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KSQ Reaches Out: Helping Students Learn About Design

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Our passion for education and community outreach was ignited recently when our Tulsa office was asked to visit the Educare Pre-K classroom at Hawthorne Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools and talk about design inspiration as part of their architecture unit. Heather Miller from marketing and Adriana Vadasz from the interior design team were a great fit–bringing both a love of children and design talent to brighten their day and expand their young minds to what’s possible. Iggy Peck, Architect, one of our favorite children’s books, was the kickoff to our lesson.

The students loved the book Iggy Peck, Architect and Heather’s charming way with children.

Adriana explained to the students how, even as professionals, we sometimes use tools like Play-Doh and Legos to model our designs. Our visit was a big hit with the students, but Heather and Adriana may have gotten even more out of it. We’re currently thinking of ways we can continue to give back to this and other classrooms in the local community. Thank you, Ms. Rachel Richardson, for inviting us to your classroom!

A nice thank-you note complete with the students’ thumbprints was presented to Heather and Adriana.

In Charlotte, our office recently hosted a group of Myer’s Park High School students as part of the ACE Mentor program. The students spent time getting a brief overview of all the different aspects of KSQ, including a presentation on the marketing department, the design process, the role that graphics take in all aspects of our work, software we use to create documents, a walk through of a set of construction documents (and what software we use to produce them), and what goes into construction administration.

Stefan Pinheiro shows students the finish boards for a current project in the Charlotte studio.

Doug Kopec and Nelson Soggs speak to the students about construction administration and the importance of ensuring the project is built according to our design.

Students in the ACE program across Charlotte are gearing up for a competition in May, and we also helped them with resume, interviewing and presentation skills in order to get them ready for the event. Whether in our offices or in the classroom, our staff always enjoy the opportunity to educate and influence young minds about what we do!

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How Our Design Firm Does Halloween

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October 31st is a big day at KSQ–as designers, we love any opportunity for creativity! From popular TV shows to puns and horror flicks, our architects, interior designers, engineers and support staff brought their best effort for our annual costume contest. Here’s how it all shook out.

Scariest Costume.

Sailka Duran, (Sinister) Tulsa…this needs to just become the “Sai Award.” She brings immense creativity and thought to her costumer every year!

Sailka Duran, (Sinister) Tulsa…this needs to just become the “Sai Award.” She brings immense creativity and thought to her costume every year!

Funniest Costume.

George Pritchard (S-ketchup) Tulsa. Adding an "S" to American's favorite condiment was a great pun!

George Pritchard (S-ketchup) Tulsa. Adding an “S” to America’s favorite condiment was a great pun!



Most Creative–AND Best All Around Costume.

Daniel Gonzales wowed everyone with what they called the "Fuzzy Space Worm”…but he has a much more intelligent explanation of it as a character from Meow Wolf shown in a Santa Fe art exhibit-wow! Daniel is pictured with Cornell Allen as Corbusier.

Daniel Gonzales wowed everyone with what they called the “Fuzzy Space Worm”…but he has a much more intelligent explanation of it as a character from Meow Wolf shown in a Santa Fe art exhibit-wow! Daniel is pictured with Cornell Allen as Corbusier.



Best Couple Costume.

Tyler Sappington and his T-Rex (from Jurasic Park), Tulsa. Can you tell who wears the pants in this relationship?

Tyler Sappington and his T-Rex (from Jurasic Park), Tulsa. Can you tell who wears the pants in this relationship?



Best Group Costume.

Our Charleston Office (as Hurricane Matthew) wowed the staff with their funny weather collaboration!

Our Charleston Office (as Hurricane Matthew) wowed the staff with their funny weather collaboration!

Best Office Costume.

Once again, the Charlotte office went over the top with a group production of "The Prince of Oz." What an effort!

Once again, the Charlotte office went over the top with a group production of “The Prince of Oz.” What an effort!

Fun with Puns.

