This week the AIA 2030 Commitment and the US Department of Energy demoed an exciting new tool for meeting, tracking and reporting energy reduction progress.
This word cloud comes from all our staff who contributed the words they felt most need to be considered in workplace design for today and the future.
Beth Barrett and James Thompson came to work this morning on arguably the most direct but least-traveled thoroughfare between Alexandria, VA, and DC: by canoe on the Potomac River. Putting in at Gravelly Point near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, we canoed nearly 4 miles upriver to the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown. Conditions were just about ideal, with temperature in the low 60s and a bit of fog clung to river’s edge before it burned off as the sun rose. A light wind from the north and a rising tide created a little bit of chop, but not enough to impact the paddling.
Last Saturday I attended the Grand Opening of the New Buffalo Township Library located in Southwest Michigan just steps from Lake Michigan. Having joined the project team only a few months ago I worked primarily on the signage for the project and was excited to see it installed throughout the space.
Last Tuesday I attended the official opening and dedication of the new Boat House building at the Point Betsie Light Station in Frankfort, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. This 2,300 SF visitor center, designed by Quinn Evans Architects, includes a new exhibit space, gift shop, and public restrooms that will serve the entire light station sight.
St. Clair Flats South Channel Front Range Light
A photo shared with us by one of our local contractors during a site visit to the South Channel Front Range Light. This front range light is one of two lighthouses situated just off the south eastern tip of Harsens Island in Lake St. Clair (part of the Great Lakes System). Range lights are a pair of fixed structures which, when aligned visually, provide a navigator with a line of position called a range. QEA completed the restoration of the Rear Range Light a few years ago (pictured in the foreground of the second photo) and are excited to begin work this fall on the first phase of the Front Range Light. Work will focus on rehabilitation and stabilization of the structure for future work, which will straighten the substantial lean in the tower.
How many stones were used to construct this section of the wall at the MI State Capitol?
D. Who cares, I just want to know how they lifted and set these huge stones in place!
Exterior Survey at the Michigan State Capitol with the Knapp's Centre Building in the background.
An interesting blog about architectural photography at QEA's Cary Theater project including the "monstrous, exceptionally cool and ridiculously challenging" marquee.