#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
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.
#ThrowbackThursday In January 2017, Bernardo Wills Architects was awarded the WSDOT North Central Region Administration Facility in Wenatchee with Garco Construction. The 30,000-square-foot, two-story North Central Region Administration Facility replaces and consolidates several Department of Transportation facilities in the area to centralize functions and improve efficiency. To address one of the project’s goals – attracting new talent – the facility features a mobile office concept with open offices to maximize staff collaboration and comfort. The new facility houses executive and management private offices; open office areas; staff support space; conference rooms; break rooms; project engineering offices with locker storage and showers; and mechanical, electrical, and communication rooms. Bernardo Wills Architects also provided interior design services for this project.
The Bernardo Wills Architects interior design team is a key part of the early design development of our projects. This rendering shows how early sketches can further the development of the floor plan and building aesthetic while aiding the client in the visualization of the finished product.
The CHAS South Hill branch, completed in 2018, is a great example of how finishes and lighting can work together for a clean, soothing environment.
#ThrowbackThursday: Completed in 2019, the remodel of the Mid-Columbia Libraries West Richland branch created a modern, well-organized, light-filled environment that appeals to all ages. The main focus included incorporating a little-used large meeting room into the main branch area and updating the spaces, finishes, and colors to promote Mid-Columbia Libraries’ current objectives and branding. A new story-time area was included, as well as an improved children’s collection and opportunities to display public art. Room for additional shelving allowed for an increased collection with thousands of new items. The bright, cheerful space was tailored for the library’s needs now and will serve readers well in the years to come.