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Publicity: South Salt Lake City Breaks Ground on One Burton

South Salt Lake City revitalization is taking a step forward with the groundbreaking of One Burton, at Main Street and Burton Avenue. The eight-story complex will have 180 apartments including a gallery, spa, fitness facilities and rooftop courtyards. The project will also include 7,000 square feet of retail space for restaurants or neighborhood shops.

South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood shared how much she likes the design with the Salt Lake Tribune; See what’s finally coming to South Salt Lake: its first ‘downtown’ building

Architectural Nexus’ Doug Thimm is the Principal Architect for One Burton.

One Burton will boast midcentury modern architecture that fits with the neighborhood. The idea was to bring something in that could be a piece of architecture that became part of the greater whole. -Doug Thimm

Thimm, also the Master Architect of the nearly completed West Quarter Development, is confident that One Burton will help execute the city’s vision for its downtown. South Salt Lake’s downtown expects to offer grocery stores, public spaces and access to public transportation. Architectural Nexus is working alongside Jacobsen Construction Co. Estimated completion of the project is 2024.

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Uncategorized: Celebrating the Career of Jeff Kennedy

Last week, Architectural Nexus celebrated the career of retiring Associate, Jeff Kennedy. Jeff’s 42-year profession focused on public school design throughout California and included projects like Valley View Elementary School and Union Mine High School. Jeff has always been ready and willing to share his wealth of knowledge in K-12 architecture to any who asked. His mentorship has been invaluable to Arch Nexus.

If you want to strike up conversation with Jeff, just bring up baseball and his beloved San Francisco Giants. Being able to spend more time in his maple tree nursery and his vineyard will truly make his retirement enjoyable.

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News: Celebrating Energy Efficiency Day 2022

In honor of Energy Efficiency Day 2022, Architectural Nexus is pleased to announce the findings of the first year of occupancy in our Living Building Pursuant Salt Lake City Office. The results? SLC is at a net positive energy production rate of 109%. This building is generating more energy than it consumes!

The dashed line on the above graph represents predicted energy use based on analysis done during design. The Peaks in the shaded graph indicate periods of higher actual energy usage, and the valleys represent lower energy use. While they do not coincide exactly, you can see that the predicted and actual use follow a similar pattern. Energy efficiency was a key strategy to achieving our energy positive goal. One of the measures taken to conserve energy was to encourage the building occupants to become active stewards of our office environment. Take June’s energy consumption in the graph below. Instead of running the air conditioning all day, staff open windows and doors to let a breeze cool down the office. This, along with the use of Solatubes instead of electric lights, greatly reduced the energy used throughout the office.

Even if you are unable to utilize solar panels, other efforts can still create measurable energy efficiency.  During the summer, close blinds and shades to keep the sun out and reduce the need for air conditioning. During the winter, do the opposite. Let the sun in to warm your home, reducing the need for a heater. These small every day actions amount to larger impacts.

As you can see in the above graph, the energy predicted to be generated as represented by the dashed line, and the actual energy produced, as indicated in the shaded area, were nearly identical. This on-site produced energy via photovoltaic panels equated to 109% of the energy used meaning that Arch Nexus SLC is net energy positive. After our first year of closely tracking the energy production and consumption of the SLC office, one can see clear conclusions. Sustainable design and occupant actions work together create optimal energy efficiency.

 

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Uncategorized: AIA Central Valley Open House Day

AIA Central Valley invites you to Architecture Firm Open House Night, a part of Experience Architecture 2022. On Thursday, October 13th from 5:30 to 7:30, participants can tour their choice of eleven different local architecture firms. Stop by the Architectural Nexus office at 930 R street in Sacramento for snacks, drinks, ping pong and an inside look at the regenerative design of a Certified Living Building! We can’t wait to meet you.

