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MCG HIRES NEW ARCHITECT

McCOOL CARLSON GREEN HIRES NEW SENIOR ARCHITECT Anchorage, Alaska, December 19, 2016 – McCool Carlson Green (MCG) announces the appointment of Evelyn Rousso, AIA, LEED AP, as the newest member of the design team. “I enjoy the level of thoughtfulness and professionalism Evelyn brings to every conversation. She carefully listens to the client’s needs and understands [...]

McCOOL CARLSON GREEN HIRES NEW SENIOR ARCHITECT

Anchorage, Alaska, December 19, 2016 – McCool Carlson Green (MCG) announces the appointment of Evelyn Rousso, AIA, LEED AP, as the newest member of the design team.

“I enjoy the level of thoughtfulness and professionalism Evelyn brings to every conversation. She carefully listens to the client’s needs and understands how to apply connected-collaboration to the process, facilitating meaningful outcomes. She adds significant experience that helps MCG provide high quality services to incorporate innovation and steward ideas of excellence.” Says John Weir, MCG President and CEO.

Evelyn has nearly 30 years of professional architecture experience including a decade of serving as Principal at Northwind Architects in Juneau. Her breadth of experience fits well with the MCG team and includes many educational, institutional, and transportation projects. She looks forward to developing MCG’s senior and public housing lines of service.

As a long time board member of the Alaska Design Forum, she is well-versed in relevant and leading design topics and has a history of service within the Alaskan design community. She’s also an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has co-chaired two AIA Alaska conferences.

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MCG unveils designs for the New Alaska Airlines Hanger

Write up in the Daily Journal of Commerce:   Kiewit to start $40M Alaska hangar this fall [...]

Write up in the Daily Journal of Commerce:

 

Kiewit to start $40M Alaska hangar this fall

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Meet Cara Rude, the newest member of MCG Leadership

McCOOL CARLSON GREEN NAMES CARA RUDE ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL Anchorage, Alaska, August 4, 2016 – McCool Carlson Green (MCG) announces Cara Rude (formerly Mazurek), Director of Interior Design, has become an Associate Principal of the firm. Cara is an important member of the firm’s leadership team with a belief that the building industry has a responsibility [...]

McCOOL CARLSON GREEN NAMES CARA RUDE ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

Anchorage, Alaska, August 4, 2016 – McCool Carlson Green (MCG) announces Cara Rude (formerly Mazurek), Director of Interior Design, has become an Associate Principal of the firm. Cara is an important member of the firm’s leadership team with a belief that the building industry has a responsibility to the larger community to know how material selection, building orientation, space planning, and furnishings affect the spaces around us. MCG strives to create contextual, honest designs that are a catalyst for healthy living. As Associate Principal and Director of Interior Design, Cara will continue to provide leadership for our current and future clients as well as help MCG provide high quality design, documentation, and outcomes.

I have a deep appreciation for Cara’s design sensibility, attention to detail, and her commitment to excellence. She truly understands how to connect client needs to high quality outcomes in an engaging collaborative process,” says John Weir, MCG President and CEO. “Cara’s leadership as an Associate Principal expands MCG’s dimension to provide high quality service, innovation, and stewardship.”

Cara has 13 years of interior design experience. Educated at The Art Institute of Portland and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science, Interior Design degree with High Honors, she currently serves as the President-Elect for the American Society of Interior Designers, Alaska Chapter, member and ambassador presenter for the International Living Future Institute, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C). During her tenure with MCG, she has exemplified the MCG principles with her leadership on projects such as the Anchorage Museum Expansion, Gladys Wood Elementary School, and the Alaska Airlines Hangar.

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MCG’S DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN IN ICON MAGAZINE

The latest edition of the American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) ICON Magazine interviews our very own Director of Interior Design, Cara Rude. Check it out here: The Big (and Better) Picture for Textile Certification.    [...]

