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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News: WIA SLC Project Sunnyvale Completed

On Saturday, October 8th, project Sunnyvale was opened for the public. The project was awarded to Arch Nexus’ Ardi Tookaloo and Eli Zarehzadeh as well as their teammates Reihaneh Noori, Massih Nilforousham, Zahra Hassanipour and Mehran Rezcan in a Design Build competition hosted by Women in Architecture SLC to serve the needs of the community.

 “It was interesting to see how much community kids loved the project and got engaged from the moment it was finished. I was more interesting to see how creative they were and how they used this installation. For instance, for our target shooting wall, they not only kicked soccer balls but later they started throwing a football through the tires to improve their passing skills.” Ardi stated.

For more on Project Sunnyvale, please visit the WIA SLC post and our previous post.

To learn more about Women in Architecture SLC and how they continue to serve the community, visit the WIA SLC website.

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News: Sacramento Park(ing) Day

On September 16, Arch Nexus participated in the annual “Sacramento Park(ing) Day” event hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the theme of which was “play”. Participants in the Park(ing) Day event are challenged to create temporary miniature public parks out of metered parking spaces in the city, promoting dialogue about the use of urban public space while encouraging citizens to consider new ways to utilize public spaces to improve the quality of their environment.

After brainstorming on the theme, Arch Nexus with Clark Sullivan Construction and Green Acres created Zen Beach – an area filled with sand, potted plants, toys, towels and sandcastle building materials for recreation as well as relaxation. The design was created to encourage discovery, imagination and meditation.

To learn more about Park(ing) Day please visit parkingday.org

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News: SRBX Brew Bike Event

Arch Nexus was excited to be the first stop in the sold out SRBX Brew Bike Event hosted by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX). The bike-led architectural tour included projects that are activating the Historic ‘R’ Street Corridor, including Arch | Nexus SAC, MarketOne Builders, XL Construction and the Ice Blocks project.

Discussions were led by a group of leaders who are instrumental in the development of the vibrant Sacramento region: Mike Heller of Heller Pacific, Inc., Randy Paragary of the Paragary Restaurant Group, and Todd Leon of the Capitol Area Development Authority. Participants were led on a tour through the Arch | Nexus SAC building site, which is striving for Living Building Challenge certification, aspects of which were presented to the group for analysis and discussion. The Living Building Challenge can be used as a teaching tool for the region and its builders, helping builders in the area to conserve costs as well as the environment without sacrificing the safety or aesthetic of the building.

For more details on Arch | Nexus SAC, please visit: www.archnexus.com/arch-nexus-sac/

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News: Cornerstone Building I is Awarded LEED Gold

Arch Nexus is pleased to announce that Cornerstone Building I in Cottonwood Heights, Utah was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Extensive planning was done to ensure that the building would meet a high standard for environmental sustainability and have a low operating cost.

Sustainable design features include many that are quickly becoming the standard within the industry such as high-performance glass, an IDEC cooling system, rooftop photovoltaic panels, fixed shading devices on the exterior facades, a reflective white roof, water efficient landscaping and tight envelope construction. Cornerstone has also incorporated all LED lighting in the building which reduces operating and maintenance costs as well as providing an attractive light quality.

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In addition to the building’s sustainable qualities, Cornerstone features many amenities that encourage tenant and environmental health. These include access to public transportation, secure bicycle storage, a gym and shower/locker rooms and access to a nearby trail system where tenants can be seen walking throughout the day. Anticipating the needs of future commuters, electric charging stations are provided within the parking structure that can fully charge as many as 26 electric vehicles each day.

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News: Bike to Work 2016 at Arch Nexus

Arch Nexus seeks to promote environmental stewardship and employee wellness each year by holding an annual Bike to Work challenge in which employees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take alternative transportation to work. This year, Arch Nexus employees in both Sacramento and Salt Lake City logged 2925 miles over 312 bike rides to and from the office. With variation in car types and transportation distances, participants managed to save an approximate 2650.3 pounds in carbon emissions, as well as lowering fuel consumption and increasing their overall health and wellbeing.

 Biking or walking to work also helps individuals and communities stay healthy by decreasing traffic and exhaust inhalation while increasing productivity and strength. 

If you’re interested in seeing how much fuel and carbon emissions you can save on your commute by biking, please visit: 




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News: Salt Lake County Corporate Games

With the 2016 Rio Olympic spirit of competition and teamwork in the air, Arch Nexus enthusiastically participated in the Salt Lake County Corporate Games, the closing ceremonies of which were held on August 27th.

SLCO Corporate Games keep employees healthy and active while promoting workplace pride, camaraderie and team work. Arch Nexus volunteered at and competed in multiple events- including dodgeball, volleyball, golf, bowling, and many others throughout the month of August. Victories for individuals and teams were celebrated as we got to know share a friendly, competitive spirit with teams from a diverse array of companies in Salt Lake County.

For more information on how your company can participate in the SLCO Corporate games, please visit slco.org/RECREATION/sportsOffice/corpGames/index.html

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News: Arch Nexus Hosts American Red Cross for Blood Drive

On August 16th, Arch Nexus hosted a blood drive with American Red Cross. Throughout the course of the day, 21 units of blood were collected which will be used for up to 63 different patients. Of the 21 donors, 12 were first time donors with the Red Cross.

Blood donations can be used for a variety of medical treatments, many of which are lifesaving. For more information about volunteering, hosting a blood drive or finding one nearby, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/

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