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Thought Leadership: Arch Nexus and Community Rebuilds Team Up

Leading the region in sustainable design, Architectural Nexus is pleased to be partnering with Community Rebuilds, a non-profit general contractor for energy efficient homes. Together, the organizations will be creating homes for low and very-low income households that aim to be the first Certified Living Buildings in the State of Utah.

The International Living Future Institute defines a living building as one that functions as a part of the natural eco system. To do this, they must employ several regenerative features. Some of the features included in the Community Rebuilds Living Buildings are:

  • passive solar design
  • highly insulative straw bale wall construction
  • heavy focus on salvaged material
  • materials with low embodied carbon footprint
  • composting toilet systems
  • rainwater collected and stored for toilet flushing and irrigation
  • greywater reuse for agriculture
  • permaculture landscape design
  • earthen plaster finishes throughout the interior including adobe floors
  • Lime plastered exterior walls
  • Solar PV array that will offset all annual energy use

With the unique experience of designing, owning and operating the first Certified Living Building in the State of California, Arch Nexus president, Kenner Kingston is eager to bring this level of sustainability to Utah.  “Community Rebuilds is an inspiring organization that is tackling climate and housing challenges in the communities they serve. It is inspiring that they would advance their already high-performance, zero energy model into the realm of Regenerative Design by pursuing the Living Building Challenge. These desert homes will produce more energy than they consume and will store more than enough rainwater to flush toilets and irrigate on-site urban agriculture over the course of a year.”

The construction phase for this project is scheduled for July 2019 to July 2020. For more information, please visit https://www.communityrebuilds.org/project-vision, or contact Brian Cassil at bcassil@archnexus.com, or Rikki Epperson at rikki@communityrebuilds.com.

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Publicity: Castle Rock Medical Center Groundbreaking

Perched on a hillside overlooking the Sweetwater Valley, the Castle Rock Medical Center recently celebrated the groundbreaking of their new, state-of-the-art facility in Green River, Wyoming. Big-D Corporation will construct the Arch Nexus design, which replaces the existing, aging building. Senior Principal Architect, Julie Berreth, shared her excitement for the project. “This new facility will bring cutting edge treatment and attract the best providers to the area. Residents will no longer have to travel a long distance to get this kind of care.” Berreth also cited an outstanding team. “We have an amazing client here, Big D is a great partner and our team of designers at Nexus have all been incredible.” The New Castle Rock Medical Office Building is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2020.

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Jobs: Seeking Healthcare Architect in Salt Lake City

About Us:

Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on inspiration, stewardship and regeneration. Our company is comprised of two office locations: Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California.

 

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work in our Salt Lake City office with an integrative team through all phases of design including programming and planning, to develop and document holistic designs for healthcare projects. Applicants should be prepared to collaborate across disciplines to create regenerative places that enrich people’s lives through connection to the natural environment. Applicants should also enjoy working in a collaborative environment, demonstrate strong communication and design skills, be inter-personal, a self-starter, and a problem solver.

 

Benefits:

  • Nexus is an ESOP (employee-owned company).
  • Our SLC office is LEED DOUBLE PLATINUM (NC & EB).
  • Our Sacramento Office is the only Certified Living Building in California.
  • We offer large-firm opportunities in a small-firm culture.
  • 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 opportunities.
  • Six weeks of paid leave following the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Licensed Architect required.
  • Revit experience required.
  • 10 years of healthcare architecture design required.
  • LEED accreditation a plus.

 

Email resumes and references to:

Brian Cassil

Principal | Director of Communications

bcassil@archnexus.com

Thanks for sending your resume; we look forward to getting to know you.

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Jobs: Seeking Architect with Healthcare Experience in Sacramento Immediately

About Us:

Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on inspiration, stewardship and regeneration. Our company is comprised of two office locations: Sacramento, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work in our Sacramento office with an integrative team through all phases of design including programming and planning, to develop and document holistic designs for a variety of project types with an emphasis on healthcare projects. Applicants should be prepared to collaborate across disciplines to create regenerative places that enrich people’s lives through connection to the natural environment. Applicants should also enjoy working in a collaborative environment, demonstrate strong communication and design skills, be inter-personal, a self-starter, and a problem solver.

 

Benefits:

  • Nexus is an ESOP (employee-owned company).
  • Our SLC office is LEED DOUBLE PLATINUM (NC & EB).
  • Our Sacramento Office is the only Certified Living Building in California.
  • We offer large-firm opportunities in a small-firm culture.
  • 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 opportunities.
  • Six weeks of paid leave following the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Licensed Architect in the State of California required.
  • OSHPD experience required.
  • Revit experience required.
  • 5 years of healthcare architecture design required.
  • LEED accreditation a plus.

 

Email resumes and references to:

Brian Cassil

Principal | Director of Communications

bcassil@archnexus.com

Thanks for sending your resume; we look forward to getting to know you.

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Jobs: Landscape Architectural Designer/Sustainable Design Focus – Salt Lake City

About Us:

Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on inspiration, stewardship and regeneration. Our company is comprised of two office locations; our headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California.

Position Duties:

Under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect, program and design for various project types with a focus on sustainable design and environmental technology. Perform landscape architectural services from master planning, schematic design and construction documents through construction administration and landscape management. Work with the fundamentals of landscape systems including site hardscape, planting, irrigation systems, water management, grading and site details. Coordinate with all team members to create collaborative and innovative design solutions. Analyze existing and new projects for compliance with company environmental and sustainability performance goals. Requirements: Masters in Design in Sustainable Environments, Landscape Architecture or similar field; demonstrated ability to design projects focused on sustainability and green technology, considering physical, social, economic, political and cultural factors to generate creative solutions for the urban and natural environments. Proven ability to communicate with architects, clients, contractors and consultants, and familiarity with client interface, focus groups, and pre-design analysis; ability to research site and zoning codes to apply these determinants to a landscape design. Proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Adobe Suite.  Send resume to Brian Cassil, Architectural Nexus, 2505 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84109.