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Jobs: Interior Designer Wanted at Arch Nexus

Position Description:
Arch Nexus is looking for an experienced Interior Designer to join our growing firm. Come be a part of our diverse, multi-disciplinary design firm where we are collaborating to create some of our region’s most significant projects. Help us create places where people’s lives are enriched through the meaningful work that we do. Candidates should enjoy working in an integrative environment, demonstrate strong communication and design skills, be interpersonal and detail oriented, as well as a self-starter and problem solver. We are looking for to interview candidates for work either in our Sacramento or Salt Lake City offices.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design
  • Minimum 5 years of interior design experience
  • Proficiency in Revit

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • NCIDQ Certified
  • Proficiency in Bluebeam
  • Proficiency with Sketchup
  • Proficiency with Enscape

About Arch Nexus:
Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, design firm that focuses on inspiration, stewardship, and regeneration. Arch Nexus employee owners are given opportunities to grow their talents and careers to bring each of them meaningful, rewarding experiences. Our firm culture is deeply rooted in supporting thriving lives by promoting a healthy work/life balance, providing paid opportunities to volunteer in our communities, committing to mentoring, and embracing harmony with the natural environment. Arch Nexus is the only design firm in the world who practices from Living Buildings. In 2018 Our Sacramento Office became the first certified Living Building in California and our Salt Lake City office is currently pursing Living Building certification.

Benefits:

  • Nexus is an employee-owned company. Employees at Arch Nexus build ownership with the company through tenure (no direct contributions are required on the part of employees to attain ownership).
  • Competitive salaries based on experience and abilities.
  • Excellent medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Matching 401(k) plan
  • Twice yearly bonus program
  • Paid holidays and vacation time
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave
  • Paid volunteer leave 

Please email resumes to:

Brian Cassil, MBA
Principal | Director of Communications
bcassil@archnexus.com

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

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Jobs: Energy Analyst Wanted at Arch Nexus

We are looking for an experienced Energy Analyst to join our firm. This position is for someone who is curious, proactive, self-motivated and has an appreciation and willingness to learn. Come and enjoy the breathtaking views, world renowned outdoor recreation, and friendly people in Utah while working on some very exciting projects. Responsibilities include working through all phases of design to meet project goals and engage in close collaboration with the Arch Nexus architectural team engineering consultant teams to evaluate building systems and make recommendations for design measures that will improve the building performance. Candidates are expected to scale their efforts appropriately to the phase of design to adequately guide projects towards sustainability goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance to the design team to meet energy performance goals.
  • Generate whole building energy models to analyze envelope, HVAC, lighting, and other building systems.
  • Evaluate passive design strategies, natural ventilation strategies, daylighting and thermal comfort.
  • Prepare technical deliverables like energy analysis reports or presentations on results of whole building simulation, life cycle cost analysis, life cycle assessments, embodied carbon calculations.
  • Prepare other technical deliverables like code compliance documentation, LBC documentation, LEED documentation.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Architecture candidates will be considered. Engineering candidates preferred. 
  • Minimum 2 years of energy modeling experience in the AEC industry required. Preference given to candidates with more experience.
  • Strong understanding of building science and building technology systems such as HVAC, envelope, and lighting.
  • Deep understanding of interdisciplinary impact of design decisions on high-performance buildings.
  • Proficiency in IES-VE, e-Quest, or Energy Plus, and willingness to learn new tools are required. All current projects at Arch Nexus are modeled in IES-VE.
  • Experience with modeling protocols such as ASHRAE 90.1, California Title 24, etc.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Proficiency and experience in creating energy analysis documentation for LEED certification requirements.
  • Comfortable receiving and incorporating critical feedback.
  • Ability to work quickly and be deadline oriented.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • BEMP certification
  • LEED AP accreditation
  • Familiarity with CFD analysis
  • Familiarity with Revit
  • Familiarity with Rhino
  • Experience with scripting and programming

Benefits:

  • Arch Nexus is an employee-owned company. Employees build ownership with the company through tenure (no direct contributions are required on the part of employees to attain ownership).
  • Competitive salaries based on experience and abilities.
  • Excellent medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • Matching 401(k) plan.
  • Twice yearly bonus program.
  • Paid holidays and vacation time.
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Paid volunteer leave.

About Arch Nexus:

Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on stewardship, inspiration, and regeneration. We have offices in Sacramento, California and in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our Sacramento office is located in the Historic R Street community and is the only Certified Living Building in California. Our Salt Lake City Office building is currently pursuing Living Building Certification.

Email resumes to:
Brian Cassil, MBA
Principal | Director of Communications
bcassil@archnexus.com

Thank you for sending your resume; I look forward to getting to know you.

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Uncategorized: Arch Nexus SLC Open House September 8th

The flagship office of Architectural Nexus in Salt Lake City, invites the public to come tour the greenest building in Utah. Open house hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM with free churros from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We hope to see you there!

