#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.
#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.
#30BestofBWA Child Development Center, Fairchild Air Force Base. This project hit many “firsts” for Bernardo Wills Architects.
#30BestofBWA 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).
We are proud to announce the retirement of Bob Wills, Founding Principal of Bernardo Wills Architects, ending a 50-year career in architecture. This year, Bernardo Wills Architects celebrates its 30th anniversary and continues the legacy of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement set by Bob. His designs have received numerous awards, and more than that, his guidance and mentorship trained the next generation of design professionals to serve Spokane. Throughout his career, Bob was driven by a passion to be truly in sync with his clients by gaining deep knowledge of their aspirations for a project. Central to his approach to architecture is fully engaging the client in the design process. Bob, whose design acumen has been recognized with prestigious awards, focused on commissions for the Armed Forces, K-12, and higher education, aviation services, and professional businesses. Bob is looking forward to focusing his time on other highly technical projects, like reassembling classic cars.
To celebrate our 30th Anniversary serving Spokane, we will be featuring 30 of our favorite images from our work throughout the years. Follow #30BestofBWA for more! We are very partial to the images of the North Bank Ice Age Floods Playground – we love seeing children enjoy the space designed especially for them.