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21st Century Education Through the Lens of an Architect

OHM Advisors' Gary Sebach and Dan Obrynba discussed designing for today's learner at the MASB annual conference in Detroit, MI. Using Clark Hall at Gahanna Lincoln High School as a 21st century design case study, they talk about the district's goals for the school, their design inspiration, the process of designing this alternative learning environment, the final design and user feedback.

21st Century Education Through the Lens of an Architect

Something from Nothing: Where to Start When There is No “Place” to be Found

Waiting for your community’s Big Bang moment? Well, wait no longer. Our own John Hiltz, Jim Houk and Bill Costick discuss how communities can create places from little bits of nothing. This presentation was the keynote address at the 15th Annual Oakland County Heritage Conference and was most recently presented at the 2012 Michigan Municipal League Convention.

 

Something from Nothing: Where to Start When There is No “Place” to be Found

Stormwater Utilities

As part of an umbrella discussion about funding options to improve Michigan’s aging sanitary and stormwater infrastructure, our very own Greg Kacvinsky provides an overview of stormwater utility fees. His presentation covers how they initially came into practice and have been utilized nationally, typical revenues and revenue uses, and planning and implementation tips and strategies.

Stormwater Utilities

From Managing Assets to Capital Improvement: Prioritization & Forecasting

According to a 2012 Journal AWWA survey, far fewer than half of our nation’s communities have done a review of their water and sewer infrastructure and have an infrastructure management program in place. With potential funding opportunities in the state of Michigan for doing just this, our own Murat Ulasir talks about the benefits of prioritization and forecasting. Murat is a published author who has been invited to speak about infrastructure asset management on the national stage.

From Managing Assets to Capital Improvement: Prioritization & Forecasting

Redefining the Ashtabula Harbor District: A Comprehensive Grassroots Approach to Revitalization

This presentation, given at the 2011 Heritage Ohio Annual Conference, highlights a series of redevelopment/reinvestment strategies for a community that has come together to revitalize the historic Ashtabula Harbor District. This revitalization effort is unique in that a variety of grassroots efforts were taken to revitalize the District.
 

Redefining the Ashtabula Harbor District: A Comprehensive Grassroots Approach to Revitalization

When Good Bridges Go Bad

Craig Dashner, of OHM Advisors (Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc.) and StructuralSpecialist.com, present "When Good Bridges Go Bad" at Roads & Bridges Live 2010. Regarded throughout the Midwest as an expert in bridge scoping and bridge rehabilitation, Dashner shares his experience and pragmatic approach to cost-effective maintenance for publicly-owned structures.

When Good Bridges Go Bad

The Infrastructure of Safety: Improving Circulation around School Grounds

Congestion on and around school grounds, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, childhood obesity, pollution...This is how our auto-centric society has impacted our kids and communities. Our traffic group manager, Steve Dearing, PE presents valuable ideas for improving school site and neighborhood circulation, while taking advantage of funding and programs directed at encouraging safe and healthy behaviors.

The Infrastructure of Safety: Improving Circulation around School Grounds

Enhancing School Security Through Entrance Modifications

Security has become increasingly integral in the design of new buildings, but what can be done to improve existing infrastructure without breaking the bank? Members of our team and the Dublin City School District presented this topic at one of the largest school conferences in the country. The presentation, given at the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International Annual Meeting, illustrates the impact that building design has on security and utilizes examples of security improvements/building entrance modifications made to existing and new buildings. 
 

Enhancing School Security Through Entrance Modifications

Strategies for Revitalization: Broader than Buildings

Where does revitalization begin? Is it always with brick and mortar restoration of historic buildings and districts, or are there other means of sparking interest and encouraging reinvestment? This presentation steps outside the confines of traditional thinking about revitalization and discusses, among other things, the role of the public space as an effective catalyst for redevelopment.

Strategies for Revitalization: Broader than Buildings