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News: John West Wins NAIOP Utah Developer of the Year Award

John West, president of Cottonwood Partners, has been selected to receive the NAIOP Utah 2016 Developer of the Year award. According to NAIOP, “The Developer of the Year Award is given annually to one developer that best exemplifies leadership and innovation in the commercial real estate market…showing outstanding quality of projects and services, financial consistency and stability, ability to adapt to market conditions, active support of the industry through NAIOP, and support of the local community.”

Arch Nexus worked with John on one of his landmark projects, the Cottonwood Corporate Center, and we were impressed by his thoughtful and generous planning with Cottonwood’s iconic entrances, undulating roads to make parking both attractive and accessible, water-wise landscaping, and integration of major works of art. John has championed sustainable design with the goals of enhancing the market position of his properties, minimizing operating costs and increasing net revenue while incorporating lasting systems and materials.

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To learn more about the great work that John West and Cottonwood Partners are doing, please visit www.cottonwoodpartners.com

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News: Arch Nexus Volunteers to Work With Cottonwood Canyons Foundation

Here at Nexus we have a strong affinity for nature. It calms, comforts and inspires us. It is this affinity that drove us to look to our beautiful and nearby Wasatch Mountains for opportunities to give service to our community while also being able to enjoy a bit of the beauty ourselves.  Our forests and mountains are a real treasures to us and we wanted to help in the efforts to manage, protect and encourage responsible use of them today and for future generations. A quick web search and a few phone calls later we were able to connect with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, with their assistance we decided that trail maintenance would be the perfect balance of work, interaction and ability to make an impact for good.  As trail users ourselves we were excited to be able to “pay it forward” and help provide others with planned, safe & responsible access to our mountains.

The Cottonwood Canyon Foundation is aimed at solving existing problems in the Big and Little Cottonwood and Millcreek Canyons. With such high levels of recreation use each year, these canyons run the risk of being loved to death like so many other busy areas in our public lands. Through careful use and teamwork, these problems can be mitigated!


On August 10th and 11th staff from Arch Nexus in Salt Lake City got their hands dirty and volunteered to support the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation by digging out stubborn invasive plants and clearing trails of boulders and debris so that people can safely enjoy these wonderful areas in a way that helps preserve their natural life and beauty.

For anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation please visit cottonwoodcanyons.org/volunteer/.

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News: Weber County Seeks to Improve Public Safety

Weber County, in partnership with Arch Nexus, has committed to make improvements to public safety by upgrading the Weber Area Dispatch 911 and Emergency Services in Ogden, Utah. Ogden City is currently in the process of donating the land next to the current facility. With this donation, the Emergency Services Facility will be able to stay at the same location by means of a significant remodel and new building addition rather than a costly relocation.

The current building, which is not designed for emergency services, is too small for the current staff. In some cases employees are in offices shared by up to 3 people. Dispatchers who sit so close to each other receive emergency calls may be picked up by other police officer and firefighter radios. With careful planning, design and construction, Arch Nexus will increase the size, functionality and efficiency of the building as well as an aesthetic environment to better promote the safety and health of the employees within the building as well as the surrounding community.

For a brief article on the building by The Standard Examiner, please see:
http://www.standard.net/Local/2016/08/02/Weber-911-dispatch-center-will-expand-at-its-current-location.html

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News: Mayor Ben McAdams Reveals Plan to Combat Homelessness

On Monday, August 8th, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams presented a new plan to combat homelessness. Mayor McAdams says that the Homeless Services System Reform Plan’s aim is to “strategically reduce the demand for emergency shelters across our region.”

McAdams and his administration have been working aggressively to provide a better resolution than what exists now. He described, “We are building something different that integrates into the community.” The proposed services will take into account months of research that finds in order to support safety and a pathway to self-reliance, facilities must provide more than a bed and a meal.

“I’m convinced we are at a point where we can achieve larger goals by following collective impact principles as we work to move individuals and families from homelessness to stability and safety. We will take our efforts to the next level to focus on effective, efficient delivery of services, starting with developing goals and measurable outcomes,” McAdams stated. His plan asserts that just as the causes of homelessness varies, so do the needs of the individuals without a stable home. The system should recognize the unique circumstances and tailor service delivery based on what works for the people served. The plan will also be geared towards self-sufficiency so people can exit crisis quickly, diverting them from emergency shelters and away from homelessness.

Arch Nexus is proud to have provided Salt Lake County with plans, estimates, and graphics for the mayors presentation on Monday night. Nexus’ staff were present at the meeting on Monday to help answer questions from the community, and will continue to assist Salt Lake County in their efforts by providing additional specific criteria and recommendations for locations and possible project sites later this month.

