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Publicity: Trimtab: How Retrofitting Can Fight Climate Change

The official blog of the International Living Future Institute, Trim Tab, shares a unique look at the how retrofitting working-class buildings can sequester carbon and fight climate change. Michael D. Berrisford, Editor-in-Chief of Ecotone Publishing, discusses what makes the subject of their latest release, Regenerative Retrofit: California’s First Living Building, so special.

The Arch Nexus SAC regenerative retrofit is so much more than a shiny solar-powered, high-performance brick and mortar landmark adorned to garner “oohs” and “ahhs.” Nor is Arch Nexus SAC a green technology showcase trimmed out with futuristic tech, instantly iconic for its statuesque architecture and stately skyline posture. While it does have numerous verdant features such as the biophilic-inspired daylighting plan and living wall, robust solar capability, composting toilets, and right-sized cisterns, in actuality, Arch Nexus SAC’s shine comes from its undeniable success as a smart, practical, fully-functioning Living Building that has been bootstrapped from its humble industrial origins as a 1950s-era warehouse. 

Further, the building and its owner/occupants are notable for meeting timely objectives linked to the proliferation of crises facing California. Through this building, and pretty much every action they take these days, they are responding positively to the consequences of climate change such as recurrent droughts, intense wildfires, increasing extreme temperatures, and power grid insecurity–all the while connecting to the social fabric of their local community. 

The Arch Nexus office in Sacramento is a people-driven, thoughtfully designed building transformed from traditional building stock to an architectural gem that impressively reduces its carbon footprint. It generates energy and collects water like one of nature’s systems and provides a healthy and engaging physical workplace environment for its knowledgeable and creative occupants. Working-class building retrofits like the Arch Nexus SAC office transformation represent a viable–and now proven–opportunity for addressing climate change.

See the full article here.

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Publicity: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Awarded Best Project of the Year

Arch Nexus is honored to be recognized with the Best Project of the Year Award for the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium from the Sacramento Business Journal.

Engraved on the exterior front wall of the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium are the words This Building Is Dedicated To Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice In The Service Of The United States. Since it’s opening in 1927, the facility has served as both a monument and a venue for graduations, concerts and countless other events. After 91 years, the structure was in need of updating.

Principal Architect Jeffrey Davis, led the project. Davis was honored to be involved in such a project and states “To have the privilege of upgrading its capabilities to accommodate a larger variety of performances at this venue so that more people from the community and the region can experience its restored historical beauty is what is most meaningful.” Improvements to the building included acoustic enhancements, new and refurbished seating, upgraded audio-video equipment, refreshed rigging system and improve theatrical lighting. Davis had a lot of praise for the original architecture such as the main floor, which can descend to allow another part of the floor to become an elevated stage. “A lot of these mechanisms, first installed more than 90 years ago, still worked beautifully.”

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Thought Leadership: AIA Central Valley: Healthy Materials Symposium

On Thursday, June 7th AIA Central Valley presents the Healthy Materials Symposium. The event will feature nine experts through three different sessions, exploring the impacts of materials on human and environmental health, learning of the tools available for prioritizing healthy materials, and identifying strategies for project teams to make informed decisions that promote healthy and sustainable environments.

Featured Speaker: Alex Muller is the Manager for the Living Product Challenge (LPC) at the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The LPC is an international product sustainability framework and certification program, incentivizing the creation of healthy, regenerative products for all. Alex works daily with manufacturers pursuing the program on supply chain issues, material health and life cycle analysis; and with the program’s third party assessors to continually streamline and evolve the program, to scale its adoption.

Arch|Nexus Director of Sustainability, Patty Karapinar, will present during session 2: Identifying Tools of the Trade. Patty has thirty years of professional experience, including her recent work on the Arch|Nexus SAC location – the first Living Building in California and the first Living Building that is an adaptive reuse of an existing building.

To read more about the symposium or to register, click here.

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Thought Leadership: Earth Day Festival at Urban Agriculture Garden

Employees from Arch|Nexus SAC participated in an Earth Day festival at Sutter Middle School. Using the school garden designed by Arch|Nexus, the  garden club harvested vegetables, cooked up a meal and served it at the event.

Arch|Nexus and Sacramento City Unified School District worked together to create the Urban Agriculture Garden at Sutter Middle School. The project helps the Arch|Nexus SAC office in their effort to become the first certified Living Building in the state of California. Since the project area at Arch|Nexus SAC could not support all of the urban agriculture garden space required to fulfil the Urban Agriculture Imperative of the Living Building Challenge, the project has utilized an option known as Scale Jumping, which allows cooperation between projects and neighboring properties, to create solutions otherwise not possible.