The latest edition of the American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) ICON Magazine interviews our very own Director of Interior Design, Cara Rude. Check it out here: The Big (and Better) Picture for Textile Certification

 

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MCG HIRES NEW TALENT

McCool Carlson Green announces the appointment of Melissa Grieve, NCIDQ, ASID, CDT as an interior designer to expand the firm’s interior design department. “MCG is thrilled to have Melissa join our collaborative team. Her ability to transform client needs into inspiring solutions is evident in her design process and past projects. Melissa’s passion for design [...]

McCool Carlson Green announces the appointment of Melissa Grieve, NCIDQ, ASID, CDT as an interior designer to expand the firm’s interior design department.

“MCG is thrilled to have Melissa join our collaborative team. Her ability to transform client needs into inspiring solutions is evident in her design process and past projects. Melissa’s passion for design is communicated through her ability to bring ‘inspiration’ to the forefront of the design conversation without sacrificing budget and timeline. Her work with ASID Alaska Chapter has helped advance the interior design profession and will continue to grow MCG’s interior design department.” Says Cara Mazurek, MCG Director of Interior Design.

Melissa has 8 years of professional interior design experience and is driven to create, which has led her to a career focused on the way in which the interior environment interacts with its individuals. Clients trust her because she listens carefully to their needs. She is currently working on renovations at Alaska Regional Hospital. Melissa’s design philosophy emphasizes the fusion of creativity and functionality within the built environment, while recognizing the importance of appropriate, durable, and sustainable finishes.

As the immediate past president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, Melissa supports the growth of her local interior design community. She is an advocate for sustainable change in the built environment and has recently become a member International Living Future Institute.

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MCG Celebrates Earth Day with Symposium & Resilience Panel

Join Alaska’s Design Community in celebrating Earth Day with a day of innovative workshops led by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and focused on Material, Energy, and Water. The workshops will be followed by a community discussion on Resiliency with ILFI, Municipality of Anchorage, and Mayor Berkowitz. When: Friday, April 22nd, 2016Where: McCool Carlson [...]

Anchorage Earth Day Workshop

Join Alaska’s Design Community in celebrating Earth Day with a day of innovative workshops led by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and focused on Material, Energy, and Water. The workshops will be followed by a community discussion on Resiliency with ILFI, Municipality of Anchorage, and Mayor Berkowitz.

When: Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Where: McCool Carlson Green – Historic Anchorage Train Depot, 421 W. 1st Avenue, Suite 300

Click here for more information or to register.

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MCG Announces New Leadership

McCool Carlson Green (MCG) announces leadership developments focused on long term resiliency of the firm in support of our community’s future. Scott Brodt, Garrett Burtner, and Jason Gamache have joined MCG’s leadership. Principals John Weir, President and CEO, and Michael Carlson, Director of Design, enthusiastically welcome them into a partnership that focuses on service, innovation, [...]

McCool Carlson Green (MCG) announces leadership developments focused on long term resiliency of the firm in support of our community’s future. Scott Brodt, Garrett Burtner, and Jason Gamache have joined MCG’s leadership. Principals John Weir, President and CEO, and Michael Carlson, Director of Design, enthusiastically welcome them into a partnership that focuses on service, innovation, and stewardship.

John McCool and Doug Green continue to serve clients and staff as practicing senior architects and mentors; however, they have stepped down from their tenure as principals. Doug and John’s vision and leadership have been an important part of MCG’s success, having founded the firm with Michael Carlson in 1983. MCG extends the greatest thanks to both for decades of leadership and guidance.

John Weir says this about the new leadership and the future of the firm: “Often times the focus of design is about the product; I believe it’s about the people and the process. When people are engaged and the process is comprehensive and inclusive the outcome will always be good… With MCG’s leadership changes we continue this rich tradition to build on valued outcomes with stewardship that fosters real and meaningful change.”

Scott Brodt, a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, has over 35 years of experience in Alaskan design and construction. He is a thoughtful designer with a craftsman’s eye for detail and understands the fundamentals for developing successful, award-winning buildings. His current projects include UAA’s Bookstore Renovation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Warm Storage Hangar at Fort Wainwright, and Eielson Air Force Base’s Bowling Center and F-35 Training Facilities.

