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2011 CAEYC Conference Presentation

December, 2010

Paul Roberts in collaboration with key staff and faculty from Columbia College has been selected to present a workshop on Collaborating to Create Extraordinary Places for Children at the 2011 CAEYC Conference in Sacramento in April 2011. Presenting with Paul will be Kathy Sullivan, Senior ECE Instructor; Adrienne Seegers, ECE Instructor & Tiffeny Flies, Columbia Child Development Center Director.

The presenters have spent the last four years collaborating to bring a marvelous and very special new Child Care and Family Services Center to reality at Columbia College in the Sierra Foothills of California. The session is designed to share our insights and learning from this process from the perspective of the center’s director, two highly engaged faculty members, and the center’s architect.

Topics to be covered include: Programming and planning; Picking a site; How to work effectively with Architects, Contractors and Facilities staff (And understand their lingo); Creating a child centric design; Effective budgeting of projects; and Surviving construction and start-up.

Reference: Columbia College Child Care & Family Servives Center

 
 

 
Chicago Metro AEYC Conference Workshop

November, 2010

Paul Roberts in collaboration with key staff and faculty from Columbia College has been selected to present a workshop on Collaborating to Create Extraordinary Places for Children at the 2011 CAEYC Conference in Sacramento in April 2011.

Presenting with Paul will be Kathy Sullivan, Senior ECE Instructor; Adrienne Seegers, ECE Instructor & Tiffeny Flies, Columbia Child Development Center Director.The presenters have spent the last four years collaborating to bring a marvelous and very special new Child Care and Family Services Center to reality at Columbia College in the Sierra Foothills of California. The session is designed to share our insights and learning from this process from the perspective of the center’s director, two highly engaged faculty members, and the center’s architect.

Topics to be covered include: Programming and planning; Picking a site; How to work effectively with Architects, Contractors and Facilities staff (And understand their lingo); Creating a child centric design; Effective budgeting of projects; and Surviving construction and start-up.

 
 

 
PR&P at 2010 NAEYC Conference

November, 2010

Paul Roberts, Steve Allen & Desiree Kelley all attended the 2010 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). At the conference the firm exhibited their work focusing on sustainable, healthy and child centered Architecture, Planning and Outdoor Playscape design.

 
 

 
Lennar Mare Island Landscape Historic Report

October, 2010

PR&P has been selected by Lennar Mare Island to prepare a series of Cultural Landscape reports for historic sites across Mare Island. PR&P as Prime Consultant is delighted to be working with Denise Bradley, a Certified Historic Landscape specialist on the project.

 
 

 
2010 Nature Action Forum

October, 2010

Paul Roberts recently attended the Nature Action Forum in Nebraska City, Nebraska at Arbor Day Farms as part of a California based team of educators and design professionals. The Forum was a gathering of more then 200 professionals from thirty-two countries around the globe meeting to discuss creating more opportunities for getting Children into Nature.

 

 
 

 
McIntyre Ranch Living Lab

May, 2010

PR&P Architects was selected by the Greater Vallejo Recreation District to design a Nature Center for their McIntyre Ranch property in Vallejo. The project will be prepared as a submission for a Prop 84 Nature Education Facilities (NEF) Grant application.

 
 

 

Columbia College CDC Grand Opening

May, 2010

The Columbia College Child Development and Family Services Center has just opened to great acclaim. The project, a collection of five buildings creating a Children’s Educational Village, is currently in the process of being certified as a LEED Gold project. PR&P provided Site Selection & Planning, Programming, Full Architectural Services and Outdoor Playscapes Design.

 
 

 
PR&P at 2010 CAEYC Conference

April, 2010

Paul Roberts, President of PR&P presented a seminar at the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) 2010 Statewide Conference. The Workshop highlighted the results of a survey that PR&P prepared of recently completed Community College Child Development Centers across the State of California.

 
 

 
PR&P to design more Playscapes

January, 2010

PR&P has been selected by Merced Head Start to design renovations to a series of eight existing facilities including new Outdoor Playscapes.

 
 

 
Sim Van der Ryn and Buddy Williams New Principals at PR&P

September 03, 2009

PR&P is excited to announce that Sim Van der Ryn and Buddy Williams will be joining our team as Principals.

Sim Van der Ryn is a visionary, author, educator, public leader, and internationally distinguished pioneer in ecological design. For more than 40 years, Sim has been at the forefront of integrating ecological principles into the built environment, creating multi-scale solutions driven by nature’s intelligence. He has served as California’s first energy-conscious State Architect, authored seven influential books, and won numerous honors and awards for his leadership and innovation in architecture & planning. Sim’s collaborative approach and meta-disciplinary accomplishments help show the way to an evolving planetary era that values both the integrity of ecological systems and the quality of life.

