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Jun 26
TK-Architecture publishes it's Sustainability Action Plan for achieving net-zero design

SAP Cover.pngTK-Architecture has published it's Sustainabilty Action Plan as a roadmap toward achieving the design of carbon-neutral and net-zero energy consuming buildings.  The plan also  includes the implementation of several policies meant to reduce the firm's carbon footprint.  The plan comprises of an approach method defined by the six "C"s; Connection, Creditability, Capabilty, Culture, Confirmation, & Communication.  The Sustainability Action Plan is a key step in TK-Architecture's pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment and the Architecture 2030 Challenge.​

Mar 06
Tom Kapels participates in Value Engineering study for Air Force Guardian Angel project

United_States_Air_Force_Pararescue_Emblem.pngTom Kapels of TK-Architecture participated in a week-long peer review and value engineering workshop for a new $25 million dollar facility for the Air Force Guardian Angel Pararescue team at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.  The study was conducted with an integrated team of subject-matter experts, the design team of Woolpert-RS&H Joint Venture, and the Louisville District of the Army Corps of Engineers.  The project will be pursuing LEED certification.​

Jan 20
TK-Architecture releases updates to its Design Quality Control Plan

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TK-Architecture has re-released its Design Quality Control Plan with updates to include key components of the recently developed Sustainability Implementation Plan and BIM Execution Plan.  The changes bring the Design Quality Control Plan into unison with the other two plans and with the new initiatives and best practices implemented within the firm to include the AIA 2030 Commitment.  The plan addresses quality assurance within the design process with a series of checks and cross-checks designed to ensure accountability and coordination among disciplines.  It also addresses the quality control process of establishing a third-party review of design concepts and documentation through Independent Technical Reviewers.​

Oct 26
TK-Architecture to design improvements to the El Paso County Fairgrounds

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TK-Architecture has been awarded a design contract with El Paso County for various improvements to the fairgrounds located in Calhan, Colorado. The 40-acre site has over a 100-year history and is one of the largest county-owned public facilities.  The new work includes the design of an exhibit pavilion, water splash pad area, playground, electrical improvements to the campgrounds, new south entrance, and landscaping. The project is one of several phases identified in the fairgrounds master plan developed in 2007.  The project is targeting completion in time for the county fair in July.​

Oct 08
Sustainability Implementation Plan developed by TK-Architecture for sustainable projects

front cover.pngTK-Architecture has released its Sustainability Implementation Plan designed for use on projects pursuing certification and compliance with  Executive Order 13693 "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade".  The plan has been built around both the DoD and VA requirements, and it is intended for use with LEED, Green Globes, or High Performance Sustainable Buildings (HPSB)​ certification methods.  The Sustainability Implementation Plan includes Sustainability Opportunity Scorecards for New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI), and Existing Buildings (EB) as well as ​templates for Owner Project Requirements (OPR), Basis of Design (BOD), Commissioning Plan (Cx Plan), and credit assignments/implementation worksheet.

Oct 03
TK-Architecture to develop xeriscape design solutions for Air Force Space Command

Air_Force_Space_Command_Logo.pngTK-Architecture is the design component of a design-build team selected to provide xeriscaping solutions for the Air Force to reduce turf and irrigation at four installations in Colorado.​  The combined area of the project is 33-acres and includes Buckley Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Oct 01
TK-Architecture makes the pledge to support the AIA 2030 Commitment

aia2030.jpgOn the anniversary of its founding, TK-Architecture made the pledge to the AIA 2030 Commitment of developing and tracking building performance with the ultimate goal of designing all new buildings and major renovations to be energy and carbon neutral by the year 2030.​  Within the next year, TK-Architecture will develop its long-term sustainability action plan while implementing immediate steps to reduce its carbon footprint as a firm.

Sep 19
TK-Architecture releases new Building Information Modeling (BIM) Execution Plan

COVER_BIM.pngOver a year in the making, TK-Architecture has developed its BIM Execution Plan​ which establishes common parameters of data entry/information exchange, levels of model development, and delineates roles and responsibilities of the team in creation and use of the project model.  Based upon the U.S. National BIM and CAD standards, the BIM Execution Plan has been developed for compliance with the DoD and VA requirements.​  Its contents include definitions of spaces and elements according to CSI OmniClass, Levels of Development classifications in accordance with AIA, Minimum Modeling Matrix (M3), framework for analysis, and model information exchange through a cloud-based collaborative workspace environment.

Aug 19
TK-Architecture awarded a 5-year on-call contract with El Paso County, Colorado

County-seal.gifEl Paso County has awarded TK-Architecture with a 5-year contract for on-call architectural services.​  The contract is in support of the Department of Public Works.  Projects are anticipated to range from renovation to new construction projects, but services may include building accessment, tenant finish, project estimating, and construction oversight.

This is the first contract that TK-Architecture has held with the county.

Aug 01
Monica Rios elected President-Elect of SAME

Congratulations to Monica Rios of TK-Architecture who has been elected as the President-Elect of the Southern Arizona Post of the Society of American Military Engineers!​

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