#30BestofBWA Today we are featuring one of our favorite landscape architecture achievements – the McEuen Park Redevelopment for the City of Coeur d’Alene. The team’s primary objective included creating a destination park and gathering space for the public while incorporating amenities and features to compliment the venue’s spectacular waterfront setting on Lake Coeur d’Alene. What’s that they say about location, location, location? This park has that and more – Centennial Trail access, an interactive playground and splash pad, public art spaces, a dog park, sports courts, an amphitheater, and more! In 2015, the McEuen Park Redevelopment won a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects Idaho & Montana Chapter.
#WorksiteWednesday In Kendall Yards, Baker Construction crews are making progress on the West of Jefferson building. Gypsum wallboard installation has begun and you can see the units taking shape. Almost all exterior windows and doors are installed on the upper floors, and some painting has begun. These units will have incredible views and a location that can’t be beat.
Please join us in congratulating our Business Manager, Gretchen Renz, CDFA, for 30 years of service at Bernardo Wills Architects. Gretchen has grown with us, from a firm of two architects to a full-service firm of 45 people, including interior design and landscape architecture departments. She has worn many hats, from the original BWA secretary, to office manager, to business manager, overseeing all business operations, human resources, and corporate finance. She heads our operations team and supervises project accounting, business development, marketing, project administration, and office administration. More than that, Gretchen’s leadership and care for Bernardo Wills and its people has steered us through storms and carried us through life’s hardships. Her humor and love of fun has spread laughter and joy through the office, and her party-planning skills are second to none. The word ‘superhero’ comes to mind. Here’s to you, Gretchen!
#30BestOfBWA Completed in 2015, the Global Scholars Hall Phase II is a signature student residence for Washington State University. This design-build project is a five-story dormitory, with associated common areas and decks, and dedicated community and commercial ground-floor spaces. Four levels containing 133 dwelling units of varying types—totaling 276 beds—are over a second-level podium. On the fifth floor, a unique series of seven “apartment-style” units along a single-loaded corridor features outdoor decks with views to the courtyard below. The team developed a phased site logistics plan to illustrate how construction materials and equipment were to be staged, key access and egress points, and how construction activities would be conducted to mitigate the impact on the student population. Bernardo Wills Architects provided the full suite of services on this project, including landscape and interior design in addition to architectural design.
“We wanted to establish a firm in Spokane that was going to last.” Learn more about Bob’s early career and the inception of Bernardo Wills Architects in the latest @Spokane Journal of Business. After 30 years, you could say Bob and Gary have accomplished their mission, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. Photo: Virginia Thomas, Journal of Business
At the Atlas Mill Waterfront, the dog park has been extremely popular in this heatwave. At this special waterfront dog park, dogs and their owners can swim together safely, and other users can access the water without dogs elsewhere along the river. “This is the best dog park, ever!” was overheard at the park this weekend, and we’d have to agree. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture services for this project.