Starbucks, Social Butterfly, Copy Cat, Sketchup and Cereal Killer brought some great puns to the Tulsa office.

Starbucks, Social Butterfly, Copy Cat, Sketchup and Cereal Killer brought some great puns to the Tulsa office.

Bob’s Burgers.

A very close second to Best Group Costume was Tulsa’s Bob’s Burger crew which included Erin Courtney, Lori Botchlet, Nancy Pounds and Kaitlin Voska.

A very close second to Best Group Costume was Tulsa’s Bob’s Burger crew which included Erin Courtney, Lori Botchlet, Nancy Pounds and Kaitlin Voska.



Talk of Texas.

Dr. Seuss (Marisela), Construction Troll (Armando) and Jack Skellington were fun additions to the day from our Dallas office.

Dr. Seuss (Marisela), Monster Contractor (Armando) and Jack Skellington (Gordon McKenzie) were fun additions to the day from our Dallas office.

Napoleon Dynamite Flashback.

A very close second on Best All Around costume was Clint Frederick in Tulsa as Rex Kwon Do!

A very close second on Best All Around costume was Clint Frederick in Tulsa as Rex Kwon Do!

See you next year!
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Classroom Makeover for Math Teacher Adds Up to Success

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Can good design make 8th grade math more exciting? We think it does, and knowing what tough critics middle schoolers can be made this year’s Project Classroom makeover challenge even more fun. One of the most gratifying projects we complete every year, this mini makeover of a public school classroom for a deserving teacher uses all aspects of our project management–from planning and design through construction.

After selecting Ms. Emily Partridge, an 8th grade algebra teacher at East Central Junior High in Tulsa as our 2016 recipient, our team of volunteers met with her in July to learn about how she uses the room, her wish list for the space and color preferences. Here’s what the classroom looked like before we got a hold of it.
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After three months of planning, our team (along with partners Cyntergy AEC and Wallace Engineering) took over the room for the weekend to breathe new life into the equation, so to speak. Our favorite part is the big “reveal” on Monday morning, when Ms. Partridge and her students saw the room for the first time.

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Our approach was a collegiate theme, inspired by Ms. Partridge telling us how she encourages her students to think beyond high school. A chalkboard wall was our solution when she mentioned how much they like writable surfaces.

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We look forward to Project Classroom every year–making a difference for students is why we do what we do at KSQ.

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WEE HOUSE 2016: KSQ’ER BUILDS PLAYHOUSE

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina, is hosting WEE HOUSE 2016: Places We Play. The interactive exhibit celebrates the places where we play and offers twelve unique structures designed by local creatives; including KSQ designer Stefan Pinherio.

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IT’S A STEM SUMMER IN KSQ OFFICES

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K12 outreach is a passion at KSQ Design and recognized as a direct way for us to give back to our communities and get to know our clients and end users better. We consider it a bonus when there’s a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) angle, since supporting STEM efforts also supports our industry and protects its future. We were lucky enough to have a chance to support STEM education recently when we hosted educators in our Charlotte office and students in our Tulsa office.

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NEW PRINCIPAL ANNOUNCED

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We’re pleased to announce Monica Roberts has been promoted to Principal at KSQ Design. Roberts has 20 years of experience in marketing and joined the firm’s Tulsa office in 2012. Since that time her role has grown to lead our business development, strategic planning and marketing/communications efforts.

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Topping Out At Kingston High School: A Milestone in District’s Century Capital Plan

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KSQ Design is pleased to announce the “topping out” of the Salzmann building at Kingston High School–a milestone in the firm’s expansion and remodel of the Kingston Central School District (KCSD). The Topping Out ceremony was attended by representatives of KCSD, KSQ and our project partner BBL Construction who all signed their names on the steel beam as a symbolic gesture.

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MEET OUR NEW NATIONAL DESIGN DIRECTOR, MARK MCCARTHY, AIA

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Mark McCarthy, AIA, has joined KSQ Design as principal and the firm’s national design director providing design leadership to the firm across all seven offices and in all market sectors.

