Where does it all go?

In a new white paper, Anne Weidman describes how JSA helped out sixteen local nonprofits and saved loads of furniture and office supplies from the landfill.


So much furniture...

When JSA moved to a new space in the spring of 2019, office furnishings and supplies, some of it 30+ years old, had outlived its usefulness. Office renovations and upgrades typically utilize a combination of dumpsters and furniture liquidators for disposal of retired furniture. JSA looked for a more community-centered approach.

Social media for the win!

We turned to social media for a solution. As we approached moving day, we began posting pictures and descriptions on local Facebook groups: "Sixty-five two-drawer file cabinets!" "Reception desk with lighting!" "Fifty-five magazine organizers!" "Dozens of chairs!" We gave priority to nonprofits. The response was fast, pick-ups started within minutes. 

How much furniture did we give away? Read about it here.

Anne Weidman, CPSM is Director of BizDev / Community Engagement and Associate at both JSA Inc, a Portsmouth, NH-based architecture firm and Access Navigators, an online resource for people who live with disabilities.

When you are your client

In a new white paper, JSA Principal Sandra Hodge tells the back story of JSA's new office design.

WELL buildings

We're moving?

When JSA’s architects and designers began to plan a move to a new office space, every employee had their own vision of how the space should look and feel: innovative, cutting edge, healthy, collaborative, inspiring, universally designed...and more.

Design has evolved.

We opted for low panels to provide some acoustic and seated privacy. Motorized adjustable height workstations give the option to sit or stand throughout the day. The goal was to keep our employees happy, healthy and more productive!

We talk and talk and talk...

A collaborative gathering space runs through the spine of our office and features a sculptural, perforated metal pin-up wall adjacent to soft seating and a multi-height community table. This gathering place has become a popular spot for pin-up design reviews, office meetings and happy hour! 

How did it all work out? Read about it here.

Sandra Hodge, IIDA is a principal at JSA Inc and leads the Interior Design department in Portsmouth, NH. Sandra knows how to transform institutional settings into efficient and inspiring workplaces. Her team's expertise in efficient planning, lighting and finish selections results in designs that stand the test of time while remaining mindful of the target budgets.

Healthy Buildings | Healthy People

In a new white paper, JSA interior designer Alyssa Garvey explores the development of the International Well Building Institute (WELL) and the impact WELL design can have on future projects.

WELL buildings

Wellness trends are everywhere...

The current trend towards sustainability and wellness has been making an appearance in industries all over the globe. Wellness buzzwords have become woven into our daily culture and wellness is easily acknowledged as both desirable and marketable.

There are guidelines.

In the architectural field, the development of the International Well Building Institute(WELL) is a response to this culture shift. The goal of WELL is to create healthy spaces by designing, constructing and operating buildings to maximize occupant health and productivity.

What does this all mean?

What will the next generation of buildings look like? Will you have a say about it? Read more here.

Alyssa Garvey is an interior designer at JSA Inc, headquartered in Portsmouth NH. Her understanding of the human impacts of lighting, materials, and programming results in healthier spaces for all.

Can we house seniors in buildings made of wood?

In a new white paper, JSA principal Christine Castaldo, AIA LEED AP looks at the latest IBC code updates for Assisted Living facilities.

IBC White Paper

Senior residents

When constructing buildings to house senior residents, concerns include how much physical effort the residents are expected to exert and how much stress they are expected to endure in the event of a fire.

But in Poland...

Many years ago, before I graduated from architecture school, I visited my cousin in Poland. In her crowded dormitory room, after a few beers, she and her fellow math majors asked, "Do you really live in a house made of wood?" They were worried about me and my answer did not alleviate their concerns.

How does this affect assisted living?

When a client recently asked if we could build the assisted living portion of the project with wood framing, I was reminded of that night in my cousin's crowded dormitory room. Can we house seniors who require assistance in a building made of wood? To answer that question, let's take a deep dive into the building code requirements.

There's ambiguity

The 2015 International Building Code (IBC), which is now being adopted by some states and municipalities, provides clarification...

Read the white paper.

Christine Castaldo, AIA, LEED AP is JSA's specialist in housing, both for senior living communities and for privatized military ventures. Her understanding of how buildings function results in projects with high operational integrity, bringing numerous repeat clients who rely on her expertise. She is an instructor of architecture in the Civil Technology program at the Thompson School of the University of New Hampshire and is a graduate of Pratt Institute.

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