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January is Interior Design Month!

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Throughout the month of January, we will be focusing on our interior design department and the fantastic work they bring to every project here at Bernardo Wills Architects. We added our first interior designer in 2008 to serve our clients and projects better. With an emphasis on interior design at the start of the process, we are able to offer more thoughtful and integrated designs to our clients than we could when we worked with consultants. The quality of design solutions is higher and more consistent through the development of an interior design team, and their understanding of current design standards keeps us moving forward. With the addition of interior design (and landscape architecture) to our projects, we can ensure the overall design feel is consistent from the inside out.

We are extremely fortunate to have interior design experts here at Bernardo Wills Architects, and we can’t wait to show how they make us better.

Sandpoint, ID Parks and Recreation Master Plan – Case Study | Bernardo Wills Architects

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The City of Sandpoint, Idaho was recently designated by the U.S. Census as the 7th fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States. As the City of Sandpoint has grown, so has its need to serve the population through parks and recreation services. Bernardo Wills Architects, Greenplay, and Welch Comer Engineers were selected to perform a 20-year Master Plan that provided an inclusive framework for planning, acquisition, development, and administration of the parks and recreation resources, programs, and City of Sandpoint facilities.
Hear from our team on the challenges and creative solutions presented in the Master Plan, as well as the first project implemented from the plan, the War Memorial Field improvements and re-design.

The Festival at Sandpoint at War Memorial

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The Festival at Sandpoint returns this year with an amazing lineup and a new field. During the Sandpoint Parks and Recreation Master Plan process, artificial turf was considered to ensure safety for athletes and a longer season of play. However, we had to ensure that the Festival at Sandpoint could still utilize the field for their needs. As the Bernardo Wills Architects landscape architecture team designed the War Memorial Field improvements, a special anchor system was placed under the turf to support the iconic festival tent. Additionally, designers planned for the increased pedestrian traffic and semi-truck access. Check out these photos from set up last week. The best part is that when the Festival ends, kids and teams will be able to practice the very next day with little disruption.

Atlas Mill Waterfront Dog Park

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At the Atlas Mill Waterfront, the dog park has been extremely popular in this heatwave. At this special waterfront dog park, dogs and their owners can swim together safely, and other users can access the water without dogs elsewhere along the river. “This is the best dog park, ever!” was overheard at the park this weekend, and we’d have to agree. Bernardo Wills Architects provided landscape architecture services for this project.

Bernardo Wills Architects 30th Anniversary Newsletter

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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.

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#ThrowbackThursday McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene, ID

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#ThrowbackThursday to one of Bernardo Wills Architect’s favorite landscape architecture achievements – the McEuen Park Redevelopment for the City of Coeur d’Alene. The team’s primary objective included creating a destination park and gathering space for the public while incorporating amenities and features to compliment the venue’s spectacular waterfront setting on Lake Coeur d’Alene. What’s that they say about location, location, location? This park has that and more – Centennial Trail access, an interactive playground and splash pad, public art spaces, a dog park, sports courts, an amphitheater, and more! In 2015, the McEuen Park Redevelopment won a Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects Idaho & Montana Chapter. As our weather continues to improve, put McEuen on your list for evening or weekend strolls, and enjoy!