Garret Burtner, born and raised in Alaska, is a licensed architect and practicing artist. With over 10 years at MCG he has helped the firm evolve into Alaska’s premier educational design firm. Garrett is passionate about the intersection of building science, the needs of people, and the art of unique cultures and how these inform design solutions. He is currently working on Anchorage School District’s Airport Heights Elementary School, Sitka’s Harrigan Centennial Hall, and Master Planning Wake Island with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Jason Gamache is a licensed architect in Alaska, Hawaii, and recently licensed in the State of Washington. A LEED Accredited Professional he combines innovative building solutions with a commitment to long-term community vitality. He envisions a more sustainable future through transformation of the built environment. Jason has managed a wide variety of projects around the state, including major renovation and additions. He is currently working on a new hangar for Alaska Airlines and Anchorage’s first Living Building Challenge project for RurAL CAP. 

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MCG Unveils Intersections Video Series

McCool Carlson Green (MCG) launches the first of a four part video series, “Intersections.” MCG’s Principal John Weir is passionate about all things design and he is motivated by the intersections of design and our daily lives. MCG’s guiding design philosophies communicate to the public what makes their firm tick and what makes their employees excited [...]

McCool Carlson Green (MCG) launches the first of a four part video series, “Intersections.” MCG’s Principal John Weir is passionate about all things design and he is motivated by the intersections of design and our daily lives. MCG’s guiding design philosophies communicate to the public what makes their firm tick and what makes their employees excited to head to the office every day. It helps that the office is located on the third floor of the Historic Railroad Depot with sweeping views of Mt. Denali and Sleeping Lady. But individually, the employees are passionate about the mission of their firm and the community they collaborate with to develop valuable outcomes together. The Intersections series will cross your path this spring. The trailer will have you wanting to learn more about the culture of the firm. You can view it at www.mcgalaska.com.

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MCG Hires New Talent

McCool Carlson Green announces the appointment of Mollie Shackleford as an Architectural BIM (Business Information Modeling) Specialist. Mollie creates quality deliverables utilizing BIM techniques and capitalizing on current construction technology practices. Mollie graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a Bachelor of Architecture. In 2008 she began to focus on BIM education, eventually teaching Revit [...]

McCool Carlson Green announces the appointment of Mollie Shackleford as an Architectural BIM (Business Information Modeling) Specialist. Mollie creates quality deliverables utilizing BIM techniques and capitalizing on current construction technology practices.

Mollie graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a Bachelor of Architecture. In 2008 she began to focus on BIM education, eventually teaching Revit with an Autodesk reseller and consulting with architects in BIM implementation. For the past 5 years Mollie has focused in construction technology, having worked for two large general contractors, including DPR Construction. Returning to her roots in Architecture, she brings to MCG her BIM and construction technology experience to improve the level of design services for MCG’s clients. In line with MCG’s philosophies, Mollie believes design professionals have a responsibility to embrace modern technology and leverage it to provide high-quality deliverables. 

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MCG Launches Transparency Initiative

MCG is dedicated to making informed decisions regarding the building materials used in our projects. The newly expanded Interiors Department at MCG has launched a Transparency Initiative encouraging manufacturers to declare all of the contents within their products (harmful, benign, and neutral). When MCG specifies materials for a building, we want to make sure the [...]

MCG is dedicated to making informed decisions regarding the building materials used in our projects. The newly expanded Interiors Department at MCG has launched a Transparency Initiative encouraging manufacturers to declare all of the contents within their products (harmful, benign, and neutral). When MCG specifies materials for a building, we want to make sure the decisions we make at MCG affect human health and the interior atmosphere in a positive way, with no negative or damaging effects.

MCG is currently working with local and regional product representatives, local and national American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), as well as national International Living Futures Institute (ILFI) to help support these transparency goals.

The first tool provided to vendors is the Health Product Declaration Standard (HPD), an easy-to-reference that systematizes reporting languages enabling consistent disclosure of building product content and associated health information. HPD and other resources can be found at www.hpdcollaborative.org. We are urging our vendors to complete, and make publicly available an HPD for each of their products.

