NEWS
TESTING OUT THE (UN)CLASSROOM AT EDSPACES IN CINCINNATI
November 21, 2016

We were excited to be a part of the EDSpaces conference in Cincinnati recently--and to be wearing three hats while we were there, as presenters, listeners, and designer/builders. DOWA-IBI Group was one of the three firms invited to build a case study classroom in the convention center--so we had a chance to build and test out our (un)Classroom, a flexible space that can be configured to provide a variety of environments for different learning activities and styles. Within the vast, drafty expanse of the convention center floor, the 50' x 50' area we had been allotted became a prototype learning laboratory, used for conference sessions and as general gathering space. Project Manager Rebecca Seward coordinated with vendor partners like V/S to arrange tables, stools, chairs, display walls, high-backed banquette seating, technology equipment, and other elements. The pieces were flexible, portable, and able to conform and transform into six different spaces: study, studio, seminar, stage, gather, and exhibit.
DOWA-IBI GROUP AWARDED INTERIORS PROJECTS AT PORTLAND CATHOLIC CHARITIES OFFICES
September 03, 2015

DOWA-IBI Group is providing design services and construction oversight for projects at two of Catholic Charities' office facilities in the Portland Metro area. The largest project includes expanding their client services with a build-out of 10,000 sf of space on the second floor of the organization's Clark Family Center in SE Portland. The firm is also assisting with the conversion of a residential duplex in Cornelius into offices, reception and meeting rooms to provide local access to Catholic Charities' array of social services. "DOWA-IBI Group is excited to partner with a new client, especially one that places a high value on equity, diversity and an inclusive decision-making process. We are looking forward to creating welcoming environments for Catholic Charities' staff, clientele and the community", said Dan Hess, DOWA-IBI Group Principal.
DOWA-IBI GROUP SELECTED FOR WEST LINN-WILSONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND PROJECTS
March 02, 2015

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District has selected DOWA-IBI Group to plan and design their entire 2014 Bond projects program, valued at $84.5M. This latest selection continues a nearly 30-year relationship the firm has had with this forward-thinking school district. Most recently, DOWA-IBI Group worked on their 2008 bond program which included the new Trillium Creek Primary School, recipient of the prestigious CEFPI James D. MacConnell Award in 2014. "We are thrilled at the opportunity to build upon our long-standing relationship with WLWV! We look forward to facilitating a dialogue that will result in designs where students and teachers can thrive", said Karina Ruiz, DOWA-IBI Group Principal. The bond projects include the replacement of Sunset Primary School, a new Middle School in Wilsonville, Wilsonville High School Music/Drama Addition, West Linn High School Renovation and various District-wide projects.
DOWA-IBI GROUP AWARDED HOCKINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT
February 25, 2015

The Hockinson School District in Brush Prairie, Washington has selected DOWA-IBI Group Architects to design their replacement middle school. The new middle school will accommodate 600 students and meet the school district's current and evolving educational programs, including modern science and technology needs (STEM), accessibility requirements, and security needs. The 1,800-student school system with three campuses emphasizes high student achievement and graduation rates, and active family and community involvement in student learning. "The teachers and students are already using next generation learning tools and methods; we look forward to providing them with a facility that matches and supports their programs and is a source of pride for the community," said Steve Olson, DOWA-IBI Group Principal. The project is funded as part of a $39.9 million capital bond that was passed by voters in February 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 and complete in 2017.
JOHN WEEKES ELEVATED TO AIA'S COLLEGE OF FELLOWS
February 06, 2015

John Weekes, Principal of DOWA-IBI Group Architects has been elected to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The prestigious program was developed to recognize those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. “John’s exemplary leadership has advanced the national dialogue by challenging traditional boundaries between education and place,” said David Cartnal, John’s colleague and IBI Group Director. His many design projects include the award-winning Sandy High School; Parkrose Middle School, High School, and Community Center; the Aquatic Center, Valley View, and Centennial Middle Schools for Snohomish School District; Rosa Parks School & New Columbia Community Campus; and the Gladstone High School. John has also been a key advisor for the New York City Department of Education’s School of One Project. John has also been active in the National Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Foundation, where he currently serves as president; the Council of Education Facilities Planners International; the US Green Building Council; and the National Coalition for Green Schools.
DOWA-IBI GROUP AWARDED TOP INT'L EDUCATIONAL FACILITY AWARD FOR TRILLIUM CREEK PRIMARY SCHOOL
October 31, 2014

Trillium Creek Primary School, located in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, has been awarded the 2014 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) James D. MacConnell Award. The prestigious award recognizes a comprehensive planning process that results in educational facilities that serve the community, enhance the educational program, and meet multiple goals. The jurors unanimously selected Trillium Creek Primary School after reviewing over 25 projects, praising the project's inclusive design process that challenged standard practices. The Award Jury Chair noted, "Through the collaborative and inclusive planning process, Trillium Creek emerged as a kid-friendly, delightful facility with innovative spaces for learning." "The foundational idea behind the design was the statement from one of the 5th grade students involved in a design charrette, 'I want to be the captain of my own learning'," said Karina Ruiz, DOWA-IBI Group Principal. "This became our guidepost throughout the process and we are excited and incredibly proud that it continues to drive the culture of Trillium Creek."
SUSTAINABLE AQUATIC CENTER CUTS COSTS, SAVES ENERGY
January 25, 2014

