We Put the “YOU” in User Experience
To fully realize healthy, happy, productive places, we take a whole-building approach to design. This means consideration of the indoor and outdoor spaces (and the interactions between those spaces) as well as the building’s operational systems. Crafting an optimal experience for the user requires both a deep level of design knowledge and a focus on the human aspect.
How do you optimize the in-building experience? By looking at every facet of how a building interacts with its environment and how people interact within the space. Through a variety of tools, such as community and user surveys, energy modeling, building automation system analysis, daylight analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and post occupancy evaluations, our team looks at hundreds of variables, helping you make the best decisions for your project, from the initial design phase through construction and occupancy. This work provides valuable insight into key areas such building operations, energy consumption, and occupant satisfaction.
White Paper: How Does Your Building Make You Feel?
A collaboration recently undertaken by Cushing Terrell team members and psychologist Sam Gosling from the University of Texas at Austin delves into the “desired ambiences” of physical spaces to better inform how we can create positive experiences for people in the built environment.
The Secret Language of Buildings
Each building is an ecosystem conveying information about its health. The goal is to ensure those ecosystems hum along with their various components in perfect harmony. This means designing them to be efficient and resilient for the long term, keeping up with maintenance, and ensuring new technologies are incorporated throughout their lifetimes.
With a focus on research-based design and long-term performance, our multi-disciplinary team has the tools and expertise to design from a holistic perspective. Beginning in the early stages of a project, we use energy modeling to optimize designs. After construction, we “close the loop” through post-occupancy evaluation (POE). The POE process is custom-tailored to each project and includes steps such as analyzing utility bills to compare actual vs. modeled performance, surveying occupants, and taking on-site measurements of space conditions.
Service Highlight: Energy Modeling
Energy modeling is an important tool that can help us help you make the best design decisions. With custom-built scripts, our energy experts combine factors such as building orientation, building usage, weather patterns, construction materials, HVAC systems, and building-use predictions, among many others. Then they analyze the data and make adjustments to find the right balance between cost and energy-use options for each project.
Energy modeling can be used to document performance, obtain green building certifications, and inform energy audits and re-commissioning work.
Service Highlight: Post Occupancy Evaluation
Post Occupancy Evaluation is a detailed look at how your facility is meeting the original design objectives and operational requirements. Why you might be interested:
- You’re pursuing sustainable, healthy building certifications such as LEED and WELL.
- You want to confirm your project was built and commissioned the way it was designed.
- You value research, data, and discovery and want to gain more knowledge about your facility.
- You want to gain knowledge from your current facilities to inform future projects.
- You’re focused on recruitment and retention and want to ensure employee satisfaction.
- You’re interested in knowing about system performance and new technologies to incorporate.