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Gretchen Renz Celebrates 30 Years at Bernardo Wills Architects

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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 Global Scholars Hall at WSU

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#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.

Bob Wills in the Journal of Business

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“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

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#30BestofBWA Fresh Soul

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#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).

Bernardo Wills Architects Announces the Retirement of Bob Wills

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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.

#ThrowbackThursday To the beginning we go…

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#ThrowbackThursday 30 years ago, Bob Wills and Gary Bernardo founded their firm in an eight-by-ten foot space in the Tomlinson Black Building in Downtown Spokane. Here’s an image from the vault – Gary, Bob, and Bob Wills Sr. building the first conference room table in Bob’s garage. Never despise humble beginnings, it may be just the start of something good. #BWA30Years