Airway Redesign: How Flexibility is a Plus

After an extensive public process and great reviews from the public, community and client, we faced a redesign. We discovered that Airway’s aging infrastructure could not support a truss. The MSE panel straps prohibited… Continue reading

Why and When to Use Stain

Throughout my career I have elected to not use stain, preferring the natural patina of plain concrete. This works especially well if the concrete pours are good and there is ample relief, creating… Continue reading

Wichita: Bridges over Kellogg Design Process

A five-mile highway improvement east of downtown Wichita, the Kellogg project makes a grand gesture through the plains. Using the influences of local geology, industry, history, and the imagery of wind through the… Continue reading

Tulsa I-244 Pedestrian Bridge: Aesthetic Design Scheme

After refining the structure of the pedestrian bridge below the I-244 Crossing in Tulsa, we proposed a series of preliminary aesthetic design elements. We studied the bridge and determined which areas could be… Continue reading

Tulsa I-244 Pedestrian Bridge: Evolution of a Form

I-244 crosses the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the path of historic Route 66. The crossing is being rebuilt with large, multi-modal bridges that include pedestrian paths. This first bridge will have… Continue reading

My Rain Garden: How I Got Started

I decided to blog on my rain garden as many people are interested in creating them. Also, my garden was recently featured in Pacific NW Magazine in an article written by Valerie Easton.… Continue reading

Parametric Design

As mentioned previously, we are currently taking a course in digital design at the University of Washington. Winter Quarter focused on parametric design, a process where a set of changeable parameters is established… Continue reading

Digital Design

Our designs often incorporate surface relief, texture and patterning achieved through concrete formwork. Previously this was done through placement of hand carved or natural stone elements. As technology advances, more and more of… Continue reading

Community Identity at Airway

Our initial involvement with the City of El Paso, Texas, involved creating an Aesthetic Improvement Master Plan for the I-10 corridor, an aging highway running through the city. We suggested a series of… Continue reading

Sand Creek Byway Built!

On a recent trip to Spokane, we decided to travel to nearby Sandpoint, ID, to see the Sand Creek Byway that completed on June 29th, 2012.  Our involvement in the project dates back… Continue reading