It is hard to believe that the holidays are and we soon will be celebrating our first anniversary at our location in the Colonies. It has been an eventful year and we are thankful to have shared it with so many of you. If you have not yet had an opportunity to visit us here, we would welcome the chance to catch up with you on the back deck. And even if you have been here many times, we love visiting with friends. We hope all is well with you and that the blessings and joy of this holiday season will be enjoyed by all! Be sure to check out the animated version of this card on Facebook or Youtube. Your Friends at PWA
PWA Chicken Chili. Last week we needed some comfort food to rival the previous week’s luncheon provided by our friends at CM Engineering. So we decided to make two crock pots of chili with all the fixings for an in-house lunch to celebrate some January events and milestones: • Bailey Fogel joined our staff to assist with CAD drawings and interiors. • Two of our staff members – Erik Miller and Dawn L. Andres - celebrated birthdays this month. • Suzanne Wright came back to PWA 10 years ago. We made one pot of traditional beef and sausage chili and another pot of the this recipe, which was adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction by 12 Tomatoes with additional edits by PWA. PWA Chicken Chili Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Chili (adapted) / Serves 8 Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Note 1: Dice into smaller pieces at the beginning) 2 (14 oz.) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce (Note 2: Sub 1 can original Rotel tomatoes w/ chilies-diced in lieu of tomato sauce) 1 (14 oz.) can corn, rinsed and drained 1 (14 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained 1/2 (8 oz.) package
As we make the final preparations before relocating our office, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of JOY! We will be closed Dec. 21st - Dec. 25th as we begin moving to our new location. Our new office will open effective Dec. 28, 2015.We look forward to your next visit. Map of PWA's new office. Relocating to: 2120 Forum Blvd., Ste. 101 Columbia, Missouri 65203 Directions: Take Stadium Blvd to Forum Blvd. Turn south on Forum Blvd. Turn left on Chapel Hill Rd. Turn right onto Colony Drive. Located in the upper level of the first building on the east side of Colony Drive. Please contact us at 573.449.2683 with questions. Thank you for your patience during this transition.
The Tenth Street Window Gallery – For over 20 years, it has been our pleasure to be actively involved in displaying and enjoying the work and passion of many community artists and organizations. As of December 31, 2015, our role as caretakers of the Tenth Street Window Gallery in our downtown office will come to an end as we move to our new location. However, PWA plans to remain active in our support local artists and organizations within our community. Being right around the corner for many experiences in downtown Columbia: Parades and festivals (Homecoming, music/BBQ, film), shopping for just about anything (especially shoes), bicycles, breweries, movies in the park, art galleries, and green parking spaces just to name a few. Watching the doves in the window. Doves took up residence on the ledge of the window under our awning. We have enjoyed watching them make their nest, care for their babies, and coax their fledglings out into the world. Observing people downtown as they come and go throughout the day. The people who make deliveries to our door – They rock! Afternoon walks around the block. Watching the rain and hail storms as our cars were protected in the
Quite a few of us here at PWA have been undergoing renovations in the last year or so, some by choice, others due to large trees and gale force winds. In sharing our renovation trials and tribulations with each other we’ve come to appreciate each other’s experience. Here are a few things to consider before you step into your next renovation. Write down everything. Long before you start to work with a designer make a few lists. If you have pet peeves or items on your wish list, write them down. The pet peeves will help you identify problems that need solving. The wish list will get you started on a priority list that will be used to create your project’s scope of work and budget. A notebook with tabs is a handy way to organize all the information involving your renovation. Tabs may include design ideas, design details, products, budget/receipts, agreement forms, etc. If you communicate by email, create a folder with sub-folders for your communications. Timing is everything. If you are renovating a kitchen, scheduling the work during warmer months makes preparing meals outside a lot easier. Also, if you have a particular deadline