Position Requirements:

Masters in Design in Sustainable Environments, Landscape Architecture or similar field; demonstrated ability to design projects focused on sustainability and green technology, considering physical, social, economic, political and cultural factors to generate creative solutions for the urban and natural environments. Proven ability to communicate with architects, clients, contractors and consultants, and familiarity with client interface, focus groups, and pre-design analysis; ability to research site and zoning codes to apply these determinants to a landscape design. Proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Adobe Suite.

To Apply: 

Send resume to Brian Cassil, Architectural Nexus, 2505 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84109.

Rate of Pay:

$57,500/year.

Location of Employment:

Architectural Nexus, 2505 Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84109.

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Publicity: Nexus Builds in the News

The concept of eradicating homelessness while simultaneously providing hands-on architectural training at Arch Nexus, has caught the attention of reporters and Nexus Builds is making headlines. Solving Homelessness through community, connection and tiny homes: A story of Seattle and Salt Lake explores the history and goals of the Block Project and describes the process by which Nexus Builds is helping. Also noted, is the fact that Salt Lake City zoning laws recently changed to allow accessory dwelling units, such as a tiny home.

As quoted by KSL The reality is each person is “a couple of missing paychecks or a broken relationship away” from experiencing homelessness, according to Brian Cassil, principal and director of communications at Architectural Nexus. And since “homelessness is a community problem,” he said, it’s a cause worth investing in.

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News: ENR Mountain States Selects Arch Nexus as Firm of the Year!

Arch Nexus is honored to have been chosen as Engineering News Record’s Intermountain Area Design Firm of the Year for 2019. We express our gratitude to ENR Mountain States and the selection committee, who had many qualified contenders. We also share our appreciation to the many individuals who work every day to make Architectural Nexus worthy of this recognition.
This year’s selection was made based on regional revenues, new initiatives, current projects and several other factors such as:

-100% employee-owned this year.
-Salt Lake City office being a double LEED Platinum
-Design and operation of a Certified Living Building—our office in Sacramento.
-Building a Living Building Tiny Home on our property to be donated to a program that’s dedicated to ending homelessness.

We are truly humbled and grateful for this recognition. Thank you ENR!

 

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Thought Leadership: Arch Nexus at ILFI unConference 2019

The annual International Living Future unConference is nearly upon us and several from Arch Nexus will be presenting at the 2019 event. The Friday morning session features Arch Nexus Director of Sustainability, Patty Karapinar and Arch Nexus Site Design Leader, Jennifer Styduhar. Together they will present Abundance through Collaboration: Fostering Community-Based Food Access. Participants in this session will gain perspective from Karapinar and Styduhars’ real-world examples of private-public collaborations utilizing community-driven local food production and Urban Agriculture Imperative scale jumping with a school district. This process increased equity, environmental outcomes, youth education and job skills.

Catch Erica McBride and Peter McBride in the Friday afternoon session, Truth or Dare? Let’s Get Honest About Achieving Healthy Indoor Air Quality. Erica McBride is the Building Manager at Arch Nexus SAC. Maintaining a Living Building requires specialized and specific knowledge, passion, patience, and often long hours; demonstrating these day-to-day, Erica advocates for sustainable changes for buildings and how they operate and are maintained.  Arch Nexus Associate, Peter McBride is passionate about design and was the Arch Nexus SAC Building Manager during the challenging process of becoming California’s first Living Building. Together Erica and Peter will contribute their knowledge and experience to this “Best Practices” session, taking a strong lessons-learned approach that looks at the final success of achieving indoor air quality results within LBC’s thresholds through a series of failures and discoveries.

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News: Earth Day Groundbreaking for Daybreak Library

Earth Day made for a perfect date to break ground on the latest sustainable design from Arch Nexus. The new zero-energy 26,000-square foot Daybreak Library will offer a unique rooftop experience designed to incorporate urban re-wilding and support an active community.

Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey, and representatives from the County Library were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony to discuss the importance the library will be to the South Jordan community.

“As this part of the County continues to see rapid growth and development, the Daybreak branch is going to be in the center of everything,” Library Director Jim Cooper said. “It’s a great opportunity for people in Daybreak and the surrounding communities to experience a County Library branch a little closer to home.”

See more from the groundbreaking here.

    

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Publicity , Thought Leadership: Arch Nexus and The Block Project in Trim Tab Magazine

The latest edition of Trim Tab, a publication of the International Living Future Institute, features an article by Kenner Kingston. In the piece, Kenner details a defining moment he experienced at the 2017 ILFI unConference. “I realized I was witnessing something truly unique: the answer to what had moments before seemed to be an unsolvable problem. Within minutes, the question of how Arch Nexus could help formed in my mind.”

Enter, Nexus Builds. Joining forces with The Block Project, employees of all levels at Arch Nexus are volunteering, collaborating, designing and constructing a home. Every employee at Arch nexus will have LBC experience by the end of 2019 and Nexus will be the only organization in the world to have designed, owned, operated, and built an LBC project. What’s more, one more person currently experiencing homelessness will have a house by the end of the year.

Read the full Trim Tab article here.

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