Can Museums, Nature Centers and Visitor Serving Organizations Offer Healing Environments?

In a recent version of AIA’s Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, access to nature is recommended.  All Planetree Designated Hospitals incorporate nature as part of their healing environments. Healthcare is seeing growing consumer engagement, requirements on patient satisfaction and the creation of healing environments in place of the old monolithic hospitals of our past.  Healthcare must connect the demands of body, mind and spirit in order to meet these modern demands. Adding nature as part of the healing environment seems like common sense.Continue Reading

Coming Out: The Story of a Design-Build Firm

Taylor Studios, Inc.In the early years, Taylor Studios, was often a subcontract fabricator of other firms in the industry. Most of the time, other fabricators came to us to get bids for scenic work. Occasionally, a design-only firm would bring us on as their builder. In both of these scenarios, we were relied on heavily to do the final construction drawings or to figure out how you could build some very unique components.

From the start of the business, we had clients ask us to design their exhibits. For example, in the late 90’s we designed five galleries covering Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, Europe, The Americas, and The Ancient Mediterranean for The Spurlock Museum. Even earlier than that, a client like The Children’s Museum of Illinois would asked us what we could design and build within a very limited budget. It was more expensive for them to put a small exhibit like Our Body Our House out to more than one firm.Continue Reading