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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: The Arch | Nexus SAC Reveal Label

We are very pleased to announce that Arch | Nexus SAC has become the first building in the California Central Valley to obtain a Reveal Label from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Reveal is a credible independent source for highlighting buildings with outstanding energy performance. The label is based off of 12 months of verified energy consumption data, and communicates a building’s energy performance in an elegant, easy-to-understand graphic. Reveal illustrates three important metrics for measuring energy performance: energy use intensity (EUI), zero energy performance index (zEPI), and energy use reduction from baseline.

The impressive results as indicated in the Arch | Nexus SAC Reveal Label are the result of a variety of design measures such as abundant daylighting, highly efficient workstations, and strategically placed operable windows that bring in fresh air. These measures, along with many others, result in a building that uses 57% less energy than an average office building. All of the energy (and then some!) that is used is offset by the on-site solar array making Arch | Nexus SAC a net-positive energy building.

To learn more about the Reveal Label please visit living-future.org/reveal/

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: ENR Selects Arch | Nexus SAC as National Green Project of the Year!

After months of scrutiny, Engineering News-Record has announced that Arch | Nexus SAC is the winner of the Best of the Best Green Project Competition! We are honored to have been awarded this, our firm’s first ever national award.

The competition began last March with a call for entries to the AEC industry, which resulted in approximately 700 industry project teams submitting their work to the regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the 10 regions, the editors assembled panels of judges to select the regional winners in 20 categories. In October of last year Arch | Nexus SAC was selected as the Northern California Region’s Green Project of the Year.

Once the regional winners were chosen, the top winners in each category from each region moved up to the national competition. A brand new set of judges from across the country and from all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality. The projects and judges will be featured in more depth in the March 5, 2018 issue of ENR.

To learn more about the ENR Best of the Best Competition Click here.

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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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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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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch | Nexus Wins ENR California Best Green Project!

Our Sacramento Office building, Arch | Nexus SAC has been honored by ENR California as the best Green Project for 2017! Features considered by the awards committee include net positive energy, water re-use, building re-use, healthy materials and revitalization of the neighborhood. To read more about the project and this regional award, head over to ENR.com.

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News: Arch | Nexus SAC Wins BERC Award

Arch|Nexus SAC made it on the map of Sacramento Area Sustainable Business by winning a BERC Award. The Business Environmental Resource Center recognized Arch|Nexus SAC with the Green Building Award of 2017. The BERC program helps businesses to develop a positive relationship with its staff, who provide regulatory, pollution prevention and resource conservation expertise. The Business Environmental Resource Center also encourages the public to choose Certified Sustainable businesses. Learn more about the program here.

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News: PARK(ing) Day 2017 Recap

On Friday, September 15th, PARK(ing) Day 2017 took place on Broadway Street in Salt Lake City. The annual event is meant to bring sustainable changes to urban planning and promote alternative modes of transportation. Arch Nexus participated with the creation of an interactive installation.

Onlookers were approached by Nexus employees to discuss their transportation habits. Yellow traffic markers were displayed to represent vehicles on the road. Participants were encouraged to select a yellow traffic marker and write down a pledge of how they will use alternative transportation.

The event proved to be an excellent networking opportunity, volunteers enjoyed visiting with local artists and design professionals. Arch Nexus would like to thank sponsors Biograss, Progressive Plants and the Tuft Family.

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News: Nexus designs new STEM campus

Students at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, CA are enjoying a new state of the art STEM campus. The school, known for being a leading science program, now has 22,000 square feet of space centered on STEM education, including a 5,000-square-foot flexible learning center.

The Arch Nexus design is an expansion and retrofit of Bella Vista High’s existing science building, which joins two concrete shop buildings together to create 11 new state-of-the-art “Smart Classrooms.”

The installation of a steel framed Makerspace unifies the once divided area, provides protection from future seismic damage, and compliments the efforts of STEM based education. Students and teachers alike are inspired by the new space. You can see the impression it has had on teachers and students in this short video. For more information on the Bella Vista STEM Building, click here.

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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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