Wayne EstopinalAs we cross the mid-year point of 2012, there remains an air of cautious optimism that our country and our economy will avoid repercussions from a global slowdown.  While the economy remains volatile and seems to ebb and flow daily depending upon what happens in parts of the world most of us have never visited, we as Americans remain resolute that we will see better times ahead.  This optimism must just be genetic for some of us, as we have faith that we can impact our futures near and far, despite a steady flow of ever-changing information.

 Those of you who remain focused on the future and its’ potential understand that we just don’t retreat well, we look for ways to alter our misfortunes and we look for ways to improve.  Just as Americans have done for nearly 250 years.  

At TEG we have focused our energies on serving our clients on projects small and large during the last four years and have explored many ways that we can help our clients make better decisions about their facilities.  We have approached this opportunity on two fronts, better planning and design to improve our client’s staffing efficiencies and productivity and by development of STUDIO E , an in-house design studio that allows all projects to benefit from exceptional illustrations, animations and graphic design.

While many of our clients await Supreme Court rulings, others await funding decisions and very few have all the money they need to do their projects, TEG has not been idle; we have been examining how our facilities function in regard to true operating costs.  In our world and that of our clients, operating costs are much more than utility expenses; operating costs are most heavily impacted by the cost of personnel to provide services in the facilities TEG designs.  As always the challenges are broad and the risks high in times like these. 

Our project researchers and designers, one in the same, (many firms who contract their research to others), have been immersed in performing time and motion studies, transport time analysis, benchmarking all TEG projects to industry best practices. They explore all possibilities to create facilities that promote efficiency and productivity related to staffing, square footage metrics and how design translates positively to our clients profitability and success.

Each element of our research focuses on how TEG can plan and design educational, healthcare and municipal facilities to deliver the most efficient and productive environments possible.  By simply designing facility solutions from the TEG Efficient Design Perspective, all clients can benefit from over 20 years of client-focused innovation and facility solutions.

A lack of certainty and economic confidence are still issues in the A/E/C industry, as they are in the markets we serve; therefore, trust and partnerships are crucial in building a solid framework for future opportunities.  We continue to demonstrate those innovative qualities and collaborative values that differentiate us from others and provide substantial client benefit. 

What this means to you, our friends, clients and project partners, is that despite an ever-evolving world, we remain dedicated to responding to what has built your loyalty and faith in TEG.  Now more than ever, there are many options when selecting a planning and design firm; thank you for choosing TEG. 

All the best,

R. Wayne Estopinal, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP
President – TEG