The second tool MCG will use is the ‘Declare Label’ from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) which provides product chemical transparency in support of the Living Building Challenge Red List and Appropriate Sourcing Imperatives.

MCG is also recommending product vendors complete a free, online Green Wizard or Pharos Project profile for primary product lines and to upload the HPD. These organizations provide MCG the ability to track, manage, and assign products to specific projects, while allowing the quick sharing of information across the firm and with contractors.

Our hope is to integrate the comprehensive health and environmental product information provided by complete HPDs into our daily practice. MCG is dedicated to creating built environments that are Red List Free and this campaign is the story of how we are doing that, and is a resource for others to do the same.

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MCG Director of Interior Design, Cara Mazurek and MCG Architect + Associate, Jason Gamache attended the 2015 Living Products Expo by International Living Future Institute, in Pittsburg, PA, September 16-18

In early April, 2015, the International Living Futures Institute (ILFI) launched the Living Product Challenge. This new program re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The Living Product Expo was a groundbreaking new event that brought together leading minds in the product industry and ignited a revolution in [...]

In early April, 2015, the International Living Futures Institute (ILFI) launched the Living Product Challenge. This new program re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. The Living Product Expo was a groundbreaking new event that brought together leading minds in the product industry and ignited a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured, and delivered. Sustainability directors from the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers, and sustainability consultants gathered to learn about game-changing innovations in product design.

The Expo assembled a diverse group of people, industries, and disciplines. Together, they engaged in a transparent, transdisciplinary and transformative dialogue to inspire the creation of the world’s first Living Products. Participants gained new tools, knowledge, and connections to effect positive change in their organizations and supply chains.

The Living Product Expo is the world’s leading place for design and manufacturing professionals to learn about game-changing products that will transform the marketplace and a unique opportunity for manufacturers and designers (of all sizes) to network, learn from one another and aggregate market power to create transformative impact. Attendees experienced a stimulating agenda of education tracks, inspiring keynote presentations, tours, networking and Show + Tell product demonstrations showcasing the latest trends in sustainable products.  http://www.livingproductexpo.org/expo-highlights/ 

o   Tell us about the Living Product Expo’s mission?

Cara: To support the creation of products that are truly regenerative and begin new partnerships between manufacturers, designers, and producers. It is the beginning of a material revolution. This was the first year of the Expo and will now be an annual event in Pittsburgh.

 o   Cara, we understand you discovered a new material that is kind of “squishy!” Tell us about it.

It is high performance biomaterials grown from MUSHROOMS and agricultural waste! It is used for packaging, insulation, structural substrate and even surf boards! Best part; all of its uses from renewable reclaimed sources that are non-toxic. http://www.ecovativedesign.com/mushroom-materials/

 

o   Speaking of new materials, using takeaways from the Expo’s Materials Summit how will MCG be integrating Health and Transparency into their Projects and Practice?

Cara: We are continuing our commitment towards Red List Free specifying by using products, like Myco Board (mushroom structural substrate) in casework. ‘Myco Board, Ecovative grows- not glues- materials with natural, rapidly renewable mycelium technology, delivering structural biocomposites that perform, without harsh chemicals’ http://www.ecovativedesign.com/products-and-applications/structural-biocomposites/

 

o   How would you best describe the Phipps Conservatory?

Cara: Breathtaking

Why were those ideal locations for tours?

Cara: Phipps Conservatory is a Living Building that provides (literally) green healthy spaces for wellness and inspiration. 

 

o   What was your favorite “Innovation Inspired by Nature?” Any inspirations that we might be seeing in your current projects that the natural beauty of Alaska has inspired?

Cara:Purebond, soy-based (adhesive) hardwood plywood will celebrate our NW woods without added urea formaldehydes. http://purebondplywood.com/.  Another product I am very excited to use is Ecos Paints which like nature it will provide a platform for limitless color without harming our air quality but actually making it better!  http://www.ecospaints.net/atmosphere-purifying-paints.html

 

o   Trade shows are always an opportunity to see and experience new materials and vendors. What were a couple of your favorites?

