In last week’s Journal of Business, Bernardo Wills announced some exciting changes to our corporate structure, governance, and leadership. We have many announcements to make this summer.
This week we are reflecting on some of the highlights from 2021 – one of which is the completion and opening of the North Bank Regional Playground in Riverfront Park.
As one component of the Four Corners/Bureau of Land Management Corridor Master Plan, the City of Coeur d’Alene decided to redevelop Mullan Road, a high-profile thoroughfare near the downtown core. Completed in 2016, the Mullan Road improvement project sought to increase the safety of the road while making it better serve the community and all forms of traffic.
Located between Independence Point beachfront, Fort Sherman Playground, and Memorial Softball Field, Mullan Road traverses through heavy pedestrian-traffic areas with significant mid-block pedestrian-crossing activity. New improved design accentuated pedestrian crossing locations, traffic-calming features, and the ability to close off the road during seasonally high pedestrian activity.
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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.
Check out the submissions from our Christmas Gnome photo contest. We have some very creative folks, and it’s great to see it manifest outside of their regular design work. Which is your favorite?
Winner: Claire Kincaid-Slate “Cheers to my Gnomies!”
#WorksiteWesneday Ginno Construction crews are working hard to bring the Empire Eye Clinic and Surgery Center to completion this summer. Interior spaces are taking shape, and exterior siding is being installed. This new clinic has been expertly tailored to the needs of patients and staff, and we look forward to sharing more updates as we near completion. Stay tuned!
#ThrowbackThursday Before the holiday break, our team performed a final punch list at the Eastern Washington University Occupational Therapy lab and classrooms in the Catalyst Building. Bernardo Wills Architects provided architecture and interior design services for the Eastern Washington Occupational Therapy, Business, and Media department tenant improvements.
Check out the latest drone shots of the North Bank of Riverfront Park. You can see the playground progress before the final push next spring. The play equipment is installed, and the basketball court is ready for winter. These photos from Selkirk Development provide context and you can see the proximity of the playground to the new Sportsplex, the former Ram Building, and the connectivity to the rest of Riverfront Park and downtown Spokane.
Winter is barely here, but we are already looking forward to spring!