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Design at the intersection of health, wellness, and retail

Consumers are time-conscious, and at the same time, they’re shifting to a lifestyle defined by health and wellness. As a result, the concept of well-being is taking on a whole new meaning in the world of retail. Today’s retailers are looking to strike a balance between efficient shopping and the desire to slow down, indulge, and connect. Thus, in this age of convenience, retail design must meet consumers where they are, both physically and emotionally, throughout their shopping journey....

Leading the Charge (and the Change)

Working to advance holistic environmental sustainability, the Cushing Terrell Green Advocacy Council (GAC) serves as a collective knowledge and resource base for our firm and our clients....

New in our portfolio: Creating a community treasure

Rose Park Pool is a prized community recreation spot in Billings, Montana. Working in partnership with aquatic design consultant Counsilman-Hunsaker and our client the City of Billings Parks and Recreation, our team designed a renovation for the facility that would provide an exceptional (and invigorating) experience for staff and pool-goers alike. The project goals were to: enhance comfort, safety, and accessibility; reduce operating and utility costs; create an environment reflective o...

A dialysis center with a difference

Over the course of working with Billings Clinic for 20 years, one thing’s been abundantly clear — this client puts patients first. This philosophy can sometimes mean taking the time to rethink how we design healthcare facilities and the patient experience within them. The new Billings Clinic Dialysis Center in Montana is a good example of knowing when it’s time to change things up. Opened in late July, the center is a partnership between Billings Clinic and Dialysis Clinic, Inc., one of the l...

On the Boards: Town Center-Inspired High School Design

When developing concepts for the new 1,500-student Gallatin High School in Bozeman, Montana, our design team and the building committee gravitated toward a layout inspired by a town center. A place where people come together for a variety of purposes, the town center is a focal point for meetings, commerce, social interaction, and other public events — all aligned with building a unified, interactive community. Much like in a city or town, we envisioned Gallatin High School’s Town Center as a...

#WLAM2019 | Holistic Healthcare Design

We're celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month, highlighting projects that push the boundaries in landscape architecture through an array of concepts: the use of virtual reality in landscape design, ecosystem restoration and education, and nature-driven design solutions that facilitate healing....

#WLAM2019 | Embracing local ecosystems

We're celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month, highlighting projects that push the boundaries in landscape architecture through an array of concepts: ecosystem restoration and education, the use of virtual reality in landscape design, and nature-driven design solutions that facilitate healing....

#WLAM2019 | Landscape Design in a Virtual World

We're celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month, highlighting projects that push the boundaries in landscape architecture through an array of concepts: the use of virtual reality in landscape design, ecosystem restoration and education, and nature-driven design solutions that facilitate healing....

Design-Thinking Crash Course as an AIA Awards Judge

Imagine diving into a review of 304 design projects, spending 280 hours dedicated to thinking about design and what makes a good design project, and finally, voting for your top choice. If that sounds intense, it was. However, it was also an incredibly collaborative and illuminating experience. This is what it takes to be a juror for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2019 awards program. Homework I began reviewing submissions on August 17, and I kept up a pace of nine each day ...

Retail in 2019: Experience is everything

It’s 2019 and the retail landscape is dynamic, complex, and exciting. In late 2016, we saw headlines pronouncing “retail is dead.” 2017 continued the “retail apocalypse” narrative, while 2018 brought positive progression in the “retail revolution.” As we enter 2019, we emerge into a full transformation to "new retail" where experience is everything, blending physical and digital environments. The radical move to new retail is the product of rapid change in this market influenced by evolvin...

St. Ignatius Catholic School Named IBR’s Top 2018 Private Project

St. Ignatius Catholic School of Meridian, Idaho, was recently named First Place among private projects in the Idaho Business Review's 2018 "Top Projects" issue! Full story on all the recipients here. Wright Brothers joined Forces with CTA Architects Engineers to coordinate over 30 subcontractors to construct St. Ignatius, the first newly constructed Catholic School in Idaho in over 55 years. The team build the state-of-the-art, 10-acre, 56,000 sq. ft. school for pre-K to eighth-grade st...

Education team bringing ‘super studio’ to Austin’s Waterloo School

Jim Beal and Corey Johnson (principals and co-leaders of CTA's Education studio), along with architect Alex Bingham and interior designer Sandi Rudy, are designing Austin, Texas's new Waterloo School. The private high school has core values of Belonging, Mentorship, Restoration, Complexity, Flourishing, Growth, and Generosity; and will focus on incorporating the city of Austin as a classroom. Recently, the team presented a design charrette and used an Oculus immersive VR experience to a...

Thompson Lake House Nets Award of Citation from AIA Idaho

The Thompson Lake House, owned by the founders of Scentsy, Inc. and situated on a private lake in Eagle, ID, won a recent AIA Idaho Citation Award. Project manager Josh Hersel and designer Jason Yates (shown here) proudly display the framed award, now hanging above reception at CTA's Boise office. The project team also included: Jason Butler (principal-in-charge); Eric Nagel (CADD design); Tom Poremba, Kara Desaro, and Ryan Scanlin (structural); Ken Butler and Eric Stein (electrical); T...

IN THE NEWS: Community to Supply Ideas for New TVCC Education Center

From argusobserver.com: The project may be in the pre-design phase, but a newly renovated and expanded career and technical education center has begun in earnest. Treasure Valley Community College, along with its hired architectural firm, has begun gathering ideas for what that center will look like. On Tuesday, the community college began its listening sessions, led by hired firm CTA Architects Engineers, out of Boise. The sessions are designed to gather input from not only college fac...
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