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Publicity: Arch Nexus Salt Lake City Corporate Games 2018

Over the course of the past several weeks, employees from Arch Nexus in Salt Lake City proudly came together to take part in the Salt Lake County 2018 Summer Corporate Games. Dozens of companies participated through friendly competition, team building, volunteer service, and donating to worthy causes. At the Opening Ceremonies, Arch Nexus provided a petting zoo for families and friends to enjoy and participated in the annual wellness walk.

In the sporting events, Arch Nexus brought home the bronze in Trap Shooting, Horseshoes and Men’s Bowling. Nexus snagged silver medals in Ultimate Frisbee, Men’s Golf and the Mystery Event. Our lone gold medal came from Men’s Basketball.

The main winning came in the form of giving. Arch Nexus donated 649 pounds of food to the Utah Food Bank. Additionally, a blood drive was held at the Salt Lake City office where 19 pints of blood were donated to the American Red Cross.

Overall in the 2018 Corporate Games, Arch Nexus won their third consecutive second place Corporate Cup. Congratulations to everyone who participated! We are proud to be a part of Salt Lake County and we love participating in these types of events. None of this would have taken place without the special help of amazing coordinators; Steve Tanner, Jenny Patterson Casey Whitmill and the efforts many others. Go Arch Nexus!

 

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Thought Leadership: 2018 San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo

Arch Nexus’ Kenner Kingston and Jeffrey Davis will be presenting at the 2018 San Diego Green Building Conference and Expo. The conference will feature a day-long track dedicated to water, featuring local case studies and successful projects. Kenner will present during all four breakout sessions, Mission Impossible: San Diego Water Capture and Reuse, In the Face of Drought and the concluding session: Mission Possible (part A & B), also presented by experts Jeffrey Davis and others.

These sessions will help participants develop an understanding of the obstacles to achieving building water reuse in California and, more specifically, in San Diego. A California Water-reuse map will be presented, demonstrating the regulatory paths to success in this challenging area of practice. They will share how Arch Nexus found ways to eliminate the needs for water to be conveyed to or away from the site. In a collaborative effort with government and local experts, participants will find solutions to both climate and regulatory hurdles that stand in the way of innovative solutions.

There is still time to register! For more information visit: http://usgbc-sd.org/event-2977632

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Thought Leadership: Utah Net-Zero Energy Summit 2018

Arch Nexus is proud to support the first Utah Net-Zero Energy Summit to be held Tuesday, September 18th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Salt Lake City Library. In this 1-day summit, guests will have a chance to converse with Special Guest Sam Rashkin (Chief Architect for the US Department of Energy) & other industry leaders about net-zero strategies & tools that offer a competitive advantage for all stakeholders in commercial & residential construction. During the summit, insights of Net-Zero design and construction will be shared to identify the best “bang for the buck” measures and to demonstrate the increasing practicality of Net-Zero Energy design for the built environment.

Construction in the 21st centuary: Gearing up for Disruption is organized by Utah’s Net Zero Consortium with The Great Basin Collaborative. Special attendees include: Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Mayor of Park City, Chair of the Summit County Council, and Mayor of Moab.

To register for this event visit https://netzeroenergysummit2018.eventbrite.com

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News: USGBC San Francisco touring Arch|Nexus SAC

On Saturday, September 15, the USGBC San Francisco chapter will be touring the Arch|Nexus SAC office. If you’ve wanted tour Arch|Nexus SAC, but are unable to do so during the work week, there are still a few spots available for this rare, weekend event. To join us, contact Patty Karapinar at pkarapinar@archnexus.com.

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News: Moab Living Future Symposium

Today, an Arch Nexus team comprised of Kenner Kingston, Peter Moyes, and Patty Karapinar will be conducting a Living Future Symposium in Moab Utah. The event will feature an overview of the Living Building Challenge, along with a case study of Arch | Nexus SAC, the first certified Living Building in California. Additionally, participants will be among the first in Utah to be introduced to the Living Community Challenge. This relatively new program applies the regenerative principles of the Living Building Challenge to the community level.

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Jobs: Graphic Designer Wanted at Arch Nexus SLC

About Us:
Architectural Nexus is a people driven, architectural design firm focused on stewardship, inspiration and regeneration. We have double LEED Platinum offices in two locations: Salt Lake City, Utah (headquarters), and Sacramento, California (California’s first Living Building). As an employee owned firm (ESOP) we value and reward the contributions of all employees.

Position Description:
We are looking for an experienced Graphic Designer to join our progressive and growing firm. Now is the time to embrace this opportunity to direct your career. This position is for a designer to create graphic content that inspires trust in our audiences, strengthens our company brand, and entices cooperative action. Candidates must enjoy working in a collaborative environment, have confident communication and design skills, as well as be a self-starter and problem solver. The successful candidate will be responsible for the creation of graphics for marketing proposals, infographics, presentation content, and other promotional material.

Benefits:

  • 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
  • Holiday and vacation benefits
  • Philanthropy program including paid volunteer time
  • 6 weeks paid parental leave

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in a collaborative studio
  • Proficient with Adobe Suite, specifically Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • Confident developing creative content that works within established graphic guidelines
  • Comfortable receiving and incorporating critical feedback
  • Ability to work quickly and meet demanding deadlines

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design or other related field
  • Experience working in the AEC industry
  • Experience with color management and printing workflows
  • Experience managing asset libraries

Please email resumes to:

Brian Cassil, LEED AP BD+C
Principal | Director of Communications
bcassil@archnexus.com

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

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Publicity: Arch Nexus Featured in Trim Tab Magazine

The current issue of Trim Tab, the official publication of the International Living Future Institute, features an article by Arch Nexus President, Kenner Kingston. Arch|Nexus SAC: Leading by Example. The article details the journey of how Arch Nexus SAC came to be a Living Building.

