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Social Contact Requires a Social Contract

Welcome back to the SERA Workplace series! Have you thought much about social contracts? No? That makes all of us. Prior to this pandemic, it was (hopefully) understood that you shouldn’t take up two seats on a crowded train, trim your nails at the conference table, stand facing the back of the elevator, Reply All […]

The Future of Workplace is Us

Have you seen that feature on the Web about the new plastic dividers between desks and the new social-distancing-conscious layouts for conference rooms? So have we. All fifty-thousand versions of it. We would like to approach the question of our future workplace not from the perspective of furniture layouts, but from the point of view […]

Design Through the Lens of Biomimicry

The wisdom of nature and its delicate beauty has long influenced art and design. It changes with the seasons, adapts to sunlight, temperature and rain, and has done so for thousands of years. Nature adapts to the earth’s cyclical processes, and so can our buildings. Enter Biomimicry, the concept of consciously emulating nature’s genius by […]

Missed Our Discussion on Active Mobility? Stream It Here!

Covid-19 and social distancing requirements have changed how we engage outdoors, how we commute, travel and recreate — in many ways for the better! Earlier this month, we brought together a panel of active mobility experts in the Bay Area to help answer the question on many of our minds: How do we leverage this […]

The ‘Whys’ Behind Housing Design at SERA

In recent years, SERA’s Housing studio added many new faces to our team, including a new Oakland studio to serve clients in The Bay Area. With new talent and expanded geography, the time felt right to revisit some of the goals our studio set a few years back. I saw a unique opportunity for a […]

Making Our ‘Sustainable Action Celebration’ An Online Success

Every year near Earth Day, SERA hosts a firm-wide celebration in honor of our sustainable workplace culture and project accomplishments. As Chair of the Sustainable Action Committee (SAC), my vision for the celebration this year included a physical timeline of SAC’s 15-year history, an unveiling of our 2020 Sustainability Action Plan, and collaborative break-out sessions to […]

SERA’s 2020 Sustainability Action Plan is Live!

Although nature doesn’t need an action plan to thrive, we’ve found that having a framework to articulate our vision and set a course of action, helps keep us vital. In 2011, SERA created its first Sustainability Action Plan, and we’re excited to announce the launch of our fourth update. Because sustainability plays such a central […]

Hold Everything! How ‘Sheltering in Place’ is Remaking Project Delivery

Of all the changes that Shelter-in-Place orders have brought to our lives, I’m struck by what sounds have endured after emptying the city. With our cars parked at home, office buildings closed, and storefronts shuttered, it’s so quiet you can actually hear songbirds on San Francisco’s Market Street.  And one air horn.  Beginning on March […]

SERA Staff Band Together for Face Shield Shortage

Last week our Lead Visualization Specialist Brian Stevens turned his dining room into a production zone. Brian joined SERA employees across the city — and people around the world — lending their technological capabilities and resourcefulness to produce face shields desperately needed by community and healthcare workers as protection against Coronavirus. After bringing home SERA’s […]

VIDEO: Creating a New Riverfront Neighborhood in Eugene

My own involvement in Eugene’s waterfront redevelopment began down in the weeds over the summer in 2018. I first viewed the roughly dozen-acre plot that summer while biking around the city. When I stumbled upon the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) site by happenstance, I found just that – a rumple of cracked asphalt […]