News: Principal Medical Planner, Kelly Schreihofer is ACHA certified

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) provides board certification to architects who specialize in health care design. Its goal is to transform health care through better built environments. The process of becoming ACHA certified is rigorous, overseen by an independent testing agency and establishes a professionally sound standard by which people can identify themselves as healthcare architects.

ACHA certification demonstrates proficiency and competency in the extremely complex and ever-evolving world of healthcare design. Architectural Nexus congratulates Principal Medical Planner, Kelly Schreihofer, on her recent ACHA certification!

Regarding this achievement Kelly shares, my dedicated 23-year career in healthcare architecture began at the University of Chicago’s Comer I Children’s Hospital, and it continues today with my engagement in the hospital bed tower addition for St. Luke’s Boise. I am thankful to ACHA for the honor of being part of this esteemed community and extend gratitude to those who contributed letters, assisted in archival research, and more. Their support has been invaluable.

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Publicity: CMAA Project Achievement Awarded to UC Davis Health Facility

The Construction Management Association of America is an industry association with a goal to improve our nation’s infrastructure. Since 1982, CMAA has established standards for managing construction projects. CMAA has announced Project Achievement Awards of 2023, with an Architectural Nexus project among the ranks.

The UC Davis Health Ambulatory Care Center Expansion/Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute wins the Healthcare: Construction value greater than $50 Million project award.

UCDH Eye Institute offers world class eye care with a seamless, all-in-one approach. The innovative design of the Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute reflects advancements in patient care and research, fulfilling UC Davis Health’s long-held vision. This facility showcases the university’s eye care history. The 4-story addition to the ambulatory care center includes 64 exam rooms, 24 imaging rooms, and a floor dedicated to surgery and research. Congratulations to UC Davis Health, Vanir, and all involved in the incredible project.



Sacramento, California



UC Davis Health


Project Team

Vanir (Construction Manager)

Architectural Nexus (Criteria Architect)

McCarthy and HGA/TEF (Design Build Entity)


Square Footage

75,505 SF


Project Budget

$91 Million

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Thought Leadership: Erica McBride, WELL Accredited Professional

The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) is a health and well-being credential demonstrating expertise in the WELL building standard. It’s a commitment to advancing human health in buildings and communities around the world.

After many hours of preparation, Architectural Nexus Regenerative Operations Manager, Erica McBride is WELL-certified!

Regarding this accreditation, Erica shares: The role buildings play in human health and well-being has never been more evident or more important. The relationship between the physical environment and human health is so important. It is up to us to drive the change we wish to see in the built environment. That is why I chose to pursue WELL Accredited Professional certification.

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Publicity: Architectural Nexus Designs Win Multiple UC&D Awards, 2023 Project of the Year

Utah Construction and Design has announced its list of 2023’s Most Outstanding Projects. Architectural Nexus is pleased to have winning designs in three categories on this list, including Project of the Year!

Project of the Year: The West Quarter

Community Impact: National Ability Center – Mountain Center

Healthcare, Large: Kathryn F. Kirk Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers

A panel of eight industry professionals chose award projects from over 80 submissions. A recap of each award-winning project will be included in the December issue of UC&D.

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Jobs: Building Performance Analyst Wanted at Arch Nexus

Position Description:

We are looking for an experienced Building Performance Analyst to join our employee owned firm. This position is for an analyst who can work collaboratively with the architectural team to inform and influence design from initial concept, through all phases of design and certification. Candidates are expected to scale their efforts appropriately to the phase of design to adequately guide projects towards energy goals.

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.


  • Collaborate with the design team to meet energy goals.
  • Generate whole building energy analysis from concept to certification.
  • Analyze energy envelope, HVAC, lighting, and other building systems.
  • Evaluate airflow, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Must be passionate about regenerative design
  • Proficient with daylight modeling.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Architectural Engineering or related discipline.
  • Minimum 5 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.
  • Proficient with IES-VE energy modeling software.
  • Experience with modeling protocols such as ASHRAE 90.1, California Title 24, etc.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Proficient and experienced in creating modeling reports for LEED certification requirements.
  • Comfortable receiving and incorporating critical feedback.
  • Ability to work quickly and be deadline oriented.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • BEMP certification
  • Ability to calculate Life Cycle Analysis
  • Familiarity with Revit
  • Familiarity with CFD analysis
  • Experience with scripting and programming

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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 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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News , Uncategorized: Huntsman Cancer Institute Expanding to Vineyard, Utah

Architectural Nexus has had the privilege of designing each phase of the Huntsman Cancer Institute for over two decades. We are humbled to announce our continued partnership as we embark on a new chapter together. The Huntsman Cancer Institute has again entrusted Arch Nexus with the privilege of designing its new Comprehensive Cancer Center in Vineyard, Utah.

