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.
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.
Most Creative–AND Best All Around Costume.
Best Couple Costume.
Best Group Costume.
Best Office Costume.
Fun with Puns.
Talk of Texas.
Napoleon Dynamite Flashback.
See you next year!
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.
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.
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.
We look forward to Project Classroom every year–making a difference for students is why we do what we do at KSQ.more
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.more
Healing Gardens are an important design component in best-in-class senior living communities, and this isn’t surprising considering their ability to provide social, psychological, emotional, physical and spiritual benefits to senior residents and staff. People of all ages and cultures find nature restorative, and Roger Ulrich, a leading researcher in healing gardens explains why:more
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.more
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.more
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.
Adriana Vadasz joined KSQ’s interior design team in 2012 and was the 2015 recipient of KSQ’s Tulsa office “KSQ’est” (similar to MVP of the year). In addition to her interior design work she has also provided landscape design concepts to KSQ clients as added value. KSQ Associate Jon Pontious, Assoc. AIA, recently sat down with Adriana to ask her about combining her studies in interiors and landscape, and how she’s applied this knowledge to KSQ projects. Jon and Adriana have worked on projects together since college when they were both employed by Oklahoma State University’s Long Range Facilities Planning, and since joining KSQ they’ve worked on numerous student housing projects together.more
I’ve just returned from Neocon–a three day interior design conference attended by over 50,000 design professionals–and stepped back to determine the five biggest trends I saw on display from over 500 different companies at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.more
When designing senior living programming it’s important to not overlook the importance of including an arts program. National studies show seniors involved in the arts improve physically and mentally. Music therapy, in particular, offers an essential component in dementia and Alzheimer’s treatment plans due to its ability to transport individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia to a different time and place, and help them remember things, events and people buried deep in their memory. The program can use multipurpose space, a specific room or take place during sessions in individual rooms. The technology can be throughout the building, limited to a specific room or as simple as a small, personal music player. While implementation within a community is flexible, the benefits of such programs are clear cut.more
Nature offers the best design with work typically unseen or noticed on a daily basis. Despite all of the differences between organisms and the complexity of ecosystems, in nature every factor is planned and executed in perfection with all resources maximized. In the human world, we are constantly trying to solve problems in all fields, such as medicine, engineering, psychology, and, of course, architectural and interior design. Our solutions, though, are not always clear or the most efficient. But what would happen if we looked to nature as our inspiration to more sustainable and efficient problem solving?more
We recently installed a solar hot-air collection system at West Patent Elementary, part of the Bedford Central School District, in suburban New York. For this project all the elements for renewable energy came together: a good building sited properly for solar collection, an enlightened Owner willing to invest, and a product able to perform. For me, installation of the solar wall represents the realization of ideas of sustainability more than 30 years in the making.more
KSQ has been visiting K12 schools throughout the country for career days and while judging the NAWIC LEGO Block Kids competition recently we met a shy 6th grader named Justin who was one of the top finishers in his bracket. After the competition, Justin’s grandmother approached us to express her gratitude and share her grandson’s interest in the design field. We then coordinated an office visit for both of them to help Justin get a better understanding of the architecture and engineering careers…more
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.more
Food brings students together–so do breathtaking views. At the University of Colorado Boulder, campus leaders combine these two magnets to create the new Village Center-Dining & Community Commons, a multifaceted project with views of the Flatiron Mountains designed to create a much-needed space for students to come home to in Williams Village. A short fifteen minute walk from the main campus, Williams Village offers an existing tight-knit community but lacks a modern dining facility, student service spaces, and a place for students to claim as their own. KSQ was given the unique opportunity to participate in bringing about the realization of the village model and designing its symbolic heart and center piece.more
Every so often you get an opportunity to re-examine your work from a new perspective. In the last couple of years, that’s exactly what we’ve done at KSQ.
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.more
It’s fair to say KSQ staff relish an opportunity to play with LEGOs and encourage a fondness in others for the classic building blocks. We’ve created an original bilingual LEGO STEM classroom program and recently had the opportunity to judge a Block Kids competition. The national LEGO building competition is hosted by the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) and aims to introduce K-6 school children to the AEC industry. Members of our Charlotte office judged a local competition and helped select students to move on to the regional (and hopefully national) level. The event showed us what students could design and create using 100 LEGO blocks, a piece of string, and aluminum foil within a 40 minute time frame.more