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Thought Leadership: Kenner Kingston Presenting at LF18

Arch|Nexus President, Kenner Kingston, is presenting at the 2018 International Living Future Institute Conference in Portland, Oregon. Kenner, along with others will share overviews and lessons learned from Living Building Challenge projects in the Thursday session BEYOND THE ABC’S OF LBC: CERTIFIED PROJECT CASE STUDIES. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how team structure, design process, climate and context have impacted projects of various types, scales and transects.

Friday, May 4th, Kenner presents SUCCESS IS ACTION-ORIENTED: FRAMEWORKS AND MINDSETS FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE OPERATIONS. It takes preparation for owners to embrace the LBC as an operational philosophy and inspire regular authentic actions. Friday’s session will demonstrate how the Challenge enhances the experience of all people who pursue it through the crucible that is DOING. Click here for more information on the LF18 conference and sessions.

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Thought Leadership: Earth Day Festival at Urban Agriculture Garden

Employees from Arch|Nexus SAC participated in an Earth Day festival at Sutter Middle School. Using the school garden designed by Arch|Nexus, the  garden club harvested vegetables, cooked up a meal and served it at the event.

Arch|Nexus and Sacramento City Unified School District worked together to create the Urban Agriculture Garden at Sutter Middle School. The project helps the Arch|Nexus SAC office in their effort to become the first certified Living Building in the state of California. Since the project area at Arch|Nexus SAC could not support all of the urban agriculture garden space required to fulfil the Urban Agriculture Imperative of the Living Building Challenge, the project has utilized an option known as Scale Jumping, which allows cooperation between projects and neighboring properties, to create solutions otherwise not possible.

The Urban Agriculture Garden at Sutter Middle School uses the same sustainable methods used to create Arch|Nexus SAC and includes solutions that support California’s water conservation goals.  The garden has been designed to use collected rain water as its source for water. Rainwater is collected on the roof of the main school building, then directed to building roof drains and gravity fed directly into two above grade cisterns. Rainwater is stored and distributed as needed for garden irrigation. Additionally, all of the materials used to create this garden have been thoroughly vetted to be Red List compliant, meaning they are free of harmful chemicals.

 

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Publicity: Huntsman Cancer Institue LEGO Model

Get an inside look at the creation of a world-renowned cancer treatment center… in LEGO form. Taking more than 250 hours and 47,000 LEGO bricks to complete, Arch|Nexus Visualization Artist, Josh Allred gives you a deeper understanding of architectural modeling.

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Thought Leadership: Nexus Presents at Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Professionals from Arch Nexus presented at the Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit held this week in Ogden, Utah. David W Griffin II, Patty Karapinar and Holli Adams presented Living Building Challenge: Making Ideals a Reality.

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a performance-based rating system which sets a high bar for buildings of the future. Among other things, the LBC requires net-zero water, rigorous materials selection, and Net Positive Energy for certification. Griffin, Karapinar and Adams detailed how Arch Nexus, turned these ideals into practice when designing the Arch|Nexus SAC office. They discussed the many challenges faced throughout the design process, the transition to occupancy, and tracking efforts to ensure certification compliance.

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News: Patty Karapinar Becomes Arch Nexus’ first WELL Accredited Professional

Architectural Nexus Principal, Patty Karapinar, has recently become the company’s first WELL Accredited Professional. The WELL Building Standard combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. It is the culmination of seven years of research, in partnership with leading scientists, doctors, architects and wellness thought leaders.

Regarding WELL, Karapinar says: Reviewing our SAC office for possible WELL certification, our project team has been happy to see how most of the WELL features are already incorporated into it, and we’ve been experiencing the benefits of those features, along with supporting company-wide employee policies and operations, from a purely occupant perspective. I see many of the same positive features in our SLC office. When I visit other office environments, it really highlights how important those health and wellness features are for a comfortable, healthy and uplifting working environment. We have the opportunity in our practice, both in new construction and renovation projects, to make a big qualitative difference in the environment where most people spend the bulk of their day. According to the WELL Building Standard, we can even have a positive effect on life expectancy by incorporating health and wellness features into our designs and encouraging owners to do the same with their operations. That’s really exciting.

