Dan Castner Joins IFMA NYC Panel on Commercial Renovations

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On June 20th, BAM principal and IFMA Programs Chair Dan Castner will join a panel of diverse leaders in the New York design industry. Experienced professionals will share their knowledge and highlight key items to consider before starting a commercial renovation project. If you have had questions about furniture and finishes selection, determining end-user needs, technological upgrades, or other aspects of the renovation process, this panel is for you!

When:
June 20, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:
Interface
330 5th Avenue Floor 12
New York NY 10002

Become an expert in renovations – register today!

BAM Participates In Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

A few younger team members joined the LA office for a series of design activities on Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day. Olivia, the daughter of BAM principal Brian, assisted the office by selecting samples from the materials library, reviewing drawings with her father, and enhancing the office décor through innovative copy machine art. While a bit too young to help his father Mark, the new BAM baby Blake held the important dual roles of being adorable and cheering on the team.

Participation in Take Our Sons And Daughters To Work Day continues BAM’s dedication to provide a supportive, family-friendly office culture and improve our community. We have previously been invited into classrooms discuss the real-world connection between geometry and architecture and our team has volunteered for events hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We enjoy these opportunities to provide fun environments that encourage students to think about their future, no matter their age.

BAM is Hiring: Architectural Designer

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BAM is Hiring - Architectural Designer

Brian Spence named as Panelist on AIA LA BioTech Forum

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Founding Principal at BAM, Brian has been invited to present on an AIA panel of distinguished leaders in the Los Angeles A/E/C industry.

Focusing on the adaptive reuse of old line industrial property for biotech labs, Brian will discuss the conversion and market repositioning of underutilized commercial sites.  He will focus on BAM’s exciting collaboration with Alhambra Agora, LLC on the HATCH biotech facility. BAM led the conversion of a factory and warehouse into a facility that provides the resources for biotech startups to hatch and grow in Los Angeles.   See the latest updates on HATCH here.

Featuring two case studies of repositioning properties for biotech use, attendees will walk away with fresh insights into the evolving trends of design, real estate and site selection for research, science and technology startups.

When:
March 14, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where:
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers Inc.
800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Space is limited – register today!

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BAM + ANFA Connections: BridgeSynapses

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Connections: BridgeSynapses is a conference hosted by the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA). Held at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the conference invites renowned speakers to share their research on the human physiological response to the built environment.

BAM principals Pam Cole and Ross Cole were in attendance, and are starting 2017 by sharing innovative findings that will strongly improve the world of design.
1. Architects apply science to the built world.
Fact: Every single brain is unique, imprinted by biology and previous encounters. There is no such thing as a ‘universal brain.’
Proven
: Beauty is in the brain of the beholder.1
Proven: Configuration of a space promotes different behaviors.2

Does your space promote the behaviors you want to see?  If yes, understand and preserve it.  If not, understand and change it. But how? Changing peripheral influences may elicit the desired behavior.

Did you know the peripheral aspects of space are shown to have more influence on outcomes than the focal point?  For years, we’ve been taught to put our energies into the spotlight – that key thing that is the focus of our eyes.  Studies by several presenters demonstrated that the peripheral aspects, including the actions going on visually at the perimeter, acoustics, and materials heavily influence our perception of space.  This phenomenon is not just limited to rooms.  Facial recognition is another area where periphery is a major component of understanding.  Eric Kandel, the 2000 Nobel Prize winner, demonstrated this at the conference.  Without creating a spoiler alert, contact Ross Cole and he’ll show you what he demonstrated.  It’s pretty fascinating.

2. Stress + Resilience = Enriched Outcome

Fact: Americans spend 87% of their time indoors.
Proven:  The built environment can either accelerate or inhibit resiliency. 3

Several presenters were investigating stress, outlined as a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes tension and may contribute to illness. What can environments do to reduce stress, and how do they increase stress? Isovist Theory4 is an observation that bigger, more open spaces actually contribute to increased stress levels, such as New York’s Times Square, Washington DC’s Western Plaza, or LA’s Pershing Square. Conversely, smaller, more crisply defined spaces (New York’s Paley Park, Washington DC’s Eastern Market or LA’s Grand Central Market) reduce stress and increase resilience, or the ability to recover from illness, depression or adversity. The same is found in interior spaces, particularly the ability to have a clear visual understanding of a space.  Research points to the user’s ability to have some control to influence their environment as a key factor for well-being.

