News: WIA SLC Project Sunnyvale Completed

On Saturday, October 8th, project Sunnyvale was opened for the public. The project was awarded to Arch Nexus’ Ardi Tookaloo and Eli Zarehzadeh as well as their teammates Reihaneh Noori, Massih Nilforousham, Zahra Hassanipour and Mehran Rezcan in a Design Build competition hosted by Women in Architecture SLC to serve the needs of the community.

 “It was interesting to see how much community kids loved the project and got engaged from the moment it was finished. I was more interesting to see how creative they were and how they used this installation. For instance, for our target shooting wall, they not only kicked soccer balls but later they started throwing a football through the tires to improve their passing skills.” Ardi stated.

For more on Project Sunnyvale, please visit the WIA SLC post and our previous post.

To learn more about Women in Architecture SLC and how they continue to serve the community, visit the WIA SLC website.

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News: Sacramento Park(ing) Day

On September 16, Arch Nexus participated in the annual “Sacramento Park(ing) Day” event hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the theme of which was “play”. Participants in the Park(ing) Day event are challenged to create temporary miniature public parks out of metered parking spaces in the city, promoting dialogue about the use of urban public space while encouraging citizens to consider new ways to utilize public spaces to improve the quality of their environment.

After brainstorming on the theme, Arch Nexus with Clark Sullivan Construction and Green Acres created Zen Beach – an area filled with sand, potted plants, toys, towels and sandcastle building materials for recreation as well as relaxation. The design was created to encourage discovery, imagination and meditation.

To learn more about Park(ing) Day please visit parkingday.org

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News: SRBX Brew Bike Event

Arch Nexus was excited to be the first stop in the sold out SRBX Brew Bike Event hosted by the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange (SRBX). The bike-led architectural tour included projects that are activating the Historic ‘R’ Street Corridor, including Arch | Nexus SAC, MarketOne Builders, XL Construction and the Ice Blocks project.

Discussions were led by a group of leaders who are instrumental in the development of the vibrant Sacramento region: Mike Heller of Heller Pacific, Inc., Randy Paragary of the Paragary Restaurant Group, and Todd Leon of the Capitol Area Development Authority. Participants were led on a tour through the Arch | Nexus SAC building site, which is striving for Living Building Challenge certification, aspects of which were presented to the group for analysis and discussion. The Living Building Challenge can be used as a teaching tool for the region and its builders, helping builders in the area to conserve costs as well as the environment without sacrificing the safety or aesthetic of the building.

For more details on Arch | Nexus SAC, please visit: www.archnexus.com/arch-nexus-sac/

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News: Cornerstone Building I is Awarded LEED Gold

Arch Nexus is pleased to announce that Cornerstone Building I in Cottonwood Heights, Utah was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Extensive planning was done to ensure that the building would meet a high standard for environmental sustainability and have a low operating cost.

Sustainable design features include many that are quickly becoming the standard within the industry such as high-performance glass, an IDEC cooling system, rooftop photovoltaic panels, fixed shading devices on the exterior facades, a reflective white roof, water efficient landscaping and tight envelope construction. Cornerstone has also incorporated all LED lighting in the building which reduces operating and maintenance costs as well as providing an attractive light quality.

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In addition to the building’s sustainable qualities, Cornerstone features many amenities that encourage tenant and environmental health. These include access to public transportation, secure bicycle storage, a gym and shower/locker rooms and access to a nearby trail system where tenants can be seen walking throughout the day. Anticipating the needs of future commuters, electric charging stations are provided within the parking structure that can fully charge as many as 26 electric vehicles each day.

Cottonwood, Cornerstone, Cottonwood Partners, LEED Gold, USGBC

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News: Bike to Work 2016 at Arch Nexus

Arch Nexus seeks to promote environmental stewardship and employee wellness each year by holding an annual Bike to Work challenge in which employees are encouraged to walk, bike, or take alternative transportation to work. This year, Arch Nexus employees in both Sacramento and Salt Lake City logged 2925 miles over 312 bike rides to and from the office. With variation in car types and transportation distances, participants managed to save an approximate 2650.3 pounds in carbon emissions, as well as lowering fuel consumption and increasing their overall health and wellbeing.

 Biking or walking to work also helps individuals and communities stay healthy by decreasing traffic and exhaust inhalation while increasing productivity and strength. 

If you’re interested in seeing how much fuel and carbon emissions you can save on your commute by biking, please visit: 




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News: Salt Lake County Corporate Games

With the 2016 Rio Olympic spirit of competition and teamwork in the air, Arch Nexus enthusiastically participated in the Salt Lake County Corporate Games, the closing ceremonies of which were held on August 27th.

