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!