Monday, May 10, 2010

Green Thumb

The JBA Company Garden is official, Friday was a perfect day for planting, and plant we did! 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

JBA Initiates Community Garden for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day JBA is initiating a community garden. JBA employees and their families will benefit from budget friendly, nutritious and pesticide free produce. The garden will be hosted at Firm President, Christopher Ball’s house and employees will cultivate the garden 1-2X a week through November. Surplus produce will be distributed to JBA family, friends and those in need. Planting begins April 30th.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Springfield R-XII Hickory Hills Ribbon Cutting

Ryan and I snapped a few amateur photographs during the Hickory Hills Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this past Tuesday.   Below are a couple of our favorites.  With that said, we're excited for Gail to go through with her fancy camera later this month. 

Photo 1 - The primary building materials, masonry, precast and aluminum are all showcased in the main entry. The surrounding environment penetrates the building through the roof and glass storefront, while the masonry block and precast balance the overall experience inside with dark colors. (Photo Credit - Ryan Faust)

Photo 2 - Direct and diffused natural light illuminate the interior of the library. A combination of high-performance glass and translucent kalwall systems provide privacy and views for building occupants on the interior while simultaneously creating a dynamic juxtaposition of materials on the exterior.
(Photo Credit - Jessica Pearson)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Environmental Works Named SCA's Project of the Year

Published in Springfield Business Journal
Article by Jeremy Elwood

SCA's Project of the Year Award - recognizing the project with the best cooperation between the owner, designer and contractors - went to Environmental Works Inc.'s headquarters.

The design-build project, employed only local workers and renovated a vacant building, saving time, money and materials, according to SCA officials.

"We used a local builder and all local subcontractors," said Environmental Works Owner Robin Melton. "It was a real investment in the community and ... gave a nice face lift to a (center city) building."

The project, 1455 E. Chestnut Expressway, also was chosen for its environmentally sustainable features, not the least of which was reuse of the building on one of the city's busiest corridors, said Chris Ball of project designer Jack Ball & Associates Architects PC.

"The most sustainable thing you can do is take an older, vacant, somewhat blighted facility like that and turn it into something new and impressive," Ball said. "Derelict buildings are very contagious. It's very dangerous. What we hope is that it's also contagious in the other direction, and that will be a motivator for continued development on corridors like that."

Link to full story here