World Interiors Day

  By Julie Spiering CID, EDAC, LEED AP Principal, Director of Interior Design   In recognition of World Interiors Day on May 23rd, an appreciation for “all things inside” feels hard to come by these days.  Everyone has, across the globe, been inconvenienced; and for many, lives have been drastically impacted. Stay at home orders […]

Three Ways Interior Design Can Help Your Project

By: Julie Spiering, CID, LEED AP Director of Interior Design I grew up the daughter of an engineer and an artist. I was exposed from a very early age to the particular talents and strengths of two fields that, at first glance, couldn’t seem more opposite. But it wasn’t long before I began to see […]

Long-term Care Design Trends

By Jessica Derynck, AIA LEED AP Architect The care of our senior community was radically altered with the advent of Social Security in 1936, which led to the creation of our country’s first nursing homes. Gone were the poor houses and sanitariums, and a new model of long-term care facilities was born. In 1965 the […]

The 3 Types of Security in Rural Facilities

By Kelly Mortensen, CSI, CDT Project Manager Security is always a top priority in rural health facilities. And, while a close relationship with local and county emergency response services is a crucial first step, there are many ways security can be improved by the choices made in the design phase. When we design security features […]

Healthy Spaces = Healthy Organizations

Julie Spiering, CID, EDAC, LEED AP Duluthian Technology has revolutionized the American office. Unfortunately, it has also revolutionized the American worker, turning us into a population that spends eight or more hours every day sitting. Spending that much time sedentary can have a dire effect on our health. According to U.S. News and World Report, […]

Why the Opioid Crisis Affects Us All – And 5 Ways DSGW Is Working to Fight It

By Ryan Turner, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP Principal, Healthcare In 2016, over 65,000 people died from opioids. In April of 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General released a general advisory to the public — the first of its kind since issuing a warning against drinking during pregnancy a decade ago. This time the advisory urged […]

The Hidden Design Behind Observational Care

By Rebecca J. Lewis, FAIA, FACHA, CID Principal, Director of Healthcare Design We’ve all done the small-talk shuffle. That walk from waiting area to exam room at our local clinic where we chat with the nurse about the weather, the kids, the upcoming weekend. But what most of us never realize is that, while we’re […]

Flexible Spaces in Education Design

Whether it’s a new building, an addition or a renovation, one of the most important things to consider when planning an education project is flexibility. Flexibility not only for multi-use, but for community use outside of school hours. Education facilities tend to become a cornerstone in their communities and are opening their doors to more […]

Four design professionals at DSGW are now registered Architects, Interior Designer

DSGW Architects is pleased to announce that the following staff members have logged thousands of hours in training and have passed the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) and the National Certified Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Examinations. Steve Knutson joined DSGW in 2007 and is a newly Registered Architect. His primary focus is healthcare and education design. […]

Furnishing for Health: Waiting areas can be more than places to pass the time

By Carlie Kemp, CID Interior Designer focused on Healthcare   The furnishings and design of lobbies and public areas help to introduce the clinical experience. They are the welcome mat and the doorway for patients and their families. Yet, how often do we think of these portals to care and their furnishings as anything more […]