In April 2010, emersion DESIGN developed an innovative, two-year energy-efficiency program known as Energy Design Solutions to provide education and outreach to architects, engineers, developers, facilities managers and owners of commercial buildings. The goal of the program was to reduce energy consumption throughout Ohio.
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Beginning in September 2009 emersion DESIGN launched a new community outreach initiative in order to give back to the community, as well as promote others to do so as well. As such, we requested that product representatives who wanted to host “Lunch and Learn” sessions at our office not provide us with a lunch. Instead, we ask that the product representatives donate the total expenditure that would have been used to provide lunch for the “Lunch and Learn” to local meal centers or food banks. As product representatives host “Lunch and Learn” sessions at our office as frequent as one to three times a week.
emersion DESIGN Headquarters and The Highland Medical Office Building were highlighted in the 2013 edition of Being Green in Cincinnati Magazine!
The USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and they have chosen the American Red Cross Cincinnati Area Chapter’s Headquarters building to throw their party. The event will highlight USGBC Cincinnati’s 2012 accomplishments and set the tone for another active and influential 10 years. The American Red Cross building achieved LEED Gold, is Net Zero Energy capable with an Energy Use Intensity of 27.4, and has zero rain water discharge during a 2 year storm event.
This year we, the emersion DESIGN staff, have been especially grateful as we celebrated our fifth year in business. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our clients, partners, friends, and family for the immense support and well wishes throughout these most defining years. As we enter our sixth year of business, we are mindful and thankful for each and everyone of you; our success is a direct result of your confidence, trust, and goodwill.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) held their sixteenth annual Cincinnati Design Awards on Friday November 10, 2012. Winners were announced at the awards ceremony in The Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.
On behalf of emersion, Chad Edwards attended Ohio Environmental Council’s Green Gala in Columbus on Friday, November 9. emersion DESIGN received the 2012 Ohio Environmental Council’s (OEC) Environmental Achievement Honorable Mention for our LEED Platinum office. OEC is a non-partisan organization, and the Green Gala is their annual meeting/ award ceremony. Cincinnati had a really great showing. Governor Bob Taft won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the City of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Zoo won the Green Jobs & Innovation Award.
Every month the entire emersion DESIGN office is invited to participate in a design lunch to give their right brains an extensive workout. The leader, who is rotated among volunteer members, chooses a prompt/theme and is responsible for prep, explanation, and mediating execution of the session. This month’s design lunch was led by Lee and was about making/transforming space.
emersion DESIGN was proud to be nominated for one of the Best Places to Work in Cincinnati for 2012! Read Steve Kimball’s take on why employees are so glad to be a part of the company in this article posted in the Business Courier’s online edition highlighting the finalists.
We are making room for art. At the Cincinnati Art Museum, in Kennedy Heights, at Music Hall, in Washington Park, at the Emery, at the Clifton Cultural Center and in sites all over the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky region, we are building on what makes this area such a vital community. We are doing so by expanding our heritage both physically and through programming. We are showing how art brings us together and makes for a better future.
A local construction firm is beginning design work on a nearly $6 million project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The contract — to renovate and rebuild an optics lab — will allow Messer Construction Co. to continue to work on a base project when two current projects close in the next few months. The construction firm — the sixth largest in the Dayton region in terms of 2011 local billings — teamed up with emersion DESIGN, an architecture firm in Cincinnati, and Advanced Engineering Consultants, an engineering firm from Columbus, to complete the design portion of the contract.
Brewster Rhoads isn’t sure why people don’t associate green progressivism with Cincinnati. They should, he says, pointing to program after program and person after person who are working together to advance and advocate for energy efficiency programs, green building technologies and cutting edge innovations throughout the region. In fact, he ticks off so many efforts — in so many pockets of the city and the region — it is impossible to keep up.
Our very own Jean-Marie was honored as finalist for the 2012 100 Minds-Thought Leadership with in the Greater Cincinnati Region. There are many great people in Cincinnati and we are fortunate for their time and energy to make a difference in our community. Those who were nominated were deemed worthy of recognition for community building, innovative ideas overall, or thought leadership within their industry. Jean-Marie shares her insight into the awards and her contributions to the community.
