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News: Arch | Nexus and the Women in Architecture Design Competition

Two Arch | Nexus intern architects, Ardivan Tookaloo and Elahe Zarehzadeh, have teamed with Zahra Hassanipour (FFKR) Reihaneh Noori (University of Utah), Massih Nilforoushan (VCBO), and Mehran Rezcan (GSBS) to create a winning submission for the 2016 Design Competition sponsored by Salt Lake County and Women in Architecture SLC. This year, the competition focused on “Girls in Design”, the goal of which is to design and build a structure in Sunnyvale Park in West Valley City for the Utah refugee soccer team.

Sunnyvale Park is an environment where refugees and their children who live within the area can come together as a community to enjoy watching soccer, enhance relationships, and develop skills. To understand the needs to this community, the designers met with many of the soccer players to determine what type of structure would best enhance the park.

One of the children’s suggestions (among the requests for a Justin Bieber statue) was for activities to do on the side when they weren’t able to play soccer. This led to the idea and design of a structure which features a target net, practice wall, protective nets to prevent injury, and flexible seating. The structure is designed to be portable, in the case it needs to be relocated from Sunnyvale Park, and is made of simple materials- wood, rope, and bicycle tires to promote sustainability, budget, and to demonstrate that materials like these can be creatively and aesthetically repurposed.

The soccer practice wall is projected to be finished by mid-September. To learn more about Women In Architecture in Salt Lake City and this design competition, please click here.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch Nexus Seeks Artist to Create Public Art Project

In addition to becoming one of the greenest office buildings in the world, we are also committed to making Arch | Nexus SAC an integrated part of the Historic R Street community and culture. As a part of this effort we are seeking to tap into the vibrant art community in Sacramento and commission a public art project/bike rack to be prominently located near the main entry on the corner of R Street and 10th Street. Our vision and hope is to have an artistic expression that exemplifies sustainability, the values of Arch Nexus, and the culture of Historic R Street. To download a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) with further details including budget, eligibility, and timeline, please click here.

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News: Dakota’s Big Day with Make-A-Wish!

Yesterday was a special day for a young baseball fan in the Sacramento area. Eleven year old Dakota was picked up from school in a limousine and shuttled off along with friends and family to his home where he was surprised to see his very own batting cage installed! That’s not all though, in June he will go to the Sacramento Rivercats baseball game where he will meet the team, get a special VIP tour of the stadium, and even thrrow out the first pitch! We are so happy to sponsor Dakota and to partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation to bring some joy and hope to a boy in need.

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Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides and inspires them to grant wishes that change the lives of children. Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Arch Nexus is committed to the communities in which we work and actively supports the causes that best reflect our purpose. Our passion for community stewardship is a key aspect of our company culture. Whether in the projects we design or in the causes we support our purpose is to help elevate society. To become a Make-A-Wish sponsor or to find other ways to support their vision please visit wish.org/ways-to-help.

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News: Julie Berreth Article in The Enterprise

The Enterprise, Utah’s Business Journal has featured a very interesting article by Arch Nexus principal Julie Berreth. The piece describes how designing office environments with a greater connection to nature enhances employee productivity and creativity as well as provides a substantial return on investment. To check out the article please click here.

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News: Kenner Kingston Panelist at Living Future Conference

Last week Arch Nexus president Kenner Kingston was a panelist for a session at the Living Future Conference titled “The Business Case for Corporate Transparency and JUST”. The session focused the numerous advantages of transparency on all aspects of business operations, such as improved respect for employees and clients, greater brand awareness, and improved client loyalty. The session spurred enthusiastic participation and was very well attended.

The JUST program, which is administered by the Living Future Institute, is a voluntary disclosure program and tool for all types and sizes of organizations. The program provides an innovative transparency platform for organizations to reveal much about their operations and acts somewhat as a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. To see the Arch Nexus JUST label please click here.

