A Growing Problem: Taking Control of Food Security by DK GR

DKGR is using Rapid Prototyping and Iterative Design to help combat Food Deserts on the Near East Side of Indianapolis. With the recent loss of Pogue’s Run Co-op, the availability of fresh, healthy food in the area was drastically decreased.

Moving Forward 2.0, itself a prototype, is a housing program from IHCDA with a goal of combating generational poverty by lowering the total cost of housing, transportation, education and nutrition. Partnered with CAGI, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, the City of Indianapolis, and TWG Development, DKGR began to explore options for on-site agriculture to produce 10% of a family’s required Daily Nutritional Value.

While many effective, modular systems exist for commercial growing, these systems can be expensive, expansive, and inflexible. The system needed to be able to produce mature plants, microgreens, and start seeds while being simple to use and low maintenance. Additionally, the system needs to be flexible and grow with its user.

Inspired by the efficiency of certain leaf cells for both spatial regulation and intercellular transport, DKGR’s design took on an elongated hexagonal shape that allows for up to 8 units in 1 square foot of space.

The modular system includes built-in hose connectors to enable it to be used in all styles of indoor growing including Wick Systems, Deep Water Culture, Drip and Drain, Aeroponics and as a component in Aquaponics Systems. This will allow the system to be used, not only for food production, but for teaching and learning.

Prolific Indiana Brewery Coming to Fountain Square by DK GR

We here at DKGR are excited to welcome Upland's new downtown Indy location.  Located at the site of the former Value Village in Fountain Square, the Upland crew had a well-defined vision for the space they wanted, which we were happy to help polish.  Shout out to Pete, Adam, David and Paddy for enabling an engaging, collaborative design effort.

P.S. - If you haven't tried Upland's award-winning sour beers, we recommend you drop everything to go grab one.  


 DKGR's visualization of the new Upland Location

DKGR's visualization of the new Upland Location

The Value of the Right Space: Innovatemap by DK GR

For those of us that live our lives in and around a creative industry, we know all to well that our client base can widely vary when it comes to creative alignment, business objectives and, most importantly, a sincere appreciation for design.  An appreciation can drive all facets of decision making and contribute to an understanding of how design can positively permeate the heart and soul of an organization when thoughtfully executed.  Working alongside one of the premier product agency's in the Indianapolis area, the team at Innovatemap, has been an ideal partner in the design of their new HQ in Broad Ripple. Congrats to the entire team and read more about them below.

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New Life at Anco in Valpo by DK GR

Congratulations to the Flaherty & Collins / Journeyman Distillery team for their big win on the Valparaiso Transit Area Development Project RFP.

This is a rare opportunity to introduce a vibrant new district to a Northwest Indiana city well-poised for a downtown resurgence.

  Journeyman Distillery and DKGR's vision for a new Valparaiso Facility.

Journeyman Distillery and DKGR's vision for a new Valparaiso Facility.

Indiana's first Net-Positive Energy Multifamily Building* to open Saturday by DK GR

  Federal, State, Local and Community Officials cut the ribbon

Federal, State, Local and Community Officials cut the ribbon

On Saturday, October 1st, Federal, State, Local, and Community officials joined Englewood CDC and their partners as they opened what is prescribed to be Indiana's first Net-Positive Energy apartment building.  With individual unit HERS Ratings approaching -20 (indicating positive energy), the group is confident the building will perform to the difficult to achieve standard. 

The project utilized standard green technologies like Solar PV, LED Lighting, and Natural Daylighting/Shading, as well as innovative technologies like Flat-Plate Solar Collectors, Transpired Solar Collectors and Variable Speed ASHP Heating and Cooling.  

Paired with conservation and consumption strategies that encourage the efficient use of energy, these technologies will allow Oxford Place to achieve what has not yet been accomplished in the State of Indiana.  

Congratulations to Englewood, TWG Development and all their partners.

  DKGR's Net-Positive Strategy

DKGR's Net-Positive Strategy

*Net Positive verification pending one-year operating period.

Fuquay Welcome Center at the University of Southern Indiana by DK GR

The University of Southern Indiana broke ground on a campus welcome center on Thursday, September 1st, 2016.   The Fuquay Welcome Center will feature a intensive vegetative roof system that and an integrated building form that will allow campus students and visitors the opportunity to walk directly on to the accessible roof.  

With construction beginning Q4, 2016, the Fuquay Welcome Center will welcome its first visitors in the fall of 2017. 



Moving Forward by DK GR

DKGR would like to congratulate Community Action of Greater Indianapolis (CAGI) and their team on their selection for IHCDA's innovative Moving Forward 2.0 program.  Focused on providing energy efficient transportation and housing, the 2016 incarnation of the Moving Forward program will tackle an additional challenge that is a pervasive and perpetual problem in urban communities, generational poverty.

In addition to the team members enumerated below, CAGI has partnered with Indianapolis Public Schools and Dr. Lewis Ferebee to explore and implement educational strategies to combat poverty at its root.

DKGR is excited to be a part of this extraordinary team.  Congratulations to all.