For BAM, we’ve seen clear benefits first hand.  For example, we designed one of the first Hybrid Operating Rooms (HOR) in the US specifically designed with user controls. The patient controls environmental factors in the room such as lighting color. Asserting control of their room produced calmer, less anxious patients for which medical staff reported lower use of anesthesia. Business wise, this has a direct bottom line impact. Lower anesthesia usage reduces risks and shortens patient recovery time.

3. “Creativity” is a word for amateurs.  We are”Experimentalist”.5

—  Spoken by Eric Kandel. Attributed to Jeff Koons.

We solve problems.  Architects build bridges across the chasm between the subconscious brain and reality.  Creative people have greater capacity to control the natural aggression of the subconscious toward a critical analysis of beauty.  Known as Neuroaesthetics, this skill can be developed to better connect creativity to practical applications and experimentation.

The concept of being “experimentalist” may be more easily understood as working versus playing. Looking at some of the most successful people in the world of art, science and business, there is one thing that stands out: When people are really inspired by what they are doing, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between when they are working or playing. This was the case between the architect Louis Kahn and the scientist Jonas Salk. While they spoke different professional languages, the one word observed they had in common was play. May you be one of those people where the world can’t tell if you are at work or at play.

Eager to see conference videos and learn more about the speakers? Visit the ANFA site here!

Footnotes

1. Cattaneo et.al. 2014
2.Bermudez, J PhD, Chatterjee, A. PhD, Magsamen, S. Connor, E PhD. NeuroAesthetics Initiative at Johns Hopkins Brian Science Institute.
3. Fich, LB PhD, 2016. Can the design of space alter stress responses?
4. Knoll, M. PhD, 2016. Environmental factors related to perceived stress in open public spaces.
5. Attributed to Jeff Koons by Eric Kandel. Jeff Koons, Artist-In-Residence, Columbia University, Department of Neurology.

BAM + Make-A-Wish

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In our own small way, we strive to make the world a better place through design.  Whether we are creating a tranquil space for a newborn baby or supporting a scientist’s research to cure an illness, our core values speak to improving the world.

Each year, we make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of our commitment to positive change. We are glad to support Make-A-Wish in its mission of granting “the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.”

This year, Peter was one of many kids whose wish was granted. Never having been in an airplane, Peter’s wish was to fly. Learning of Peter’s passion for the US Navy and his desire to be a pilot, Make-A-Wish took Peter’s dream one step further.

See what change looks like. In the video below, watch Peter’s excitement as he flies alongside naval aviators, boards a Naval Aircraft Carrier, sits in the Admiral’s chair, and pilots the helm of the ship.

 

IFMA Awards for Excellence 2016

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Dan Castner of BAM has received an IFMA Awards for Excellence nomination as a Distinguished Chapter Volunteer: Service Provider Member.  This award is presented not to a company, but to an individual “who has shown an outstanding commitment to the Chapter by participating in Chapter events and programs and by volunteering on a committee.”

Dan was previously named Distinguished Associate Member at the 2015 IFMA Awards for Excellence for outstanding leadership within the organization at an international level. Dan’s architectural creativity lent itself to event planning, as Dan initially left his mark on IFMA by arranging a highly popular wine tasting.  The fundraiser was so popular that the amount of guests surpassed the expected registration and it became an annual August fundraiser. His leadership extends to IFMA’s World Workplace conference, where Dan previously served as a seminar moderator, contributed to educational sessions and continuously highlights specific conference topics to influence local chapter events. His dedication to IFMA led to his position as Vice Chair of the Programs Committee, allowing him to work closely with the Chair to shape the educational, social, and fundraising events throughout the year.  Dan is spearheading a collaboration between the Hudson Valley and New York City Chapters, offering several programs to benefit members outside of the New York City region.

The IFMA Awards for Excellence will be held on January 26, 2017 at an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by the New York City IFMA Chapter.

Register to attend the IFMA Awards for Excellence here!