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Thought Leadership: ILFI to Host Water Use Webinar Featuring Arch Nexus Leaders

The International Living Future Institute is hosting a free webinar presented by Arch Nexus President, Kenner Kingston and Arch Nexus Principal, Jeff Davis. Kingston and Davis were both critical to the development and design of Arch | Nexus SAC, the Sacramento office location for Arch Nexus which is on track to become California’s first Living Building. They will share the framework for how the project team is meeting the demanding water requirements necessary for Living Building Certification in the dry central valley of California.

The team found and customized a Water Permitting Map as a visual tool to identify code barriers and generate solutions. They have created Water Permitting Maps for the states of Utah and California, and will describe the process of adapting the map for your own region.

Both LFA and AIA credits are available through this course. Participants will be able to type questions into the Q&A panel at any time during the webinar. The presentation will also be recorded and available to view afterwards. For more information or to register click 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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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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ARCH | NEXUS SAC: Experience Architecture: COTE Top Ten Exhibit

Arch Nexus is proud to host the Experience Architecture: COTE Top Ten Exhibit, the industries premier program celebrating great design and great performance. Now in its 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight sustainable projects that protect and enhance the environment. Exhibit opens during Sacramento’s Second Saturday in September. Click here for more details.

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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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Jobs: Hiring – Design Professional/Production: Salt Lake City

Design Professional / Production: Salt Lake City, Utah, Employee-Owned Company.

About Us:
Arch | Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on stewardship, inspiration and regeneration. Two locations; our highly sustainable headquarter office located in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California ‘s Living Building (certification pending) is located in the Historic R Street community as one of the greenest office buildings in the world.

Job Description:
Join our progressive and growing firm. Now is the time to embrace this opportunity to direct your career.  Help us create spaces where people’s lives are enriched, and architecture is practiced sustainably and thoughtfully. Involvement in all phases of projects from schematic design through construction. Candidate should enjoy working in a collaborative environment, demonstrating strong communication and design skills, be interpersonal and detail oriented, self-starter and problem solver.

Benefits:
Nexus is an ESOP (employee-owned company).
Our Sacramento Office is LBC Candidate and LEED Double Platinum Pursuant.
Our SLC office is LEED DOUBLE PLATINUM (NC & EB).
We offer large-firm opportunities in a small-firm culture.
Highly Competitive salaries based on experience and abilities.
Excellent medical and dental benefits
Matching 401(k) plan
Twice yearly incentive and accountability bonus program
Excellent holiday and vacation benefits
Paid Volunteer Days

Skills and Qualifications
6 months – 4 years of experience with construction document preparation and on licensure track preferred
LEED accreditation a plus
Experience working with Revit is necessary

 
For more information about Arch Nexus please visit our website ArchNexus.com.
 
Email resumes to:

Holli Adams, AIA                                                                 Camille Acord

Principal | Director of HR                                                    HR Coordinator

hadams@archnexus.com                                                     cacord@archnexus.com

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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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News: USGBC Leadership Briefing

Arch Nexus is proud to support and host the USGBC leadership briefing and green homes tour kickoff event to be held this Friday August 18th at the Arch | Nexus SLC office. The event will be an opportunity to network with area industry leaders, tour the LEED Double Platinum design studio, and get a preview of the Green Homes Tours to be held on August 19th. These events are part of the “Good to be Green” events in August presented by USGBC Utah.

For more details and to register for this event please click here.

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