Cara: Thermacork, which is 100% nature insulation ( what up R-values needs in AK) that can be used for roofing, exterior walls, partitions, flooring and ceilings. http://www.thermacork.com/applications/

 

o   What would be a couple of reasons for others not to miss the next Expo?

Cara: Because knowledge will propel the building industry, therefore the space that contains our living into a healthier place to be.

 

o   Who should attend the Living Products Expo?

Cara: Before attending this year’s event, I would have said those in the building industry, however some of my most productive conversations and connections where made with permaculture Supply Chain Specialist, chemists, and even the cosmetic company Lush.

 

o   Jason, you currently serve on the BOD of the ILFI –how has this commitment to sustainability impacted your approach to architecture or your design process?

Jason:Over the time period of 1998 to 2004 I worked in Germany exclusively on low energy projects that embodied design principles of Passive design. I moved to Alaska 11 years ago in order to live in my vacation and contribute to that community. I quickly discovered how most true-Alaskans are closely in tune and aware of their surround environment and I quickly discovered the reality of a rapidly changing world and how effects life and how people were effecting that world. I wanted to create positive, meaningful, and effective change with a profoundly urgent manor through my profession. Fast forward to 2009 when elected to the Cascadia GBC, we created ILFI in 2011 after the resoundingly successful launch of the Living Building Challenge. The experience of being a small statue in the room of giant change agents, I had to put action to practice.  This experience was a huge moment of development in my career if not life and completely altered my perspective.  Combing my experience in Germany, my work with MCG, and my service as a founding BOD for ILFI, I want to dedicate my work to the development of sustainable building practices; reconnecting indigenous design with modern innovations. I want to develop solutions that are cost-effective, create healthy environments, are energy-efficient, with an overarching goal to eliminate negative environmental impacts, and build sustainable communities. Instead of simply doing less harm I want to create a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. I believe Alaska is ripe for net positive energy buildings that are combustion free and exclude red list toxins.

 

o   Jason, what are some of the BOD imperatives for the coming year?  Timely question. The organization his on the end of a 3 year strategic plan (attached is copy).  Of which most of the goals have been achieved or exceeded. We are in the process of writing a new strategic plan with a scalable 3, 5, 7 year performance period.  For example our $400k NGO is near $5m and we want to take it to $10mThis all at the time when we are celebrating our first ever transition of CEO leadership from Jason Mclennan to Amanda Sturgeon. Program growth is paramount: LBC, NetZero, JUST, Declare, Reveal, LF Congresses, Cascadia, and also the newly launched Living Product Challenge.  We are also focused on growth of our international institutes, membership, Trimtab magazine and Ecotone.

 

o   Cara, what steps toward sustainability are you taking with the expanded MCG Interior Design Department? To walk the talk. Every day we are learning more about healthy and sustainable materials we can evaluate with our clients. We are actively encouraging product manufacturers to re-evaluate and share the contents in what they are creating through our ‘Initiative for Product Content Transparency’ letter and commitment. Knowledge is power and we strive to design space that promotes health and a regenerative future for our clients and our world community.

o   How can others become involved in the Living Product Challenge or learn more about the “MCG is Going Red List Free Transparency Initiative” campaign?  

Cara:http://living-future.org/lpc is a great resource for the Living Product Challenge and MCG would also be thrilled to talk to you about product and material innovations. October 29th MCG will be hosting an Open House and celebrating the launch of our Red List Free Campaign. Part of the launch will be a website resource that share steps to become Red List Free Designers, Builders and Producers.

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Designed by McCool Carlson Green, RurAL CAP’s Safe Harbor Permanent Supportive Housing Project Selected for National Pilot Program

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) selected seven affordable housing projects intending to pursue Living, Petal or NZEB certification. RurAL CAP’s Safe Harbor permanent supportive housing project in Muldoon, designed by McCool Carlson Green, was selected to work directly with the ILFI as a Pilot Project for their Affordable Housing Living Building Challenge. Along with [...]