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Publicity: Architectural Nexus named Outstanding Architect of the Year

Today, the Associated General Contractors of Utah named Architectural Nexus the 2018 Outstanding Architect of the Year. Additionally, the Primary Children’s & Families Research Center at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, designed by Arch Nexus, was awarded Project of the Year.

Kenner Kingston accepted the awards on behalf of the firm and said that he felt “very excited and full of gratitude for all those who contribute to doing great things and thinking about architecture and construction as an outcome of bigger thinking, such as changing the world by curing cancer.”

Jeff Gardner, Arch Nexus Principal Architect and Project Manager for the latest phase of the Huntsman Cancer says, “It’s an honor to be a part of this team that has accomplished something so outstanding, not just the building itself, but the vision of Jon Huntsman Sr. and the his foundation’s mission of eradicating cancer. Part of being a great architectural firm includes working with great owners, contractors and donors. We are grateful to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for allowing us to work towards this vision and Jacobsen Construction for nominating us for this award.”

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News: Nexus Volunteers at Boys and Girls Club

This past holiday season, volunteers from the Arch|Nexus Sac office participated in a worthwhile project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento. Each year the Club holds the event We Care, serving some of the most underprivileged children in the area. Architect Debbi Stevens has volunteered with the program for eight years. This year, Stevens and others from Nexus, coordinated a table in which 100 children were able to craft a beautiful holiday creation that they could gift to a loved one. The Club serves over 4,000 youth each year and because of support from volunteers like Debbi, every child at the club received a special gift for Christmas in 2017.

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Publicity: Architectural Illustrators at Arch Nexus

Three employees of Arch Nexus are being recognized for their artistic talents. Robb Harrop, Charles Bagley and Keyan Hansen all received awards from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators for their illustrative works. Their art will be featured in an annual book of the best architectural illustrations of 2017 and will be included in a touring exhibit for the next year. Pre-orders for the books are available now at the ASAI website.

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Publicity: Sustainable Venues for the Performing Arts

Facility Manager Magazine’s latest issue highlights sustainable design in the arts. Written by Arch Nexus Principal, Jeff Davis; Breathe Life into Sustainable Design, takes readers on a journey of understanding what the Living Building Challenge is, how it works, and it’s relation to venues of the performing arts.

From the article: You may feel like something as ambitious as a regenerative building that creates its own ecosystem is just beyond your reach… you can start today through existing building energy assessments and occupant engagement, or through choosing to take part in a petal certification such as Net Zero Energy. These are feasible goals and will save dollars from your operating budgets.

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Publicity: Huntsman Cancer Institute in UC&D Magazine

Along the east bench of Salt Lake City, stands a world class research and treatment center; The Huntsman Cancer Institute. All four phases of the nearly 900,000 square foot campus were designed by Architectural Nexus. A recent article in Utah Construction and Design Magazine provides a fascinating history and details of the expansive project.

In 1993 Jon Huntsman Sr. and his wife visited major cancer centers across the world with the intent of adopting the best qualities of each. Designers worked in step with research scientists to ensure open and flexible laboratory spaces that are able to quickly adapt to future research initiatives. “If you look at this new phase, it’s all about open space that brings researchers together, it gives them a place to collaborate” said  Brad Busath, a Principal at Arch Nexus who specializes in laboratory design. “It’s an architectural masterpiece that really speaks to our values” said Mary Beckerle, CEO of HCI since 2006.

Huntsman offered high praise for the design and construction teams he’s worked with on each of the four phases, and said the local talent in Utah’s A/E/C industry is second to none. “Utah is a very unusual state… We have some of the finest architects, builders and contractors of anywhere in the world. It’s been a great blessing and a privilege for our family to have these associations.”

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