When your Grandpa is an Architect, there is no limit to the creative spirit. Combine this “seasoned” Architect with a Mine Craft skilled seven year old and you get a whole lot of Holiday cheer. Grandpa (Brad Wright) and Grandson (Emmett Wright) began planning their gingerbread structure when Nana (Suzanne) brought home a box kit gingerbread house hereafter referred to as “the tract house”. Grandpa and Emmett began Schematic Design for the graham cracker house the week before Christmas. They planned for Construction to start Christmas Eve with a substantial completion date of Christmas Day. Using only materials that were readily available, they prepared construction documents. The Hotel Emmett project was to be a three story building using graham crackers for the structure and façade, and royal icing for the mortar. List of Materials – staging on site: 3 boxes graham crackers: plain, chocolate and cinnamon (see change order No. 02) 2 lbs powdered sugar (see change order No. 01) enough to make 5 batches of royal icing 1 dozen eggs – whites only with vanilla added 3 bags pretzels: knots, sticks and snaps 1 bag cinnamon imperials 3 cans assorted color squirt icing with decorator tips 1 bag
My wife Suzanne and I just got back from a fantastic birding trip to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms in South Central Kansas. There were all manner of waterfowl: wood ducks, red heads, buffleheads, scaup, a zillion shovelers and several hundred ruddy ducks rafted in a huge mass on Big Salt Marsh along with the usual suspects. We didn’t see a cinnamon teal but the blue and green winged were great fun to watch as they cavorted doing their spring thing. We also saw lots of pheasant and heard bobwhite quail which I enjoyed. In addition to the multitude of waterfowl, we observed American Avocets, Black Necked Stilts, Snowy Plovers, Marbled Godwits, Sandhill Cranes, Least, Baird’s and Semipalmated Sand Pipers, Franklins Gulls, Ring-Billed Gulls, Bonaparte Gulls, Says Phoebe, and an assortment of sparrows including Vesper, Harris’s, Swamp, and Song. We recorded over 75 different species including 12 Whooping Cranes that used the Quivira area during our 4-day trip. Two arrived sometime Saturday night at the south pool but flew off as soon as the sun came up early Sunday morning. Sunday night 10 arrived in the north pool but took off a little before dawn Monday morning with
I believe most of us can appreciate the old adage to measure twice, cut once. Certainly anyone who has taken a cooking, sewing or shop class understands that taking the time to prepare means fewer surprises, less drama and reduced waste. For architects, though, actual measurement begins long before breaking out the measuring tape to take stock of a space. While we might research a potential client to find out a representative set of goals or needs, the real measurement occurs when we sit down with a client to learn the individual goals and needs for their organization and/or for their particular project. Design Process: At PWA, this “measurement” is part of a collaborative process which occurs not just twice, but many times throughout the design process. It is an interactive conversation with not only clients, but with many consultants, contractors, and other stakeholders. Over the years it has proven the best way to get projects off to a good start, to ensure that clients are satisfied and that projects stay on track.
Finding the right balance can be tough. Sometimes it is better to take a step back and reevaluate before jumping in with both feet. The terms ‘level’ and ‘plumb’ are so woven into the practice of design and construction that few projects are completed without their application. Take communication for instance, itself a key component of any project. It is just as important to be “on the level” and “straightforward with someone” in digital communications as it is in face to face conversations. And yet, with email it is easy to rattle off messages where the tone and intent may be misinterpreted or worse an emotional response is prematurely sent. The danger of this type of communication is that it is easy to write something that one wouldn’t think of saying in person. So if you find yourself in this position, try to keep your message level and plumb, and if possible follow-up your email with a phone call or face to face meeting. At the very least you will confirm that your message was received and understood.
For many in Missouri 2012 was a year of severe drought conditions. If we wanted anything to grow we had to water well and often. The story was much the same for those of us in the Design and Construction industry. Due to the economy the last few years have been lean in many market sectors, increasing competition for available resources and forcing us to find ways to do more with less. Fortunately, relationships, built and maintained by the staff of PWA over many years, have helped sustain us through the most difficult and lean times. The effort to maintain these relationships is the “water” that keeps the firm alive and growing. So, if you are among the fortunate and thriving, take time to appreciate that which contributes to your success. Count your blessings, water well and often!