Thursday, April 20, 2017

Earth Day 2017

EV Charging Stations at Clark County Government Center

Just before Earth Day this year it was gratifying to see all six charging stations at the Clark County Government Center Photovoltaic Shade Structure project in use.  Smart coupes, a Leaf, and a BMW were all benefitting from the solar array.

It got me thinking about what could be done in our corner of the world to celebrate earth day.  Is it driving more efficient or electric vehicles to reduce carbon fuel reliance? Pitching in at a local clean-up event to improve habitat conditions?  Or auditing your waste reduction plan?

In honor of Google announcing that they'll reach 100% reliance on renewable energy this year, here's their Google Doodle.

2017 Google Earth Day Doodle

Sunday, March 26, 2017

On Top of Industry Trends











Our entire team spent an exciting two days connecting with hundreds of cutting edge users of Building Information Management (BIM) software.  We've chosen Graphisoft's ArchiCAD since the firm's inception because it allows us to generate 3D imagery and capture project data while we design.

BIMx: 2D section links to 3D model
Highlights of the conference include new ways to connect the office with mobile information that benefits our client and contractor relationships.  Answering a construction question in the field by looking at a model together ensures better communication.  Walking a client through a conceptual model is a powerful way to involve them in the vision for a project.  Exciting new virtual reality (VR) options use gaming technology to allow clients to fully experience and architectural space in the near future.

Here's how to access BIMx VR using Google Cardboard:







Thursday, December 15, 2016

Charter School to Open Fall 2017


Futuro Academy, a public charter school, will be opening Fall 2017 in Ward 3 at Lamb Boulevard and Washington Avenue. We're pleased to complete the design for this new campus that is transforming a vacant grocery store into a center for learning.  Phase 1 is 28,870 square feet of developed space and includes six classrooms, administrative offices, and a multipurpose room.  Executive Director Ignacio Prado has recently appeared on the news and in the Review Journal after Futuro Academy was picked by the Nevada Department of Education to participate in Nevada's Achievement School District.  The R-J article quoted Prado considering the effort ahead of him, “One thing we know is now our clock is ticking, and we have a ton of work to do...Our goal is to target populations that are often marginalized and might have barriers to entry,” he said.  Project partners include the Charter School Development Corporation and Opportunity 180.
Photo credit: Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto


Thursday, November 10, 2016

In Appreciation - Thank You Veterans


A word of thanks to all our veterans, and wishes for a Veterans Day celebrated with family and friends.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

RTC MTC Award Winner

Interior Murals and Streetscape
RTC's new Mobility Training Center (MTC) is the award winner for 2016 Best Project in Government/Public Building Category.  We created the murals and streetscape interiors for this groundbreaking training center.  Gensler Nevada is the prime architect.

See the article here: ENR Southwest

Learn more about this project here.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Scottsdale Public Art


This proposal is to create a sheltered gathering space by the water that offers a place for reflection on the interconnectedness of community. The form of the sculpture’s structure and skin are inspired by several associations from my desert experiences. The framework is literally tied to the water with a view, and metaphorically as people become the flow: a human network. Reflection is enhanced by written messages hanging within the shelter that are “good wishes” to be exchanged. Two rounded forms bypass each other creating an axial flow. The overlap creates a gathering space with dappled shadows by day, and uplit, sheltering walls by night. Simple seating is provided beside the forms.   Selected materials contain recycled content, are able to be repurposed and recycled, or biodegrade.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Artistic Vision by Fisherman's Wharf

Last fall, I had a tourist's experience of one our projects.  Walking down Beach Street next to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, we spotted a bright red periscope peeking up over the tops of the local tchotchke shops.  Just around the corner, we were able to pop into the trendy Hotel Zephyr and their games courtyard.   A user-operated video camera mounted inside this periscope gives hotel guests 180 degree views of the waterfront and landmarks like Alcatraz.

This fun and interactive art build project was designed with Blue Tree Enterprises, Wright Engineers, and Blaque Metal Works.  We're looking forward to teaming on more of these public art projects!