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Thought Leadership: Nexus Presents at Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Professionals from Arch Nexus presented at the Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit held this week in Ogden, Utah. David W Griffin II, Patty Karapinar and Holli Adams presented Living Building Challenge: Making Ideals a Reality.

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a performance-based rating system which sets a high bar for buildings of the future. Among other things, the LBC requires net-zero water, rigorous materials selection, and Net Positive Energy for certification. Griffin, Karapinar and Adams detailed how Arch Nexus, turned these ideals into practice when designing the Arch|Nexus SAC office. They discussed the many challenges faced throughout the design process, the transition to occupancy, and tracking efforts to ensure certification compliance.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch | Nexus SAC Annual Open Day

From the time that Arch | Nexus SAC was under construction and through the present we have scheduled and hosted tours for anyone who is interested in seeing our regenerative office up close. On March 1st we will open our office to the public for anyone to tour our building without the need for scheduling. Please drop by our office at 930 R Street where tours will be conducted every hour that highlight the aspects of our Living Building such as the net-positive energy system, the net-positive water system, the occupant engagement platform, and a variety of other features that make our office unique.

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News: Remembering Jon Huntsman Sr.

With heavy hearts we extend our deepest condolences to the Huntsman family. Jon Huntsman Sr. leaves a legacy of determination, hard work, service and philanthropy. His vision has shaped cancer treatment and research as we know it. We are honored to have had the privilege of working with him.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: The Arch | Nexus SAC Reveal Label

We are very pleased to announce that Arch | Nexus SAC has become the first building in the California Central Valley to obtain a Reveal Label from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Reveal is a credible independent source for highlighting buildings with outstanding energy performance. The label is based off of 12 months of verified energy consumption data, and communicates a building’s energy performance in an elegant, easy-to-understand graphic. Reveal illustrates three important metrics for measuring energy performance: energy use intensity (EUI), zero energy performance index (zEPI), and energy use reduction from baseline.

The impressive results as indicated in the Arch | Nexus SAC Reveal Label are the result of a variety of design measures such as abundant daylighting, highly efficient workstations, and strategically placed operable windows that bring in fresh air. These measures, along with many others, result in a building that uses 57% less energy than an average office building. All of the energy (and then some!) that is used is offset by the on-site solar array making Arch | Nexus SAC a net-positive energy building.

To learn more about the Reveal Label please visit living-future.org/reveal/

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: ENR Selects Arch | Nexus SAC as National Green Project of the Year!

After months of scrutiny, Engineering News-Record has announced that Arch | Nexus SAC is the winner of the Best of the Best Green Project Competition! We are honored to have been awarded this, our firm’s first ever national award.

The competition began last March with a call for entries to the AEC industry, which resulted in approximately 700 industry project teams submitting their work to the regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the 10 regions, the editors assembled panels of judges to select the regional winners in 20 categories. In October of last year Arch | Nexus SAC was selected as the Northern California Region’s Green Project of the Year.

Once the regional winners were chosen, the top winners in each category from each region moved up to the national competition. A brand new set of judges from across the country and from all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality. The projects and judges will be featured in more depth in the March 5, 2018 issue of ENR.

To learn more about the ENR Best of the Best Competition Click here.

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News: Patty Karapinar Becomes Arch Nexus’ first WELL Accredited Professional

Architectural Nexus Principal, Patty Karapinar, has recently become the company’s first WELL Accredited Professional. The WELL Building Standard combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. It is the culmination of seven years of research, in partnership with leading scientists, doctors, architects and wellness thought leaders.

Regarding WELL, Karapinar says: Reviewing our SAC office for possible WELL certification, our project team has been happy to see how most of the WELL features are already incorporated into it, and we’ve been experiencing the benefits of those features, along with supporting company-wide employee policies and operations, from a purely occupant perspective. I see many of the same positive features in our SLC office. When I visit other office environments, it really highlights how important those health and wellness features are for a comfortable, healthy and uplifting working environment. We have the opportunity in our practice, both in new construction and renovation projects, to make a big qualitative difference in the environment where most people spend the bulk of their day. According to the WELL Building Standard, we can even have a positive effect on life expectancy by incorporating health and wellness features into our designs and encouraging owners to do the same with their operations. That’s really exciting.

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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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News: Nexus Volunteers at Boys and Girls Club

This past holiday season, volunteers from the Arch|Nexus Sac office participated in a worthwhile project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento. Each year the Club holds the event We Care, serving some of the most underprivileged children in the area. Architect Debbi Stevens has volunteered with the program for eight years. This year, Stevens and others from Nexus, coordinated a table in which 100 children were able to craft a beautiful holiday creation that they could gift to a loved one. The Club serves over 4,000 youth each year and because of support from volunteers like Debbi, every child at the club received a special gift for Christmas in 2017.

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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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