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HDG Architecture wins major regional design award

Spokane's HDG Architecture was the sole winner from Spokane (anywhere east of Seattle and Portland) for the Northwest Pacific region AIA awards 2018. The Merit award-winning design was for NUDO, the Ramen restaurant located at 818 West Sprague across from the Davenport Hotel.

Seventeen projects received recognition in the 2018 Design Awards from AIA Northwest and Pacific Region (NWPR). A record-breaking 113 projects were entered by the region's architects from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Guam/Micronesia. The awards were conferred at an Honor and Awards celebration on November 15 at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The AIA Northwest and Pacific Region judges commented, "the stimulus for the NUDO design and materials is indicative of Japanese culture as well as the juxtaposition of colors and textures creating balance; another characteristic of Japanese culture, created a great atmosphere. The interior retrofit is nicely executed. Straightforward, spatially sound. Mega cartoons energize the interior."

HDG was launched in 2010 by Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtado, both with incredible design acumen and certain iconoclastic streaks. Their architecture and design studio is located at 230 S. Washington (at 3rd) in Spokane. Frequently cited as an up-and-coming firm in the pacific northwest, their designs can be found in places like Seattle, Oahu, New York, and Pennsylvania as well as rural Washington and Idaho.

You can see more of their work at their website, hdg-architecture.com. The phone number is 509-321-5064.

Meridian Construction & Development gets South Hill Goodwill work

Meridian Construction & Development is the general contractor for a full remodel and expansion of the South Hill Goodwill location in Lincoln Heights at 2927 E. 27th. The $2 million project is for the remodel of the 9800-square-foot retail store and adding a 7200-square-foot addition which will be used as a production area with new loading docks The project will take about 6 months to complete. Wolfe Architectural Group did the designs.

Go to meridianco.com for more information.

Dale Kleist opens Union Tavern on East Sprague

Restauteur and bar owner Dale Kleist has brought the abandoned 'palmistry building' at 1914 East Sprague back to life as the Union Tavern. For many years the building housed actual palm readers. The unique decor of the tavern includes historic beer advertisements, wooden bleacher seats from GU's old Martin Center, a bar salvaged out of Montana, and the building's old palmistry signs. They feature beer, wine and liquor and a great food menu. For more on Union Tavern, go to Facebook.

Whitney Smith new president-elect of the Spokane Mortgage Lending Association

Whitney Smith has been elected president-elect of the Spokane Mortgage Lending Association. Brandon Quigley will be President in 2019. Smith was fortunate to stay home and raise kids, and then went back to school to complete her AA degree before getting licensed as a loan officer 3 1/2 years ago.

She joined Blaine Rolstad's team at what was The Advisor's Mortgage Company in 2016. They joined Caliber Home Loans in April of 2017. Caliber is equipped with the best technology in the business and is ranked as one of the top three mortgage companies in the US.

Caliber Home Loans is located at 225 Main, Suite 200 in Spokane. The phone number is 509-252-1414.

Bernardo Wills Architects hires new staff members

Bernardo|Wills Architects has hired Paz Ochoa, ASLA, landscape architect, and Stan Griswold, MLA, PLA, landscape architect; and Tyler Reid, landscape architect intern.

Commissions on which Ochoa is currently working include the Spokane International Airport Felts Field Gateway Study (a master plan for the airport's historical district) and City of Spokane Parks & Recreation North Bank Regional Playground. Ochoa, who is licensed in Texas, has eight years' experience in the landscape architectural profession. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. Ochoa was formerly employed as a landscape architect with Spurlock Landscape Architects in San Diego, Calif.

Griswold is presently working on the South Landing HUB, a mixed-use building in Spokane for which Bernardo|Wills Architects is also supplying architectural services, and Central Valley School District New Comprehensive High School in Spokane Valley. Licensed in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah, Griswold has 29 years of professional experience in landscape architecture. He has an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in Horticulture from Ricks College, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Idaho. Griswold previously worked as a senior landscape architect with The Land Group, Inc. in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Reid's first assignments include the University of Idaho Basketball Arena and City of Moscow Parks & Recreation Edible Forest Park Master Plan in Idaho. Reid is presently pursuing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at Washington State University, where he as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Student Chapter.

For more information, visit www.bernardowills.com.

Town Hall meeting to address Homelessness December 4

A formal Town Hall Meeting is planned for tomorrow, December 4 from 4:30-6pm at the McGinnity Room, 116 West Pacific Avenue, #100 in downtown Spokane.

Downtown Dialogues - is a resource for the business community to come together and discuss important topics related to downtown. This is the first bi-monthly gathering, with a discussion on homelessness and safety. The goal for the first meeting is to bring together a panel, moderated by KHQ's Sean Owsley, to inform members and ratepayers about all the efforts taking place to address these complex issues, as well as the challenges faced by downtown property and business owners. Together, the community will discover opportunities to improve the lives of those in genuine need while also improving the downtown environment. The panel will be providing background and education on the efforts underway in Spokane, identifying opportunities to make improvements, and working to engage all of the community to work together on solutions. This is presented by Downtown Spokane Partnership.

For more information and to reserve your seat, click here: click here.

Roloff Digital Forensics hires new Digital Forensics Examiner

Travis Kensok has recently joined the Roloff Digital Forensics (RDF) team as a Digital Forensics Examiner. Travis recently relocated to Spokane from Phoenix, AZ and comes to RDF from cyber security business development for the firms Sucuri LLC, SiteLock and GoDaddy, where he worked with clients to assist in understanding the security risks related to their websites, the technical exploits that put client's information at risk as well as how to mitigate and complete the resolutions implemented by their security teams.

Travis has over 1,000 hours of organizing and facilitating both sales and technical trainings across the nation. A majority of his educational speaking engagements have been focused on internal operations and sales. His vast leadership experience, passion for mentorship and business development acumen demonstrate a perfect fit for RDF.

Roloff Digital Forensics is a digital forensics firm with headquarters in Spokane, providing investigation and analysis of electronic evidence in criminal, civil and family law proceedings locally, nationally and globally. RDF assists attorneys and private clients in analyzing, testifying and making digital evidence understandable in all legal proceedings.

For more information, visit www.roloffdf.com.

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