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Mass Timber + Hospitality: The Architect Perspective

This is the second entry in our blog series exploring the development of a realistic, hypothetical mass timber hotel through the points of view of a developer, a design & construction team, an operator, and a guest. Check out our first entry: the Developer perspective. Golden panels of cross-laminated timber soar out toward a tree-tipped […]

Mass Timber + Hospitality: The Developer Perspective

The use of mass timber construction is gaining momentum in the US; however, its aesthetic, construction, and sustainability advantages remain largely unexplored for hotels. Our multi-disciplinary team has begun exploring the construction of hotels with mass timber by examining the potential advantages and challenges that would be encountered in envisioning and bringing to market a […]

Work Design Magazine Competition Success!

Back in June, two teams from the SERA workplace studio submitted for an international competition hosted by Work Design Magazine. We are proud to announce that both submissions made it to the finals — one receiving an honorable mention, and the other named WINNER!   With the ongoing pandemic, the competition posed a less idealistic question […]

Hospitality Designed for Longevity

A while back, I made a site visit to review two different guestroom prototypes for our client’s consideration. The temporary rooms were constructed with walls, ceilings and floors, and fully furnished. The prototypes were reviewed, one was selected, and just like that — everything in the two rooms became obsolete. Luckily, members of the design […]

#9: Workplace Gameplans: Communication

SERA has set our ever-tentative return-to-office date in mid-September (primarily so we can celebrate in-person our love of the oh-so-wonderful hyphen). No matter your industry or the size of your organization, returning to the work environment will require clear communication and experimentation with new ways to accommodate the high-value (and even the low-value) interactions that […]

#8: The CDC Solo Commute

In May, the CDC released sweeping recommendations for preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace. While many of the strategies expectedly focus on social distancing, improving ventilation and modifying behavior in the office, one surprising admonition involves how employees actually get to and from work. The CDC suggests that employers provide incentives for workers […]

#7: Discovering ‘Personal Purpose’ In a Pandemic 

Covid-19 has profoundly influenced the planet, presenting deep challenges for people and businesses. Many people are stressed and even fearful — nervous about others‘ and their own health, and the state of the world in general. We face physical separation from our colleagues, clients, friends and even relatives. It’s hard to go from daily interaction […]

#6: The Power of Positive Chit Chat

Recently the SERA Workplace studio had an informal town hall-style meeting over Teams. Each member of the studio was asked to think about the following questions and come prepared to share their innermost feelings (or at least speak candidly). ♦  What do you miss about being in the office? ♦  What brings value to you […]

#5: Dear Self-Starting Team Player..

Hey You. Y‘know, you’re really special.  No, we mean it. Your collective experiences and skills polished over your lifetime make you uniquely qualified to do the work you’re doing. Maybe you’re an architect with an anthropology degree that makes you particularly adept at predicting behavior and use patterns within a building. Or perhaps you’re a […]

#4: Rules of Engagement: Constant Cooperation

As we’ve sheltered in place and avoided social contact over the last few months, many of us have thought quite a bit about what the return to office life will look like. How do we share space and physical resources? How will we provide the mental and spiritual support for each other? How can we […]