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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Blog post written by George Hubert, Nacht & Lewis Project Architect With few exceptions, humans are social creatures. For this reason, teamwork, like community, is among those concepts that we intuitively link to happiness and success. If we are lucky, teamwork is a regular occurrence in our work and personal lives. In the 18 months that I’ve been at Nacht & Lewis, I’ve been very fortunate in this regard. But that’s no accident …Read More

What Do Architects Do?

Curious what architects do? Here is a simple breakdown from company President Mike Parrott, AIA: Architects have a saying that we will “give you the plans for free”. However, plans are only a small part of the overall service provided by architects. In the simplest form, architects design buildings. Design is defined as, “a process that ends in a solution”. The solution is what the client wants, and is actually …Read More

Get to Know the President : Mike Parrott, AIA

Who in Architecture do you admire? Why? My favorite architect is Santiago Calatrava. He is both an artist and a structural engineer which makes his projects very expressive. What companies do you admire? Why? I like Clif Bar. The owner had an opportunity to sell the business to a big company and chose not to. He felt he hadn’t done all he wanted to do with the company. That there …Read More

Core Values Series: Empower the Team

In our third month of our Core Values Series, we ask our staff what our core value, “Empower the Team”, means to them. Asking each staff member about Nacht & Lewis’ core values has been so interesting and eye opening in seeing how differently each value can be interpreted person to person. You learn a lot about your teammates from this exercise and it really is conducive to working with each …Read More

California Education: Prop 51

The Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, or Proposition 51, is a really big name for, “Let’s help better educate our kids”! On November 8, 2016, California voters will be faced with the decision to support a State-wide facility bond to continue funding the construction and modernization of K-12 and Community College projects throughout the State. Proposition 51 will provide $9 billion to fund school …Read More

Core Values Series: Deliver Excellence

Last month, we started the “Core Values Series” where our staff shared what designing thoughtfully means to them. This month we hope to inspire you to go beyond good quality and acceptable products, into delivering excellence in everything you do. Here’s our take on our next core value, delivering excellence: -Delivering excellence is not just providing quality work; it’s the continued effort our team makes to improve our services, designs, …Read More

Exciting Changes on Our Horizon

Nacht & Lewis has always taken great pride in the work we have done, valued the many clients we have had the pleasure to serve, appreciated the contributions of those who have worked here and will continue to do our part to help shape the Sacramento landscape and community for the better. Our Future President, Michael Parrott Since joining the firm in 1996, Michael has worked on projects in the …Read More

Designing for America’s Finest

Whether we were at a football game or watching a political rally on television, my father used to tell me, “I still get a tear in my eye every time I hear the national anthem.” Now, 50 years later, the same sentiment holds true for me. As a US Citizen, it’s easy to get caught up with patriotic passion, but the importance of the sacrifices made by those who have …Read More

Core Values Series: Design Thoughtfully

Nacht & Lewis always strives to embody our core values: design thoughtfully, empower the team, deliver excellence, guided by integrity and cultivate optimism. There are many interpretations to these expressions, so we asked our staff what our first value, design thoughtfully, means to them. Here are some of their responses: – Designing thoughtfully requires empathy to develop an element, detail or composition that is reflective of the intended experience. Design …Read More

Program Focused Transitional Housing

Napa County has entered an era of significant change relative to the incarceration of inmates in their justice system. They, like many other Counties throughout the State of California, were forced to reevaluate their programs and processes with the implementation of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act (Assembly Bill 109). Napa County’s history of collaboration among their local criminal justice agencies allowed them to adopt a thoughtful and systematic approach …Read More

An Idea Before It’s Time? The First Rodome

This year, Nacht & Lewis is celebrating 94 years in business. With this many years of experience, it is valuable to occasionally look back at the past to put our present in perspective. Our founder, Leonard Starks, briefly partnered with E.C.Hemmings in 1923 to design the Elks Building prior to Hemmings death in 1924. Hemmings had a long history of quality work in the Sacramento area and was respected by the local …Read More

St. Joseph’s Stockton Gets A New Hybrid Operating Room

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (St. Joseph’s) in Stockton, California will soon provide improved imaging services to their patients in the San Joaquin Valley. As a replacement of the existing and aged Catherization Laboratory #1, Nacht & Lewis worked with St. Joseph’s to place and build out the new state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room (OR), allowing them to offer more diverse surgical procedures to their patients. A hybrid operating room is a surgical theatre that is equipped …Read More

Project JOE (Jump on Education)

Frustrated by the limitations of manufactured modular construction, the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento, California turned to Nacht & Lewis for help. Following years of struggling with a lack of flexibility in products from the traditional modular construction markets and a need to have better control over short summer construction schedules, Project JOE was born. Nacht & Lewis’ Education Team went to work developing a series of classroom …Read More

What’s On the Boards?

We are excited to share with you a new section of our website where we will feature projects in progress and highlight various milestone developments on those projects. So much goes into a large scale project far before it is complete and the doors open. With this new section, we can provide an inside look at what we’ve been up to lately. To kick off our new On the Boards section, here are some recent project highlights …Read More

Cruising into Jail Construction

In November of last year, I had the pleasure of taking a vacation on a cruise ship to the Caribbean. It was a wonderful experience and I had a great time! With all of that free time and a rested mental state, I began to notice something quite interesting; I started to draw parallels of architecture and design methods that I work with for some of our jail construction projects …Read More