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The goal of 'Whole Building' Design is to create a successful high-performance building by applying an integrated design and team approach to the project during the planning and programming phases.

WBDG Updates

Secure / Safe Design Objective

This section pertains to the physical protection of occupants and assets from man-made and natural hazards.

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Security measures, such as setbacks, bollards, protective glazing, and structural hardening, are incorporated into the design of the new Oklahoma City Federal Building

Resource Pages

Strategies and Trends for Mid-Rise Construction in Wood
Growing demand for mid-rise buildings creates both challenge and opportunity for building professionals as they work to balance value with performance. Wood-frame construction is a cost-effective option for mid-rise structures because it allows high density at relatively low cost, while providing other benefits such as construction speed, structural performance, design versatility, and a sustainable, low-carbon footprint.
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Case Studies

Brock Environmental Center
The Brock Environmental Center serves as the hub for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Hampton Road office and supports their education, outreach, advocacy, and restoration initiatives. In addition to offices for CBF and partner groups, the Center provides meeting rooms and an 80–seat conference room designed to express CBF's mission of collaboration to protect one of the nation's most valuable and threatened natural resources — the Chesapeake Bay.
Brock Environmental Center

Continuing Education

Advanced Lighting Systems Certificate Series
This series provides a comprehensive overview of advanced lighting systems, for both interior and exterior applications. This series covers lighting sources, technology applications, controls, emerging technologies and future trends.

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