How to Go from BIM Manager to Autodesk Superhero in 3 Days


Fitness Center Expansion


Continues to Move Forward


Approves New Professional Development and Charter School Facility


One of 230 Shovel-Ready School Construction Projects funded by the State Allocation Board (SAB) in May 2013

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Town Hall Video

Entitled..."if you've ever had a brother". Better late than never.

-Brian L.

Pothole Gardens

Not sure if this little endeavor will cause more accidents than smiles but its a pretty cool idea.
-Brian L.

Lego Patchwork

The Dispatchwork Project by artist Jan Vormann. This clever fella uses his 3rd grade lego building skills to bring a bright side to broken buildings all over the world. I can't imagine anyone walking by a building, seeing these colorful legos and not smiling.
-Brian L.

Third World Construction Part 1


Third World Construction Part 2


Earth'smart Building???

Studios Architecture has designed a new green office, meeting, and exhibition space that aspires to become a hub of sustainability in the Sacramento area. Dubbed the Earth’smart building, the center would be an ideal place for individuals to converge in order to discuss, plan and work towards increased sustainability in the fields of construction, public policy, industry, investment, design, and education.

The Earth’smart building consists of 5 stories built around a central atrium, and it houses a large exhibit hall, reception and event registration areas, and an indoor/outdoor cafe. Numerous offices, a research library, and conference rooms in cantilevered pods would also be available. On top of the building, a green roof and a lounge and cafe offers views of the capital underneath the shade of a photovoltaic array.

Daylight filters into the building through the glass facade, and natural ventilation is aided by the chimney effect in the central atrium. Storm water infiltrates through the exterior garden spaces, and inside a 5-story waterfall provides low-energy evaporative cooling to the spaces surrounding the atrium.

The design is still speculative at this point, but Studios Architecture is dedicated to making this multi-purpose building an example for sustainable construction in California’s capital city. (

anyone heard of this?

-Brian L.

No job too far... No mountain too high...

That’s our motto at W+P… at least it was for our meeting on the Truckee Cultural Arts Center project.

We really know how to pick the projects, the mandatory job walk at Truckee was during the worst storm of this year’s winter season. I think yesterday may have been the second worse storm of this year’s winter season.

Glad to know we were in an all-wheel drive X5 and not a ox-drawn wagon (Donner Party!)

Yes that’s Jack pushing snow off the car with his laptop briefcase.
-Brian W.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Keeping up with the Jones's

Think we could get these by design review?

Is it magic?... no, its Anda.

After (including paper cuts...ouch!)

The MOUNTAIN is gone, I need a manicure!

Who Actually Remembers These Things...

Flash Bulbs
Erector Set

Drive-In Movie

Lincoln Logs

Tinker Toys

Green Stamps

How many times did Timmy get trapped in a well?

I'd set my desk on fire just to use the slide

I’m not going to say how many I remember as not to date myself. But for the budding architects I’m sure Tinker Toys, Erector Sets and Lincoln Logs had to be a mainstay as children. And as one of the non-architects on staff, I’m fascinated by the fire escape tubes. Thankfully that type of architecture did not stay around. But I have to say it would be fun to exit work each day down a slide vs. taking the stairs. It would be as close to being Batman as many of us would get.

Of all of these my favorites were:
• collecting Green Stamps from all my grandparents and getting to go the Green Stamp store with my grandma to pick out my parent’s Christmas present one year. I remember spending hours looking at the Green Stamps catalog agonizing over just the right gift and recounting my green stamp books over and over to make sure I had enough to get what I wanted.
• Going to the drive in movies with my parents and cousins almost every Friday night. The parents would get in one car and the kids in another and eat the bags of popcorn our grandma made for us.
• Getting to watch Wild Kingdom hosted by Marlin Perkins each week
• And last but certainly not least, the flash bulbs on my first camera that blind me now just thinking about it.


The Cargoshell, which is manufactured by a Dutch firm of the same name, takes just 30 seconds to fold and unfold. The shipping container is made of a composite material that weighs 25% less than standard shipping containers, lightening its carbon footprint even further.
There’s just one problem: the container costs three times as much as steel shipping containers. But there are still a number of advantages. The Cargoshell material doesn’t corrode, it’s easy to clean, and it provides excellent insulation. And if we ever decide to replace the world’s steel shipping containers with the Cargoshell, it would cut down on 10,000 trips across the ocean each year.
-Brian L.

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