“Cool and Chic” Was a Tough Sell for This Public Library

“Cool and Chic” Was a Tough Sell for This Public Library

Hunters Point, a new library branch in Queens, is finally open.

It boasts a unique and stylish design that is a source of pride in the community. The construction project was very much over time and over budget. Although there are many reasons for this project management nightmare, it appears that measures meant to promote efficient use of taxpayers’ money had unintended consequences.


Video Spotlight: Balance between the Book and the Digital


This post is based on The New York Times article, Why Can’t New York City Build More Gems Like This Queens Library?, by M. Kimmelman, September 18, 2019, and the YouTube video, Hunters Point Library Finally Openby CBS New York, September 24, 2019. Image source:  Shutterstock / X_C

Discussion Questions:

1. What design elements make this library inviting to patrons?

Guidance: Large windows let the light in and offer beautiful views of Manhattan. Bamboo-paneled walls add warmth. Shifting forms and curves make the space interesting and pleasing to the eye. Corners and nooks provide privacy. A ginkgo garden outside creates a natural oasis in a large city. This unique and tastefully designed library contrasts with the high-density apartment buildings erected next Continue reading

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Spirit Halloween’s Pop-Up Stores

Spirit Halloween’s Pop-Up Stores

September 30, 2019

Each year more than 1,300 Spirit Halloween stores pop-up for the Halloween season.

The company hopes to capture part of the $9 Billion Halloween market by offering costumes and other Halloween items.  These stores typically open in early September and close a few days after Halloween, and are located in areas with high traffic to draw in customers in.


Video Spotlight: Jack Straw – Spirit Halloween


This post is based on the Victoria Advocate article, Spirit Halloween Cashes In On $9 Billion Halloween Retail Industry, by Morgan O’Hanlon, September 22, 2019, and the YouTube video, Jack Straw – Spirit Halloween, by Spirit Halloween, August 23, 2019. Image source: Ariel Skelley/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What management techniques should be used for a pop-up store like Spirit Halloween?

Guidance: As the stores are only open once a year for approximately two months, and with locations probably changing each year, a project management approach should be employed.  Keep in mind that there should be a project plan for each store.  However, there will be similarities between these plans.

2. What are some of the activities that must be completed each year?

Guidance: This would Continue reading

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Large Greenhouse to Supply East Coast Market

Large Greenhouse to Supply East Coast Market

September 27, 2019

AppHarvest is building the largest greenhouse in the United States.  When completed in the summer of 2020, it will provide over 45 million pounds of fresh vegetables to the East Coast each year.

The greenhouse will be located just outside of Morehead, Kentucky on the eastern side of the state.  The location is within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the population in the United States.

The 2.76 million square foot warehouse is considered to be large enough to be cost effective.  Additionally, the warehouse will focus on sustainability using LED lighting, recycled rainwater, and non-chemical growing practices.


Video Spotlight: 2019 SOAR Summit Showcase | AppHarvest


This post is based on the NY Times article, A Greenhouse Large Enough to Feed the Eastern Seaboard, by Keith Schneider, September 3, 2019, and the YouTube video, 2019 SOAR Summit Showcase | AppHarvest by SOAR, August 19, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / Alekandre Baevi

Discussion Questions:

1. Why is eastern Kentucky a good location for the greenhouse?

Guidance: Eastern Kentucky offers several advantages.  One of the biggest advantages is its close proximity to the large population on the East Coast.  Approximately 70% of the Continue reading

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