Affordable travel by cars and trains make it possible to drive greater distances to work. Plentiful jobs and steady paychecks from a prosperous manufacturing sector draw people to cities. While college enrollment increased, degrees still had little value to the job market. This is the beginning of organized medicine. Hospitals are institutional and value new standards of operation. The Social Security Act generated the creation of the private nursing home industry.
1946: Florence Founds the Knoll Planning Unit
Hans markets Knoll as a complete design service.
1900: The Pencil Was Invented
Once the pencil was invented it became a classroom standard as it replaced the need for school slate and chalk.
Work: Assembly lines are common in the workplace with each person doing a repeatable simple task.
Up to this point, we focused most of our efforts on producing things in a factory or farm. With this era, the service industry is born. We start to process work with an explosion of paper. Spaces are functional, if not institutional. College enrollment continues to increase as specialized degrees begin to be a necessity in the workplace. Advances in medicine causes doctors to become more specialized and costs to rise. Fraud and abuse in long-term care facilities elicits new regulations to enforce proper care for the aging population.
1978: Saxton Founded by Tom Saxton in Cedar Rapids. Tom developed an integrated approach to interior spaces that leveraged the power of design and the performance of furnishings to help companies achieve their vision and goals.
1952: The First Cardiac Pacemaker
Wilson Greatbatch develops the first cardiac pacemaker to control irregular heartbeats.
Work: The assembly line of the factory makes it way into the office.
For years, the typical office was a sea of workstations supporting solo task work, often times referred to as the cube farm. Work was about improving processes. Similarly, students learn in auditoriums with professors that lecture at them and have limited interaction with peers. Healthcare costs continue to rise and a shift towards privatization of healthcare is seen. New programs are implemented to offer home and community-based services that are not strictly medical in nature.
2009: Saxton was able to be a part of the new Mercy Medical Center – West Lakes Hospital from the beginning to the end.
1983: Time’s ‘Man’ of the Year
The Personal Computer becomes the 1983 “man” of the year based on how it took the world by storm, dramatically changing the way people communicate.
Work: Work stations support process, paper and tasks.
We need to be less process-focused and more people-focused. Whether it’s an employee, student, patient or resident, their wellbeing impacts outcomes. Talented employees are scarce, customers are hard to find, college becomes about a lot more than what happens in the classroom and residents talk to potential residents. Research shows only 15% of what you know today is relevant in five years, thus making it increasingly important to know how to learn new information quickly.
2015: Lifespace Friendship Village of South Hills
The new dining experiences are a central element of this continuing care retirement community.
2010: Paying with Square
Square came on the market and made transactions for small business owners and artists seamless, no paper required.
Work: Social interaction is leveraged to attract and retain top talent.