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SLAM celebrates team talent, promotes 27

Glastonbury, CT., December 21, 2022 SLAM (The S/L/A/M Collaborative) is pleased to announce that 27 team members have been promoted, eight to Associate Principal, seven to Senior Associate, and 12 to Associate.

[DT logo] Creativity in Design to Enrich Lives

The Design Thinkers Blog presents the diverse viewpoints of our team members. We hope you enjoy their perspective and ideas on all the things that inspire and excite them.  We are SLAM!

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Purpose of Place: vitality in the workplace

Several idioms come to mind when thinking of a valued workplace design today, but vitality just so perfect as we race to remember and possibly redefine the workplace, its essence, and its purpose. A “vital” workplace may have, by definition of the word, the capacity for survival and for the continuation of a meaningful and purposeful existence. - Monika Avery

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Barrier-free restrooms for Pre-K to secondary schools

The learning environment for Pre-K through secondary school students is rapidly evolving and creating developmental opportunities across instructional and break-out spaces, including a focus and sensitivity toward correctly sizing barrier-free restrooms for various aged students. - Kathy Bell and Kristen Furtak

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How Builders Can Leverage Technology to Develop Smart Labs

The utilization of technology in laboratories and life science facilities has increased its prevalence and impact over the past decade. Lab automation, for example, is expected to represent an $8.4 billion market by 2026, up from $4.8 billion in 2018. - Jeff Talka and Todd Boucher

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Purpose of Place: Fast forward to the new multiformat meeting

As we continue to talk about the purpose of Place in a post-COVID world, it is important to reflect on why certain activities take place during the workday and how the physical and virtual environments can support them. Meetings, for example, are an ancient ritual. - Monika Avery

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Coming to an office building near you – what a breath of fresh air!

Starting off as an architect, my first experience of an office building was an older brick industrial building, with operable windows, located near the river in a mid-sized southern city. I have a vivid memory of working to finish a deadline on a summer evening. - James Puckhaber, AIA 

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Purpose of Place: Introducing the Hybrid Workplace

In this launch workplace-related series, I will examine the purpose of place through the lens of a hybrid workplace and the importance of designing physical environments that rebuild safety and trust for employees. - Monika Avery, IIDA