Commercial

Cushing Terrell Seattle Unveils its New Downtown Office

Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell occupies 9,000 sq. ft. office space in Seattle’s Waterfront District.  Relocating from Lower Queen Anne, the Cushing Terrell Seattle team joins other businesses committed to reoccupying and revitalizing Seattle’s downtown. Needing to accommodate a growing staff and adapt to a shift in workplace expectations, the team, led by Associate Principal Chris Aageson recently moved into the seventh floor of the Agen Warehouse building ...

Data-Informed Design For The User Experience At Work

With the right tools, metrics, and processes, Cushing Terrell’s Sandi Rudy and Jennifer Moore share how we can develop a better user experience at work. After months (or is it years now?) of working from home, we’ve had plenty of time to customize the home office just-so, making micro-adjustments to suit our moods and comfort, optimize for online meetings, and account for both expected and unexpected disruptions. Now with pandemic decreasing in severity, and the possibili...

Up for the Task: Custom-Designed Furniture That Does It All

Learn how a team from Cushing Terrell, Corti Construction, and Cumming Corporation (above) designed mobile, flexible furniture to support a space for artists and creatives.  With just a little imagination, a single piece of furniture can serve a broad range of functions. A dining room table, for example, often becomes a place for art projects, card games, and even an office workspace (especially in the past year). But a dining table was built primarily as a place for eati...

Office Design Today: Expect the Unexpected

The future is hard to predict, but a few design tricks can help.  Of all the places we’ve mused over returning to since the onset of the pandemic, toward the top of the list is the workplace. While there’s no across-the-board strategy that’s been adopted to get us there — and some workers never left their posts — one particular sentiment has risen to the top: Office work will never be the same.  We know that work environments must support the changes in how we’ve come to ...

Tech by Design: Shaping Work Environments for Technology Companies

Technology companies not only are known for developing innovative products, but also for how they’ve influenced the modern workplace. From creating environments that support flexible work and function as a home away from home, to research and development labs that inspire creativity — the goal is to enable collaborative, productive teams united by the innovative work they do and their unique company cultures. As we continue to see growth in the technology industry, with federal and stat...

Design for Comfort in the Workplace: The Benefits of Post Occupancy Research

A post occupancy evaluation (POE) can reveal a lot about how a building’s design performs in the real world. This is particularly important when it comes to assessing whether a design successfully addresses the needs of building occupants. While design teams work diligently to predict and address various needs as part of the design process, the real world is full of variation and change, especially when it comes to the way people think a space will be used versus the way it's actually u...

Audio interview: Architect Tony Houtz discusses today’s distribution center with industry veteran Dave Irvin

A near-universal truth for designers: the best way to learn about the needs of a unique type of space is by speaking with the people who use it. It's something we do at Cushing Terrell for every new project. For the sake of catching up on current events and learning how COVID-19 has affected distribution, I spoke with Dave Irvin, General Manager of Eagle Beverage, a veteran Montana beer distributor and long-time acquaintance. We covered topics spanning current market conditions, scaling...

Applying workplace design strategies to the classroom (and vice versa)

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a major change in the way workplaces are designed. Not long ago (and still today!), the creative, collaborative, open office environments common now were met with resistance and trepidation. It felt radically different at the time — turning the status quo on its head by creating workplaces that are not only more equitable and democratic, but also facilitate more productive interaction with colleagues, create health and wellness benefits, and fully utiliz...

IN THE NEWS: Accruent Opens Office in Downtown New Orleans

We're so pleased to see technology company Accruent move into its new office on Poydras Street in New Orleans. Our third project for this client, our team provided architectural and interior design for the remodel, with the goal of creating a workplace home that facilitates streamlined, efficient, collaborative work and reflects the energetic, colorful culture of Accruent and the surrounding city. We hope the Accruent team enjoys their new space! From neworleanscitybusine...

ASLA Awards: Contributing to “Impact Growth” in Idaho

This year’s awards theme for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Idaho/Montana chapter was “Impact Growth.” Given the need to responsibly and thoughtfully develop green spaces in our rapidly growing urban areas, this was a timely topic at the chapter’s biennial conference. Speakers discussed urban development, wetlands, national parks, and landscape architecture’s role in helping to shape both urban and rural areas. Angela Hansen, a landscape architect who grew up in Ida...

IN THE NEWS: Building Owners Go the “Extra Mile” for Tenants

Our CTA office in downtown Boise was featured in an article by the Idaho Business Review as an example of how landlords are creating or retrofitting spaces that help tenants attract and retain employees. Located in the Eighth & Main Building, our office was designed by CTA in partnership with building owner Gardner Company. From idahobusinessreview.com: At the Eight & Main Building, CTA Boise is home to the firm’s second-largest office, and home to more than 90 te...

Pair of CTA Projects Win 2018 Awards from Idaho Smart Growth

Idaho Smart Growth honored the recipients of 2018 Grow Smart Awards at its annual awards celebration earlier this month. This year's program highlighted the importance of urban renewal tools in advancing smart growth projects in Idaho, with a special focus on the Boise Central Urban Renewal District, the state's first. For the past 14 years, Idaho Smart Growth has presented the Grow Smart Awards to recognize projects and plans from around the state that are excellent examples of smart g...

Interview & Tour: Tippet Rise’s ‘Daydreams’ schoolhouse defined by attention to detail

In January 2015, CTA was contacted about designing a building to be used as a backdrop for a famous sculptor’s on-site commission at the 11,500-acre-spanning Tippet Rise Art Center, located just outside Fishtail, MT. The program requirements for the project were very simple: replicate a late-1800s one-room Montana schoolhouse to provide a relatively protected interior space for housing a sculpture made of saplings. The true purpose of the project was to inspire internationally-renowned ...
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