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Leadership For/Beyond Architecture: AIA 2013

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The upcoming 2013 AIA conference in Denver is focused on “Leadership for Architecture” and “Leadership Beyond Architecture,” and will examine architects’ roles as civic leaders. In an effort to understand what these themes mean for architects in the community, we asked several architects at Neenan for their perspective on the theme. Below are our questions, [...]

Community within a Company

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“Having a corporate focus on volunteerism helps us deliver on our promise to be a good neighbor.” -Randy Horn In the 12 years that I have been with Neenan, I have been involved in an average of three fundraising activities per year. What initially inspired me to participate was the encouragement from our upper management [...]

Engines and Energy Conversion Lab — A lifelong tale of essential innovation

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“You havent really seen an engine until youve climbed inside one.” Sachin Joshi As the world attends to developing alternative and renewable sources of energy, the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory is undergoing a physical renaissance. Harnessing the building’s historical legacy as well as its embedded energy and aesthetic beauty, the current expansion-renovation project will [...]

What Does A School Do? Online vs Physical Environments

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Good contemporary design embodies the notion that the built environment has both measurable and intuitive effects on the well-being of occupants. In an educational context, architecture shapes the destiny of students via comfortable, interactive, healthy spaces. These interiors must then be filled with committed teachers and teaching tools to create a school. Ideally, the building [...]

Spatial Inspiration for Greatness Meeting Local Needs at Miami-Yoder School

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Even in these times of intense globalization, communities remain places with strong individual identities and distinct local needs. A community’s schools, places where students bring their hopes and dreams to be molded into the decision-makers of tomorrow, reflect these identities and needs. Good schools are designed to fit local needs. Sometimes community needs are addressed [...]

Pedaling to Greatness: Bike to Work Day 2011

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Remember Fort Collins Bike to Work Day? Weve been reminiscing about the June 22nd event and have come to the conclusion that we dont really need bells and whistles to get us in the saddle. Its just a lot of fun to spice up the commute every once in a while! This year included stations [...]

A New History for Weldon Valley School District

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Weldon Valley School District in Weldona, Colorado enjoys a fruitful seven-year relationship with The Neenan Company. During this time, three separate improvement projects have followed a master plan to bring the beloved historic character of the campus up to 21st Century sustainability standards. Even the most well-built, hundred-year-old structure needs to be changed. At Weldon [...]

School Funding Success Stories: Tips on Passing Bond Measures from Mapleton and Akron, CO

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It takes a village to raise a child–especially when were talking about school funding. In Colorado, BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grants offer matching funds to communities who can raise bond money in their districts, providing big financial incentives for area residents to chip in for education. We spoke with Whei Wong, Chief Communications Officer [...]

Developing Design Build: A Look at Real Estate in Architecture and Construction

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Traditionally, the creation of a new building is a segmented process with architects, contractors, and developers each in control of their own sphere and focused on their own interests. Combining design and construction under the same corporate roof as design-build brings another level of sustainability as highly individualized interests find more compelling synergies and clearer [...]

Big Ideas for Small Schools

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It would be hard to argue that small schools and specialized education are a bad thing. The small school movement holds that smaller institutions lead to greater attention to students, increased choice on the part of students and parents, and ultimately greater academic success. So across the country, schools are being carved into more tailored [...]