News: Hill Aerospace Museum Debuts Newest Gallery

Against a vibrant blue sky, military aircraft set the backdrop for the ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the culmination of years of planning for the L.S. Skaggs Gallery at Hill Aerospace Museum. Sean Bennett, Principal Architect with Architectural Nexus, expressed gratitude for the collaborative effort of partners who brought this project to fruition, reflecting on his own childhood visits to now playing a role in the museum’s advancement. “It’s incredible to think about the times I came here as a child, not knowing that one day I’d have a small role to play in bringing this museum forward.” He highlighted the museum’s vital role as a bridge between the military base and the local community.

Housed within a 91,000 sq. ft. hangar, the newest gallery is poised to welcome over 350,000 visitors annually, showcasing more than 90 military aircraft. The new space will open to the public on Thursday, May 2, 2024.

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News: Salt Lake Community College Celebrates Cate Field Upgrades

Cate Field, located on the Salt Lake Community College – Jordan Campus, has been home to the Bruins baseball team since it was built in 2001. On March 8th, the Bruins hosted their first game utilizing new, long-awaited renovations.

Upgrades include three new structures. One houses patron restrooms, concessions, and a ticket office. Another structure provides a state-of-the-art locker room for the team and coaching staff. The final structure is a press box and conference room, providing an immaculate view of Cate Field and remarkable noise reduction from nearby traffic.

Principal Architect, Holli Adams was among a team of designers from Architectural Nexus to throw a ceremonial first pitch, on Friday. “Working with the amazing people from SLCC was the best part of this project.” Shared Holli. She also expressed heartfelt appreciation for Steve Tanner, the Project Manager from Arch Nexus, as instrumental to the success of the project.

The recent upgrades will elevate SLCC baseball, making it more competitive in recruiting. Student-athletes now benefit from consolidated study, training, and recovery areas at Cate Field. SLCC plans to consistently utilize the space. The stadium will even host a portion of the Utah 4A High School Baseball Tournament in May.


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News: Outdoor Learning Center at Wakamatsu Farm

Today’s impending winter storm couldn’t hinder the grand opening celebration of the American River Conservancy’s new Outdoor Learning Center at the historic Wakamatsu Farm. Hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Wakamatsu Farm stands as a testament to the resiliency of those who settled in California generations ago. It is the original site of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk farm colony, the location of the first Japanese colony in the United States, the birthplace of the first Japanese American, and the gravesite of the first Japanese immigrant buried in the USA.

Sprawling oak trees surround a small pond near the new Outdoor Learning Center, a space designed by Architectural Nexus and a facility that is already well-cared for by local volunteers. The new addition includes a beautiful metal sculpture by artist Jay Stargaard.

The afternoon’s celebrations included musical artists, nature walks, light refreshments, and a chance for visitors to meet new people. The deep community connections demonstrated at today’s event are an insight into the role this pavilion plays in preserving California’s history. Architectural Nexus is honored to become a part of the long history of Wakamatsu Farm and to contribute to this site’s sense of inspiration, stewardship, and community.

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Jobs: Civic/Community Architect Wanted at Arch Nexus SLC

About Us:

Architectural Nexus is a people driven, architectural design firm who values inspiration, stewardship, and regeneration. We have offices in two locations: Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California. Our Sacramento office building is the first and only Living Building in California and our Salt Lake City office building is aiming to become the first Living Building in Utah. As an employee owned firm (ESOP) we value and reward the contributions of all employees.


  • Working in a fast-paced, inclusive environment, focusing on and community-based projects.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the overall design intent of the project as established by the Project Designer is incorporated into the detailed documentation.
  • Fosters and maintains a collaborative professional working relationship with the entire Project Team.
  • Attends on-site visits to observe construction progress and attend project meetings as required for the project. Prepares and coordinates the review of contractor’s schedules, submission of RFI responses and other coordination documents in order to verify design intent.
  • Develops a positive relationship of trust with clients and other project stakeholders.
  • Monitor the design process from conceptual phase through construction administration, ensuring the design idea is consistent and properly executed.
  • Responsible for technical resolution and coordination for a project or a defined portion of a project.
  • Checks completed plans for accuracy.
  • Responsible for communication with other disciplines, consultants, and contractors to ensure incorporation of all project requirements and provides support as necessary.
  • Ensures that construction detail documentation conforms to quality assurance, quality control and best practice standards.
  • Fosters a commitment to client service.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Licensed Architect in the State of Utah.
  • 8+ years of architecture design experience.
  • Proficient with Autodesk Revit.
  • Proficient with Bluebeam Revu or other markup software.
  • Able to prepare a full set of construction documents.
  • Strong knowledge of design, trends, and construction methodology.
  • Knowledge of architectural building systems.
  • Knowledge of building codes and ability to research and apply/incorporate into technical documents
  • Ability to work in team environment.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Sustainable design accreditation a plus.


  • We are an Employee Owned Firm (ESOP)
  • Large-firm opportunities in a small-firm culture
  • Excellent medical and dental benefits
  • Matching 401(k) and/or Roth 401(k) plan
  • Twice yearly bonus program
  • Holiday and vacation benefits
  • Paid volunteer time
  • 6 weeks paid parental leave
  • Pay commensurate with abilities and experience

Email resumes and references to:
Brian Cassil, MBA
Principal | Director of Communications

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

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Publicity: Library Design for the Whole Community

A recent article published by Deseret News and shared by Apple News highlights statistics that might surprise some, but not designers at Architectural Nexus. Researchers from Portland State University, in collaboration with the American Library Association, noted an “unlikely love affair” between young Americans and libraries. More than half of Gen Z and millennials have visited local libraries in the past year. About 25% of library visitors don’t consider themselves readers, and 43% of Gen Z and millennials don’t identify as readers. According to the article, Libraries serve as gathering places beyond books, offering resources during life changes, Wi-Fi workspaces, and creativity resources. Amid challenges like loneliness and mental health issues, libraries remain vital “third spaces” for connection at no cost.