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Spotlight: KSQ’s Design for 25 Greek Chapter Houses at TCU

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Student Housing Business shared the first project images for the 25 Greek chapter houses KSQ has designed for the Worth Hills Village development on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus. The new home for 25 TCU fraternity and sorority chapters will be within 11 buildings and complement the Multipurpose Dining Hall and three upper class residence halls KSQ has completed over the last two years in the development. The designs reveal a Greek Village within Worth Hills comprised of a series of small, interconnected buildings in a park-like setting with features that create community and embrace Greek culture and ceremony.

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5 Favorite Features: OSU University Commons

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University Commons is the newest housing project on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus consisting of three KSQ designed residence halls in an adapted traditional layout. The buildings house more than 900 students, have a modified Georgian exterior, and are united by a grand pedestrian quad. We asked members of our interior design team to share their favorite features from the project, and their responses offer insight into the design intent and how great design helps build campus community.

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Reclaiming the Res Hall: A Student Housing Before & After Story

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Colby Hall is an all-female residence hall built in 1957 and KSQ’s latest completed project at Texas Christian University (TCU). The project was completed in time for students to return to the building this fall and they’ve quickly created a new Colby community in the hall. But getting them there required a complete gutting of the building and taking the space from 1957 to 2015 in student life design. Here’s how our team did it:

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Classroom Makeover Delivers “Big Wow” for Teacher and Students

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This week a KSQ design team’s efforts brought a teacher to tears–happy ones. Over the weekend, we completed our third annual Project Classroom makeover for a deserving and dedicated public school teacher at Grissom Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools. Her reaction at the “big reveal” Monday morning made all the hard work well worth it!

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5 Tips of Advice: My Summer Internship at KSQ

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by Julie Bryan, Oklahoma University

When I first got the email that I was offered an internship with KSQ, I was sitting in class. I was so excited, I actually had to step out to control my silent screams (and to jump around a bit)! I had done my research on the firm and after meeting them at the OU College of Architecture job fair, I knew this was a place I wanted to continue my design education. I was a little intimidated by their success and the size of some of their projects but after my interview I was sold and I wanted everything they could teach me.

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KSQ Selected as Lead Design Firm for New Community Wellness and Health Innovation Hub at WCU

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Western Carolina University (WCU) is adding a second building to its 344-acre Millennial Campus near Cullowhee, North Carolina. The project is part of WCU’s Millennial Initiative and the space allows WCU faculty and staff to partner and collaborate with private firms, government agencies and non-profits, and to create and enhance economic development in the region. KSQ’s Charlotte office is leading the project which fuses higher education and healthcare design. Here’s a video tour of the design:

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KSQ Makes the List

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KSQ recently received top industry rankings based on staff satisfaction and revenue growth – and we couldn’t be prouder.

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Catch Up with KSQ

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KSQ is off to a busy summer. All seven regional offices are hectic right now with teams wrapping up projects, and we can’t wait to share the final photos and details on The Garret. But first, we have some firm-wide news, events, project wins, and awards to announce:

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New Hospital Addition Prescribes More Space for Patient Care

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Dosher Memorial Hospital and KSQ celebrated the third and final phase of the hospital’s renovation and expansion this past week with the opening and dedication of the Dr. Robert Zukoski Patient Care Unit. KSQ Principal Wayne Gregory, AIA, attended the ceremony and shared in the culmination of this healthcare design project.

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Throwback: KSQ Designs for the Fashion Big Top

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Fashion and interior design are two industries starting to collide and collaborate more, with fashion designers (like Zac Posen) embarking on interior design projects and interior designers (like Philippe Starck) trying their hand at fashion design. Such was the case when members of KSQ’s interior design team participated in the IIDA TX OK’s 2015 Color & Couture Fashion Show. Join us for a Throwback Thursday look at KSQ’s part in “The Big Show.”

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