From the Preservation Studio, General

Can My Historic Building be Green?

By Rachel David, LEED AP BD+C | Rachel is CRSA’s Sustainability Director and the coordinator for all the firm’s LEED Certified projects. 

Can my historic building be green?

It’s a common question tied to the assumption that modern technologies and materials are automatically more sustainable. It can be surprising that often the greenest building is the one that is already standing.

Moab City Center

The LEED Silver Moab City Center is a remodeled 1923 school. The massive masonry and operable windows were retained to assist with natural cooling.

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From the Religious Studio

Designing Space for the Soul

By Sara Staffanson, an Architectural Intern and Job Captain with CRSA’s Religious Studio

Few people are free from some type of inner struggle or strong urge to better understand a larger truth. It is in times like these that people look outside of themselves for deeper meaning and focus. Many turn to some form of religion in their quest for spirituality. Spiritual experiences can be achieved in a variety of places from the church pew to a log under the stars. Designing a space for the soul means being sensitive to that person’s interpretation of spirituality. It means creating an atmosphere that is comfortable enough for emotional vulnerabilities to be released. Thoughtful spaces will facilitate meditation, deep emotions, and one’s connection to a larger expanse and their role in it. Designing for such spaces is challenging but very satisfying. Continue reading

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From the Site Studio

A Modern Streetcar in Utah

Historic Salt Lake Streetcar

Image Source: http://mayor.slcgov.com/?p=434

By Susie Petheram. Susie is a Senior Planner with CRSA’s Site Studio and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design.

In the early to mid-20th century–due to the advent of new transportation technologies such as the gas-powered, rubber-tired motor coach–streetcars were phased out as a public transportation option. After 75 years of service, the last streetcars in Salt Lake City ran in 1946, while Ogden ceased 50 years of service in 1935. In smaller towns, such as Logan, Brigham City, and Provo, the streetcar operated for brief periods ranging from 1910 to 1924.

Fast forward 67 years, and the streetcar is beginning its comeback. Continue reading

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