Showing posts from October, 2017

Favorite Tools - ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD supports our creative thinking process.  Its versatility and ongoing improvements allow us to discover new ways to improve project delivery.  ARCHICAD's connection with Rhino-Grasshopper allows us to propel our sculpture models from wireframe to art fabrication.  We deliver cost savings to our clients by exploding architectural forms into data and improving bid outcomes.  Client communication is enhanced by sectional models and walkthroughs.  After over 14 years of use, it’s exciting to see how far we’ve grown! See post on Graphisoft here...

UNLV Places First in Innovation at 2017 Solar Decathlon

Image courtesy of UNLV Team Vegas In its third effort at the biennial Solar Decathlon, UNLV's  990 square feet "Sinatra Living" entry placed second in the Architecture and first in Innovation.   Designed for desert living and aging-in-place, the project emphasizes: Passive Design Comfort & Accessibility Home Automation Electrical/Mechanical/Water Systems  Sustainable Building Techniques The Team Vegas website shows more background and imagery. See the project under construction here... Read local press here...  and Vegas Seven here... Innovations specific to energy use include use of a phase change material (PCM) , Tesla battery storage, and a modular mechanical room: PCM - cooling system works at off-peak hours and stores energy creating utility bill savings Tesla Powerwall 2.0 battery - stores energy for high need periods or to sell back to utility Modular Mechanical Room - used for solar thermal tubes to head rad


Henderson morning commute There are no words.  Yet we are here, and standing together.