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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Work Samples

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It Becomes Her, Steel (2016)
7"h x 22"w x 8.5"d
My intention for this piece is to evoke a female nature including generative, biological and botanical motifs such as seashells, ribs, branches, kelp, and curves.  Skin and structure create a layering and interplay between transparency and opacity...mystery and discovery…softness over strength.  Different aspects of the form are revealed when it is rotated into three different positions of equilibrium. Skin has primacy over the means of connection to the structure.

Gaze, Wood (2016)
59"h x 24"w x 30"d
Contained within an abstracted camera tripod, this piece toys with viewers' expectations of an objectifying gaze.  Seats are placed at each side of the "camera," and when participants interact with the sculpture they discover that they are also viewed.  Eyes meet for a brief, and potentially dangerous, intimate moment.

Periscope, Steel, Hotel Zephyr, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA (2016)
30'h x 2.5'w x 5'd
A user-operated video camera mounted near the steel sculpture gives hotel guests 180-degree views of the waterfront and landmarks like Alcatraz. Developed in coordination with Blue Tree Enterprises, Wright Engineers and Blaque Metal Works.  Our studio provided design and fabrication coordination for the 30-foot periscope.

RTC Mobility Training Center, Las Vegas, NV (2016)
Art and design for over 9,000 SF of 25-feet high interior murals within the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s (RTC) Mobility Training Center.  Art direction and design for photographed and reconfigured building murals.  Original art for desert and "Strip" landscape murals.  The murals recreate a city street effect by simulating views a transit rider would experience across the Las Vegas valley, emphasizing the cardinal directions of the urban grid and the surrounding desert landscapes.

Winchester Cultural Center - Dance Studio Room Addition, Las Vegas, NV (2012)
Design for 1,400 SF dance studio/classroom addition and surrounding landscape at existing facility.  Process included case study research, design charrettes with the performing arts instructors, and outreach with the center’s Friends of Winchester group.  Outcomes included window saddle bags with custom storage and custom millwork with a tree-form relating to the Center’s history of volunteer-led gardening and the metaphor of the young dancers’ reaching ever higher in their art.

Government Center Photovoltaic System Parking Shade Structure, Las Vegas, NV (2011)
Design, documentation, and construction administration for 4,000 SF of unique steel structure for 30kW photovoltaic covered parking funded by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  Developed in coordination with Wright Engineers.

Marble Manor Enhancement Project, Las Vegas, NV (2009)
Improvements to existing playground and community center to facilitate use by residents, “Success by Six,” and Leisure Services programs. Multi-agency public housing partnership project prepared in conjunction with Las Vegas Arts Commission mural project.  Artist brokered community partnerships to install garden and hold planting workshop, and participated in mural workshop led by muralists.

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...

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.

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...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

LV Artist Registry

 Chance 1, steel. 15”h x 14”w x 14”d. Las Vegas, NV 7/2016

Canal Study 2, steel. 23”h x 28"w x 18"d. Las Vegas, NV 6/2016

It Becomes Her; steel, thread, and nylon mesh. 7"h x 22"w x 8.5"d. Las Vegas, NV. 4/2016.

    Canal Experience. 24’h x 26’w x 12’d. Un-built. 7/2016

 Periscope, steel and A/V equipment. 30’h x 2.5’w x 5’d. Hotel Zephyr at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA, 2016

  Shade Structure, steel. 16’h x 96’w x 42’d (4,000 sq ft). Clark County Government Center, Las Vegas, NV.  6/2010 - 11/2011.

  RTC Streetscape Mural, printed wallpaper. Varies: 14’ to 26’h x 158’w (4,900 sq ft). Mobility Training Center, Las Vegas, NV. 4/2015 - 2/2016

RTC Interior Murals, printed wallpaper. 25’h x 232’w (4,900 sq ft). Mobility Training Center, Las Vegas, NV. 4/2015 - 2/2016
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