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News: Sacramento Schools Compete in Project Green

On Earth Day, 14 schools in the Sacramento Unified School District competed in an energy audit competition called Project Green. The competition brings together campuses from across the district to form student “green teams” supported by parents and staff to conduct “green audits” of their facilities. The teams work with district and local professionals to draft recommendations for improvements ranging from the installation of solar tubes to increase daylighting in classrooms to installing water-wise plumbing fixtures. Students present their recommendations to a panel of experts representing local non-profits that focus on creating healthy sustainable learning environments on Earth Day. Judges then evaluate each submission based on their audit, presentation and written report. Schools displaying the highest performance in these areas are awarded funding for their projects.

Two of the judges for Project Green were our very own Patty Karapinar and Heather Olson of the Arch Nexus Sacramento office. Patty commented that “Project Green has a lasting effect on students because they dive into sustainability in a very real way.  The District actually funds the winning team’s project,  so their school get to see their brainchild become reality and reap its benefits.  The students were bundles of energy and excitement on presentation day!”

Project Green allows participants to play a vital role in the development, design, and implementation of projects that will transform the site for the benefit of the environment, staff, stakeholders, community, and especially for the students. Project Green allows students to learn, develop, and implement designs that not only support, but also improve resource conservation, environmental sustainability, and cleaner and healthier student life.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Rachel King and Sacramento Unified School District for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic program!

For more information on project green please visit www.scusd.edu/project-green-programs

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Publicity: The Year of the Parks on KUED

We value both our partnership with KUED and the education and insight they provide through their national and local programming. Arch Nexus is committed to our beautiful homes in Utah and California. We are fortunate to have five national parks in Utah and ten national parks in California to enjoy and allow us to expand our wonder at the restorative power of nature in our lives.

Join our non-profit community partner KUED as they celebrate 100 years of National Parks. “The Year of the Parks” series will feature three documentaries highlighting the National Parks, their creation and the value they provide to all of us.  Bask in the land we are fortunate enough to call home.

For programming schedule please visit www.kued.org/whatson/year-the-parks

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Publicity: Living Building Presentation at Intermountain Sustainability Summit

Recently, Arch Nexus president Kenner Kingston had the opportunity to present an overview of the Living Building Challenge at the Intermountain Sustainability Summit. The summit, held annually at Weber State University, brings together over 40 speakers to inspire, inform, and show how businesses, policy makers, nonprofits, and community members are making a positive difference for our environment.

The Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the positive solutions we seek.

You can learn more about the Living Building Challenge by watching Kenner’s presentation here.

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News: Arch Nexus Showcases Five Emerging Artists

On April 15 we had the pleasure of hosting a showcase of five emerging photographers. Stephanie Espinoza, Alexis Hansen, Mary Santistevan, Rebekah O’Driscoll, and Sam Trefaller, all of the University of Utah Art Department, displayed some of their amazing art at a reception held in our Salt Lake Office as a part of the Gallery Stroll. Architectural Nexus is proud to support the arts and local artists. Everyone involved had a wonderful time.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Construction Begins for Arch | Nexus SAC!

Demolition and Construction has recently begun on the building at 930 R Street for our Sacramento Office! We remain committed to our ambitious goal of making this a certified Living Building which includes net positive energy, net positive water, no water discharge and no harmful chemicals. If these goals are achieved, Arch | Nexus SAC will be a place where the water and energy crises will be challenged by water-reuse, energy conservation and generation methods to become a springboard for creating new strategies for respecting our natural resources.

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As we enter this next phase of the project we are excited to be teamed with passionate and talented professionals such as:

2020 Engineering – Water Re-Use Consultant
Warren Consulting – Civil Engineering
Miyamoto International – Structural Engineering
Glumac – Integrated MEP Engineering + Lighting Design
Capital Engineering – Commissioning Agent
Market One Builders – General Contractor
Sustain3 – Occupant Engagement

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