Miron experience: The living learning lab

Posted on May 24, 2011 by Steve Tyink

We desired a facility that reflected our philosophy—you are where you live. Our home offers a new experience for our clients, our partners and our employees – a living learning lab where we take the mystery out of the construction process.

Our dream was to create an experience and build a space where we could learn what is most important to our clients in order to match their brand philosophies to their structural needs, who they are with where they live. We also wanted a facility that would encourage collaboration with our partners, provide space for community organizations and support our employees in bringing our clients’ dreams to life.

Two, 2-story wings (52,000 square feet) extend from both the east and the west ends of the existing 60,000-square-foot building. We were able to use our own Experience-Based Design tools to develop unique and ideal experiences for clients, partners, staff and the community. We also utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the design and construction phases of the project for visualization.

A few of the “Experience Zones” include:

Sustainability exhibit: Our facility is now more energy efficient and was constructed with sustainable materials, techniques and methods in mind. This building will also receive LEED® Certification. Aside from the building itself, we have integrated sustainability into our corporate culture. For example, sustainable cleaning products are now used within the building; we have eliminated plastic water bottles, and have worked to increase recycling. These sustainable attributes help greatly with employee attraction and retention.

Studio-Logic/Preconstruction: We exist in a truly collaborative environment, and this space reflects that. Our pre-construction services team (i.e. BIM, LEED, Estimating, Experience-Based Design, Project Executives, Business Development, Scheduling, Marketing, etc.) work together on a daily basis and this environment fosters the teamwork necessary to create a successful project. This is also the space where we work with clients on their projects. Studio Logic is the space where we “break down the walls” between all of the involved organizations and start to work together as a unified team.

Divisions of construction exhibit: This is where we take the mystery out of project costs and break down the process of construction. Here you can also see how BIM brings projects to life.

Heroes exhibit: This wall is a tribute to Miron’s involvement in the community. These images represent the different organizations and events that Miron sponsors as well as the organizations that many of our employees are involved in during their personal time.

Safety/Risk Management exhibit: At Miron, safety is our #1 priority. Not only are we helping to keep our employees healthy and safe, we are also decreasing lost-time incidents. At Miron, our goal is to ensure that each and every one of our employees goes home safely to their families each night.

Wellness Center: At Miron, it is our mission to take care of our employees. We consider ourselves a family organization and therefore, the health and well being of our team is critical to us.

Greenhouse: Sustainability is a key initiative for our organization. This greenhouse is simply another example of that. These trees are given to clients upon the dedication of their facilities.


Debbie Bradley from ACS Connect visited our headquarters last spring.

Our commitment reaches beyond construction; our passion brings dreams to life!

About Steve Tyink

Steve Tyink leads Miron’s experience-based design efforts, assists with process and lean improvement, and adds elements of innovation to business development and corporate strategies to differentiate the Miron brand. Steve also applies his expertise to serve as a resource to those seeking ways to create innovative facilities that encourage an emotional attachment for their own customers and employees.

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