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) selected seven affordable housing projects intending to pursue Living, Petal or NZEB certification. RurAL CAP’s Safe Harbor permanent supportive housing project in Muldoon, designed by McCool Carlson Green, was selected to work directly with the ILFI as a Pilot Project for their Affordable Housing Living Building Challenge. Along with MCG the Alaska project team consists of PDC Inc. Engineers, YourCleanEnergy, Schneider Structural, RPKA and Corvus Design.

The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has created this opportunity to inspire more affordable housing projects to further explore, test, and develop strategies to assist affordable housing developers in overcoming social, regulatory, and financial barriers to achieving Living Building Challenge certification. Through this program, ILFI seeks to inspire regular use of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing, learn from aspiring project’s best practices, act as a hub to share lessons learned and support committed leaders in the field.

The affordable housing development community is uniquely situated to benefit from the philosophy and application of the Challenge in order to effectively accomplish its mission and goals. Living Buildings are designed to maximize the positive social and environmental potential of the built environment and serve as focal points for inspiration and education in their local communities. They are comprised entirely of healthy, low-impact building materials, harvest all their energy and water on-site, and aim to place equity and social justice at the forefront of their design goals. As the world’s most advanced and rigorous green building certification program, the Challenge can enhance the positive impact of affordable housing while mitigating the persistent inequalities often present in low-income communities.

These affordable housing projects have been given the opportunity to join a community of North America’s leading sustainability innovators through the Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project pilot program beginning August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. Through this program the ILFI hopes to inspire regular use of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing, learn from aspiring project’s best practices, act as a hub to share lessons learned and support committed leaders in the field. The Institute looks forward to working alongside the teams on the path to exploring how affordable housing projects can be the most sustainable and healthy buildings in the world.

 During the next year and a half, teams will receive Living Building Challenge education, membership benefits, a charrette, design development and construction documentation review. All support will be given on a rolling timeline, dependent on when the project intends to break ground.

The pilot projects range from Single Room Occupancy (SRO) to Multi-Family and Mixed-Use. The teams represent a community of professionals who are leading the affordable housing market in creating healthy, resilient, and restorative places for all by putting people and our planet first.

RurAL CAP Permanent Supportive Housing – Muldoon
Anchorage, AK
McCool Carlson Green 

Deanwood Neighborhood Development
Washington, DC
Washington, DC Department of Housing and Community Development & District Department of Environment 

Liberty Lane Apartments
Redlands, CA
A Community of Friends 

HopeWorks Station, Phase II
Everett, WA
HopeWorks Social Enterprises & Housing Hope

Orchard Gardens
Sunnyvale, CA
First Community Housing

Coliseum Place
Oakland, CA
David Baker Architects, Resources for Community Development and the Association for Energy Affordability

Lawson House YMCA Renovation
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates & Holsten Development

Additional information regarding the Muldoon project:

–          21,600 sf building for low-income housing tenants

–          23 living units (2 bedroom and 1 bedroom)

–          This project will be the first Living Building Challenge Project built in Anchorage and possibly Alaska.

–          This project will operate for one year and demonstrate it has achieved all Living Building Challenge requirements prior to being certified as a Living Building Challenge project.

–          This project will not be built on virgin soil. The How How Chinese Restaurant will be demolished and our project will be placed in the exact footprint of the How How Chinese Restaurant.

–          The Living Building Challenge requirements which our project will obtain are:

o    Water – The project will realign how people use water and to redefine ‘waste’ in the built environment, by capturing water from the site and challenging outdated technology with efficient processes and fixtures.

o    Materials – This project has committed to using non-toxic materials throughout the construction of this building. Not only are materials specified due to their final content, but as well as the material’s manufacturing processes.

o    Beauty – Project will contain design features intended solely for human delight and the celebration of culture, spirit and place appropriate to its function and meaningfully integrate public art.

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McCool Carlson Green (MCG) Expands Interior Design Services

McCool Carlson Green announces the appointment of Cara Mazurek, ASID, LEED AP BD +C as Director of Interior Design to manage and grow the firm’s interior design practice. Capitalizing on her holistic experience in design and construction, Ms. Mazurek will be an important member of the firm’s leadership team with a belief that material selection, [...]