The expansion is funded by a $75 million donation from the Huntsman Foundation, the most significant single gift in the institute’s history. The goal is to make world-class cancer care more accessible, accelerate cancer research, and train future cancer experts. This new campus will help reduce the healthcare disparity for cancer patients in rural areas with lower survival rates.

Senior Principal Architect Lisa Whoolery Ramidan says, “As we embark on this journey that will make a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer, we express deep gratitude to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for their vision and continued partnership. We also sincerely appreciate the many individuals that have been a part of the planning and construction of Huntsman Cancer Institute facilities, both past and present.”

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News: McGrath Mountain Center Grand Opening

Saturday was a day of celebration, smiles, and even tears, as participants, volunteers, family, friends, and others gathered at the National Ability Center’s new, McGrath Mountain Center. The National Ability Center is dedicated to serving individuals, families, and groups with disabilities by providing a safe and inclusive environment to discover their untapped potential for athletic adventure. Their winter program that previously operated from a doublewide trailer, now has the benefit of expanding it’s offering through a 10,000-square-foot, Architectural Nexus designed state of the art facility.

The new building “Is a dream come true,” says Tracy Meier, chief program and education officer at the National Ability Center. The ADA-accessible facility will provide a home-base for the organization’s adaptive ski and snowboard programs and will provide the ability to serve participants and the community with year-round programs and events.

The McGrath Mountain Center boasts ample indoor space to properly fit participants in a variety of adaptive equipment including mono and bi-skis. Once fitted, participants will slide on an artificial surface directly to the snow. Jeff Fons, VP of Operations, shared the importance of the new facilities repair space for equipment. “With so many unique adaptive needs that we serve, the capability of adjusting and making repairs to equipment is critical.”

When asked if there were any often-overlooked design features he was excited about, Fons waved his hand in front of a motion sensor at a restroom door and shared his enthusiasm for the ease of use that the new restrooms provide.

Reservations are now open for anyone needing adaptations to hit the slopes in Park City, Utah. Scholarships are also available to help offset costs as needed. Additional news related to the grand opening of the McGrath Mountain Center, can be found at ABC4 Utah, and theParkRecord.com.


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Uncategorized: Open House Success

Architectural Nexus recently held their annual open house for both locations; Sacramento and Salt Lake City. Friends, family members, consultants, neighbors, and students stopped by to explore innovative and uniquely sustainable design aspects at Arch Nexus office buildings. On-site food trucks made it a real party.

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Publicity: Two Nexus Designs Win 2023 Best Project Awards

ENR Mountain States announced 2023 Best Project Awards, which include two Architectural Nexus designs. The Huntsman Cancer Center Institute Cyclotron Radiochemistry Lab was chosen for the Health Care Award of Merit. The 6,000 square-foot lab manufactures radiopharmaceuticals used for scans of patients with cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia and more. It’s the only laboratory of its kind in the Intermountain West, enabling life-saving diagnostic imaging for patients. It also supports clinical trials conducted by Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers as they develop new cancer treatments.

The Best Residential/Hospitality Project was awarded to Phase 1 of The West Quarter- a large-scale, mixed-use development in the heart of Salt Lake City’s Warehouse District. The residential portion of the West Quarter is The Charles. The 240 upscale, residential units designed by Arch Nexus include amenities such as a rooftop pool and hot tub, dog wash, gourmet kitchen, shared and private workspaces, a large gym and more.

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News: Huntsman Mental Health Translational Research Building Groundbreaking

The Huntsman Mental Health Foundation has begun construction on the Utah Mental Health Translational Research Building located in Research Park on the University of Utah Campus. Architectural Nexus and partnering firm, NBBJ, have designed the 185,000 square foot facility. Set to open in 2026, the facility will be a hub for innovative mental health research and clinical care, addressing issues such as suicide, youth mental health, and underserved populations.

The building will feature the world’s only 7 Tesla MRI for brain research and will house a team of experts from various fields. It’s supported by the Utah State Legislature and other philanthropic donors. Mental health challenges affect millions worldwide, with a 13% increase in the last decade, particularly among adolescents. This interdisciplinary approach aims to combat this critical health crisis.

University of Utah Health shared a clip of highlights and a press release regarding Monday’s groundbreaking. The Salt Lake Tribune also highlighted this first-of-its kind facility.



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