Three non-profit organizations and the city of Cincinnati will spend $3 million to renovate the building, at 6620 Montgomery Road, that has remained vacant for almost a decade.
The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region American Red Cross (ARC) needed to leave their outdated space on 720 Broadway downtown. They were interested in a highly flexible building that would remain emergency-response ready during the worst weather Cincinnati can muster. Their new headquarters needed to be a statement building, as sustainable as their budget allowed with LEED Silver as a minimum target, close to 50,000 square feet, squeezed between a park and a freeway. They needed all of these attributes while making sure to have the best value for their non-profit mission and being good stewards of their financial resources. The American Red Cross board had a great attitude regarding high performance issues, if the suggestion came with a 10 year pay back or less, then it was worthy of consideration. With this threshold, the design team developed project specific design solutions, instead of focusing on rule-of-thumb scenarios.
In an effort to explore new venues to enhance our portfolio, five of emersion’s designers and architects collaborated on a submission to Socio Design Foundation’s Monthly Vignette for May. The concept prompt “space by subtraction” required our response to be concise yet impactful.
Article: Kennedy Heights Community Council – The Kennedy Heights Cultural Center Groundbreaking June 14
Over the past three years fifteen of your neighbors have devoted thousands of hours with the goal of converting the underutilized and ugly corner of Kennedy and Montgomery into a Cultural Center. During that long journey we have secured three non-profit organizations to serve as Cultural Center partners—Cincinnati Art Museum, KH Montessori Center, and KH Arts Center.
Article: USACE Louisville District – Corps restores historical gem at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Everything ages with time—even the beautifully constructed buildings of the bygone days that scatter across Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The Corps of Engineers Louisville District is working to change that, by partnering with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to undertake renovation projects of several historical facilities.
We will move into the former Art Academy building by the end of this year. I know that might seem hard to believe, given the presence of only a skeleton within the 1887 structure, but we are actually on or even slightly ahead of schedule (and below budget). We have already started ordering boxes, and those most worried about where our stuff goes have started planning our move. By the last week of December, those of us who are not preoccupied with the large crowds of visitors that usually come to the Art Museum during the holidays will install ourselves in the offices on the first and second floor of the renovated structure. By spring 2013, we will have moved the stacks into the basement of the adjacent French Wing, and we will open our new Mary R. Schiff Library and knowledge center on the third floor. Then you will be able to walk straight through the baroque and medieval galleries and into this new light-filled space overlooking downtown.
Thanks to LEED, we can now talk about environmental impacts in quantifiable terms – LEED Certification, percent energy reduction, construction waste diversion rates, water efficiency, access to daylight and views, even site selection. But when it comes to social impacts, or social equity , we don’t yet have a common language. Social impacts are the missing metrics in measuring true sustainability.
“Talented staff, strong relationships, trust, and a creative approach to problem solving has allowed our firm to use design as a tool to assist clients in streamlining and improving their business”
Just as cars can be judged based on their fuel economy, buildings can be similarly measured and compared against the national average. The Energy Use Intensity (EUI) rating is a standard metric for a building’s energy economy. By taking the building’s annual energy use and converting it to kBtu[i]per square foot per year, the building receives an EUI rating.
In honor of Earth Day and everything environmental, emersion DESIGN has developed a list of 10 easy ways to make your organization more sustainable. The best part, most of them are cost neutral or better!
emersion DESIGN’s headquarters has recently been going through some fantastic changes!
emersion DESIGN at Ball State University’s Job Fair Monday, February 20
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Students will see a newly remodeled Procter Hall in the spring as the building nears the end of a year-long exterior renovation.
The emersion DESIGN office will be closed Friday, December 23rd, Monday December 26th, and January 2nd for the holidays! Please email us at email@example.com or leave a voice-mail at 513.841.9100 with any questions during this time and we’ll respond as soon as possible. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
Our staff members are constantly up-ing the game and achieving newer and better accreditation.
emersion DESIGN is hosting a free CEU Procrastinators’ Session at 1776 Mentor Avenue on December 20th at 5:30.
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