The Urban Agriculture Garden at Sutter Middle School uses the same sustainable methods used to create Arch|Nexus SAC and includes solutions that support California’s water conservation goals.  The garden has been designed to use collected rain water as its source for water. Rainwater is collected on the roof of the main school building, then directed to building roof drains and gravity fed directly into two above grade cisterns. Rainwater is stored and distributed as needed for garden irrigation. Additionally, all of the materials used to create this garden have been thoroughly vetted to be Red List compliant, meaning they are free of harmful chemicals.

 

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC: Experience Architecture: COTE Top Ten Exhibit

Arch Nexus is proud to host the Experience Architecture: COTE Top Ten Exhibit, the industries premier program celebrating great design and great performance. Now in its 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight sustainable projects that protect and enhance the environment. Exhibit opens during Sacramento’s Second Saturday in September. Click here for more details.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Luna Cycles featured in CODA WORX

One of the more visible features of our Sacramento office building, Arch | Nexus SAC is the public art installation which doubles as a bike rack and triples as a public seating area. CODA WORX magazine (Collaboration of Design + Art) has recently published an article featuring this installation known as Luna Cycles. CODA’s mission is to raise awareness about environmental and social issues as well as develop community engagement and pride through the inclusion of public art.

The article highlights the unique challenges and opportunities of creating a public art piece for a Living Building. In the article, artist Jay Stargaard says “Living buildings are regenerative spaces that are designed to be self-sufficient, giving more than they take in water and energy resources. The bike rack sculpture communicates the unique values of the renovated building while encouraging community connection.”
To see the full article at CODA WORX click here.

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: We’re Getting Close! Arch Nexus SAC Ribbon Cutting

It is almost time to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting of Arch | Nexus SAC. Plan to arrive early as the party will begin on Thursday, March 2nd at 9:30 AM sharp with remarks from Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Steve Hansen and Arch Nexus President Kenner Kingston. Afterwards, you can take a tour of the building, party with some of our R Street neighbors, and enjoy live music by Humble Wolf!

Check out our preview.

We look forward to seeing you!

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Ribbon Cutting Block Party

Now that we have moved in, we invite you to join us at our Ribbon Cutting Event. Afterwards, Arch Nexus, along with our R Street neighbors, will be throwing a Block Party! Please mark your calendars for March 2nd from 9:30-11:30 AM and expect more details soon on what will be a fun event for everyone.

To add this event to your calendar, please visit http://eepurl.com/cAh1NH

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ARCH | NEXUS SAC , News: Arch Nexus Sacramento R Street Office Opens!

After many arduous but very gratifying months of design and construction, the new Arch Nexus Sacramento R Street office opened for business today! Relocation from the 3rd Street office occurred over the last couple of days of 2016. The renovated building will double the capacity for occupants to help meet the needs for our growing business in the Sacramento and central valley regions. Additionally, this new office incorporates an unprecedented number of sustainable design features, such as a cutting edge composting system, on site agriculture, on site water filtration and treatment, and energy independence by means of highly efficient electrical systems and a solar PV array, just to name a few.

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Our objective of designing and building California’s first Living Building has now crossed a major threshold and our focus turns to occupying and working in such a high performance building. Training for the employees has been underway for some time and systems commissioning is now in progress. Once we have registered 12 consecutive months of meeting some very strict performance standards our Living Building journey will be complete.

The new address for the Arch Nexus Sacramento office is:
930 R Street
Sacramento, Ca. 95811

Stay tuned for information regarding a ribbon cutting and gala at which time tours can be arranged. Until then we invite you to visit the Arch | Nexus SAC website at dev.archnexus.com/arch-nexus-sac/ which will be updated regularly as we move through the performance period. Lastly, and as always, wish us luck as we pursue Living Building Certification in 2018!

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News: ULI Young Leaders Group Tour of Arch Nexus SAC

Arch Nexus will be hosting a hard hat tour for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Young Leaders Group of the Arch | Nexus SAC Building, the aspiring Living Building Challenge office which is now under construction on Historic R Street in Sacramento. The tour, led by architect Jeff Davis, will cover how the regenerative urban infill project challenges the boundaries of sustainability and connects into culture of the creative R Street.

As stated by their website, “ULI Sacramento’s Young Leaders Group provides opportunities for young professionals to develop skills and build relationships that will help advance their careers and foster an understanding of thoughtful development practices throughout the Capital Region. Young Leaders Group activities are organized by and for ULI members age 35 and under to provide programming, networking, and leadership opportunities.”

Please visit ULI’s event page for more details on making tour reservations.

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