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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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Welcome to the PIVOT Team, Aero!

Aero Bechtle is a designer who recently received his Bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a thesis on accessible lighting design. He loves to hike, make music, swim, play video games, and try new recipes. Aero is passionate about designing for everyone, regardless of demographic and abilities.

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Clay Neal, Newly Certified Architect

Congratulations to Clay Neal, PIVOT Architecture’s newest registered architect!

Clay began his journey at PIVOT in 2017 during a summer fellowship he earned while studying at the University of Oregon. Shortly after his graduation the following year, Clay returned to PIVOT as a full-time designer. Since, Clay has contributed immensely to the team by tackling projects like transit design to K-12.

“Architects use their imagination, creativity, and problem-solving abilities to respond to some of the toughest issues our communities face,” Clay said. “I’m excited to join a profession focused on creating beautiful and affordable housing, smarter and more vibrant cities, and universally accessible places that we all love to be in.”

“Clay is incredibly thoughtful in his design because is so good at listening to the client and understanding their needs,” said fellow architect Alexis Sliwinski.

Clay is aiming to use his architectural and stellar client relation skills to find solutions for the “Missing Middle” housing crisis.

Clay joins the fifteen other registered architects at PIVOT Architecture.

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Supporting Holiday Farm Fire Survivors

 
PIVOT Architecture is proud to share this amazing short documentary created by Lane County high school students. The piece tells the incredible story behind the Future Build project where students, volunteers, and agencies came together to bring hope to the survivors of the Holiday Farm Fire in the McKenzie River Valley. PIVOT continues to support this project and others like it to connect our youth with community, opportunity, and a chance to make a positive impact.