Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice by MASS Design Group


Photo by © Alan Karchmer
Photo by © Alan Karchmer
Photo by © Alan Karchmer
The National Memorial to Peace and Justice is sited on six acres of land in Montgomery, Alabama and is the first national memorial to victims of lynching in the US. The structure suspends eight hundred Corten steel monuments to represent the counties in the United States where racial terror lynchings took place, each engraved with the names of its victims.

Please visit the Equal Justice Initiative to learn more about the project and EJI's efforts, as Bryan Stevenson says, "to confront the truth of our past."

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

RIP John Lewis

John Lewis, right side with folded arms
"Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble."
— Rep. John Lewis (1940-2020)

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Community Giving Campaign: NPHY & FPLV



Sparkflight’s Q2 community giving wrapped up with two local organizations that have been in operation for 20 years and more. These proven non-profits are part of our City’s economic recovery solution as we all find our way through recession and pandemic’s impact.

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) is providing Southern Nevada’s homeless youth with help, hope, and the support needed to rebuild their lives. Their latest effort is the Housing Expansion Campaign. It’s a response to the dire need by purchasing multifamily housing properties to shelter unaccompanied homeless youth, getting them off the streets and on a pathway to self-sufficiency and success. Donate today!

We also support Family Promise of Las Vegas whose mission is to help homeless families with children in Clark County achieve sustainable housing and independence through a compassionate community-based response. Family Promise supports family resiliency with education and applied resources. They operate programs such as:

  • Family Navigation Center
  • The Bridge Home
  • Community Partnership for Opening Doors

Check out how to get involved and contribute here!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Construction Updates at Wardelle Street Townhouses


Buildings are taking shape as framing nears completion at Wardelle Street Townhouses. Strategies for sun-shading and defensible space have become visible.
Progress in construction is underway on a bright cloudless morning at our Wardelle Street Townhouses project. The construction site is electric with sounds of nail guns, bulldozers, and dirt payloads. Sparkflight Studios is excited to report that major infrastructure is in place, and buildings have taken shape.

Wardelle Street Townhouses, located caddy-corner from the new East Las Vegas Library, consists of 12 buildings and 57 affordable apartment units for the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.  As building progresses, we regularly conduct field investigations and consult with the Contractor to ensure design intent is met.

More construction updates to come as site improvements continue and building skin is applied!

At Building 1 (image side left), exposed exterior framing receives insulation before sheathing is applied. Wardelle Street Townhouses adheres to strict residential energy efficiency requirements and will be Enterprise Green Communities certified.
Bricklayers place another course of concrete masonry units at the east side retaining walls of the Activity Center. The pattern is stretcher bond with alternating honed and split-face blocks.
Looking north at the future central access drive, framing is nearing completion at Buildings 3 and 4. Typical building services such as fire riser and roof access are shown here at the end of Building 4 (image side right).


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Be BRAVE: A Statement from The National Organization of Minority Architects


NOMA is asking our community to take an active role in eliminating the racial biases accounting for a myriad of social, economic, and health disparities, and most importantly, resulting in the loss of human lives—black lives. NOMA was founded in Detroit by 12 black architects in 1971. Born out of the Civil Rights Movement, NOMA was formed for the purpose of minimizing the effect of racism on the architecture profession.

“The air in our nation is thick with a profound sense of grief and despair. Our collective air is so very thick that it is literally hard to breathe,” said Kimberly Dowdell, NOMA national president, in the statement. “We struggle to grasp for air as we all navigate a global pandemic coupled with the deadly and pervasive virus called racism that has plagued America for over four centuries.”

Today, NOMA is calling on its members and the broader professional community to condemn racism in light of the recent tragedies, including the murder of George Floyd, and many other black men and women, who lost their lives due to the hatred sparked by racism.

“Our existing mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of our members,” Dowdell said. “While these issues remain important to us, we acknowledge those words feel hollow in times such as this. Unfortunately, these trying times of racial unrest occur too frequently. While the recalibration of our mission has been in the works for quite some time, our national board has voted to enact NOMA’s new mission statement, effective immediately.”

The new mission statement is as follows:

“NOMA’s mission, rooted in a rich legacy of activism, is to empower our local chapters and membership to foster justice and equity in communities of color through outreach, community advocacy, professional development, and design excellence.”


Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day 2020

Image by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
With fullness of gratitude, we honor in quiet remembrance the brave men and women who served. Wishing you a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Sparkflight Studios is DBE and SBE Recertified!


As part of Nevada’s Unified Certification Program (UCP), Sparkflight Studios is recertified as both a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). Yes, that’s quite a lot of acronyms! So what does it mean?

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program “is all about securing equal opportunity in business. Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the program helps businesses classified as small, woman-owned, or disadvantaged to compete in a fair environment right alongside larger corporations”. (NDOT DBE website)

Sparkflight Studios is grateful to be a recertified vendor with NDOT. We bring our extensive expertise in architectural design and construction to every project. Our abilities can contribute in other ways outside of a traditional architecture firm, such as unique signage or large-format graphics and public art-- including workshops, environmental furniture, presentation, and design diagram graphics. Our ‘WATER STREET DISTRICT’ signage project is one example that combines technology, art, and transportation. See here for more details.

Our registration is NV20942793NUCP and our commodity codes are:

NAICS 541310 / SIC 8712 Architectural Services
NAICS 541430 / SIC 7336 Graphic Design Services
NAICS 541490 / SIC 7389 Other specialized design services

Download our capability statement here.