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BWA30Years

Meet the Venue Manager

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Have you met our Office and Venue Manager, Beckie Selby? Beckie joined BWA in August and is already an indispensable member of the team. In addition to supporting our operations team, Beckie also manages our corporate venue, the Bissinger Room. The Bissinger Room is perfect for presentations, training, and retreats for up to 100 attendees while being surrounded by Spokane history. Experience state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and a variety of meeting room set-ups. If you are interested in hosting an event in our historic space, call our office to schedule a tour and ask for Beckie: 509-838-4511.

#30BestOfBWA Whitworth Water District Office and Maintenance Facility

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#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.

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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