The Arch Nexus design firm’s Sacramento office is not only the world’s first Living Building to be an adaptive reuse of an existing building, but also the first to receive LBC 3.0 certification, the first Living Building in California, the first Living Building to be owned and operated by a design firm, and the first LEED v4 Double-Platinum building (BD+C & O+M) on the planet. 

Previous to the construction and Living Building Certification of Arch|Nexus SAC, the team learned valuable lessons through working toward LEED Platinum at the firm’s Salt Lake City office. Kenner shares of a tour, when someone asked about water reuse. Kingston admits that at the time, I had no good answer beyond a lack of understanding as to the status of regulation on the topic. After attending GreenBuild 2011, Kenner delved into the topic. Working with a group of like-minded individuals, the Utah Roadmap was created.

Water reuse and core values are the key elements that set the stage for the idea and achievement of Arch|Nexus SAC. Regarding the process Kenner says Achieving Living Building Certification is a testament to the grit that makes us who we are at Arch Nexus. The road was fraught with challenges and many people rose to the occasion. This story, however, is about how we made the opportunity for those heroics to happen, not the heroes themselves.

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Publicity: Blood Drive at Arch Nexus Salt Lake City

Arch Nexus is holding a blood drive at the Salt Lake City office on August 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM. Employees and the public are invited to participate. Interested individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment here and enter code NEXUS to find our drive.

Can’t donate the day of the blood drive? No problem! You can sign up to donate year round at any Red Cross or ARUP donor location.

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.

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News: Arch | Nexus SAC is LEED Double Platinum

Arch | Nexus SAC, the adaptive reuse of a former print shop and warehouse and now home of our Sacramento office has become the first and only LEED Version 4 double Platinum certified project on the planet. This significant achievement was announced by the U.S. Green Building Council at the Green Building Hard Hat Awards hosted by Architectural Nexus, an annual USGBC celebration recognizing key policy leaders who drive forward California’s vision of healthy, efficient and high-performance buildings. 

In 2017 the Arch | Nexus SAC team earned LEED Version 4 Platinum certification for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEEDv4 BD+C). This month the project team and building occupants earned LEED Version 4 Platinum certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEEDv4 EBOM). Different from LEED for New Construction, LEED EBOM requires teams to demonstrate actual performance by providing utility bills and other documents.

Platinum is the highest certification level in the LEED green building rating system. The current LEEDv4, is appreciably more difficult to achieve than the previous versions of LEED and raises the bar for LEED certification of the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. “What in the former LEED version 3.0 would have been a LEED Platinum building would now be a LEED Gold building under LEED version 4.0”, says Patty Karapinar, Director of Sustainability at Architectural Nexus. Arch Nexus utilized the new Arc platform for its LEEDv4 EBOM submittal, a state of the art platform for visualizing and comparing the metrics and effectiveness of green building strategies and improvements over time.

The Arch | Nexus SAC Arc Dashboard utilized for tracking and visualizing performance of various sustainable metrics.

The Arch | Nexus SAC Arc Dashboard utilized for tracking and visualizing performance of various sustainable metrics.

Brian Cassil, Director of Communications for Arch Nexus notes that “Through our experience with designing and occupying our own office in Salt Lake City, we knew that occupant engagement would be a critical aspect to achieving the verifiable performance needed for LEED for Exising Buildings and Operations in our Sacramento office. It was to ensure that we achieved our performance goals that we developed and employed the InHABIT platform”. InHABIT is a training platform that Arch Nexus developed in partnership with Sustain3 that “game-ifies” sustainable practices to create a culture of stewardship within an organization. Through use of InHABIT Arch Nexus’s occupants became the high performance occupants needed to keep a high performance building operating as designed. Without engaged occupants, it would be impossible to reach and maintain the highest levels of sustainability possible over the building’s life.

In May of 2018 Arch | Nexus SAC became the first Living Building in California to be certified by the International Living Future Institute. Like LEED EBOM, Living Building certification requires proven performance. Arch Nexus President Kenner Kingston comments that “Many LEED buildings under-perform as compared to the optimistic energy models that are generated during design, but the pursuit of performance-based certifications such as Living Building and LEED EBOM help to create a realistic environment in which to test high-performance design ideas. What’s more, they prove that they actually work.”

 

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Jobs: Job Captain Wanted in Arch | Nexus SLC

About Us:
Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on stewardship, inspiration and regeneration. We have offices in two locations: our double LEED Platinum headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and an office in Sacramento, California which recently became California’s first Living Certified Building.

Position 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 SLC office is LEED DOUBLE PLATINUM (NC & EB).
Our Sacramento Office is LEED Platinum and LIVING CERTIFIED (First in California).
We offer large-firm opportunities in a small-firm culture.
Competitive salaries based on experience and abilities.
Our benefits package includes: Excellent medical and dental benefits, matching 401(k) plan, twice yearly incentive and accountability bonus program, excellent holiday and vacation benefits.

Skills and Qualifications:
Three years of commercial architecture experience required with five years preferred
Construction document preparation experience required and on a licensure track preferred
LEED accreditation a plus
Experience working with Revit required

Please email resumes to:

Holli Adams, AIA
Principal | Director of HR
hadams@archnexus.com

Camille Acord
HR Coordinator
cacord@archnexus.com

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

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