#ThrowbackThursday Washington State Employee’s Credit Union revitalized their Sprague branch in 2019, revealing a member-focused space that reflects their current brand. We love the bright and inviting result. Bernardo Wills Architects provided architecture and interior design services for this project.
Throughout the month of January, we will be focusing on our interior design department and the fantastic work they bring to every project here at Bernardo Wills Architects. We added our first interior designer in 2008 to serve our clients and projects better. With an emphasis on interior design at the start of the process, we are able to offer more thoughtful and integrated designs to our clients than we could when we worked with consultants. The quality of design solutions is higher and more consistent through the development of an interior design team, and their understanding of current design standards keeps us moving forward. With the addition of interior design (and landscape architecture) to our projects, we can ensure the overall design feel is consistent from the inside out.
We are extremely fortunate to have interior design experts here at Bernardo Wills Architects, and we can’t wait to show how they make us better.
#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.
#30BestofBWA As students prepare to return to school, we are spotlighting one of our favorite higher education projects at Gonzaga University.
#WorksiteWednesday At South Hill Pediatric Dental, clinic staff are moved in and patients are being served! Final furniture is arriving for installation, and the clinic is absolutely beautiful. Find this brand new pediatric clinic at 31st & Grand on Spokane’s South Hill.
We would like to wish Lauren Welsh, who recently passed her NCIDQ Exams and is now an NCIDQ Certified designer. This is a huge accomplishment and a culmination of months of study and years of work in the field. There are three separate sections of the NCIDQ Exam, all focusing on public health, safety, and welfare. They cover seven distinct areas of interior design: building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice, and project coordination.
Cheers to you, Lauren! We are so proud of your accomplishment and we are honored to have you on our team.
#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
June 2021 marks 30 years of Bernardo Wills Architects. We are honored to have served the Spokane and Inland Northwest region for three decades, and look forward to celebrating with our staff, consultants, and clients this summer. Stay tuned for some of our favorite projects, images, and memories from the last 30 years. This month’s newsletter will be a special 30th Anniversary Edition.
As we celebrate our Zags this week, we would like to highlight one of our favorite projects at Gonzaga University. The central design objective of the John J. Hemmingson Center project was to create a signature building to serve as a focal “place of gathering and learning” for both the on-campus and off-campus Gonzaga community. The 167,726 square-foot, four-level facility is located on the eastern edge of campus and includes multi-level, multi-venue dining, a pub, an 800-person, multi-purpose gathering place, various retail areas, student clubs, and University programs, and a 200-person auditorium/theater. The Center is a major hub for socializing, dining, academics, and services for the Gonzaga community. #GoZags