Cara-Mazurek-168McCool Carlson Green announces the appointment of Cara Mazurek, ASID, LEED AP BD +C as Director of Interior Design to manage and grow the firm’s interior design practice. Capitalizing on her holistic experience in design and construction, Ms. Mazurek will be an important member of the firm’s leadership team with a belief that material selection, building orientations, space planning, and furnishings should be contextual, transparent and a catalyst for healthy living.

“Cara’s creative approach and dedication to craftsmanship, materiality, and technology make her a superb addition to our design team furthering MCG’s reputation as a leading architecture, design, and interiors firm,” says John Weir, MCG Principal. “Cara’s aesthetic and vision make her uniquely qualified to lead our interiors practice.”

“In a sea of choices we are dedicated to learning which products are right for our clients, the world community, and the industry’s growth. Implementing the guiding principles of healthy growth, we will produce thriving spaces of living. MCG has a strong foundation of educational institutions and public works projects, which will be enriched through sustainable design practices and an expanded conceptual phase, that strength client identity. As the Director of Interior Design, I am looking forward to partnering with MCG’s clients and team members to deliver sustainable and visionary service to our projects,” said Cara.

Mazurek has over 11 years of interior design experience. She has an impressive portfolio of interiors work including the Alaska Neurology Center, Nikiski Fire Station 2 and Kodiak Electric Association. Her experience encompasses Space Planning and Construction Documentation, LEED Certification, Finish Research and Selection, FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment) Selection and advocacy for the Materials Petal of the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge. Educated at The Art Institute of Portland and graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science, Interior Design degree with High Honors, she is beginning her term as President Elect for the America Society of Interior Designers  Alaska Chapter in October, and is a member of the International Living Future Institute. 

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It’s Official! MCG Has a New Look

If you’ve been following our firm for a while, you may have noticed we’ve changed a few things. We recently unveiled our new logo as a first step in refreshing our brand. Read all the details in our official announcement below. [...]

If you’ve been following our firm for a while, you may have noticed we’ve changed a few things. We recently unveiled our new logo as a first step in refreshing our brand.

Read all the details in our official announcement below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

MCCOOL CARLSON GREEN ARCHITECTS PREMIERS A NEW LOOK
One of Alaska’s Most Established Architectural Firms Launches a New Identity and Video Production Looking Forward to the Future of Design In Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska, July 30, 2014 – After more than 40 years of design in Alaska, today McCool Carlson Green (MCG) unveils the first phase of its corporate rebranding. With a new logo and identity system, MCG introduces a contemporary new look that reflects the forward-focused spirit of the firm’s design work. In the coming weeks, MCG will integrate the redesign into all firm materials, including the launch of a revamped website that is currently in production.

Concurrent with the rebrand, MCG debuts its first-ever video production, Culture of a Company, exploring the culture of the firm and a behind-the-scenes look at their studio. The short film highlights key elements of the MCG design process and why “we do what we do.” Culture of a Company is the first in what will be a series of videos exploring MCG’s work throughout Alaska.

In 2014, MCG is embarking upon a renewed mission to connect with the community—including clients, design partners and peers. With the new identity as an impetus, MCG  is looking ahead to the future of design in Alaska and the firm’s role in contributing to the creative evolution to come.

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SCALE: MCG’s Quarterly Newsletter | Issue #01 | July 2014

Storytelling is what we do at MCG. Of course, we use the language of architecture – form, material, space, color – to tell our clients’ stories. But, equally important, we also use our words. With both visual and verbal language we communicate our ideas. We explain. We inspire. We define. We persuade. The words and imagery we use allow [...]

Storytelling is what we do at MCG. Of course, we use the language of architecture – form, material, space, color – to tell our clients’ stories. But, equally important, we also use our words.

With both visual and verbal language we communicate our ideas. We explain. We inspire. We define. We persuade. The words and imagery we use allow us to connect with one another and our community…

Click here to see our first issue of SCALE

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MCG Attends Nuka General Conference – June 18-19, 2014

“Nuka” is a word used in many different cultures. The term means honor, strength, dignity, and support, making it a fitting name for a new philosophy of healthcare delivery gaining a foothold throughout the industry. [...]

