Looking Into The Workplace Design Crystal Ball: Blake Leonard
Looking Into The Workplace Design Crystal Ball. If you are reading this, you have tuned in to our maiden voyage of Infinity Group’s Take 5. Each week we take a five minute dive into the world of our talented team members at Infinity Group. From architects and designers, to our builders and engineers, and everyone in between who helps us make work beautiful. Join us as we uncover the profound and comical in our new blog series! We hope this paints of picture of who we are, and brings a smile to your face. This week we kick it off with our VP of Architecture and Engineering Blake Leonard.
Architectural engineering, also known as building engineering or architecture engineering, is an engineering discipline that deals with the technological aspects and multi-disciplinary approach to planning, design, construction and operation of buildings, such as analysis and integrated design of environmental systems (energy conservation, HVAC, plumbing, lighting, fire protection, acoustics, vertical and horizontal transportation), structural systems, behavior and properties of building components and materials, and construction management. Wikipedia
- Marc: If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
- Blake: Definitely a guitar and writing/drawing materials.
One good thing about being stranded on a desert island is, after all, the lack of neighbors to complain about your singing performances at the beach; with the exception of the monkeys, of course. Says InterNations
- Marc: How did you get into your role at Infinity Group, how long have you been here?
- Blake: It’s been just over 4 really great years at Infinity Group, and I consider this place home. Previously I worked in Facility Project Management, and I spent around a decade frustrated with the disconnect between technicians, engineers, architects, strategists etc. as we worked to maintain healthcare compliance and upgrade our facilities. Engineers were rarely realistic, architects were never on schedule and didn’t care about my budget, and technicians usually had the skill but not the authority required to take a project from start to finish. Infinity Group invited me to be a part of a team that manages all these, and I never looked back. We’ve got all this talent in house now, and I go home every evening completely impressed with my teammates because they are professionals who work together towards a common goal. The conventional construction process cannot compete with us.
- Marc: What is your favorite architecture marvel, and why? Can be anywhere in the world.
- Blake: I’m a big fan of historical places, especially the ones that are local and define what’s so beautiful about my home state of Connecticut. I love seeing design elements like stone, heavy timbers and wood shakes, which were all local building materials provided the land the Avon Old Farms sits on. Just think about the milling, felling, and hand tool work that took place. Avon Old Farms School is one beautiful architectural example of an amazing setting and design that truly makes driving the Avon backroads a gem. Also it should be mentioned, Theodate Pope Riddle, Connecticut’s first licensed female architect, designed and supervised construction.
- Marc: What do you think the future of offices looks like? Or what do you want it to look like?
- Blake: Wellness is the hot topic these days as it should be. Architecturally, I think design will continue to advance, and will be accommodating to modern code while keeping things beautiful, but I think it’s going to be more about what we don’t see. In modern design, we’ll be digging deeper into healthy HVAC, plumbing and electrical packages that make for a safer and cleaner environment.
- Marc: If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?
- Blake: I’m a wolf, tough on the outside and loaded with perseverance, but even better with my pack of teammates.
- Marc: Who is your favorite superhero and why?
- Blake: I need to give Superman some credit here, mainly because of his selfless service.
- Marc: What is something that companies/leadership should be thinking about in regards to the office and their employees.
- Blake: We need to laugh more, especially these days. The last 6 months have been tough on everyone from a family, business, and cultural perspective. More than ever, we need to show each other more compassion by being better listeners and when appropriate, try to make someone smile.
Looking Into The Workplace Design Crystal Ball