Grand Opening of the ICCU Arena at the University of Idaho

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We had a great time celebrating the Grand Opening of the ICCU Arena at the University of Idaho last weekend. The new ICCU Arena is an amazing addition to campus, and we are honored to have had a part in its design. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture services to Opsis Architecture. Our designers coordinated with the civil engineer on issues such as site finish grading, pedestrian and ADA access routes, parking arrangements, hardscape areas, planting schemes, and site irrigation. We are thrilled with the project result and congratulate the University of Idaho administration, facilities department, and students (the Arena’s biggest donors) on this incredible addition that will serve generations to come. #GoVandals

University of Idaho 7th Street Improvements

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More from the University of Idaho! The Bernardo Wills Architects landscape architecture team supported the University’s efforts to make improvements to 7th Street as it runs through campus. This project sought to create a more pedestrian-friendly corridor and a better access point to the Pittman Center, where campus tours originate. These improvements allow the University to put its best foot forward in recruiting new students, showcasing the campus’ natural beauty and character.

#ThrowbackThursday Team Building Symposium (Raft Trip)

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#ThrowbackThursday to our 2021 Team Building Symposium in Montana in August. Each year we invite our staff and their families to enjoy a few days camping and one raucous day paddling the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River, Montana. A big thanks to ROW Adventures for always being great guides. Check out these highlights!

Jonathan Smith, ASLA, Joins WASLA Board of Directors

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Congratulations to Jonathan Smith, ASLA, landscape architect at Bernardo Wills and the newest member of the WASLA Board of Directors. WASLA is the local body of ASLA – American Society of Landscape Architects, and Jonathan will represent Eastern Washington.

Originally from Montana, Jonathan began his professional life as a middle school and high school English teacher. Eventually, his passion for nature and the outdoors prompted him to re-enroll in college at the University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture. Jonathan’s approach starts with viewing landscape design as a system—a set of separate elements that each have a bearing on all the others. This approach is guided by his perspective that simplicity is key to achieve a successful design where form follows function. Jonathan enjoys designing with plants and thinking about construction details for landscape elements.

One of the main reasons Jonathan would like to represent eastern Washington is student engagement and the chance to create and promote prospects for student/professional engagement. UI and WSU are both located in the same rural region of the country where opportunities for students are scarce, and he would like to be part of an effort to create more occasions for interactions between eastern Washington professionals and WSU students. Jonathan wants to advocate for more marginal groups within Washington’s LA community in the hopes that WASLA can provide direction to relevant educational and professional opportunities for all members. He wishes to promote landscape architecture as a part of a larger solution – relevant to eastern Washington: namely solving issues of dwindling resources, mitigating stormwater/pollution, and wildfires.

#30BestOfBWA Whitworth Water District Office and Maintenance Facility

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#30BestofBWA 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.

Appleway Trail in the City of Spokane Valley

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As we near the autumn season, it’s a great opportunity to explore the Spokane area’s trail system. Learn more about the Appleway Trail in this video. The 5.10-mile paved pathway is designed for walkers, runners, and cyclists. Improvements to the Appleway Trail have been in progress since 2015, and Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture services to the City of Spokane Valley for this project.