SLCO Corporate Games keep employees healthy and active while promoting workplace pride, camaraderie and team work. Arch Nexus volunteered at and competed in multiple events- including dodgeball, volleyball, golf, bowling, and many others throughout the month of August. Victories for individuals and teams were celebrated as we got to know share a friendly, competitive spirit with teams from a diverse array of companies in Salt Lake County.

For more information on how your company can participate in the SLCO Corporate games, please visit slco.org/RECREATION/sportsOffice/corpGames/index.html

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News: Arch Nexus Hosts American Red Cross for Blood Drive

On August 16th, Arch Nexus hosted a blood drive with American Red Cross. Throughout the course of the day, 21 units of blood were collected which will be used for up to 63 different patients. Of the 21 donors, 12 were first time donors with the Red Cross.

Blood donations can be used for a variety of medical treatments, many of which are lifesaving. For more information about volunteering, hosting a blood drive or finding one nearby, please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/

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News: John West Wins NAIOP Utah Developer of the Year Award

John West, president of Cottonwood Partners, has been selected to receive the NAIOP Utah 2016 Developer of the Year award. According to NAIOP, “The Developer of the Year Award is given annually to one developer that best exemplifies leadership and innovation in the commercial real estate market…showing outstanding quality of projects and services, financial consistency and stability, ability to adapt to market conditions, active support of the industry through NAIOP, and support of the local community.”

Arch Nexus worked with John on one of his landmark projects, the Cottonwood Corporate Center, and we were impressed by his thoughtful and generous planning with Cottonwood’s iconic entrances, undulating roads to make parking both attractive and accessible, water-wise landscaping, and integration of major works of art. John has championed sustainable design with the goals of enhancing the market position of his properties, minimizing operating costs and increasing net revenue while incorporating lasting systems and materials.

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To learn more about the great work that John West and Cottonwood Partners are doing, please visit www.cottonwoodpartners.com

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News: Arch Nexus Volunteers to Work With Cottonwood Canyons Foundation

Here at Nexus we have a strong affinity for nature. It calms, comforts and inspires us. It is this affinity that drove us to look to our beautiful and nearby Wasatch Mountains for opportunities to give service to our community while also being able to enjoy a bit of the beauty ourselves.  Our forests and mountains are a real treasures to us and we wanted to help in the efforts to manage, protect and encourage responsible use of them today and for future generations. A quick web search and a few phone calls later we were able to connect with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, with their assistance we decided that trail maintenance would be the perfect balance of work, interaction and ability to make an impact for good.  As trail users ourselves we were excited to be able to “pay it forward” and help provide others with planned, safe & responsible access to our mountains.

The Cottonwood Canyon Foundation is aimed at solving existing problems in the Big and Little Cottonwood and Millcreek Canyons. With such high levels of recreation use each year, these canyons run the risk of being loved to death like so many other busy areas in our public lands. Through careful use and teamwork, these problems can be mitigated!

On August 10th and 11th staff from Arch Nexus in Salt Lake City got their hands dirty and volunteered to support the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation by digging out stubborn invasive plants and clearing trails of boulders and debris so that people can safely enjoy these wonderful areas in a way that helps preserve their natural life and beauty.

For anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation please visit cottonwoodcanyons.org/volunteer/.

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Thought Leadership: A Passion for Problem Solving: Richard Price

Richard Price, the newest principal at Arch Nexus, can’t imagine being involved in any other profession than architecture. For Richard, architecture provides opportunities to enhance people’s lives and solve problems. Empowered by this passion, Richard is deeply invested in mentoring youth in creative solutions and team work and has served as the state director for Odyssey of the Mind, a problem-solving competition involving students from kindergarten through college. He is inspired by watching youth and observing what they can do with limited intervention of adults, claiming that “We don’t give kids nearly enough opportunity to see what they can do on their own.”

He uses this passion to build and expand educational facilities throughout the state of California. One of these projects is the Los Rios CCD American River College Culinary Arts Expansion which involved a major addition (3x the size of the original building) which was done while keeping the existing building up and running. This allowed the educational programs within it to continue and not interrupt the school’s flow of income during construction. The project enhanced the current operations and gave students a sense of enthusiasm for their education, something that Richard found to be the most rewarding aspect of his work.

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Another highlight for Richard was working on the County of Kings Courthouse, a $100 million dollar project in which he unified and directed project consultants around the nation, including Florida, Arizona, Washington and various parts of California. Richard is enthusiastic about the variety of challenges that arose within the project and how each team member was able to find a solution. The courthouse serves a large diversity users and is considered an ideal example of planning and programming while being aesthetically beautiful.

Richard looks forward to working on more educational projects, enjoying the diversity of needs- from a classroom to something specialized such as a welding shop or research lab. When asked about what he looks to in the future, Richard says that “I have loved giving back to the community, as well as being involved in some great projects, but my best is yet to come.”

For more on Arch Nexus’ leadership, see http://www.archnexus.com/company/leadership/

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