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March 2021

Back to Basics: Adding People to Sketches with Dell Hatch, ALSA

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Dell Hatch, ASLA, Landscape Architect and Principal at Bernardo Wills Architects, is currently leading a hand-drawing and sketching workshop for some of his colleagues at Bernardo Wills. He is a talented and accomplished illustrator, and his sessions are fostering an environment of artistry and mentorship. In this excerpt, Dell walks us through his process of adding people to his illustrations. In short, keep it simple.

Happy Anniversary!

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As March comes to a close, we would like to honor our colleagues that celebrated their Bernardo Wills Architects anniversaries in the first quarter. Without our teammates, we wouldn’t be able to make our communities better. Cheers to you!

#ThrowbackThursday Idaho Central Credit Union

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#ThrowbackThursday to one of our favorite corporate landscape architecture projects in Chubbuck, Idaho for Idaho Central Credit Union. The Bernardo Wills landscape architecture team worked with Lombard Conrad Architects in Boise, Idaho to make the ICCU master plan and corporate campus a reality. The plan included entry sequence, parking, future building locations, corporate amenities such as the Data Center Building, and a central courtyard plaza and landscape.  The courtyard plaza became is an essential centerpiece for the development and consists of a substantial water feature designed to showcase local geology with a fountain/pool, representative of 1000 Springs near Hagerman, Idaho.  The design included a garden-esque style greenspace at the entry and corporate amenities such as an outdoor kitchen, trellis, putting green multi-use sports court, and gathering spaces. Who wants to hit the putting green after work? Count us in!

Back to Basics: Architectural Sketch with Entourage

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Dell Hatch, ASLA, Landscape Architect and Principal at Bernardo Wills Architects, is currently leading a hand-drawing and sketching workshop for some of his colleagues at Bernardo Wills. He is a talented and accomplished illustrator, and his sessions are fostering an environment of artistry and mentorship. In this timelapse, you can see Dell set up a two-point perspective architectural sketch with entourage – trees, shrubbery, and people.

Work From Home Anniversary

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As we come up on the anniversary of sending our staff to work from home, we are grateful for the resilience and flexibility of our colleagues. To our tech support ensuring everyone had the necessary equipment, to our Teams chats bringing us smiles and laughs at home, to our HR pro fielding our questions in a year of unknowns. When we gathered together for the first time on Zoom last year, we didn’t know what the year would look like, but we are now hopeful that our region is moving in the right direction. Stay strong, Spokane, and we’ll see you soon.

The Catalyst Building has won The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Innovation Award in Holistic Design

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We are proud to share that the Catalyst Building has won The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Innovation Award in Holistic Design. The Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients, in support of the design, delivery, and operation of buildings or research in practice or academia. Bernardo Wills Architects provided Landscape Architecture services for this project, and we are humbled to be a part of projects that make our community better.

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#ThrowbackThursday Avista’s Fleet Maintenance and Vehicle Wash Facility

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#ThrowbackThursday Completed in 2018, Avista’s Fleet Maintenance and Vehicle Wash Facility on their Mission Campus replaced its 1958-era fleet operations center. Initial work on the project included the completion of a site master plan on the existing northeast six-acre portion of the property at Avista’s main campus to plan the overall site and designate locations for future buildings, circulation, parking, and utility runs. Shop space in the new two-story building comprises seven large vehicle service bays, a welding/fabrication bay, and a large hydraulic service bay. The shop areas house five in-ground, multi-function vehicle lifts and three overhead bridge cranes. The building’s center-core main level includes a parts room, tool storage room, foreman offices, and locker rooms. The second story above houses a large conference/training room, office, fluid-handling room, and mechanical and electrical support spaces.

Whitworth Water District Office and Maintenance Facility

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Many of our operations & maintenance facility projects require a mix of traditional shop and maintenance facilities, as well as administrative office space. In the Whitworth Water District Office and Maintenance Facility, the owner and designers considered how the floor plan and materials chosen would help to marry the two departments. They needed a space where each driver could come in to get assignments, meet as a large group, while (hopefully) not tracking in dirt and debris from their job sites. In addition, access to a shared break and kitchen space allowed for all staff to share meals together. Choosing materials that conform well to shop and office space applications is extremely important, and we know we’ve done our jobs correctly if it all goes unnoticed.