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Career Explore NW: Architect Spotlight

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Bernardo Wills Architects is proud to sponsor Career Explore NW, a community tool designed to guide people and students toward a job or career, while helping employers in our region create a talent pipeline. We are partnering with KSPS and the Spokane Workforce Council to highlight the folks that make Bernardo Wills Architects great: interior designers, architects, and landscape architects. Here is our third spotlight, featuring architect Licia LeGrant.

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New York Times Covers the Completion of the Catalyst Building

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Here’s a Good Read: The New York Times covers the completion of the Catalyst Building in the University District. The building was built by KATERRA and designed by Michael Green Architecture. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture for the entire project, and architecture and interior design services for the Eastern Washington University space in Catalyst. This building is “ the newest of 384 large ‘mass timber’ buildings in the United States.” The cross-laminated timber panels were manufactured at KATERRA’s 270,000 square-foot plant in Spokane Valley, designed by Bernardo Wills Architects and completed in 2019.

The Catalyst building in Spokane’s University District. Spokane, Washington. Image license: MGA; Michael Green Architecture and Katerra. © Copyright 2020 Benjamin Benschneider All Rights Reserved. Third-party use may be arranged by contacting Benjamin Benschneider Photography. bbenschneider@comcast.net

Bernardo Wills Architects Parnters with Coffman Engineers to Host a Blood Drive

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Bernardo Wills Architects and Coffman Engineers have partnered to host an American Red Cross Blood Drive. This Thursday, join us to make an impact on the people in our community. Every unit we donate at our blood drive can help save up to three lives. Each recipient of that blood donation has his or her own story. He or she could be an accident or trauma victim, cancer patient, a mother giving birth, a premature baby, a transplant recipient or surgical candidate. Our impact goes beyond that patient – it is multiplied by the impact it has on that person’s loved ones who are thankful for the unit we donated.

The blood drive will be at our office in Downtown Spokane: 153 S. Jefferson Street.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, October 21,2020, we co-hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive with Coffman Engineers at our office. We had a fantastic turnout and are so thankful for all of the donors. Blood is truly a gift money can’t buy. A huge thanks to the American Red Cross team who was so professional and efficient, and for Coffman for their partnership.

CSO Tank 26 Plaza Downtown Spokane, WA

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The CSO 26 Plaza design was one of the most interesting and challenging projects we have worked on. It is a reflection of a concerted team effort by the City of Spokane, Garco Construction, Coffman Engineers, Bernardo Wills Architects, and AECOM to make it all come together so nicely. The opportunity to create a new public gathering place with such an incredible view of the Spokane Falls and the Gorge has been very rewarding. Incorporating learning opportunities for how our community is working to keep the Spokane River clean and echoing the importance of the river culturally and historically to the Spokane Tribe of Indians was also an important part of the overall design.

Footage Courtesy of Rocket Horse Photography.

#ThrowbackThursday Liberty Lake Regional Master Plan

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#ThrowbackThursday Completed in 2018, The Bernardo Wills Architects Landscape Architecture team was tasked with the development of the Liberty Lake Regional Master Plan. The plan was initiated by the Spokane County Parks, Recreation, and Golf Department to transform the community’s vision of the park into a framework for future improvements and strategic development. The Master Plan reflects a very diverse constituency of park user types that provided input gathered over five months of public engagement with stakeholder interviews, two pop-up studios; one to collect data from actual park users, the other to collect data from the Liberty Lake Community, and a workshop/open house as a general call to interested parties to participate in defining a vision for the park’s future. Spokane County Parks, Recreation, and Golf will utilize this plan to guide future investment in Liberty Lake Regional Park.

Horn Rapids Apartments

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The $48 million Horn Rapids Apartments project has broken ground in Richland, consisting of 288 total units that will provide Hanford employees closer housing options to cut their commute times. The units range from 800 sq.ft. studios, up to 1,250 sq.ft. three-bedroom units. The complex has been designed with amenities to appeal to families: several green areas, multiple gazebos to grill and dine outdoors, a splash pad for children, and a full-size swimming pool.

LCR Construction is the contractor, and Bernardo Wills Architects provided site planning and architectural services for the project.

North Bank Basketball Hoop Mural

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Hooptown USA and Spokane Arts have partnered to fund a large-scale mural to the new basketball court at the North Bank Playground site. The mural will be completed next spring and will bring the state-of-the-art post-tension basketball court to life. The court was included in the scope of the North Bank Playground, and our landscape architecture department supervised its construction. The basketball court, skate park, playground, and climbing areas will provide a single site to be enjoyed by Spokanites of all ages and abilities.