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Publicity: Architectural Nexus named Outstanding Architect of the Year

Today, the Associated General Contractors of Utah named Architectural Nexus the 2018 Outstanding Architect of the Year. Additionally, the Primary Children’s & Families Research Center at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, designed by Arch Nexus, was awarded Project of the Year.

Kenner Kingston accepted the awards on behalf of the firm and said that he felt “very excited and full of gratitude for all those who contribute to doing great things and thinking about architecture and construction as an outcome of bigger thinking, such as changing the world by curing cancer.”

Jeff Gardner, Arch Nexus Principal Architect and Project Manager for the latest phase of the Huntsman Cancer says, “It’s an honor to be a part of this team that has accomplished something so outstanding, not just the building itself, but the vision of Jon Huntsman Sr. and the his foundation’s mission of eradicating cancer. Part of being a great architectural firm includes working with great owners, contractors and donors. We are grateful to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for allowing us to work towards this vision and Jacobsen Construction for nominating us for this award.”

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Publicity: Architectural Illustrators at Arch Nexus

Three employees of Arch Nexus are being recognized for their artistic talents. Robb Harrop, Charles Bagley and Keyan Hansen all received awards from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators for their illustrative works. Their art will be featured in an annual book of the best architectural illustrations of 2017 and will be included in a touring exhibit for the next year. Pre-orders for the books are available now at the ASAI website.

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Publicity: Sustainable Venues for the Performing Arts

Facility Manager Magazine’s latest issue highlights sustainable design in the arts. Written by Arch Nexus Principal, Jeff Davis; Breathe Life into Sustainable Design, takes readers on a journey of understanding what the Living Building Challenge is, how it works, and it’s relation to venues of the performing arts.

From the article: You may feel like something as ambitious as a regenerative building that creates its own ecosystem is just beyond your reach… you can start today through existing building energy assessments and occupant engagement, or through choosing to take part in a petal certification such as Net Zero Energy. These are feasible goals and will save dollars from your operating budgets.

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Publicity: Huntsman Cancer Institute in UC&D Magazine

Along the east bench of Salt Lake City, stands a world class research and treatment center; The Huntsman Cancer Institute. All four phases of the nearly 900,000 square foot campus were designed by Architectural Nexus. A recent article in Utah Construction and Design Magazine provides a fascinating history and details of the expansive project.

In 1993 Jon Huntsman Sr. and his wife visited major cancer centers across the world with the intent of adopting the best qualities of each. Designers worked in step with research scientists to ensure open and flexible laboratory spaces that are able to quickly adapt to future research initiatives. “If you look at this new phase, it’s all about open space that brings researchers together, it gives them a place to collaborate” said  Brad Busath, a Principal at Arch Nexus who specializes in laboratory design. “It’s an architectural masterpiece that really speaks to our values” said Mary Beckerle, CEO of HCI since 2006.

Huntsman offered high praise for the design and construction teams he’s worked with on each of the four phases, and said the local talent in Utah’s A/E/C industry is second to none. “Utah is a very unusual state… We have some of the finest architects, builders and contractors of anywhere in the world. It’s been a great blessing and a privilege for our family to have these associations.”

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Publicity: Arch|Nexus recieves AIA Utah Honor Award

This evening, AIA Utah members will gather at Publik Coffee in Downtown Salt Lake City, to celebrate Utah Architects and their best work. Arch|Nexus Director of Design, Robb Harrop, will be presented with the Honor Award, for the design of the Arch|Nexus Sac office. “It’s really about the team… to accomplish something like this, it’s all about the team.” Harrop also expresses his gratitude to the awards committee “for recognizing that highly sustainable projects are good design.”

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Publicity: Arch Nexus Wins Graffiti Art Competition

On Thursday, artists from Arch Nexus won first place in a graffiti art competition hosted by Interior Solutions. The event theme was “in-SPRAY-tion Creation”. Teams were asked to create a canvas depicting where their firms turn for inspiration. Team consisted of Elaine Stowell, Scott Buckner, Eric Bradbury and Jo Bradbury.

Buckner explained that they wanted to use opposing forces in their piece, because different personalities and ideas working together, yield excellent end results. “Like fire and ice” said Eric.

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Publicity: PARK(ing) Day 2017

Tomorrow, in cities around the globe, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.”

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005, when San Francisco-based art and design studio, Rebar,  challenged people to rethink the way streets are used and to recognize the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”

PARK(ing) Day takes place annually on the second Friday every September. Locally, Arch Nexus will host an interactive installation for PARK(ing) Day on Broadway Street in Salt Lake City. Stroll the city street from 8:00 AM to 4:00 pm to see all the creative designs. Find Arch Nexus at 30 Broadway (in front of Doc u Mart).

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Publicity: The Year of the Parks on KUED

We value both our partnership with KUED and the education and insight they provide through their national and local programming. Arch Nexus is committed to our beautiful homes in Utah and California. We are fortunate to have five national parks in Utah and ten national parks in California to enjoy and allow us to expand our wonder at the restorative power of nature in our lives.

Join our non-profit community partner KUED as they celebrate 100 years of National Parks. “The Year of the Parks” series will feature three documentaries highlighting the National Parks, their creation and the value they provide to all of us.  Bask in the land we are fortunate enough to call home.

For programming schedule please visit www.kued.org/whatson/year-the-parks

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Publicity: Living Building Presentation at Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Recently, Arch Nexus president Kenner Kingston had the opportunity to present an overview of the Living Building Challenge at the Intermountain Sustainability Summit. The summit, held annually at Weber State University, brings together over 40 speakers to inspire, inform, and show how businesses, policy makers, nonprofits, and community members are making a positive difference for our environment.

The Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the positive solutions we seek.

You can learn more about the Living Building Challenge by watching Kenner’s presentation here.

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Publicity: Arch Nexus Sponsors KUED and “10 Towns that Changed America”

Architectural Nexus is proud to sponsor KUED and the series “10 Towns that Changed America”. On Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. the series will spotlight Salt Lake City and the special way that this city has changed the way Americans live, work, and play.

The series illustrates how our built environment came to be and how our homes, towns, and parks reflect our nations history, values, ingenuity, and hopes for the future. Towns that Changed America focuses on ten “experimental” towns that did not evolve organically over time, but instead were designed (or redesigned) from the ground up by visionary architects, corporations, and citizens, who sought to change the lives of residents using architecture, design, and urban planning. Some of these visionaries were driven by an ideology, others were trying to serve their own financial interests, but all had one thing in common: they believed in the power of our built environment to change the way we live. This episode inspires viewers to reconsider where they live, and how their towns and cities affect every aspect of their lives.

For more information about this series please visit: KUED

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