We believe in constantly learning. Under the continued leadership of Principals Curtis Snyder, Alan Turner, Richard Kirchner and Henry Mahlstedt the firm has made a practice of supporting continuing education and mentoring emerging professionals both internally with a proactive CIDP program and outside in the local design community with such programs as the AIA Hard Hat Cafe. We have integrated the latest REVIT software into our design and production arsenal and regularly convene our REVIT task force to address standards, constraints, and opportunities in using this powerful tool. Design teams meet regularly for pin-ups and friendly self-criticism. Friday Forum is a monthly series of design-related discussions in which the only rule is that the firm’s own projects are excluded. The office subsidizes employee attendance at work-related conferences and membership in professional organizations.
We are committed to sustainable design and construction. We are a certified Green Business and our own LEED Silver office reflects that commitment. We were early members of the Northern California Chapter of the US Green Building Council and helped create its South Bay Branch. We present sustainability to anyone who will listen.
We believe in Integrated Project Delivery and the creative use of Building Information Management. We believe in building lasting relationships, using technology to reinforce them.
We are committed to professional and community involvement, taking leadership positions in the American Institute of Architects, various organizations devoted to sustainability, and many local charitable organizations. Both Rich Kirchner and Alan Turner have served as Board Members and Presidents of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the AIA. We give our time to the Community Breast Health Project, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Dreams Happen, Build Together, and many other worthy community endeavors.
In addition to hard work, we believe in fun. Extracurricular activities bring us together for holiday and summertime parties, outrigger canoeing, bocce ball, bird watching, cycling, rock climbing, and softball, to name only a few.