Trained as an architect with a degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; licenses from California and New Mexico; and certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, the theme of Sim’s career in design, teaching and research has been applying principles of physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. His regenerative design solutions create environments that are resilient to human needs, place, ecology and climate. An early innovator as California State Architect (under Gov. Jerry Brown) who introduced energy efficient design and renewable energy to California and his thirty years as a theoretician and hands-on Professor of Ecological Design at UC Berkeley, his influence on shaping the Green Architecture and Sustainable Design movement are widely recognized today.

Buddy Williams has 23 years experience on a range of projects and scales from master plans to construction document detailing, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly design. Buddy’s design work reflects a knowledge of construction, environment, technology and materials with a deep commitment to social and environmental responsibility. He is comfortable working with a “hands-on” collaborative design process and is experienced working with sustainable energy, materials, water and waste systems. He has worked as an architect in Boston, San Francisco and the countries of Lesotho and England.

Sim and Buddy are no strangers to PR&P. We have previously teamed with them through The Ecological Design Collaborative on the Hopland Research and Extension Center and the Marin Farmer’s Market Master Plan. We are excited to have these experts in Ecological Design joining our team. With them we plan on continuing to develop and explore new aspects of sustainable design.

Please visit our Principals Page to learn more about our new Principals.

 
 

 
Solano On-Call Award

 August 23, 2009 

Solano On-Call Award.

 

 
 

 
Columbia College Construction – Underway

August 15, 2009

With college dignitaries, program coordinators, and families in attendance, children adorned in little white hard hats broke ground for the 13,105 square feet that will soon become their village.

The state of the art Columbia College Child Development Center is seeking LEED certification at the Gold level. Great care went into every detail of the building, to ensure that it is not only Sustainable but enhances and enriches the children’s learning environment. The design includes seamless integration of indoor and outdoor areas, child scale facilities, outdoor learning areas and playscapes, adult classrooms and an administration building.

 
 

 
Suisun Library Learning by Design Award

February 22, 2009

PR&P Suisun Library project was honored with the Learning By Design Award for Outstanding New Special Use projects.
Learning By Design Awards are given to projects that support community and learning through creative plans, outstanding design and construction strategies, which enhance teaching environments.

Suisun Library was built adjacent to Suisun Elementary School and serves as both a public and school library. Students can enter the Children’s Library directly from the courtyard, connecting the library and the school, through a secure entrance reserved for their use during the day. The Library also features a study room, a community meeting room that also serves as a classroom, and a 15 seat computer center.

Please visit the Suisun Library project page for more information.

 
 

 
2008 Wrap Award

December 16, 2008

PR&P Architects is a proud recipient of the 2008 WRAP Award from the California Integrated Waste Management Board (http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/WRAP/).

Waste Reduction  Awards Program honors California businesses and nonprofit organizations for incorporating waste reduction, reuse, and recycling efforts into their daily business activities in order to steer their communities towards zero-waste and minimize their eco-footprint.

In 2007 PR&P recycled nearly 4,000 pounds of materials and diverted an additional 2,000 pounds of solid waste. PR&P is constantly looking for ways to reduce its ecological footprint. This includes constantly searching for compatible office supplies made from recycled and repurposed content.

PR&P is in the process of converting the entire office to a paper free system for communications, records and drawing coordination. This will enable faster and more accurate communication and reduce paper and material usage. In addition, this practice will save money for both the firm and clients.

 
 

 
Columbia College Bid – Under by 13%

November 05, 2008

The two lowest bids were only $5,000 apart, with the lowest coming from Bobo Construction at $5,584,000.

The center consists of five residential type buildings and outdoor learning areas, located in a rural area of the Sierra Foothills. Paul Roberts & Partners, Inc. was meticulous in detailing not only environmentally friendly products, but products that create a higher standard of healthy environments for children. As a result of the low bid, several items are now being included that had been listed as additive alternates as a result of value engineering. These include elaborate outdoor playscapes, an entrance gazebo, decorative fencing and gates, and engineered stone countertops.

The project is registered at the LEED Gold Level.

 
 

 
Suisun Library Grand Opening

May 02, 2008 

City Dignitaries, Library Staff and members of the community all gathered today to celebrate the Grand opening of the Suisun Library.

PR&P designed the new Community and Elementary School Joint-use Library, using a collaborative approach with the Library staff, the surrounding community, city officials and the school district.

The design is based upon the clearly expressed desire from the community to create a building that fits well in the predominately residential neighborhood.

“The new Suisun City Library embodies an innovative use of public space.” (http://solanolibrary.com/locations/branch.cfm?id=1342)

As a joint-use facility, there are two separate entrances to the Library, one for the community and a secure entrance dedicated to the elementary school during the day.

The facility also includes a 15 seat computer center, a study room, and a community meeting room that doubles as an In-Library Classroom during the day. The library is truly a gem to the community and an asset to the school.