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Gretchen Renz

Horizon Credit Union 3D Animation Becomes a Reality

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With the use of 3D animations, the Bernardo Wills Architects interior design team can simulate the look and feel of the space before the design is finalized. Check out the animation created last March for the Horizon Credit Union branch renovation in Sandpoint, ID and how it holds up to the final product!

Here are the after pictures.

Exotic Metals Expansion

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This Bernardo Wills Architects project construction update shows the Exotic Metals expansion in Airway Heights via drone! Walker Construction is doing a great job, despite the winter weather, with concrete tilt-up walls up and ongoing roof installation.

Numerica Credit Union Headquarters

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Completed in 2017, Numerica Credit Union’s headquarter expansion project is a fantastic example of the importance of our in-house interior design team. As Numerica Credit Union’s business services division grew, they knew additional space was required for further growth. The 18,000 square foot expansion revitalized previously unused space to house the new business services and home loan center offices. It included 20 offices, 20 open-concept work areas, three conference rooms, and business client waiting areas. The final product reflected the Numerica Credit Union brand values and created a functional and creative workspace for their employees.

Before and After: Fresh Soul

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Everyone loves a before and after! Fresh Soul, a non-profit soul food restaurant in East Spokane, needed some help reviving a building that sat vacant for almost 40 years. The new color scheme is indicative of the energy and life Fresh Soul brings to the neighborhood. They operate as a nonprofit through the Spokane Eastside Reunion Association and run a teen job-training program for youth ages 14 to 18 to help them obtain entry-level positions in the industry. Bernardo Wills Architects provided interior design and architectural services for this bright, joyful project. We love their mission (and their food).

Here’s the before:

And here are the after photos!

The Responsibility of Patient Experience

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When working with a provider to design or renovate their space, patient experience is everything. Safety, cleanliness, comfort, and clarity are all at the top of the list of priorities. Providers know patients are faced with concerns when entering their office and aim to ease anxiety with the floorplan, finishes, and overall “feel.” When asked what percent of the patient experience is our responsibility, I would say that every inch is in our purview. Every element of a space can either add to or diminish the level of anxiety in patients. Colors, textures, daylight, orientation, circulation patterns, and noise levels should all be considered early in the design process. We benefit from an excellent interior design department that can work with our clients to achieve their desired feel while offering expert space-planning for the best possible outcome for providers and patients.

After completion of the project, we actively seek out feedback (especially the negative) once the space is lived in. We schedule time during our one-year warranty walk through to talk with a variety of staff members about what patients mention about the space, what functions well, and what they would change. Needs and processes change over time, and observing how a project endures helps us improve the next one.

Whitworth Water District Administration and Maintenance Building – Bernardo Wills Architects

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Completed earlier this year, the Whitworth Water District Administration and Maintenance Building is a great example of how our in-house architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture departments work together to deliver thoughtful, enduring designs. This project included an inspired Xeriscape – an approach to landscape design that promotes water conservation through the use of native and drought-tolerant plants.

Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) Tank – Bernardo Wills Architects Spokane

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At the edge of the Spokane River bank, Garco Construction is putting the finishing touches on the urban plaza atop the 2 million gallon Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) tank. Most Spokanites are familiar with this project because of the traffic revisions by the Downtown Spokane Library. Upon completion in October 2019, the new plaza will feature local art, space for food trucks, and beautiful views of the Monroe Street Bridge, Spokane Falls, and the Spokane River below. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture services for the urban plaza design, including planting and irrigation plans, water feature, site furnishings, and assisting with a large art installation. Fun fact: concrete artists carved faux basalt on the side of the tank, offering continuity with the native rock in the river gorge.

BIM/CAD Technician

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We are looking for a BIM/CAD Technician. Is this you? 

  • Minimum two years of experience producing architectural drawings for commercial, institutional and multi-family projects.
  • Have a strong desire to continually grow your skills, experience, and network.
  • Work collaboratively with clients and team members.
  • Give critique (and receive it) in an effective way, maintain relationships, and work in harmony with others.

If so, please apply online at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/177370/BernardoWills-Architects-PS/BIMCAD-Technician

Production Architect

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We are looking for a Production Architect. Is this you? 

  • Eight years of experience producing , presentation graphics, construction documents, and technical specifications.
  • Specialize in design for commercial environments, multi-family housing, health care, and manufacturing.
  • Licensed.
  • Have a strong desire to continually grow your skills, experience, and network.
  • Work collaboratively with clients and team members.
  • Give critique (and receive it) in an effective way, maintain relationships, and work in harmony with others.

If so, please apply online at https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/176604/BernardoWills-Architects-PS/Production-Architect

Concrete Day Spokane County Medical Examiner Facility

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Concrete Day! Kilgore Construction is busy on interior slab work at the Spokane County Medical Examiners’ new facility. This month, they will also be prepping the site for the winter construction season. We can’t wait to see how this technically advanced project comes to life over the next few months.