Friday, July 12, 2019

Water Street is Lit!

Water Street District Canopy Sign

Water Street District has arrived on the scene, and Sparkflight Studios worked closely with the City of Henderson to prepare a dramatic, LED-lit sign next to the City of Henderson Events Plaza.  This 4′-6″ tall sign is rendered in an Art Deco font in keeping with the area’s style from the Basic Townsite era.  It features channel letters facing each side of Water Street with pre-programmed seasonal options like St. Patricks Day, Winterfest, Industrial Days, and of course, “Go Knights!”

Rendering in red; Water Street District Canopy Sign

Friday, June 28, 2019

Summer Brain Boosts



Just when vacation mindset was kicking in this year, we got to exercise our brains instead.  June was full of learning opportunities with the AIA National Convention and Graphisoft Archicad's international conference both here in Vegas.  There were lectures, showrooms, technical trainings, and of course networking.

Our team especially enjoyed the Archicad Key Client Conference! We learned new software tips, met fellow users from across the globe, and saw previews of where the tool is heading.  The BIMx viewer and construction tool continues to get better, displaying our 2D drawings with the model to improve the construction team's understanding of design intent and aiding coordination.  It's all good--especially the interoperability with Rhino for modeling.  And don't forget the cool T-shirts.
We're fans!!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day 2019




Thank you to all those who have served and paid the ultimate price.  We remember them, and their families, this Memorial Day.

See our tribute on Water Street...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Earth Day 2019 - Project Drawdown


Often to mark Earth Day, we list some local events that contribute to the "greening" of our valley and list sustainable actions that we can all take.  Scroll down for that content...

This year the post is direr. Or, more hopeful depending on your disposition.  Small actions are wonderful, but not enough.  Mega steps are required if we want our next generations to be able to harvest food from the oceans, live in our coastal cities, and enjoy the diversity of fauna and flora that we do now.  There is no Planet B.


Today we see increasing extreme weather events and overwhelming scientific evidence of an anthropogenic-accelerated climate change.

As designers and occupants of this amazing planet, we must take responsibility for our role in the acceleration.  Other than designing for "resilience," what can be done to reverse global warming and related impacts?  Get informed.  Take action.

Here is the evidence that it is happening:
  • Global temperature rise
  • Warming oceans
  • Shrinking ice sheets
  • Glacial retreat
  • Decreased snow cover
  • Sea level rise
  • Declining Arctic sea ice
  • Extreme weather events
  • Ocean acidification
CO2 measurement from ice cores
source: Nasa.gov


Edited by Paul Hawken, and released in 2017, Drawdown and the related Project Drawdown is a beacon of hope. As stated by The Nation book review, "It will give you the best kind of hope, the kind that balances realism with radical vision."  Credible, global scientists and researchers identified and modeled the "100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change...[and] uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years."  That's not the 2030 goalpost that many had hoped for, but perhaps a more realistic 2050.

Blast from the past:  See sustainabilty initiatives and reports from 2009.

Local Events:


  • Virtual 5k or 10k (March - April)
  • REVIVE Earth Day Festival (April 21)
  • Project Green - Pittman Wash Trail Building (April 27)
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019

    #NVBigGive for Family Promise


    It's so exciting to know that this project is coming to the Las Vegas Community!  Our office has been thrilled to work with Family Promise to design their Family Navigation Center.  YOU can be a part of making Las Vegas even better by contributing to Family Promise's capital campaign.

    Today is the #NVBigGive.  What can you do to make a difference?

    The mission of Family Promise of Las Vegas is helping homeless families transition to permanent housing and independence. This 8,745 SF Family Navigation Center is an extension of these values by providing spaces of learning, healing, and comfort.

    Did you know that...

    According to the 2018 Southern Nevada Homeless Census and Survey Comprehensive Report*:
    • Statewide in Nevada there are 7,281 individuals who are homeless on any given night.
    • In 2018 in Southern Nevada 15,000 children experienced homelessness and unstable living conditions.
    • Lack of affordable housing is one of the primary risk factors for homelessness.
    • Las Vegas ranks #1 in greatest shortage of affordable housing among metro areas in the nation.
    • For a single parent family to afford a two bedroom apartment in Las Vegas they need to earn at least $18.50 per hour for rent alone.
    * Facts and statistics from the Family Promise of Las Vegas website.

    Learn more on our website.
    Learn more about the national organization of Family Promise.

    Friday, March 8, 2019

    Tactility, Color, & Pattern




    Materials board for an office tenant improvement.

    A materials board is not an unusual object to find in our studio. It allows our clients to visualize their space with tactile feedback. In this particular presentation, we are complimenting the existing wall colors of beige and blue (P-1 & P-2) with earth tones emphasizing yellows and grays. Because the vertical elements are mostly homogenous, we selected a carpet tile (CT-1) with a non-directional patterning that creates a “shore-like” effect. 

    A majority of these products are sustainably sourced. Sustainability has always been an ethos of Sparkflight and selecting finish materials are an essential component of sustainable practice. For example, forbo (LT-1) is a global leader in sustainable flooring systems. Overall, they have the largest phthalate-free portfolio in the industry. Similarly, Interface (CT-1) offers sustainable products; this particular carpet tile has a 100% recycled content nylon in its yarn system and has virtually no VOCs.

    Material boards are a powerful tool because of their ability to communicate tactility, color, and pattern from an array of responsibly sourced products. Revisit the blog to see more material boards in the future!

    Thursday, February 28, 2019

    SFS Supports Fight for Healthy Lungs and Clean Air!


    Finish Line!

    Step, breathe in; step, breathe out. Scaling 108 flights of stairs and over 1,400 steps requires rhythm and patience. This past February our office participated in the American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat fundraiser as part of the Ninjaneers team.

    Participants climbed the stairwell of the Stratosphere to support research, patient education, and advocacy efforts. As you begin your ascent, you become aware that every step matters, no matter how small. Each increment is a small triumph. The same is true for the Lung Association: every dollar, every climb, every breath is a blessing and a gift. Sometimes we can be so focused on reaching our goal at the top that we can forget the joy of the climb. We are thankful to be a part of this important cause and look forward to doing it again next year!

    Written by James Maurer.