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5 Sustainability Terms You Should Know

It’s hard to have a conversation with an architect or builder without the topic of green or sustainable building or coming up. People around the world are interested in reducing their impact on the planet, using fewer resources and generating less waste when creating built environments. Sustainable design has been a hot topic for a while, but many laypeople aren’t …

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How Good Design Can Reduce Stress

It’s not quite business as usual, but despite nationwide concerns about health, society and economy, our architects in San Luis Obispo have found new ways to remain productive and meet deadlines from an assortment of homes, offices and creative workspaces. In doing so, we’ve observed first hand how our surroundings affect us. Regardless of where you’re spending your days, there …

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Teamwork Leads to Quick Deployment of COVID-19 Testing Facility on Central Coast

“Thanks for your team’s work on our many lab projects. Not sure you know, but we’ve developed one of the most robust COVID testing platforms in CA. Your team helped make that happen.”-Mark Allen, Chief Operations Officer, Marian Regional Medical Center, Santa Maria, CA When a community is in need, it’s all hands on deck. Marian Regional Medical Center in …

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Project Introduction: Marian Regional Medical Center – Crisis Stabilization Unit

Proposed in August 2019, Dignity Health’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Santa Maria is scheduled to break ground in fall of 2020. With completion expected in spring of 2021, the project will remodel 3,200 square feet of existing medical office space at 1401 East Main St. The CSU will allow as many as 12 behavioral health patients experiencing mental health crises to …

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Architecture That Heals : Part 2

Emerging Healthcare Trends 2020 In our previous blog, we considered innovations that we may see in our public spaces as a result of the recent global COVID-19 pandemic, ways in which we may be able to proactively slow the spread of highly transmittable diseases. This post will focus on healthcare settings, including long term care facilities, and how they may adapt existing …

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Architecture That Heals: Part 1

The modernist movement of the early 20th century was spurred, in part, as a means to limit the spread of disease through design. How will architecture respond and evolve to the pandemic met in the early part of the 21st century? It’s been quite a few weeks of working from home and distance learning in many households in SLO County …

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​Hospitality Design Trends: Spring 2020

Armchair traveling is gaining popularity this spring as work and leisure travel are curtailed due to worldwide health concerns. A good daydream about future travel is always welcome though, and usually includes exploring places to stay. Our San Luis Obispo hospitality design team shares some of the hottest hospitality design trends you’ll spot. Sustainability is Here to Stay We’re happy …

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Project Update: Phase One of Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine Complete

In January, we proudly announced the grand opening of Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine at French Hospital Medical Center. We are very pleased that phase one of this San Luis Obispo healthcare design project is complete and currently serving our community. Phase two will bring interior remodeling of the existing emergency department. The design from our Studio Design Group, Architects, Inc. …

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Sustainability and Retrofitting: Where Past Meets Present to Protect the Future

Opportunities for planet-friendly, sustainable architecture abound when designing a brand new building. New materials, methods, and technology are helping increase efficiency and reduce waste. This helps minimize the effects of new construction on climate change. But that doesn’t mean older buildings can’t do their part. Improving existing structures can make them leaner and cleaner for years to come. Renovating existing …

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For the Love of California Modernism

February is a great time for love, especially for those of us who love mid-century modern design. At Studio Design Group, we’re more than a little excited by opportunities to share this passion. Although we could talk for days about mid-century modern design, this time we’ll let the links do most of the talking. An exhibition at the Museum of …

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Things Architects Wish You Knew

Architects enhance lives and communities by thoughtfully and purposefully designing built environments. Working closely with clients and community development professionals ensures that goals are understood, needs are met, aesthetics are pleasing, and projects come in on schedule and on budget. For clients, new building projects are full of excitement, enthusiasm and anticipation. But they can bring their wet-blanket counterparts: uncertainty, …

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Forward-Looking Design Trends For 2020

As 2019 wraps up, our architects at Studio Design Group in San Luis Obispo share some architectural design trends that will lead the way in 2020. Universal Design Expands Into New Territory There was a time when accessibility rarely went beyond ramps, wider doors, and braille on elevator signs. Today, inclusive architecture embraces users of built environments by creating spaces …

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Healthcare Design Project Update: Oppenheimer Family Center for Emergency Medicine at French Hospital Medical Center

Time for a construction update on an essential local healthcare design project here in San Luis Obispo. Project Architect Ellen Goodwin is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at Phase I of the French Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department expansion, which will be completed by summer 2019. In this photo, Phase I is well underway. Footings and foundations are poured, structural columns set, and …

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Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

Here at Studio Design Group, our architects are passionate advocates for the underrepresented in architecture. Undoubtedly, the male lense has overpowered the field throughout history. Our public consciousness has come to assume that the word “architect” assumes male. Jane Hall’s recent publication, Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women is dismantling this paradigm. Her work catalogues and celebrates architecture by women and explores why …

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The Importance of Art in Architecture

Here at Studio Design Group, our architects in San Luis Obispo believe that the designs we create do more than just serve our clients’ needs—they’re a meaningful contribution to our community. Architecture is so much more than functional spaces. It’s a part of our culture and history and has the power to affect mood and action. Art is integral to architecture, …

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Sensorio Fall News

Just as our architects predicted—Field of Light at Sensorio is officially a national success! From a feature in the New York Times, to articles in the Los Angeles and Business Times, the colorful spectacle is lighting up press across the country. Since it’s opening in May of 2019, the 15 acre illuminated art walk has attracted thousands of tourists and become a social media phenomenon. …

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Universal Design Principles

At Studio Design Group Architects, we believe that community design has the power to shape a more inclusive world. Mindfully incorporating universal design principles is a significant way we meet the needs of all end-users in the community spaces we create. Today, it is estimated that one in five Americans live with a disability—that’s nearly 50 million people. It’s time to …

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Principles of Sustainable Architecture

At Studio Design Group, our aim is to not only meet end user needs in the present, but also create sustainable spaces that will last into the future. Our team of architects in San Luis Obispo are exploring new approaches and innovative techniques with the hope of shaping a better future through design. Although the definition of sustainable architecture is …

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Community Design: Architecture and How it Affects Learning

At Studio Design Group Architects, we deeply appreciate the benefits of good design, and have made it our life’s work to be the most innovative architecture company here in San Luis Obispo. However, the general public has not always understood the strong correlation between solid design and human well-being and performance. Multiple studies have occurred in recent years that validate …