“Nuka” is a word used in many different cultures. The term means honor, strength, dignity, and support, making it a fitting name for a new philosophy of healthcare delivery gaining a foothold throughout the industry. 

The Nuka system was developed as a way to decrease costs by reducing the number of patient visits and focusing on their overall well-being. Patients, called “customer owners,” are treated with dignity and empowered to take responsibility for their mental and physical wellness. As a result, the intent is that they will subsequently make healthier choices in every aspect of their lives.

Healthcare services included in the Nuka system are: behavioral, dental, medical and traditional services. Each customer-owner is assigned to a healthcare provider team—which might include a case manager, nurse, general practitioner, and a dietician, for example—who work together with the customer-owner throughout treatment, allowing for consistent evaluation and treatment. 

The Nuka approach recognizes the value of preventative health programs, such as complementary medicine, dieting, parenting classes and exercise programs, for healthcare practitioners and patients.

The insights I gained at the 2014 Nuka conference inspired me to continue addressing present healthcare problems and to pursue innovative solutions through architectural design—for today and tomorrow. Nuka care takes into account an individual’s core values, integrity and culture, bringing these attributes to the surface and allowing genuine dialogue between patient and care-givers. As a result, doctor-patient relationships are strengthened, leading to positive economic and cultural outcomes for broader society.

For more information about Nuka, go to the Southcentral Foundation website.

Architectural wall feature at the Alaska Native Medical Center that reflects blue light during summer solstice and orange light during winter solstice.

Architectural wall feature at the Alaska Native Medical Center that reflects blue light during summer solstice and orange light during winter solstice.

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MCG Joins the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) JUST Program

Recently, MCG was asked to participate in ILFI’s new JUST Program initiative to encourage and celebrate corporate responsibility and transparency. As long-time participants in ILFI’s national programs and events, we were happy to play our part in the development of this exciting new program. [...]

Recently, MCG was asked to participate in ILFI’s new JUST Program initiative to encourage and celebrate corporate responsibility and transparency. As long-time participants in ILFI’s national programs and events, we were happy to play our part in the development of this exciting new program.

Read our official press release below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MCCOOL CARLSON GREEN (MCG) JOINS ‘JUST’ PROGRAM
The Company Becomes the First Architectural Firm to Participate in the International Living Future Institute’s Innovative New Organizational Disclosure Program

In December 2013, McCool Carlson Green (MCG) became the first architectural firm to participate in the JUST™ program (www.justorganizations.com), a new initiative of International Living Future Institute (ILFI) (www.living-future.org). JUST™ is a nationwide effort to encourage organizational transparency and ethical practices.  Spearheaded by architect Jason Gamache, AIA, and principal architect John Weir, AIA, MCG’s participation in the launch of this new effort continues the firm’s dedication to being one of Alaska’s most forward-thinking and ethical companies.

The goal of JUST™ is to provide a new level of organizational transparency—both inside the company and in the public sphere. As described on the International Living Future Institute website, the JUST™ program: 

“…is not a verification or certification program. Rather, the program provides an innovative transparency platform for organizations to reveal much about their operations, including how they treat their employees and where they make financial and community investments.”

MCG has a longstanding relationship with ILFI, participating in educational conferences and taking on leadership roles in partnering organizations like Cascadia Green Building Council. It is MCG’s history of active engagement that prompted ILFI to invite the firm to be among the exclusive list of companies to help launch the JUST™ program. Each organization has subsequently provided valuable feedback on the program’s submittal process and standards. These insights will help the JUST™ program establish long-term success.

MCG participated in the JUST™ program because the firm’s leadership recognizes the importance of the regular evaluation of company policies and practices.  Locally, MCG hopes to help spread the word to other Alaskan companies, highlighting the benefits of providing greater organizational transparency to employees, clients and our community.

If you would like more information about the JUST™ program, International Living Future Institute, or McCool Carlson Green, please contact Robin Yanoshek at ryanoshek@mcgalaska.com.

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