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Jobs: Architect Wanted at Arch Nexus

Arch Nexus is seeking a talented and motivated licensed architect to work in either our Salt Lake City or Sacramento Offices. The successful candidate will work with an integrative team through all phases of design including programming and planning, to develop and document holistic designs for a variety of project types. This position is for someone who has the ability and is motivated to create places that enrich people’s lives through a thoughtful design process, technical expertise, integration across all design disciplines, and collaboration with all project stakeholders. Applicants should enjoy working in an integrative environment, demonstrate strong communication and design skills, be a self-starter and a problem solver.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for ensuring that the overall design intent of the project as established by the Project Designer is incorporated into the detailed documentation.
  • 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.
  • Fosters and maintains a collaborative professional working relationship with the entire Project Team.
  • 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.
  • Develops a positive relationship of trust with clients and other project stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Integrates sustainable design solutions into projects.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Licensed Architect in the State of Utah.
  • 3 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.
  • Sustainable design accreditation a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of design, trends, and construction methodology.
  • Knowledge of architectural building systems.
  • Knowledge of sustainability and integrated design.
  • 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.
  • Participation in professional organizations is a plus.

Benefits:

  • Arch Nexus is an employee-owned company. Employees build ownership with the company through tenure (no direct contributions are required on the part of employees to attain ownership).
  • Competitive salaries based on experience and abilities.
  • Excellent medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.
  • Matching 401(k) plan.
  • Twice yearly bonus program.
  • Paid holidays and vacation time.
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Paid volunteer leave.

About Arch Nexus:

Architectural Nexus is a people driven, employee-owned, architectural design firm focused on stewardship, inspiration, and regeneration. We have offices in Sacramento, California and in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our Sacramento office is located in the Historic R Street community and is the only Certified Living Building in California. Our Salt Lake City Office building is currently pursuing Living Building Certification.

Email resumes to:
Brian Cassil, MBA
Principal | Director of Communications
bcassil@archnexus.com

Thank you for sending your resume; I look forward to getting to know you.

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News: National Ability Center Breaks Ground in Park City

The National Ability Center is a non-profit organization that makes recreation and outdoor adventures accessible to people of all abilities – and is a treasured client of Architectural Nexus. What began as the Park City Handicapped Sports Association in 1985 has grown to a global leader for adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures.

After 20 years of operating their winter sports center “temporarily” from a double wide trailer at the base of Park City Mountain Resort, it is a thrill to see the National Ability Center turn the first shovels on the Arch Nexus designed, Park City Mountain Center.

The 9,400-sf facility, will be ski-in, ski-out, and serve as home base for the organization’s ski and snowboard programs. It will increase the NAC’s ability so serve significantly more people, with adequate indoor space for fitting and storage. Once fitted, participants will slide on an artificial surface directly to the snow! The space will include a specialized sensory room for calming and on-site accessible restroom facilities.

Project Designer and Arch Nexus Associate Jeff Tuft is particularly inspired by the purpose driven mission of the National Ability Center. “The new building will be a beacon that shines light on the NAC organization and will inspire individuals of all levels of ability to get out and enjoy outdoor recreation. Architectural Nexus is grateful for the strong relationships that have been formed in the years that this project has taken to get off the ground and the working partnerships that have been forged. What an exciting day!”

For more news on this great event you may visit these news sites:

KCPW.org

ABC4.com

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Uncategorized: Water Wise Landscape Rebates, Utah and Sacramento

It’s no secret, traditional lawns waste water. With offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and Sacramento, California; Architectural Nexus has some helpful information to share for a more water wise landscape in Utah and Sacramento.

During the 2022 session, the Utah Legislature approved $5 million for a statewide grass removal rebate program. There’s been tremendous interest in this program and the state is working to launch the first statewide turf buyback program in the country! Click here to sign up for updates.

In Sacramento, the River-Friendly Landscape Program offers several types of rebates to residential and commercial customers to help pay for water-efficient upgrades. Conserve water and money by utilizing the Turf Conversion Rebate, Landscape Design Assistance, Smart controller Rebate, Irrigation Upgrade Rebate, the Rain Barrel Rebate and the Laundry to Landscape Rebate!

Here’s one more helpful hint: Replace turf with native plants. Type in your zip code at Native Plant Finder for free information on good planting choices in your area

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