This is exactly what Architectural Nexus had in mind when designing recent spaces like the Kearns Library (featured image in Deseret News piece), the Daybreak Library, and the Sprague Library. According to Holli Adams, Principal with Arch Nexus, “These spaces were all designed to bring people together and provide a sense of choice and opportunity. Interactive spaces within these Architectural Nexus designs offer a new hub of activity drawing public interest and the community back into the public realm.”


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News: ACEC Utah Recognizes Exceptional Engineering at Huntsman Cancer Institute

On Wednesday evening, the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Salt Lake City bustled with engineers, architects, and contractors. The group was gathered to celebrate outstanding achievements of the engineering profession with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Utah.

ACEC Utah recognized the Architectural Nexus designed, Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers facility with the Merit Award for Special Projects and the Grand Award for Structural Systems.

Together with The Huntsman Cancer Institute, Reaveley Engineers, Psomas, Layton Construction, and many other key partners, we created a structure that inspires hope, innovation, and an unwavering dedication to improving cancer treatment. Architectural Nexus is deeply grateful to be part of this award-winning team.

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News: AIA Central Valley Architecture Coloring Book

AIA Central Valley has released Volume II of their Architecture Coloring Book! The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee of AIACV coordinated this effort for K-12 students to promote diversity, and inclusion and to inspire young students to consider a career in architecture. Many firms contributed, including six individuals from Architectural Nexus. See full credit details in the back of the book. Thank you, AIA Central Valley, and everyone who helped create this!

View and download the Architecture Coloring Book here:

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News: Honoring the Remarkable Career of Doug Thimm

Driving through Utah you’ll see dozens of designs by legendary Architect, Doug Thimm. The West Quarter, Hardware Village, Liberty Crest, Brickyard, and the currently-under-construction One Burton are just a glimpse of Doug’s notable projects in downtown Salt Lake City living spaces. In his earlier career, Doug left his mark on iconic structures like The Gateway Shopping Center and later the Utah Data Center. His influence is also evident in various projects at Tech Ridge in southern Utah.

“Because of Doug, so many people have a better place to live, work and enjoy life, and so many communities are better places to be!” -Mihnea Dobre, Principal at Architectural Nexus.

Concluding his 40-year architectural career, Doug celebrated his next step into retirement last night. Friends, family, and colleagues gathered at Architectural Nexus in Salt Lake City to commemorate not just Doug’s designs, but also his mentorship and profound relationships. Arch Nexus Senior Principal, David Abraham, who collaborated closely with Doug for many years, delivered a heartfelt farewell speech, expressing how much he’ll miss this special individual with boundless energy, character, and integrity.

From the time he was 12 years old, Doug knew he knew he wanted to be an architect. “Going to work didn’t feel like a job because I got to do what I loved,” said Doug. “Every day was the Best Day of my Life.” This attitude showed in each aspect of Doug’s work. The entire team at Architectural Nexus extend their sincere appreciation for Doug and wish him the very best in his continued adventures.

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Publicity: A New Hope – the Kathryn F. Kirk Center

Utah Construction & Design Magazine recently published an in-depth look into the latest addition of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Their full story: A New Hope, can be found in UC&D’s October 2023 issue.

In May, the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) held a grand opening for the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. The 10-story, $178 million center is a new ray of hope in the fight against cancer. Architectural Nexus oversaw the project and all previous phases of the iconic campus.

The 225,000 square feet of warm, welcoming space includes 48 cozy inpatient rooms, a whole floor dedicated to women’s cancers, and an expanded wellness center. The architectural design features go above and beyond to make patients feel at home, opting for high-end finishes that give off a luxury hotel vibe rather than a sterile hospital feel.

But it’s not just about aesthetics. According to Lisa Whoolery Ramidan, Senior Principal at Arch Nexus, “The goal of the new center is to capitalize on HCI’s previous success to further develop the facility and care for patients. “The mission of the HCI is patient first, united effort, and excellence in all it does,” Whoolery Ramidan said. “The expansion will further enhance the ability to meet that mission to serve patients.”

Read the full spread from UC&D to learn more about the unique challenges faced and new opportunities created throughout this project.

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Publicity: UC&D 2023 Most Outstanding Projects

Utah Construction & Design held their 2023 awards ceremony for this year’s Most Outstanding Projects, on December 12th. The winning projects includes three Architectural Nexus designs.

Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers won Healthcare, Large. This addition to the Huntsman Cancer Institute adds 220,000 square feet to the campus and increases inpatient care capacity by 50%.

National Ability Center – Mountain Center won the Community Impact award for its trailblazing innovation in adaptive recreation.

In an exciting first, an Arch Nexus design won the esteemed Project of the Year. It was awarded to The West Quarter. This project transforms downtown Salt Lake City with its luxury multi-family housing – The Charles, swanky hotels, retail space and parking. Future phases will bring more housing, high-end retail, and fine dining additions.

We share this honor with our extraordinary clients and first-rate partners who make these achievements possible.

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