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!





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