Author: IKM EP

Crystal Ball Reflections

How the Coronavirus Could Change Healthcare Design   The Patient Room As we navigate through this unique period of history, we are being indelibly marked by this virus that will change our world. Reflecting on how healthcare design will forever be changed, I wonder if hospital inpatient units, both new and renovated, will take on…

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Going “Remote”

Last summer I joined IKM Architecture as a Project Manager in the recently established Cleveland office. IKM Architecture, a Pittsburgh based firm with over a century of experience, and a deep portfolio in healthcare, higher education and workplace, was looking to expand into new markets and territories. The idea of joining a firm with such…

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As a project manager at IKM I am responsible for managing all aspects of multiple projects. This includes coordination of project efforts both administrative and technical, to assure the most efficient and cost-effective execution of assigned projects. Okay, that sounds great, but what does that really mean? It means that I am responsible for executing…

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Making an impact in the community is an important part of IKM’s mission. Our employees reflect our work by actively being involved in the Pittsburgh community. Not only is it important to IKM that our employees get involved, but one program in particular holds a special place in our employees’ hearts—a mentoring program called ACE. …

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  Today’s office environments are vastly different from 20, 10, or even 5 years ago. Your employees collaborate more. Coming together, with a common goal, to move your company forward. Does your office space allow them to work together as a team? Are there areas available for employees to concentrate on individual work or for…

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  Imagine your perfect workspace. We often experience and read about trendy workspaces, but what we don’t see is the process it took to get there. What questions do you ask to pinpoint the needs of your organization? How will your workspace adapt to changes 5- or 10- years from now? With human-centered design, IKM…

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  For the first time, the workplace must work harder to satisfy the habits and preferences of five generations of staff. From interns to c-level executives, the modern workforce requires choice in how they spend their day accomplishing tasks. How does your workplace offer your staff the freedom to focus, collaborate, rest, replenish, and move…

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One of the things I really enjoy about being a Project Manager at IKM is the freedom to take a risk and try a new approach. We want to create the best dynamic for our design team, owner, engineer, and architect, and sometimes that means reevaluating a path you have taken and quick thinking on…

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    Melanie Como Harris, Associate, Project Manager, AIA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C took the DISC personality test last year to discover that she was aptly labeled “The Initiator.” We sat down to understand what that leadership style means to her and how it’s manifested itself in her role in advancing Diversity, Equity, and…

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  Architectural project managers are so much more than the primary point-of-contact for a building project nor the timekeeper for a laundry list of tasks. At IKM, each of our Project Managers has a proven depth of skill in project delivery that compliments their passion for engaging and innovative design in specific design sectors. Our…

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