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Technology and partnerships advance net zero buildings

Technology advances can get more buildings to net zero, and partnerships are key to their success Recent advances in green technology are fueling a drive for more buildings to get to net zero – a standard that means it’s producing enough energy to meet its own annual energy needs. It’s a concept that’s getting more…

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K-12 School Offices: The Front Door to Supportive Learning Environments – Part 3

Flexible Spaces and Shared Resources Many schools operate on finite budgets, so it’s important to find solutions that maximize a school’s limited space and resources. These are some of the innovative ways in which we have helped schools create adaptable spaces that serve all users. Extracurricular Learning Spaces We’ve partnered with school districts to create…

Ample storage and accessible counter space give the updated Coleman High School reception area a welcoming atmosphere for students and visitors
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K-12 School Offices: The Front Door to Supportive Learning Environments – Part 2

Building Relationships and Creating Safe Spaces Beyond supporting the logistical functions of a school, the office plays a significant role in supporting students’ health and safety. Here are some ways that offices can be nurturing environments that also foster positive relationships among students and school professionals. Support Positive Student and Staff Relationships “It’s important that…

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K-12 School Offices: The Front Door to Supportive Learning Environments – Part 1

As leaders in K-12 school design, we have witnessed how important offices are to the long-term success of a school. They are the school’s heart, providing critical resources for students, staff, and the community. We connected with Kate Egan, an architect and design specialist at Bray, to help us identify some of the most important…

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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Video

Facility assessments are a critical part of any school or civic construction project. Join us as we explain what they are and why they’re important. We’ll also provide insight into Bray’s trusted approach to helping clients make the most informed decisions while planning their new buildings. Be sure to check out our other posts in…

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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Part 3

Part 3: The Facility Assessment Process Facility assessments are one of the key services we provide at Bray. We have years of experience helping districts and municipalities like yours prepare studies so that you can make informed decisions as you plan your building projects. We’ve honed our facility assessment process to provide clients with a…

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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Part 2

Part 2: Why Are Facility Assessments Important? Facility assessments are important because they’re the starting point for your future building project. They will help you answer three important questions: What does my district or municipality already have? What’s worth investing in? How do we move forward? How will they help me? Having a study document…

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Facility Assessments: The First Step for Your Building Project – Part 1

Part 1: What Is a Facility Assessment? Facility assessments are a critical first step in your district or municipality’s planning efforts. As you start to plan for your new facilities, it’s important to understand what you already have. A facility assessment will help your stakeholders – and your architect’s design team – decide how to…

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Low-cost, High-Impact Accessible Design Solutions

It is possible to achieve your accessibility goals on a limited budget. In this 90-second video, we’ll highlight three of the low-cost, high-impact accessible design solutions we developed for Beyond Vision’s VisABILITY Center.  Be sure to check out the other posts in this series, which take a closer look at the project and our collaboration…

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Accessible Design: Beyond Vision's VisABILITY Center – Part 3

Part 3: Accessible Design in Action Beyond Vision’s new VisABILITY Center is a case study in accessible design. Bray’s interior design team carefully selected materials and finishes to maximize the tactile response for the center’s low-vision and vision-impaired employees and visitors. As part of the research process, Beyond Vision shared a pair of goggles with…

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Accessible Design: Beyond Vision's VisABILITY Center – Part 2

Part 2: Collaborating with Architect Chris Downey Innovative projects take teamwork. As they planned for the VisABILITY center, Bray and Beyond Vision received help from Chris Downey, a California-based architect who lost his sight in 2008 after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor. He continues to practice architecture, bringing a personal perspective to the…

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Accessible Design: Beyond Vision's VisABILITY Center – Part 1

Part 1: On a Mission for Accessible Spaces Accessible design was the mission for Bray in creating a new, 130,000-square-foot headquarters for Beyond Vision. This Milwaukee-based nonprofit needed a new space to expand their work providing meaningful and sustainable employment for people with vision loss. A New Accessible Space Dubbed the VisABILITY Center, the new location will…