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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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Nita Tjahjana, Certified Passive House Consultant

Congratulations to Designer Nita Tjahjana, PIVOT Architecture’s newly-certified passive house consultant!

In receiving the certification from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), a non-profit promoting high-performance passive buildings, Nita has honed her ability to design more sustainable facilities.

In the process of earning this certification, Nita learned the principles of passive building and trained using passive modeling techniques. Nita and PIVOT Designer Clay Neal, who is also passive house certified, use this knowledge to design more sustainable projects.

“I am just always curious about building technology and to learn more about the different metrics of how to make buildings more efficient,” Nita said. “It is one way of approaching sustainability and I have always liked when things are quantifiable.”

PHIUS+ provides design and construction standards ensuring sustainable quality assurance. Buildings meeting PHIUS+ standards use 40-60 percent less energy and provide high indoor air quality along with a quiet, comfortable environment.

Alison Kwok, an architecture professor at the UO, urged Nita to pursue certification with her systematic in approach to design.

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Our Hearts are with Those Affected by Wildfire

As we head into a second week of devastation from wildfires raging throughout Oregon and much of the West, our hearts and thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and property during these trying times. Our unending gratitude goes out to those battling blazes, donating to relief organizations, and members of our strong community who volunteer to aid those affected.

For us at PIVOT, the majestic area is hallmarked by the McKenzie Ranger Station which fortunately is out of harm’s way for the time being. It has been a starting point as well as a place to rest and regroup during many of our excursions into the seemingly enchanted forest.

Please take care of one another during these incredibly difficult times.