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KELLEY HOWELL, CERTIFIED SCHOOLS ASSESSOR

Congratulations to Principal Kelley Howell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PIVOT Architecture’s newly-certified Oregon Department of Education schools assessor.

ODE’s assessor training helps architects—with a certain level of experience working with schools—understand the unique requirements for reporting to the department’s Technical Assistance and OSCIM programs.

Kelley has worked with a number of school districts including Eugene 4J, Marcola, Wallowa, and the Corvallis School District where she is leading the renovations of Cheldelin Middle School, the Harding Center, Corvallis High School, and Crescent Valley High School. In earning this certification, Kelley joins fellow PIVOT Principal John Stapleton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, who is also ODE certified.

“Working with school districts if very gratifying,” Kelley said “The improvements we make are helping the community in some cases for decades to come.”

She is now eligible to conduct Facilities Assessments and Long-Range Facility Plans for school districts looking to then apply for funding from the state’s OSCIM program.

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Groundbreaking DDS Facility

PIVOT was excited to participate, golden shovel in hand, in the groundbreaking for Lane County’s new 26,000-SF Developmental Disabilities Services Facility.

The new building will be a welcoming and easy to navigate facility which will serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Karen Gaffney, director of Lane County Health & Human Services Department, said, “The County is making a statement with this building.” She is proud to be part of building which will, “provide services for 3,000 of the most vulnerable people in the community. It shows that our people are worthy. Investing in community and staff is an important message,” she said.

Carla Tazumal, program manager for Lane County Developmental Disabilities department, commended PIVOT’s creativity and ability to design the facility during pandemic. “They figured out how to see materials in open air,” she said.

As Lane County Commissioner Joe Berney noted at the ceremony, this is one of the first facilities designed and built under the County’s community dignity protocol which promotes equity in the County’s design and construction practices.

Learn more about the DDS building which is slated to open in 2022.

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Sketching Skills

We changed up our weekly all-staff meeting by grabbing our pens and pencils and sharpening up on our sketching skills. By sharing our different experiences and techniques, we improved our architectural skill by drawing different exercises together. These are a few examples from our talented team:

 
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Reflecting on 2020

As the tumultuous year winds down and 2021 quickly approaches, we find ourselves reflecting. Despite the remote work learning curve and other challenges, we managed to meet milestones for projects as near as Eugene and as far away as Seattle. We’ve also been fortunate enough to land important new work, small and large, to solidify our prospects heading into the new year. Here are some of our observations:

    • The strength and resilience of our community in times of crisis is awe inspiring.
    • We can still practice architecture remotely, just with friendly “you’re muted” reminders.
    • After months stuck at home, we realized how precious our light-filled, cheery office really is.
    • We can work just fine without printing as much.
    • On Zoom, people can’t see our lower half—hooray for sweatpants and slippers at work!
    • Masks are a way to help protect but can also be a creative outlet.
    • Connecting in person with our team on a camping trip and outdoor field games was made more special.
    • We’re hooked on homemade sourdough.
    • Our dogs love us being home. Cats, not so much.
    • We dearly miss our coworkers, our community, and connections we make as humans.
    • Living in an area surrounded by such natural beauty is wonderous.
    • More time at home with our families and daily lunch dates with our spouses is something to cherish.