildings? Convenience is key, but personal interaction will still be important. Gauging the fine line between technology, personalization and the human touch will be important and challenging as we move into design for the next decade.

We look forward to these challenges and hope the next decade brings some exciting and challenging projects. 

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