#ThrowbackThursday: Completed in 2015, Washington Federal’s two-story, 12,000 square foot building was designed for their first Eastern Washington division office. Amenities include a walk-up counter, a small call center, conference room space, offices, and drive-through access to banking services. The contemporary design complements the flagship location’s urban setting, and the ground-to-ceiling windows provide a pleasing work environment and a connection to passersby.
#WorksiteWednesday Last week, we had the privilege of showing a new client, the Spokane Valley Fire Department, some past projects similar to their upcoming design. We toured the Lincoln County Shop and Maintenance Facility in Davenport, WA, and the Avista Utilities Fleet Maintenance Building on their Mission campus in Spokane. Revisiting past projects and discussing the outcomes with the folks that use them every day allows us to learn and grow as designers while creating even better facilities for future clients.
As March comes to a close, we would like to honor our colleagues that celebrated their Bernardo Wills Architects anniversaries in the first quarter. Without our teammates, we wouldn’t be able to make our communities better. Cheers to you!
We are proud to share that the Catalyst Building has won The American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2020 Innovation Award in Holistic Design. The Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients, in support of the design, delivery, and operation of buildings or research in practice or academia. Bernardo Wills Architects provided Landscape Architecture services for this project, and we are humbled to be a part of projects that make our community better.
#ThrowbackThursday Completed in November of 2015, the Maintenance Shop and Crew Facility in Davenport, Washington provided their Utility Department new areas for welding, general mechanical work, a lube pit, paint booth, and wash bay. It also included crew locker rooms, break rooms, offices, and storage. The bays incorporated overhead cranes and overhead lubrication, water, and air systems, as well as exhaust ventilation systems. Operations and maintenance facilities require especially detailed consultant coordination on the part of the architect to ensure all of the moving parts (literally and figuratively) come together.
Last Friday, our team of Cupids took to the streets and delivered Valentine’s Day treats to our staff. As we come up on our 1-year anniversary of almost full-time work from home, we are still looking for opportunities to foster a culture of joy and teamwork. Go, Team! We so appreciate you and love working with you!
Aircraft hangars pose a unique challenge from a fire protection standpoint. Hangars often have large quantities of highly flammable fuel that is at risk of igniting, and the airplanes with large bodies and wings create obstructions that make typical fire protection systems inadequate at putting out fires. The challenge with aircraft hangar fire protection systems is to design a system that will work around the obstructions and quickly put out a fire to protect the expensive airplanes and the lives of people.
The 70,000 sq. ft. hangar is classified as a Group 1 hangar, and must have a foam fire suppression system, with all sprinklers operating simultaneously. Foam fire suppression systems are designed to deal with a fuel spill or leak under an aircraft and ideally prevent or put out a fire before it extends to the aircraft. Foam can better extinguish high-challenge fires, uses less water, and reduces flammable liquid runoff. This test was successful, and the hangar is ready for aircraft. Video footage courtesy of Lydig Construction.
Artist and member of the Bernardo Wills Architects family, Kathy Gale, was interviewed by the Community Library Network for their January art challenge. She is a brilliant impressionist painter and we are lucky to have her influence at our firm.