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!

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!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Client Testimonials

Client-centered sustainable solutions.
With a tagline like that, you know we take client feedback seriously!

Here are a few testimonials from clients about the quality of our work and our commitment to their success:

"Anne’s professional knowledge and technical expertise met our expectations.  Her leadership promoted a thorough and innovative approach to researching and providing appropriate design solutions during all phases of this project.  Anne’s Construction Administration delivery skills were exceptional and instrumental in the overall success of this project.  Anne’s team building skills and focus allowed her team to deliver timely submittals and render decisions to resolve technical challenges, which led to the overall success of the project." 
– Peter U. 

"I'm starting a new company and Anne is helping me in all areas from design to city permits and approval.  She is very professional and responsive which is what I need for this business."

– Angie's List

 "Anne Johnson, Architect played an integral role in the success of project delivery of 2 major solar - renewable projects that were funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and US Department of Energy.  The successful delivery included monetary rebates, contribution to public awareness and overall happy clients." 
C. Ceballos 

"My husband and I had a couple of issues with the County and we needed to have a site plan drawn up.  ...we searched through Angie's List.  We came across Anne Johnson and noticed she had received an A rating.  We gave her a call.  She was able to come out with another member of her crew and create a site plan for our house.  Little did we know that Anne normally deals with buildings and larger sites.  We give a HUGE thanks of appreciation to Anne Johnson and her team.  She really came through for us with a professionally done site plan."
– Angie's List

"Anne came to the house and listened to our request for a covered patio/balcony, grill with sink, and extended room.  She took the information...and got back in touch promptly.  Anne was fantastic.  She was prompt and very informative."
– Angie's List

 "I was looking for someone with skills to help me create a work setting that was both comfortable and environmentally friendly. Others seemed to be able to focus on only one or the other. It was clear from the beginning that you could help me accomplish both."

"We really appreciate your diligence with this process...The structure looks great! Thank you."

Fay and David Bradford

"Your [feasibility consultation] report surpassed my expectations."
James G.

"Quality, timeliness, consistency, and dependability are key factors for me in evaluating process and service, and your work with this project gets high marks on each of these. You worked hard to be sure I had no surprises and provided all documentation in a timely manner."

“I'm getting so much enjoyment out of my new office/study…thanks for all of your help designing such a great work environment.
– P. Jones

"Anne always asked our preferences and came up with ideas that matched...We feel lucky to have connected with Anne!"

Saturday, May 26, 2018

They Made Your Luck: Thank You to Our Heroes

In honor of Memorial Day weekend, we extend our gratitude to all the heroes who gave their lives to win our freedom.

The "Find Your Luck" window has been repurposed as a memorial thank you.  As we see it these heroes made the luck, the good, that we enjoy today.  The lucky 4-leaf clover has made a new appearance.  Can you find it?

They Made Your Luck

Heroes: 7 O'Clock Shadows

Friday, March 16, 2018

Trash to Treasure the Sparkflight Way

A new storefront display is now appearing on south Water Street. This temporary art installation is themed for St Patrick’s Day and Spring, and is constructed from salvaged materials. Discarded materials such as cardboard and newspaper were transformed by the Sparkflight team into organic letterforms and cheerful shamrocks.  A living grass lawn enlivens the front planter area.

The “Find Your Luck” text refers to popular notions of the leprechaun-guarded pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or the elusive 4-leaf clover, and also to the idea of making our own luck. Our studio’s intention is that this window will launch an initiative, in collaboration with the Henderson Redevelopment Agency, to re-energize empty storefronts on Water Street with revolving artist-generated displays.  If our luck holds, it will be a short-lived program due to new leases.

Can you spot the hidden 4-leaf clover in the window?

We've already spotted people enjoying this window for photo opps.  Come down to the Water Street District, grab a bite, and update your Instagram.