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  • Fentress Works in Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
    Fentress Works in Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands
    Sep 29, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3350" align="alignleft" width="524"]Mural in Honolulu Courtroom Mural in Honolulu Courtroom[/caption] In late August, a team of Fentress employees conducted long-range facilities planning sessions for three federal court districts in the Pacific: Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan); Guam (Hagatna); and Hawaii (Honolulu).  The team helped plan for future space needs and assessed the condition of space within each court facility in these three locations. In Saipan, the court and GSA are in the planning stages for a new leased facility to house the court family. The long-range facilities plan produced for this district will help in the planning for this transition. The court occupies leased space in Guam in a facility that was constructed under prospectus level almost 20 years ago. In Honolulu, a $120 million Recovery Act renovation project was completed in December 2014, essentially taking the building down to the studs to modernize and upgrade this 1970s facility throughout. The team greatly enjoyed learning about the many interesting political, cultural, and geographical nuances of these three Pacific districts.

  • Fentress “Top Shot” Team Building
    Fentress “Top Shot” Team Building
    Sep 21, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3336" align="alignright" width="300"]Archery Contest Archery Contest[/caption] This year's annual team building event was held in June at the beautiful family farm of one of our employees. We decided to go with a “top shot” theme and participated in archery, slingshot shooting, and air pistols.  We shot traditional targets, human silhouettes, and zombies. Afterwards, we had a crab feast and joked about preparing for the next Hunger Games!

  • Fentress Holiday Event
    Fentress Holiday Event
    Dec 07, 2015

    Fentress held its holiday event last Friday. We started our festivities at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel by touring the holiday displays and ice sculptures in ICE!  The temperature in the exhibit is kept at a frigid 9°F so participants are provided “stylish” blue coats to stay warm. After ICE!, our team had an excellent lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Restaurant. We all had a wonderful day that helped us get into the holiday spirit. [caption id="attachment_2932" align="alignright" width="320"]Fentress at ICE! Fentress attends ICE! holiday event.[/caption]

  • Presented at Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies Conference
    Presented at Tradeline’s 2015 Space Strategies Conference
    Nov 25, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2854" align="alignright" width="170"]tradeline Tradeline's Space Strategies Conference[/caption] Keith Fentress and Alison Jones presented at the Tradeline 2015 Space Strategies Conference on November 16-17.  For the second year in a row, the Tradeline conference was a great experience - a well-run conference that included innovative speakers on the leading edge of space transition. This year, we presented on Space Reduction Initiatives and highlighted best practices that we have seen through our experience. We hope that attendees left with a better understanding of how to transition traditional offices to a more mobile and collaborative work environment.

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  • Beach Blanket Bingo: Why Giving Up Office Space Can Be So Hard
    Beach Blanket Bingo: Why Giving Up Office Space Can Be So Hard
    Oct 20, 2016

    By Donna Chaney, Senior Analyst Once you stake out your space on the beach, it’s really hard to make room for others who show up later in the day with their own set of blankets, coolers, and sand shovels. Giving up office space for a shared workspace ... Read more

  • Caseload Management Can Lead to Better Courtroom Utilization
    Caseload Management Can Lead to Better Courtroom Utilization
    Oct 13, 2016

    By Mary Talley, Senior Analyst A sustained increase in court caseload often means that more judges are needed to hear the cases, which results in a need for more courtrooms. For courts that are already fully-staffed, the only solution is an expansion to the current ... Read more

  • The Modern Mobile Workers: Going Back to the Future?
    The Modern Mobile Workers: Going Back to the Future?
    Oct 07, 2016

    By Donna Chaney, Senior Analyst There is a decade-long trend of collaborative workspaces designed to support mobile work, and a growing proportion of the workforce is as comfortable working in a corner coffee shop or airport waiting area as they are in a physical office. Yet I ... Read more

  • Spaced Out: How Increasing Workload Affects Courthouse Space Needs
    Spaced Out: How Increasing Workload Affects Courthouse Space Needs
    Sep 29, 2016

    By Kurt Schlauch, Senior Consultant Courts, like any other public or private organization, often face hectic schedules, busy workloads, and associated challenges, including courthouse space needs. In business, more work often requires more employees; likewise with courts, more work often requires a corresponding increase in the number ... Read more

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