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News: AIA Central Valley Award for Arch|Nexus SAC

Impressing judges with its approach to net-positive environmental effects, Arch|Nexus SAC was noted to have been “the most experimental and the most well-documented project.” It has already received LEED V4 Platinum Certification and aims to be the first fully certified Living Building in California, earning Arch|Nexus SAC the Sustainable Recognition award from the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter.

From AIACV: “The People who work in the Arch|Nexus SAC building are the key organism to the building’s ecosystem, from monitoring their own personal energy usage to operating the natural ventilation system and learning how to interact with the systems. Engagement is necessary to the building functioning well — such as having employees commute by bicycle, or take showers at work, which in turn, activates the grey water system that feeds the living wall. The building itself encourages and requires healthy lifestyles from its workers.”

The 75th Anniversary Gala and Design Awards Presentation will take place Saturday, September 23, at the Lincoln Plaza West Atrium from 6 P.M to 10 P.M. For more information on the awards and calendar of events, click here.

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News: Food Sculpture Designs for Donation

Arch Nexus associate, Travis Maughan, recently helped coordinate a food design event hosted at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Healthcare organizations from around the valley built six different sculptures out of bagged, canned and boxed food – that will be donated to the Utah Food Bank.

Travis offered architectural expertise in the designs by meeting with individual teams beforehand and helping their ideas become a reality. “I didn’t want to come up with the designs for them, my role was to help them improve their designs and keep them standing.” says Maughan. For example, one group needed help calculating how many cans they would need. Another group found that they were working with an uneven floor “cans were rolling apart and I taught them about shimming it” added Maughan. Of all the finished sculptures, Maughan says the Avocado was his favorite. “That had the highest level of difficulty.”

The food design project is something Arch Nexus is proud to participate in. According Leslie Chan, a dietitian at the Salt Lake County Health Department, a total of 13,900 pounds, or approximately 11,643 meals, were donated to the Utah Food Bank through this event. Click here to read more on this from the Salt Lake Tribune.

 

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News: USGBC Leadership Briefing

Arch Nexus is proud to support and host the USGBC leadership briefing and green homes tour kickoff event to be held this Friday August 18th at the Arch | Nexus SLC office. The event will be an opportunity to network with area industry leaders, tour the LEED Double Platinum design studio, and get a preview of the Green Homes Tours to be held on August 19th. These events are part of the “Good to be Green” events in August presented by USGBC Utah.

For more details and to register for this event please click here.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch|Nexus SAC Featured by SMUD

The spotlight is on Arch|Nexus SAC in the latest newsletter from nonprofit electric company SMUD. Describing the Arch|Nexus SAC location as “one of the most aggressively sustainable buildings in the world,” SMUD encourages other designs to follow suit in undertaking the Living Building Challenge.

To read the full article please click here.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Luna Cycles featured in CODA WORX

One of the more visible features of our Sacramento office building, Arch | Nexus SAC is the public art installation which doubles as a bike rack and triples as a public seating area. CODA WORX magazine (Collaboration of Design + Art) has recently published an article featuring this installation known as Luna Cycles. CODA’s mission is to raise awareness about environmental and social issues as well as develop community engagement and pride through the inclusion of public art.

The article highlights the unique challenges and opportunities of creating a public art piece for a Living Building. In the article, artist Jay Stargaard says “Living buildings are regenerative spaces that are designed to be self-sufficient, giving more than they take in water and energy resources. The bike rack sculpture communicates the unique values of the renovated building while encouraging community connection.”
To see the full article at CODA WORX click here.

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News: Arch Nexus AIP Winners

We are pleased to announce that Arch Nexus’ Charles Bagley and Robb Harrop have been honored with awards for their illustrations as part of the Architecture in Perspective (AIP) competition. AIP is a juried competition hosted by ASAI (American Society of Architectural Illustrators) that compiles the finest in contemporary architectural illustration, produced by accomplished artists from around the world. While individuals from Arch Nexus’ Visualization department have been honored with this award in the past, these achievements mark the first time that traditional works from our designers have been selected.

See their award-winning work below:

AIP, Architecture in Perspective, Charles Bagley,

Charles Bagley

 

AIP, Architecture in Perspective, Robb Harrop,

Robb Harrop

AIP, Architecture in Perspective, Robb Harrop,

Robb Harrop

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch|Nexus SAC Featured in Architectural Products

Arch|Nexus SAC was recently featured in Architectural Products magazine. The article focuses on the building’s sustainability features, including details about the plumbing engineering. The article can be read for free for the current month on Architectural Product’s website, pages 29-31.

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News: Huntsman Cancer Institute Expansion Opens

The Huntsman Cancer Institute cut the ribbon on the 225,000 square foot expansion today, opening the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, which Jon Huntsman Jr. described as “pure hope.” This expansion will allow additional cancer research, primarily for pediatric cancers. “Thanks to this magnificent new facility, we will double the size of our cancer research program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. We will establish a world-class technology center to provide our researchers with the most innovative tools available in the fight against cancer.” Said HCI executive director Mary Beckerle at the dedication ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by many, including several of Arch Nexus’ architects who were responsible for the design, programming and construction management of the HCI expansion.

Arch Nexus has had the privilege of working with Huntsman Cancer Institute through each of the four phases of their inspirational facility over the past 15 years. One architect, Jeffrey Gardner, commented that “A facility of this magnitude takes intricate attention from each and every team member from design all the way through construction. We are honored to have had the opportunity to participate with so many amazing people that made up the multi-disciplinary team that has made this come to fruition. It’s not just about constructing a beautiful building… but constructing one that serves such an important and inspirational purpose that has made this such a special experience.”

For more on the HCI Expansion, please see:

http://www.sltrib.com/home/5422812-155/huntsman-cancer-institute-expansion-opens-at 
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News: Arch Nexus Presenters at 2017 Living Future unConference

Arch Nexus’ Kenner Kingston, Patti Karapinar, and Jeff Davis recently presented at the 2017 Living Future unConference. Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. This year’s three-day conference focused on the diverse layers of Genius and Courage.

Kenner, Patti and Jeff’s presentations included:

The (in)Convenience of Genius & Courage / This pragmatic and inspirational session provides candid insight about what it takes (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially) to create a Living Building.

Getting to Net Positive Water Summit: Strategies for Policy for Cascadia and Beyond / A deeper look into resilient integrated water solutions, and an opportunity to come together to build on the work already completed and strategize ways to accelerate the adoption of Net Positive Water systems.

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News: Jeff Davis Article Published in Library Journal

Library Journal recently published Jeff Davis’ article on Net Zero Library Design. The article discusses sustainable design in libraries, including Arch Nexus’ experience with LEED and the Living Building Challenge.

To read the article, please visit:

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/05/buildings/lbd/net-positive-library-design-2017/

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