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January 2021

AeroTEC Wide Body Hangar Foam Test in Moses Lake, WA

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Aircraft hangars pose a unique challenge from a fire protection standpoint. Hangars often have large quantities of highly flammable fuel that is at risk of igniting, and the airplanes with large bodies and wings create obstructions that make typical fire protection systems inadequate at putting out fires. The challenge with aircraft hangar fire protection systems is to design a system that will work around the obstructions and quickly put out a fire to protect the expensive airplanes and the lives of people.

The 70,000 sq. ft. hangar is classified as a Group 1 hangar, and must have a foam fire suppression system, with all sprinklers operating simultaneously. Foam fire suppression systems are designed to deal with a fuel spill or leak under an aircraft and ideally prevent or put out a fire before it extends to the aircraft. Foam can better extinguish high-challenge fires, uses less water, and reduces flammable liquid runoff. This test was successful, and the hangar is ready for aircraft. Video footage courtesy of Lydig Construction.

One AEC Panel Discusses Mead School District Projects

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Last Thursday, Dell Hatch, Bernardo Wills Architects Principal and Landscape Architect, moderated One AEC panel on the Mead School District Project. We heard from key project team members behind the design and construction of the Union Stadium, Creekside Elementary, District Transportation Facility, and District Maintenance Facility projects. Bernardo Wills provided landscape architecture services for the District Transportation and Maintenance Facility, and athletic complex design for Union Stadium. It was great to hear from the design team, thank you OneAEC for including us!

Ridgeline High School Aerial Photos

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Thanks to Garco Construction for these shots of the brand new Ridgeline High School in Liberty Lake, WA. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture and athletic complex design services for this project. This is one of three athletic complexes Bernardo Wills Architects designed in 2020.

#ThrowbackThursday WSDOT North Central Region Administration Facility Interior Design

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#ThrowbackThursday In January 2017, Bernardo Wills Architects was awarded the WSDOT North Central Region Administration Facility in Wenatchee with Garco Construction. The 30,000-square-foot, two-story North Central Region Administration Facility replaces and consolidates several Department of Transportation facilities in the area to centralize functions and improve efficiency. To address one of the project’s goals – attracting new talent – the facility features a mobile office concept with open offices to maximize staff collaboration and comfort. The new facility houses executive and management private offices; open office areas; staff support space; conference rooms; break rooms; project engineering offices with locker storage and showers; and mechanical, electrical, and communication rooms. Bernardo Wills Architects also provided interior design services for this project.

We had a Christmas photo competition – LOL

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Check out the submissions from our Christmas Gnome photo contest. We have some very creative folks, and it’s great to see it manifest outside of their regular design work. Which is your favorite?

Winner: Claire Kincaid-Slate “Cheers to my Gnomies!”

We are Hiring: IT Support Specialist

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Bernardo Wills Architects is hiring! We are looking for an IT Support Specialist that will oversee the daily performance of the IT systems and be responsible for hardware maintenance, software support, system upgrades, end-user training, and internet support for the firm.

If you have a passion for solving problems, a high degree of personal initiative and accountability, and you want to work with the kindest bunch of people you’ll ever meet, we’d love to hear from you.