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News: Boys and Girls Placerville Clubhouse Opens

Arch Nexus was pleased to attend the Boys and Girls Club Placerville clubhouse opening, which was a success in both attendance and reaction to the wide variety of activities available and rooms throughout the building. According to an article recently published by local paper Mountain Democrat, “The building itself seems to have been designed to inspire the kids with its soaring ceilings, expansive windows and colorful décor, including its green beams… the message it sends is: Come on in, have fun, learn and make friends- because you are valued.”

The new clubhouse replaces an old facility which was outgrown and in need of repairs, and was funded by incredible donations of time, materials, work and money.  It will be used by children and cherished by the community for years to come.

Those interested in volunteer opportunities can visit the official Boys and Girls Club webpage.

For a slideshow of moments from the opening, please click here. 

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News: Kenner Kingston to be a Panelist at Energy Connect 2016

Hunt Electric will be hosting their third annual Energy Connect event on November 17th from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Salt Lake City. The event will include educational sessions and opportunities to connect with industry professionals who are interested in becoming more energy efficient. Arch Nexus President Kenner Kingston will be part of a panel discussion on the subject of energy efficiency in the design and construction industry.

For more information and to register for the event please click here: http://www.huntelectric.com/hunt-electric-energy-connect-2016

 

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News: Layton Family Search Center Opens to Public

Arch Nexus is excited about the recent public opening of the Layton Family Search Center, a place where families of all ages and religions are welcome to discover new things about themselves and their family history as well as document their own stories for future generations. Owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the 14,000 square foot Family Search Center is filled with interactive monitors and innovative technology to make family history studies a user-friendly, fun, and educational experience.

ABC4 Utah recently reported on the opening, demonstrating some of the activities and features of the facility. To see that story, please click here.

To learn more about how to research your own family history please visit their webpage.

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News: ABC4 News Reports on the Homeless Crisis

Arch Nexus is proud to be involved in Salt Lake City’s plan to divert the homeless population from the streets to several new shelters which will feature a safer and more effective environment for the homeless to receive emergency housing, case management, and other needed services.

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On, October 27th, ABC4Utah reported that the current situation for Utah’s homeless is grim, with widespread substance abuse and even violence occurring in shelters. While there is concern that the new shelters are going to repeat other, less successful programs, Salt Lake City is being vigilant in efforts to understand and create programs and resource centers where the homeless are given the best chance to get back on their feet.

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To watch the ABC4Utah report, please click here.

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News: Arch Nexus Hosts Design Competition for New Bat Barn

In partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources, Arch Nexus is enthusiastically participating in the design and creation of a bat barn on the Great Salt Lake’s Shorelands Preserve area. There are several groups of participants within the firm, each of which will submit their own unique design for selection by a jury-style panel. 

This bat barn will be designed to house thousands of bats, serving as a home for bats currently living in abandoned buildings as well as migratory bats. The design will also include room for and access to monitoring equipment, where several different species of bats will be studied.

While bats may have a less than desirable reputation, they are actually crucial to environmental balance and agriculture, eating hundreds of insects which would otherwise be harmful to our crops. “We’re really excited to have people who know what they’re doing design this bat barn, make it really innovative, make it hospitable for the bats and have a really successful bat barn with lots of different species using it,” Andrea Nelson of Utah Nature Conservancy said. “These bats, especially in the Great Salt Lake’s Shorelands Preserve area, are helping farmers,” Nelson said. “They eat a lot of agricultural pests, and they also eat other pests that bother humans, mosquitoes, those sorts of things.”

The design is expected to be complete by November, with construction completion occurring in March. For recent interviews and news on the topic, please visit:

KUER

Good4Utah

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Fox 13

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News: Clark Planetarium Grand Re-Opening

After about a year of working on renovations and exhibit updates Arch Nexus was pleased to see the Clark Planetarium Grand Re-Opening this weekend. All three floors of the planetarium are being used for “interactive, inquiry-based learning experiences,” as stated by planetarium officials. Several new exhibits made their debut, while updated finishes and a fresh approach to interactive portions of the Planetarium were well received by the public. Additional new exhibits are expected to open throughout the rest of the year.

The Clark Planetarium harbors an experience where visitors can be educated and inspired about space and science with a series of educational exhibits, the Orbital ATK IMAX Theatre, and the Hansen Dome Theatre.

To learn more about the Re-Opening please check out the ABC4 news story here.

For more information about shows and exhibits at the planetarium please visit the Clark Planetarium official website.

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News: ULI Young Leaders Group Tour of Arch | Nexus SAC

Arch Nexus will be hosting a hard hat tour for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Group of the Arch | Nexus SAC Building, the aspiring Living Building Challenge office which is now under construction on Historic R Street in Sacramento. The tour, led by architect Jeff Davis, will cover how the regenerative urban infill project challenges the boundaries of sustainability and connects into culture of the creative R Street.

As stated by their website, “ULI Sacramento’s Young Leaders Group provides opportunities for young professionals to develop skills and build relationships that will help advance their careers and foster an understanding of thoughtful development practices throughout the Capital Region. Young Leaders Group activities are organized by and for ULI members age 35 and under to provide programming, networking, and leadership opportunities.”

Please visit ULI’s event page for more details on making tour reservations.

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News: Kenner Kingston Presents at Getting to Zero

On October 13th Arch Nexus President Kenner Kingston presented at the Getting to Zero National Forum. Hundreds of leading policymakers from throughout the United States gather with design professionals, program managers, building owners, and others to share and discuss Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. ZNE buildings are designed to consume only as much energy as is produced onsite, making them significant for environmental health and creating a dramatic reduction in a building’s operating costs.

Kenner’s presentation included a unique focus on the role that building occupants play in building’s energy performance. This very important factor is almost universally overlooked by project stakeholders who are seeking to design, build, and operate ZNE buildings. As Kenner noted in his presentation “The more efficient building systems are, the more impact building occupants have on energy performance.”

To learn more about how occupants can improve building’s energy performance please visit http://sustain3.com/

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News: Weber State University Stadium House Grand Opening

The Weber State University Stadium House for Student Athlete Success recently had its grand opening and ribbon cutting. Charles A Wight, President of WSU, Jerry Bovee, Athletic Director, and two student athletes spoke during the ceremony. Architect Chad Turner stated that “It was gratifying to hear the student athletes talk about the difference this building has made and will make in helping them better achieve their academic goals.”

This well designed building has been used for the last few months by WSU athletes to support them and give them a place to study and work to be successful in the classroom as well as on the court, track and field.

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News: Sacramento: Volunteer Day at Cat Sanctuary

Arch Nexus’ Sacramento office personnel volunteered at the Fat Kitty City cat sanctuary, the largest cat sanctuary in Northern California, this month to build a shelter structure. Fat Kitty City takes in cats from kill shelters, cats with special needs, feral cats, and cats in many other situations to socialize and protect them in their one-of-a-kind sanctuary.

The structure sits above an acclimation area to where the cats are moved after they receive any needed veterinarian care. Here they become acclimated to the environment and other cats in the sanctuary before being released into the larger sanctuary. The shelter structure was designed by Fat Kitty City’s owner and contractor, who was unable to build it due to an accident. The sanctuary had a difficult time finding reliable volunteers to finish the shelters, and Arch Nexus was grateful for the opportunity to step in and provide some muscle and structural understanding, as well as the opportunity to play with some of the cats during downtime. 

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To learn more about the Fat Kitty City, and opportunities for volunteering, please visit Fat Kitty City’s website.

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