Thursday, September 1, 2016

RTC MTC Award Winner

RTC's new Mobility Training Center (MTC) is the award winner for for 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!





Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day 2016

Death Valley wildflowers
How will you celebrate Earth Day?

See this 1-minute video prepared by Green Building Research Institute (GBRI) with 10 ways to get out and do something...

https://www.powtoon.com/online-presentation/fAqzHylZPvb/earth-day/?mode=movie#/

In our own backyard, Project GREEN is hosting a clean up in the Pittman Wash at 9:00AM Saturday, April 23.  This is a hidden gem of a trail with lots of wildlife habitat...get the details here.

Or, sign a petition to re-activate the rooftop solar industry here in Nevada with Bring Back Solar.
http://bringbacksolar.org/

Friday, March 11, 2016

Transforming Furniture


Nendo's nest shelf allows users to expand unit to desired width.
Micro Living has made an impact in North America. Many are choosing to give up their large living space for a home that is less than 1,000 square feet.  The increasing appeal of Micro-Housing can be attributed to many wanting to minimize their mortgage, reduce carbon footprint, and enjoy portability, as seen on previous blog Rural Micro-Housing – Could you live in 572 SF?,  or the desire to be in a dense city fabric as discussed on Urban Micro-Housing: A Path to Sustainable Livability.

Although some are choosing to give up space, comfort and luxury do not have to be lost.  Some companies such as Nendo and Resource Furniture, are designing incredible, sustainable, transforming furniture.  We no longer have to give up comfort and luxury due to space limitations.

Resource Furniture’s unique multifunctional, transforming furniture line has a variety of Wall Beds, Transforming Tables, Seating and Other Essentials.  According to their website, the goal of the company is to, “make every square foot work harder.” 

Resource Furniture's Cabrio IN, is a desk/wall bed with the twin-size wall bed camouflaging seamlessly into the modular shelving system and closet.



Resource Furniture's Cleopatra, takes shelving vertically.  Metal shelves revolve around a base simulating casual order.


                                                          
Resource Furniture not only creates amazing products to assist us in living more sustainably, they too believe in reducing their carbon footprint.  They are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by making smaller, more efficient spaces desirable.  

Did you know that in 2013 U.S. emission increased 2% from the previous year.  Total emissions were 6,673 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. Learn more about greenhouse gas emissions at United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Are you intrigued... watch the video to see how easy the transformation process really is!
Written by Melina Clark

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Accessibility Consultation

Are you concerned that your property may not be in compliance with the current accessibility requirements?  Invest three to four hours with a professional architect that is familiar with Americans with Disabilities Act, HUD, Fair Housing and state/local accessibility requirements.  We use current standards to evaluate your existing property, project or design documents and provide recommendations to bring your property in compliance with applicable code.  For older properties fixes can include "readily achievable" barrier removal, while newer properties are required to fully comply.  Equip yourself with the knowledge to reduce your liability.


We can provide framework for new property acquisition as well as existing properties.  An accessibility report can also be provided with our real estate feasibility consultations.  For a typical accessibility consultation, we spend two to three hours at your property and perform a comprehensive evaluation of your existing condition.  A brief letter report is prepared back at our office and we are available for an additional phone meeting to discuss the presented information.  Evaluation may include fixed services such as toilet rooms, drinking fountains, flooring surface and thresholds, entrance and egress, and fixed transaction counters.

Report includes a summary of the existing conditions. We identify what is in compliance and what needs to be addressed along with design recommendations. A table evaluating plumbing fixture compliance, accessibility drawings, and photographs of existing conditions is included.  Samples are available.

More extensive investigation and reports are quoted on an individual basis. 

Learn more...

Thursday, January 14, 2016

RTC Mobility Training Center - Grand Opening


Entrance to the MTC



It's been worth the wait!  After over three years of planning, designing and building, the RTC's Mobility Training Center (MTC) held its grand opening last week.  Our office contributed to 9,800 square feet of murals for the project.  We're excited to see how this asset to the community helps southern Nevadans gain greater independence with mobility and life skills.   Per the RTC's website, "Mobility training is meant to aid people in developing the confidence necessary to travel independently" on fixed route transit systems rather than relying on paratransit options.
Jean Peyton opens Angela's House
Angela's House is a bonus in the MTC.  Developed by Blindconnect, the "house" is accessed through a facade designed to look like an apartment building, and contains the rooms typically found in a residence such as living, kitchen, laundry, bedrooms, and bathroom.  According to Blindconnect's website, "The vision of Angela’s House is to create and establish a Nevada person-centered training facility for the blind and visually impaired to prepare individuals and families to live independently with access to services, education, and recreation."