CMAA 5 Things to Know About Fabrication

Join Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)’s industry leaders, including our own Joe Vela, AIA in answering key questions about pre-fabrication in school construction. What are the pros and cons? How can a builder and designer collaborate to optimize the value and function of a new building? FLINT’s John Stump and Gilroy Unified School District’s Paul Nadeau join the discussion as they dive into the 5 Things to Know About Prefabrication. This virtual event will include conversation and perspectives from all interested parties (The Owner, the Architect and the Contractor) and cover lessons learned during a recent campus replacement project. Please “virtually” join us at 8:30 am on Thursday, June 8th for this unique program. To register, please use this link.

Stratford TimberQuest Site Tour

Stratford Middle School in Pleasanton is undergoing an exciting new addition! Working closely with XL Construction, and utilizing TimberQuest, we will deliver a beautiful building with 4 full-size and 2 small-group classrooms, a staff lounge, and restrooms for staff and students, all in time for the start of the 2023 school year. The over 8000 sf building will feature the biophilic elements TimberQuest is known for and that Stratford School values, including natural wood grain interior walls and large windows to let in an abundance of sunlight. Our team recently visited the site as the assembly was taking place, and while we have seen a TimberQuest installation before, it never ceases to amaze. Within 4 days the entire building was in place! We are proud to be leaving a #PositiveLastingImpact on Stratford Middle School in Pleasanton and look forward to seeing students and staff enjoy the finished product.

Ellis Elementary School: Transformed

Ellis Elementary is being transformed.

The multi-phased renovation project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2023-24 school year. Once finished, the students and staff will enjoy a new Multipurpose and Library building, a new 2-story classroom wing, and renovated kindergarten classroom administration areas. The collaborative design process–that included Aedis, school and community representatives, and the district administration–resulted in more than 20 iterations of the campus before an outcomes-based decision-making process settled on the solution. The final design is meticulously planned to help deliver educational outcomes, while still meeting budget and schedule requirements.

New Leadership Team

2022 was an eventful year for Aedis Architects. In addition to our new and completed projects, we experienced a gradual hybridized return to the office, welcomed new employees, and sadly had to say goodbye to our friend and long-time leader, Thang Do. Although this was traumatic, he prepared us well for the future and we were able to happily, welcome Afsha Ali as a new member of the leadership team. Now, as we are nearing the middle of 2023, the leadership team, looking back, wants to express our GRATITUDE for the people and organizations that got us through, and support the success of Aedis every day. Firstly, we are thankful for the firm’s CLIENTS who trust us to help them achieve their goals. Next, we want to thank our SUBCONSULTANTS and of course, OUR VERY OWN STAFF, who work together every day to make it all happen. Finally, we so appreciate our FRIENDS and FAMILIES (there is overlap with groups above) who continue to support us in countless ways. Our mission is to make a #PositiveLastingImpact on the communities we serve. WE couldn’t do it without YOU!  

Prospect High School Completion

The new classroom project on the Prospect High School campus in Saratoga is complete, and students will return in the Fall to experience a transformed campus, one that offers them an environment that has been planned to enhance academic performance and overall wellness.

The students will enjoy classroom learning suites that include the latest AV equipment, flexible furnishings, and a makerspace with a large roll-up door for adaptable indoor-outdoor functionality. The project also includes several next-generation science labs. The two single-story buildings embrace an expansive courtyard, made up of several informal outdoor learning environments, seamlessly connecting the addition to the existing campus, and acting as a celebratory link to the athletics complex, just beyond.

Early in the design process, the District recognized the importance of incorporating biophilic elements into the new addition. Research indicates that design with a connection to nature in mind will support cognitive performance and physiological and emotional wellness. This led Aedis Architects to expose the #CrossLaminatedTimber (#CLT) roof panels and to include large windows that let in an abundance of daylight, and views to the outdoor courtyard full of trees, boulders, and grassy knolls—rich in natural materials, colors, and textures. Many concepts that are proven to enhance the high school student experience have been introduced in this project, and the outcomes will inform the development of ongoing and future work on Campbell Union High School District campuses.

We were honored to partner with Campbell Union High School District as we leave a #PositiveLastingImpact on Prospect High School.

Aedis excursion to Baseball Game

Last month we brought our San Jose and Sacramento offices “together” in a unique way to celebrate spring, enjoy our fellow Aediseans, and spend some time cheering for our local baseball teams. On the very same evening, our San Jose office attended a San Jose Giants game and the Sacramento office cheered on the Sacramento River Cats. Our families got to spend time with our work family while enjoying our shared love of baseball. A wonderful time was had by all! Thank you to our extended Aedis family for joining us. Without you, we couldn’t do the important work of leaving a #PositiveLastingImpact on the communities we serve. 

Woodworks Aedis Feature

In their most recent newsletter, WoodWorks featured Aedis Architects and our passion for Mass Timber design. The article spotlights an interview with John Diffenderfer and Afsha Ali, AIA. In it, they share Aedis’ vision for TimberQuest, a pre-engineered #MassTimber building solution to house all manners of educational programs for California schools. The article highlights how Aedis prioritizes wood as a #SustainableDesign solution in our effort to leave a #LastingPositiveImpact on the communities we serve. We invite you to read the entire interview here:

Baby Shower

Celebrating our Aediseans’ individual life milestones is important! So, recently, a large contingent of our San Jose office carpooled to Sacramento to surprise our very own Andrew Mikkelsen, AIA, and his lovely wife Katelyn, with a yummy lunch, baby games, and gifts. We had an opportunity to celebrate together and shower the new parents-to-be with love, advice, and cake! It’s moments like these that leave a #PositiveLastingImpact on our entire Aedis family.

AIA Silicon Valley People’s Choice Award Win

It is with honor and excitement that we accept the 2023 People’s Choice Award from AIA Silicon Valley for the Vietnamese American Service Center (VASC). Aedis’ former President, the late Thang Do’s vision was unwavering, and uncompromising during this project’s design and this award tells us his efforts were worth it. Our design partner, Hawley Peterson Snyder Architecture/Interiors/Planning was a truly vital and integral part of the design process. We are grateful to the County of Santa Clara Facilities and Fleet Department for their leadership, trust, and support, and for the insight and foresight of the Board of Supervisors for identifying a need and establishing this program, which has turned out to be wildly successful, beyond even the most optimistic dreams. The VASC project is making a #PositiveLastingImpact on the Vietnamese-American Community for generations to come!

Annalee’s Baby Shower

Celebrating individual Aedisean’s milestones is an important part of strengthening our culture and community! So, recently, our entire firm surprised Annalee Marschel, AIA with a baby shower complete with entertaining baby games, delicious food and deserts, and a table full of gifts. We had an opportunity to celebrate together and shower the new mama-to-be with love, gifts, and cake! It’s moments like these that leave a #PositiveLastingImpact on our entire Aedis team.