IKM Inc

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey   Throughout its rich history and metamorphosis as a firm, IKM has remained at the forefront of creating significant, meaningful architecture in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. Now in its 11th decade, several of these…

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The Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes [above] is the first institution to receive WELL Platinum Certification – the highest awarded rating. Photo credit: Denmarsh Photography via Phipps Conservatory website.   After nearly 20 years in the architecture industry, it’s safe to say that the LEED Rating System is part of the zeitgeist. Most of…

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“Every great design begins with an even better story.”—Lorinda Mamo The Chartiers Valley Middle school and High School have been under construction for almost a year now, and the opening of the Middle School this Fall is just around the corner. In that year, the hilltop site along I-79 has transformed in an effort to design…

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“The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race. It’s to test the limits of the human heart.”           —Bill Bowerman, track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, Inc.   This Sunday, our Fedex Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay team will lace up their running shoes, or as Pittsburgh Moms call them,…

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  “Buildings are not commodities that can be replaced with the next hot product. They house the people that are most precious to us and the activities that are most critical to education, production, community, and health outcomes. Design for the highest performance over the long term.” – Vivian Loftness, Elsevier Interview   Last week,…

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“Light is the first element of design; without it there is no color, form, or texture.” – Thomas E. Farin   It’s no secret that well-executed lighting design is essential to creating more productive workplaces, fostering employee well being, and lifting the spirits of visitors when they walk through the doors. Gone are the days of…

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