The Power of an Image

It’s true, a picture can be worth a thousand words, but those “words” can hurt you or help you when it comes to bond referendums and informing your community. At CMBA, we are involved in numerous bond referendums each year. With each one of these elections, we discuss what kinds of images and drawings to…[Read More]

Human Design in Hospitals

Hospitals are certainly one of the most complex building types that architects design. Not many other buildings house life and death situations on a daily basis. Yet the technical design issues should not foreshadow the human design issues. People come to hospitals to cherish the beginning of life and deal with the end of life. …[Read More]

5 Hot Tips for Your Food Venue

What makes one food venue popular, while another struggles to attract students? 2015 marked the first year consumers spent more dining out than buying groceries.  Certainly college students are part of that trend, whether as part of a family or while in school. Let’s examine five tips to attract students to your food venue. 1….[Read More]

The Race for Students

Trends are indicating that we will see a gradual decline (from 2010 to 2030) in the number of high school students graduating in the Midwest, specifically in Iowa. This makes the race for students at the collegiate level even more competitive. Projects are aimed at attracting a greater share of those students and attracting students,…[Read More]

Defining Roles in a Bond Election

One of the many important ingredients to a successful bond vote is defining the Superintendent’s role in the promotional efforts. No one knows the District and its needs better than the Superintendent. The Superintendent is typically in the best position to have a comprehensive understanding of the needs, opportunities, challenges, shortcomings and local politics of…[Read More]

Sorting an Omelet

Remember when the truck came down the street and put items from your green recycling tote into the correct compartment on the truck? That’s called “curb sort recycling.” And if you had something that was not recyclable they would leave it in your tote with a note. That’s how we learned what was acceptable –…[Read More]