Bob Vint Reports on His Firm’s Current Activities
Recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Practice, Bob Vint is doing all he can to live up to his new title! Below he reports on some his firm’s most recent projects:
- Bob recently wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Star regarding the proposed copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains southeast of Tucson. Click here to read his insights on the environmental impact and water-related aspects of the proposed mine.
- This month, Vint & Associates began construction on a major expansion for Southside Presbyterian, the Sanctuary church in Tucson (@ S. 10th Ave. & 23rd St.). The project includes a new Fellowship Hall, commercial kitchen, classrooms, offices, restrooms and the remodeling of an historic 1906 adobe structure to accommodate a day-laborer program, refugee shelter, homeless services and library/meeting room. As a significant new development south of 22nd St., the ground breaking was attended by Mayor Rothschild, City Councilmember Romero and Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías.
- Earlier this year, the firm completed an unusual project at the Arizona/Sonora Desert Museum: Packrat Playhouse, a subterranean play structure (designed in collaboration with the Desert Museum's Curator of Exhibits Pete Oftedhal and Michael Reddish of Zip-line Adventures, fabricator). The concept is that kids enter an underground dome and are “shrunken” to the size of pack rats. To achieve the illusion, they climb up inside over-sized prickly pear pads and across suspended netting to slide down inside a giant cholla branch. There are educational exhibits about desert animals and plants included, as well. A toddler play area includes a giant Gila Monster sculpture that smaller kids can climb on and a rattlesnake bench for parents to sit and watch their. A concession area and satellite gift shop are at the west end of the domed structure, and new restrooms were added adjacent. It's located on the south edge of the Desert Museum grounds and became an instant summertime hit with parents, sheltered in the coolness of an earth-integrated concrete shell. Check out some great photos here.
- The firm is currently completing working drawings for a 3,000 SF teaching kitchen at UA Campbell Ave. Farms: The Angel Charity Culinary Education Center for Children at the Tucson Village Farm. This is a program of the Pima County 4-H Club and the UA Cooperative Extension to bring disadvantaged kids from the inner-city to learn about organic gardening and a healthy diet. In the new facility, kids will be taught how to prepare healthy and delicious meals from the produce they have grown. The building is designed to fit in contextually with surrounding historic buildings (CAPLA 4th year student Christian Sanchez, interning at Vint & Associates Architects, created the rendering shown in the Tucson.com article.
- AND, lastly: Vint just signed a contract with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to design three 10-room group homes at New Pascua Village, including Men's Path, Women's Path and Assisted Living. The firm is starting the programming of the separate facilities before proceeding into the design phase.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:45am