Orcutt | Winslow NOW

2021 Quarter 3 Newsletter



Today, we introduce and affirm our commitment to positive disruption in the way we engage our world through design.

Take a look at what's happening at Orcutt | Winslow Now.

You might be surprised at some of the remarkable work that is just around your corner…

John S. McCain Elementary School


Congratulations to Buckeye Elementary School District on the grand opening of their newest school: John S. McCain III Elementary School! This school breaks traditional school design and is a model for schools of the future. John S. McCain Elementary School is designed to have three learning communities based on age groups, with dedicated maker spaces and shared breakout spaces that will facilitate individualized learning opportunities. 

Bowling Green Veterans Center


The proposed new veterans care center in Bowling Green, Kentucky features 60 private suites. Each suite will feature its own private restroom and amazing views to the beautiful gardens and rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. The new center will feature a community center building that will house all the resident amenities including: multipurpose, activity, therapy, chapel, and a coffee bar. Administrative offices, food service, laundry, and other support functions will also reside in the community building. 

Schnepf Elementary School is Officially Open!


Queen Creek's rapid expansion continues with the grand opening of their newest elementary school: Schnepf Elementary School! Based off a newly-developed Queen Creek Unified prototype, this new 68,500 sf elementary school has 28 classrooms with smart labs, a media center within the classroom building that can be converted to classrooms in future phases, and a centralized administrative building that anchors the campus and provides a secure courtyard.
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Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health - Desert Mission Health Center


This 23,000 sf health center will increase the number of children, youth, adults, and families receiving access to healthcare in underserved, low-income communities. The Desert Mission Health Center will include a mixture of exam spaces for medical, dental, and behavioral health services; as well as consultation and administrative spaces.
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Vi at Cavasson


Vi Living, a national senior living developer/operator, specializing in high-end senior living, is proposing an exciting new community in North Scottsdale. Their latest development is the 321-unit Cavasson project that will feature over 470,000 sf of desert-modern retirement living. Vi at Cavasson will feature high-quality amenities including a variety of resident dining experiences, fitness, activity, and life-long learning programs. As well as several outdoor living/activity amenities to complement the interior offerings.

Kiva Elementary School


The replacement of Kiva Elementary School focuses on retaining the positive attributes of the current campus, while correcting and modernizing the aspects that are dated. The school is designed to create a campus that functions as the heart of the school and neighboring community, while providing the integration of opportunities for social gathering and inter-personal collaboration.
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TSG Center for Spiritual Development


The TSG Center for Spiritual Development is beginning to take shape! TSG is located on an 11-acre parcel in the pristine Sonoran Desert, surrounded by the scenic mountains of North Scottsdale, Carefree, and Cave Creek, Arizona. Our goal for the TSG Center is to create a center that merges science and spirituality in the natural world in ways that serve the site and the soul.

Photo Credits: Tyler Sternberg, 180 Degrees Inc.
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Highland Park High School


Originally built in 1936, Highland Park High School is a long-established school in Dallas, Texas. One of the latest upgrades to the school is a renovation of the 10,000 sf library. The new design will bring the aging library into the 21st century while maintaining the traditional atmosphere of the original school. Traditional elements will include wood column wraps and ceiling bulkheads and wood-stained cabinetry. Modern elements will include new library furniture and student collaboration spaces.

Jennifer Wilcynski in the Center for Health Design!
Jennifer Wilcynski joined the Center for Health Design panel to discuss the importance of acoustics during design, acoustic triggers in behavioral health settings, safety concerns in acoustical solutions, and design cost impacts.

Central Arizona Society for Healthcare Engineers Annual Golf Tournament

CASHE held their annual Swing for Education golf tournament on September 10th. This event raises funds to support educational scholarships for Arizona students. We were proud to be an event sponsor and put together a brief video recap of the event.
Orcut | Winslow has been a CASHE Strategic Partner for almost 20 years and currently has two people serving as committee chairs for the organization. Kristine Millar leads the Legacy Committee and Ashley Mulhall leads the Advocacy & Sustainability Committee.
Architects or Lumberjacks?
Have you tried axe throwing? It's all the craze for us at Orcutt | Winslow! We love team building activities that require a little action.
Healthcare Design Expo & Conference
Jennifer Wilcynski, Neil Terry, and Matthew Kennedy will be joined by Hushabye Founder, Tara Sundem, for their live session at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. This session will discuss the background of Hushabye Nursery, how facility design can be both supportive and nurturing to family-oriented healing, long-term success in recovery, and more. 
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We're Growing!

All three of our locations are expanding! Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Orcutt | Winslow team: Tara Huffman, Carlos Naranjo, Leah Monsterrat, Tonya Sheridan, Rothi Bhattacharyya, Paul Short, Miguel Solorio, Susana Regalado, Arik Spaulding, and Riley Tullis!
AEC Technology

"Our company’s integrated BIM workflow philosophy and approach to our use of technology is to use all of the technology available to us, however necessary, to make the project a success. We aim to push our firm’s use of technology in the process of any project that we work on to provide a precedent and a springboard for the future development of technology use and workflows." - Marco Rosero

AEC Bytes featured how our architects integrated AEC technology to ensure the successful design of John S. McCain Elementary School.

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Behind the Design:
Cherokee Elementary

Young saguaros often begin life under a nurse plant; specifically a Palo Verde tree. Saguaros are extremely slow growing and fragile at their earliest years. This is a parallel with young students. Much like cacti locating themselves in the shelter of the Palo Verde canopy, students will be able to look to Cherokee as their nurse plant. 
This notion of a nurse plant, used as the overall backbone of the design concept, provides both living and architectural adaptations, abstracted.

Life / Work Out of Balance

Ashley Mulhall participated in the Tracing Architecture (AIA) podcast about Work Life Balance and the challenges COVID created over the past year. 

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Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safe Haven

Did you know that the Maricopa County Sheriff Office Animal Safe Haven is going to be funded entirely through donations? No taxpayer funds will be used for construction.
The new MASH will be built for the housing, care, and rehabilitation of 100 dogs and 200 cats. There will be space for on-site veterinary care, and an outdoor dog run to provide exercise opportunities.
Find ways to make the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Animal Safe Haven a reality here.

Orcutt|Winslow is Developing a New Sustainability Action Plan in 2021

It has been 10 years since our firm developed its first Sustainability Action Plan. A lot has changed in the industry and within our firm in the last decade. Many of the goals we set for ourselves have been achieved, or have become irrelevant. This new Sustainability Action Plan will be continuously updated instead of being a document that sits on a shelf collecting dust. It will include a transition from a focus on energy to a focus on carbon. This plan will set the direction and priorities needed to achieve our goals for the AIA 2030 Commitment, and will reinforce the sense of urgency recently outlined by Architecture 2030 and the 2021 IPCC Climate Report.

YOU'RE INVITED: Orcutt | Winslow's 50th Anniversary 

Join us in celebrating our birthday, the decades of life we have lived in these amazing cities and the contributions YOU have made to growing our communities.
Get your backstage pass here!