The new aquatic center in Snohomish, WA was officially opened on January 25, 2014. The $21 million center boasts recreational and competitive pools, as well as a water slide, spa, learn to swim, zero depth entry, and surf simulator machine. One major challenge for the design team was reducing operational costs to make it economically self-sustaining. "The cost effectiveness of the center was definitely a driver," said Marc Nordean, project designer. "Equally important were the community water safety goals - generations of children will learn to swim here." The sustainable design features of the 52,000 sq ft center include solar hot water, heat recovery systems, and light sensors. The pool's low-flow fixtures dispense one-third the amount of water of ordinary fixtures. Designing a sustainable aquatic center that can produce large quantities of running water creates another challenge: the chemicals in the water. The DOWA-IBI Group architects worked with a specialized water technology firm to make sure the chemicals would not cause corrosion. Snohomish Aquatic Center is one of kind with its saline sanitation system rather than chlorine. "It's comparable to saline drops," said Nordean. "It doesn't irritate your eyes or skin - swimmers love it."
IBI GROUP WINS EVERY K-12 ARCHITECTURAL CITATION IN ASU AWARDS
September 16, 2013

School architecture projects by IBI Group won the three citations awarded in the K-12 categories of the American School & University Magazine awards announced this month. DOWA - IBI Group Architects, Inc. won for Trillium Creek Primary School in West Linn in the Elementary School category, and for Ridgeview High School in Redmond, Oregon, in the High School category. IBI Group • Gruzen Samton, based in New York City, won for The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York City in the Combined-Level School category. The jury praised the Trillium Creek school for "the use of innovative, playful spaces that inspire learning ... great use of color and scale." They praised the Ridgeview school as "... very much a 21st-century school. Natural lighting and design elements are prevalent in this project." And they praised the Heschel school as representing " ... a progressive approach to a multi-level, multi-grade urban school." "These awards speak volumes for the excellent architectural work being done in the educational marketplace by the firm," said Karina Ruiz, associate principal at DOWA - IBI Group Architects. "We plan to continue to leverage this recognition of our work as we build a comprehensive educational practice across the firm."
DOWA - IBI GROUP TO DESIGN NEW EUGENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
September 06, 2013

The Eugene School Board has selected DOWA - IBI Group Architects to design two new elementary schools for the Eugene School District. The firm will join forces with PIVOT Architecture to design the new Howard and River Road Elementary Schools. The schools' project budgets are $32 million for Howard Elementary School and $24 million for River Road Elementary School, and are part of a four-school replacement project financed by a major bond measure approved by voters in May. The existing schools will be demolished as part of the project. The school district hopes to have all the schools completed by fall 2017. Howard Elementary could be completed by fall 2015, with construction on that school likely to start next summer. DOWA - IBI Group Architects has done earlier work for the Eugene School District, including the Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Bertha Holt Elementary School and the science addition at South Eugene High School.
DOWA-IBI GROUP ARCHITECTS HAS BEEN AWARDED FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL IN PORTLAND OREGON
August 01, 2013

DOWA-IBI Group Architects has been awarded a $6.5 million contract to help modernize Franklin High School in Portland. The total cost for modernizing Franklin, built in 1915 in southeast Portland in the South Tabor neighborhood, is estimated at $85 million. The next step is to work with community advisory groups and staff to develop a master plan to frame the scope of the project. The project will begin this year and finish in 2017. It's part of an eight-year, $482-million School Improvement Bond program approved by Portland voters last November to rebuild three high schools and bring seismic, roof, and science lab upgrades to dozens of schools.
SANDY HIGH SCHOOL WAS AWARDED A 2013 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AND TRILLIUM CREEK PRIMARY SCHOOL WAS AWARD
April 09, 2013

Sandy High School was awarded a 2013 Award of Excellence and Trillium Creek Primary School was awarded the Shirley Cooper award, given jointly by the AIA/CAE and the American Association of School Administrators.
TRILLIUM CREEK PRIMARY SCHOOL : 2013 NSBA EXHIBITION OF SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE - GRAND PRIZE WINNER
February 15, 2013

Trillium Creek Primary School : 2013 NSBA Exhibition of School Architecture - Grand Prize Winner. The jury made the following statement: "Truly a design that would engage and excite children, this building creates cohesive classroom neighborhoods organized around an open media center in the heart of the school. The richness of the plan is further enhanced by the creativity shown in developing the interior and exterior of the building with child-inspired level transitions, spaces and accent colors. The quality of the design resulted from a process of actively engaging and reflecting the spirit of the community".
SANDY HIGH SCHOOL: 2013 NSBA EXHIBITION OF SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE - CITATION AWARD
February 15, 2013

Sandy High School: 2013 NSBA Exhibition of School Architecture - Citation Award.