Three HDR-Led Research Projects Receive 2019 EDRA CORE Recognition

The Environmental Design Research Association recently announced the recipients of the Certificate of Research Excellence for 2019, the fourth year of the program. Three HDR-led projects were selected for recognition this year.

The EDRA CORE awards recognize rigorous, valuable and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practices in environmental design. The program intends to demonstrate the value of integrating research into projects by acknowledging teams who are conducting and disseminating quality, practice-based research.

HDR’s industry-leading research team submitted three winning projects:

New Parkland Hospital Facility Evaluation

This rigorous, multi-method evaluation provided a thorough perspective of the complex effects of design decisions on building performance and occupant outcomes. Findings include the impacts of the new inpatient unit design on patients and staff, and contribute to the body of evidence informing future healthcare facility design across the industry.

Evaluation of New Nebraska Community Hospital Facilities

This study investigated differences in nurse and patient outcomes, along with organizational factors, after a move to a decentralized nursing model at two hospitals. Mixed methods were used to assess differences.

Evaluation of Higher Education Science Laboratory Learning Environments

This study was conducted to assess how design decisions for STEM laboratory classroom environments at two Midwest universities support the student learning experience, including engagement and motivation. Instructor experience was also assessed to understand how lab classroom environment facilitates the development of active learning-based curricula and effective pedagogy.

“Across facility types, it is critical to evaluate the impacts of projects, and to share the knowledge gained to improve design and its effects on people in the future," said Jeri Brittin, Ph.D., director of research at HDR. "I am grateful to EDRA for recognizing those who engage in rigorous evaluation. I am very proud of our research team at HDR, as well as the many clients and partners with whom we collaborate to make substantive and impactful design research happen. It is truly exciting.”

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About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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