The summer of 2013 is turning out to be a good one for
improvements here at ANF Architects.
you have attended a meeting, art show or other event here recently, you may
have noticed how good the building looks now.
This is due to a 2 phase enhancement and renovation project that was
initiated in May. The first phase
involved the exterior of 1500 Union. It included
a new (warm gray) paint scheme on the brick (see photo) along with the painting of all the wood trim, hand rails and
Attention was also paid to
our interior courtyard and streetscape as new ground cover, shrubs and landscaping
was planted, tree limbs were cut, the irrigation system upgraded and some vibrant
color was added to our flower beds and pots.
The exterior awning has been replaced and other maintenance items are
now being completed.
If you drop by in the fall, you will notice even more
renovations as we continue to spruce up and revitalize the most heavily used
areas inside of our facility. Phase Two
of the enhancements will involve the interior spaces and will include a
complete renovation of our largest conference room. New lights, ceilings, chairs, tables and carpet
will compliment a new built-in quartz top credenza with cold beverage
storage. A new ceiling mounted projector
will enhance the upgraded technologies that are being installed in this room. ANF’s main gallery space will see
new paint and re-finished wood floors as we prepare for fall art shows and
special events. Several other areas of
the office will get lighting improvements or paint upgrades to complete the
It all started with our annual Spring Cleaning event in May, when
we tossed out old files that had reached their useful lifespan or were no
longer valid. In the past, we stored lots of
paper files and drawings in our archives, but as our industry has gone mostly
digital, we find less need to store and keep paper. In fact, ANF has been steadily scanning old
drawings from projects in an effort to have all old projects in a digital (PDF)
format. Of course, all the paper actually gets shredded and tossed in the recycling bins.
Sometimes old habits die hard, but change must be embraced,
especially as new technologies tend to push us in new directions. And, sometimes in a rather strange way, these
changes can lead to a fresh new coat of paint and a good looking building.