Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is proud to sponsor Change Labs’ event “Growing Strong Communities Through Creative Entrepreneurs” taking place on March 28th in Shiprock, New Mexico. In 2008, The Economist labeled the Navajo Nation the last frontier for entrepreneurship and years later many of the obstacles mentioned in the article still exist. Even with a ready workforce and plenty of business opportunities, many new businesses struggle to remain open. At Change Labs, participants will attend workshops and explore how to overcome these challenges by learning from others in similar environments. The event also hopes to connect promising entrepreneurs with mentors and other resources they need to succeed. For more information, please visit: http://www.catapultlabs.org
University of Virginia School of Architecture, February 21 – 22, 2014
Jamie Blosser, Associate and Director of our Santa Fe office, will be giving a two-day professional course on Public Interest Design. Jamie is founder of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative and has spoken on this topic around the country. The program is being presented by SEED Network, Design Corps and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Jamie, along with the other instructors, will provide design and planning professionals with in-depth study on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design. The curriculum is formed around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) metric, a set of standards that outlines the process and principles of this growing approach to design. This process provides a step-by-step aid for those who want to undertake public interest design. For more information and to register please visit, www.publicinterestdesign.com.
Our project for Community Legal Services’ North Philadelphia Law Center is featured in the Winter 2013 issue of CONTEXT, the journal of AIA Philadelphia. To view the feature, as well as the rest of the magazine, please follow this link: http://issuu.com/aia_philadelphia/docs/context_issuu/1
The project also recently received a GBCA Construction Excellence Award for Best Commercial Project Under $10million. Clemens Construction Company, a member of the General Building Contractors Association, accepted the award at the 16th Annual Awards Ceremony.
Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is featured in November/December issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, the alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania. Fellow UPenn alums, Tony Atkin, GAr’74, Jamie Blosser, C’91 GAr’96, and Shawn Evans, GAr’95, and our firm’s work at Owe’neh Bupingeh and Santa Domingo Pueblo are mentioned in an article titled, “Preserving Pueblos.” Our team, which also included Penn alumni Tom Pederson, GrCP’00, and Kristen Suzda, Gar’07/GHP’07, has worked to address the housing shortage and preservation issues at several pueblos in New Mexico. In 2005, when the Owe’neh Bupingeh project first began, only about 60 original homes remained and about half of them were occupied despite their dilapidated condition. The preservation plan created by our firm, allowed for 25 homes to be rehabilitated and modernized and four new ones to be built. To read more on this project and our involvement, you can find the full article here: http://thepenngazette.com/preserving-the-pueblos/
We were up at Community Legal Services recently and were delighted to find that the shower we installed in the basement is really encouraging people to bike to work.
We found two bikes stored in the basement next to the lockers CLS installed for their employees’ gear, multiple sets of shower and bike shoes in the bathroom next to the shower, and a drying rack for damp towels.
We also talked to one employee who has lost fifteen pounds in less than a year just by biking to work 15 miles each way 2-3 times a week — and he told us that it’s only possible because of the shower.
We didn’t even think to ask about lunchtime workouts made possible by the shower!
We just might have to start putting a shower in every project we do.
Between May 1 and September 30, we biked
burned 50,707 calories
saved 2,326 pounds of CO2
Our office finished 9th in the Philadelphia region for the challenge period, which is impressive, considering we had ten riders logging miles on our team and the 8th place had nearly ten times as many. We’re the top A/E firm in the region, too, and did this despite flat tires, moves, stolen bikes, and the arrival of babies.
Within the firm, the award for most points accumulated goes to Gavin Riggall, who biked an impressive 1,280 miles by getting on his bike 249 times. The award for most times on a bike goes to Kristen Suzda, who got on her bike 351 times and logged 871 miles. Most consistent goes to Sara Patrick, who stayed within 11 miles of her monthly average for every one of the five months of the challenge. Most improved goes to Shawn Evans, who finished September with 96 miles, doubling his July mileage and number of trips. Best effort is a tie between JD Scott, who left the firm to pursue a great volunteer opportunity in May, and summer intern Michael Buckley, who had to return to school before the challenge was over, but was a good sport about helping out the team while he was here.
Will you join us in the Challenge next year?