Of all the visual and applied arts, architecture alone engages us on both profound and mundane levels.
We inhabit our buildings for shelter as well as for cultural expression; they are built with technologies that are often basic, yet also capable of exquisite precision. Our buildings, like ourselves, are integrated into a larger context. We create them as an expression of beauty and function; therein rests the art and craft of our profession.
Architecture depends upon invention and discovery: both are essential to the creative process; each is informed by a specific place, time and program. Architecture, whether it is an object in the landscape or an interior space, activates in us a physical connection and reinforces principles of human organization through proportion and rhythm, hierarchy and scale. A building’s site circulation and topography, its tectonic language, skin and mass, its entrances and interior spaces, are all components of a larger continuum of the built and natural environment.
State-of-the-art can only be achieved when our engineering design solutions apply the latest technologies to both the current and long-term needs of a building.
We believe that modern building system design considers critical needs for energy efficiency, reliability, and flexibility while providing economic solutions to maintenance and retrofit operations. When designing engineering solutions, the engineers at EwingCole take pride in providing clients with the best in engineering leadership, problem solving, and cost-effective results. EwingCole nurtures a collaborative relationship between Architect and Engineer so the building systems become an integral part of the building design.
EwingCole responds to modern trends emphasizing the importance of image and visibility in terms of client recognition and relationship maintenance, employee recruiting and retention, and branding.
EwingCole’s experienced professionals continually refine their approach towards designing intelligent and attractive solutions that respond to the goals of various organizations with diverse operational methods. Our designers help each client look at all the factors – image, cost, flexibility, tradition, and technology—to create an appropriate environment that supports their workforce. As connectivity, compatibility, and adaptability requirements increase, our designers work to push the envelope of flexibility, accommodating open space environments that promote communication and collaboration.
Site master planning plays a major role in establishing the arrangement of architecture and engineering elements, and creates a format for future change and expansion.
Our challenge is to prepare a master plan for a facility without compromising the functionality, convenience, and appearance of the proposed building development. EwingCole develops comprehensive master plans to express our clients’ history, mission, values and goals in a unifying image. Our planning documents provide in depth information regarding zoning and relationship to the community, open spaces, assessment of existing building infrastructure, identification of potential growth and expansion, functionality of building arrangements, location of utilities and equipment and infrastructure support capabilities, vehicle and pedestrian circulation including entrances, parking, and service access. We also provide cost/benefit analyses, and planning for construction phasing that ensures continuous operations.
At EwingCole we work to cut through the green-wash prevalent in today’s building industry.
By focusing on exceptional technology solutions, integrating best practices, and using available tools such as LEED certification, we strive to minimize the depletion of natural resources, improve our resource efficiency, and integrate environmentally-friendly solutions. Our commitment to aesthetic building solutions blend environmental leadership, smart engineering, and high-performance green design innovation. We seek to learn from our multiple experiences with each new green idea or latest trend, ensuring best practice solutions for our client community. We are committed to continued innovation and to finding more successful solutions in our buildings and engineered systems.
Want to learn more about sustainable design solutions? Check out EwingCole’s Sustainable Design Services Guide.
EwingCole’s engineers are adept at designing process systems to support non-cGMP and cGMP program areas in manufacturing facilities that meet both domestic (FDA) and international (EU) guidelines. EwingCole has designed specialized manufacturing plants for all types of products, including cell culture, cell banking, blood processing, solid dosage, liquid, parenteral, transdermal, topical, and vaccines.
At Ewing Cole, we believe in the power of light, both in its natural and artificial forms. Not only is lighting an integral component of the visual design, but it also plays the part of narrator- telling the story of the space.
Light has the power transform the static into kinetic- adding form, contrast, and color to invoke a unique and personal architectural experience. Light has the power to lead us through a space and focus our attention using a combination of subtle and dramatic tactics. Small changes in lighting effects can dramatically alter our experience, or create an emotional persona within a fixed architectural design. It is our mission to use the powers of light to create interesting and inviting architectural spaces that are sensitive to the specific needs of a variety of applications.
As partners in the design process, we recognize the power of asking questions, listening carefully, thinking systematically, testing ideas, and measuring results. From the pre-design process through post-occupancy, we provide research and analytics as a resource to our clients and colleagues to uncover hidden value and discover impactful solutions to their design needs.
Systematic study at critical stages of the design process leads to better and more robust designs. In planning and pre-design, we shadow and observe current operations, explore historical data to spot trends, verify program assumptions, and engage with stakeholders to find opportunities. During design, we test options against measures of success using simulation modeling to predict and visualize our designs. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we regularly conduct post-occupancy studies on our completed projects and share those learnings.
Our multi-disciplinary research team applies a customized mix of tools, processes, and thinking from complementary fields – including design & architectural research, Lean process improvement, systems science, and operations research. Our DOTT® design research app was developed in-house and allows the team to visualize the behavioral impact of facility design, map workflows, understand utilization and patterns of use.
EwingCole is committed to embracing and sharing our design research, and regularly seek opportunities to publish or present our research at national conferences. Our research process is rigorous, creative, and interactive and supports real-time thinking and solutions.
At EwingCole, our integrated approach to branding, wayfinding, and storytelling creates thoughtful and innovative spatial experiences. Our experiential graphic designers use a variety of communication tools to create a distinct sense of place. Our design solutions incorporate architecture, interior design, industrial design, lighting, landscape architecture and technology to seamlessly enhance our clients’ multifaceted brands. We translate brand stories into experiences and believe the only way to successfully create a compelling story, is to know your audience and the organization, inside and out.