Nov 4, 2016

Election Month | November Window Installation

Election Month | November Window Installation

For the November First Friday Art Walk, the DWa window installation is a not-so-subtle reminder of the the impending elections and the civic duty & privilege of all citizens to cast their votes this Tuesday, November 8th. While news coverage of the Presidential election continues to dominate the airwaves, we want to encourage everyone, throughout the political spectrum, to resist the temptation to devour sensationalized journalism and, instead, take the time to carefully consider their decisions before stepping up to the plate on Election Day.

For some, this countdown clock may create a sense of urgency as Election Day draws nearer. But for us, we are reminded that this is just another deadline in a long series of deadlines: there will be more next week, next month, next year, and especially next election cycle. So instead of getting caught up in the hub-bub, we encourage you to do your homework, know the candidates and the issues, and most importantly, cast your votes for the candidates and ballot measures of your choosing.

For more information on the elections and issues, visit this link>> http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/statevote-2016.aspx#/

Happy November everyone!

Oct 26, 2016

Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library | Construction Tour

Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library | Construction Tour

More than 40 participants from the Missouri Library Association’s (MLA) 2016 Annual Conference joined a tour of the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library led by Jim Schmidt, Associate Director for the Springfield-Greene Library District and Jason Hainline, Project Manager for Dake Wells Architecture. The tour of this particular branch library was aptly fitting to the conference theme, “Rooted in Community”, which emphasized events and activities that strengthen connections among members and associates of the Missouri Library Association with the communities they serve. DWa is proud of the partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Library forged over the course of the project’s inception and development. 

Project Supervisor Clay Tucker and Project Manager Steve Guilliams of Morelock-Ross Builders and Design Director Andrew Wells of Dake Wells Architecture also attended, remarking that the level of collaboration and care from both the construction and design teams contributed to a strong sense of ownership and responsibility for the project, translating to a high level of quality and craftsmanship.

Substantial completion of the project should occur near the start of December 2016. In the meantime, library patrons may continue to visit the temporary location at 2720 S. Glenstone Ave. in the Brentwood Shopping Center across from the Battlefield Mall.


Special thanks to MLA Conference Organizers Renee Brummet, Erin Gray & Miranda Stringer for helping organize the tour and encouraging conference registrants to attend. Also, thanks to Julie’s Chewies and the Coffee Ethic for snacks and beverages.

 

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October 18, 2016: OAC Meeting. Image credit: Andrew Zelenak

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October 7, 2016: Construction Tour. Image credit: Branden Schwab

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October 7, 2016: Construction Tour. Image credit: Branden Schwab

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October 7, 2016: Construction Tour. Image credit: Branden Schwab

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October 7, 2016: Construction Tour. Image credit: Andrew Wells

Oct 7, 2016

Window Installation | Who’s There?

Window Installation | Who’s There?

Tonight is First Friday Artwalk for October! We so enjoy being a part of this creative and community-driven event here in Downtown Springfield. In honor of the upcoming Holiday (Halloween!!), our window installation for the month is a simple, 30-second tale, revealing that sometimes the scariest things are the things that you never truly see. Turn your eyes to the sky tonight and check out our spooky, yet lighthearted display!

Sep 2, 2016

Window Installation | Back to School

Window Installation | Back to School

As the kiddos head back to school this month with lunch boxes in tow, some of us here at Dake Wells Architecture are reminded of our School Days, and some of our favorite school foods. Whether packed with love by mom & dad or served by our favorite lunch lady, join us in taking a little stroll down memory lane with these lunch time faves! What was your favorite lunch time meal or snack?

 

Aug 5, 2016

Window Installation | Opening Ceremonies

Window Installation | Opening Ceremonies

Going downtown tonight? Interested in seeing the Olympic rings in a slightly different light? Be sure to check out our latest window installation in our 3rd floor windows above Park Central Square in honor of August’s First Friday Art Walk and the Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Inspired by advertising creative Gustavo Sousa’s eye-opening infographics project, oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia, we collected stats from each of the 5 continents participating in the Olympic Games. Each ring represents a continent, and a statistic related to sustainability and the built environment (something we take very seriously in our office).

Each symbol represents a different statistic. Were you able to guess what they were? We’ve broken it down so you can study them a little more.

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Apr 22, 2016

Coffee Ethic

Coffee Ethic

We were incredibly heartbroken to hear of the sudden and tragic passing of a fellow downtown business owner…a neighbor…a friend.

Tom Billionis, owner of The Coffee Ethic, was as passionate about downtown Springfield’s future as he was about ethically sourced and sustainably farmed coffee. Tom followed the nearly year long renovation of our new office downtown with anticipation, expressing a sincere excitement to have us as a neighbor on the square as that move came ever close. Tom had a uniquely positive perspective about our downtown area, a perspective that we could all learn from and integrate into multiple facets of our lives.

We will miss Tom. We are thankful for getting to know him just a bit.

We will be praying for his wife and three girls.

Dec 18, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends,

We wanted to thank you for all of your support throughout the year. We love what we do and look forward to sharing our work and other random notes here with you, and are grateful for your continued interest in our practice.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Dake Wells Architecture!

Dec 14, 2015

Lessons from The Climanator

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With the unprecedented agreement reached in Paris over this past weekend, an agreement that focuses much of the world on a common goal, one would think it was a time for celebration…and breakdancing, particularly in light of disturbing events around the globe. Unfortunately, the political rhetoric in the US regarding climate change spoils the par-tay. However, we are encouraged by some rather poignant lessons from our favorite Mr. Olympian (yes, we follow bodybuilding quite closely here at DWa)!

Nov 25, 2015

Funny Faces…Stuffing Faces

Funny Faces…Stuffing Faces

Since the last time we had “our pictures made” (Ozark slang), some of us have grown a little older (cough cough…Brandon!) and we’ve gained some new faces so we took some time out of our morning this holiday week to strike a pose.

Photo shoots are exhausting work, and we were all famished!  Our annual Thanksgiving potluck couldn’t have been scheduled for any better day. The feast at Hogwarts paled in comparison to the spread we had. Between the tryptophan, the food coma, and the exhausting laughter from shared stories its amazing that we were remotely productive through the rest of the day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 4, 2015

Macks Creek Breaks Ground

Macks Creek Breaks Ground

Last month the Macks Creek School District broke ground on a $2 million addition to its existing facilities adding much needed elementary classroom space. This addition is the first piece of a 10-20 year master plan that we helped develop in collaboration with the district and members of the community in order to create a more organized, up-to-date campus for Macks Creek students. We are excited about this project and look forward to the continued progress of the district!

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