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Making Net Zero Real in Schools Is a Community Project

Last year, I helped form a new integrated design committee in Albany, California, to advise the school district and the school board on new school construction made possible by recent bond measures. Bonds B and E passed with majorities and provided $95 million for four new Albany schools. I volunteered for this group because my two kids attended Albany public… more

In Support of Refugees and Immigration

Given the recent events regarding immigration, ELS has made a donation to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support their efforts in providing critical services for refugees coming to the US and assist with the current crisis caused by Friday's executive order. We place a high value on our staff's diversity here at ELS. We appreciate everyone's strengths and talents… more

In Support of Refugees and Immigration

January 30th, 2017
Given the recent events regarding immigration, ELS has made a donation to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to support their efforts in providing critical services for refugees coming to the US and assist with the current crisis caused by Friday's executive order. We place a high value on our staff's diversity here at ELS. We appreciate everyone's strengths and talents[...] more

Making a Splash: Adaptive Use of Older Structures Suited to Small Natatoriums

Originally published in Recreation Management You might not be familiar with the connection between Amazon.com and swimming pools, but one exists. Not too many years ago, retail stores became retail superstores—places where a shopper could not only find everything, but a lot of everything. Big-box retailers bulked up their onsite storage so that a run on a certain product could… more

Shell Game: A Strategy for Historic Renovations

Originally published in Parks and Rec Business By David Petta and Diana Hayton A common misconception about buildings designated as historically or architecturally significant is that they are substantially the same as on the day they opened. That is probably true for the exterior because these buildings are subject to a local landmark commission’s approval, but on the interior, modifications… more

Swimming with the Current: Locker Room Design

Originally published in American School and University The design of a locker room should reflect the culture of the team, athletic program, or school. By Diana Hayton [caption id="attachment_3316" align="alignright" width="250"] Translucent glass in the men’s and women’s team locker rooms provides daylighting within and symmetry when viewed from the pool deck. (Photo by John McGillen)[/caption] In the design of… more

Invisible Architecture: Notes on Sherith Israel

Sometimes, if we do our work well as architects, our handiwork is nearly invisible. At least that can be the case with historic renovation and seismic strengthening projects. Recently we completed the first phase of work on a historic Classical/Romanesque sanctuary in San Francisco’s Upper Fillmore. For more than a century, Congregation Sherith Israel has been worshipping in this building,… more

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