To learn more about the Homeless Services System Reform Plan please click on the following links:

http://slco.org/homeless-services/
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659107/A-real-plan-to-help-the-homeless-rises-in-Utah.html?pg=all
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659351/Stakeholders-Can-homeless-reform-plan-reduce-shelter-demand.html
http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/salt-lake-county-mayor-reveals-plan-to-battle-homelessness

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News: Arch | Nexus and the Women in Architecture Design Competition

Two Arch | Nexus intern architects, Ardivan Tookaloo and Elahe Zarehzadeh, have teamed with Zahra Hassanipour (FFKR) Reihaneh Noori (University of Utah), Massih Nilforoushan (VCBO), and Mehran Rezcan (GSBS) to create a winning submission for the 2016 Design Competition sponsored by Salt Lake County and Women in Architecture SLC. This year, the competition focused on “Girls in Design”, the goal of which is to design and build a structure in Sunnyvale Park in West Valley City for the Utah refugee soccer team.

Sunnyvale Park is an environment where refugees and their children who live within the area can come together as a community to enjoy watching soccer, enhance relationships, and develop skills. To understand the needs to this community, the designers met with many of the soccer players to determine what type of structure would best enhance the park.

One of the children’s suggestions (among the requests for a Justin Bieber statue) was for activities to do on the side when they weren’t able to play soccer. This led to the idea and design of a structure which features a target net, practice wall, protective nets to prevent injury, and flexible seating. The structure is designed to be portable, in the case it needs to be relocated from Sunnyvale Park, and is made of simple materials- wood, rope, and bicycle tires to promote sustainability, budget, and to demonstrate that materials like these can be creatively and aesthetically repurposed.

The soccer practice wall is projected to be finished by mid-September. To learn more about Women In Architecture in Salt Lake City and this design competition, please click here.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch Nexus Seeks Artist to Create Public Art Project

In addition to becoming one of the greenest office buildings in the world, we are also committed to making Arch | Nexus SAC an integrated part of the Historic R Street community and culture. As a part of this effort we are seeking to tap into the vibrant art community in Sacramento and commission a public art project/bike rack to be prominently located near the main entry on the corner of R Street and 10th Street. Our vision and hope is to have an artistic expression that exemplifies sustainability, the values of Arch Nexus, and the culture of Historic R Street. To download a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) with further details including budget, eligibility, and timeline, please click here.

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News: Dakota’s Big Day with Make-A-Wish!

Yesterday was a special day for a young baseball fan in the Sacramento area. Eleven year old Dakota was picked up from school in a limousine and shuttled off along with friends and family to his home where he was surprised to see his very own batting cage installed! That’s not all though, in June he will go to the Sacramento Rivercats baseball game where he will meet the team, get a special VIP tour of the stadium, and even thrrow out the first pitch! We are so happy to sponsor Dakota and to partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation to bring some joy and hope to a boy in need.

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Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of children. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Arch Nexus is committed to the communities in which we work and actively supports the causes that best reflect our purpose. Our passion for community stewardship is a key aspect of our company culture. Whether in the projects we design or in the causes we support our purpose is to help elevate society. To become a Make-A-Wish sponsor or to find other ways to support their vision please visit wish.org/ways-to-help.

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News: Julie Berreth Article in The Enterprise

The Enterprise, Utah’s Business Journal has featured a very interesting article by Arch Nexus principal Julie Berreth. The piece describes how designing office environments with a greater connection to nature enhances employee productivity and creativity as well as provides a substantial return on investment. To check out the article please click here.

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News: Kenner Kingston Panelist at Living Future Conference

Last week Arch Nexus president Kenner Kingston was a panelist for a session at the Living Future Conference titled “The Business Case for Corporate Transparency and JUST”. The session focused the numerous advantages of transparency on all aspects of business operations, such as improved respect for employees and clients, greater brand awareness, and improved client loyalty. The session spurred enthusiastic participation and was very well attended.

The JUST program, which is administered by the Living Future Institute, is a voluntary disclosure program and tool for all types and sizes of organizations. The program provides an innovative transparency platform for organizations to reveal much about their operations and acts somewhat as a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. To see the Arch Nexus JUST label please click here.

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News: Sacramento Schools Compete in Project Green

On Earth Day, 14 schools in the Sacramento Unified School District competed in an energy audit competition called Project Green. The competition brings together campuses from across the district to form student “green teams” supported by parents and staff to conduct “green audits” of their facilities. The teams work with district and local professionals to draft recommendations for improvements ranging from the installation of solar tubes to increase daylighting in classrooms to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures. Students present their recommendations to a panel of experts representing local non-profits that focus on creating healthy sustainable learning environments on Earth Day. Judges then evaluate each submission based on their audit, presentation and written report. Schools displaying the highest performance in these areas are awarded funding for their projects.

Two of the judges for Project Green were our very own Patty Karapinar and Heather Olson of the Arch Nexus Sacramento office. Patty commented that “Project Green has a lasting effect on students because they dive into sustainability in a very real way.  The District actually funds the winning team’s project,  so their school get to see their brainchild become reality and reap its benefits.  The students were bundles of energy and excitement on presentation day!”

Project Green allows participants to play a vital role in the development, design, and implementation of projects that will transform the site for the benefit of the environment, staff, stakeholders, community, and especially for the students. Project Green allows students to learn, develop, and implement designs that not only support, but also improve resource conservation, environmental sustainability, and cleaner and healthier student life.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Rachel King and Sacramento Unified School District for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic program!

For more information on project green please visit www.scusd.edu/project-green-programs

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