JANUARY 2018

2018 is a big year for our hometown of Minneapolis as we get to welcome sports fans from near and far for Super Bowl LII.  Our studio was lucky enough to be asked to partner with Andersen Windows + Doors and KARE 11 to design a temporary warming house and broadcast booth for them to entertain guests, host meet-and-greets, and broadcast the news during the ten days leading up to the big game.  The structure was part of a fan experience zone along Nicollet Mall called Super Bowl Live.  There were many complexities that came with this project.  There were strict size restraints (15'x60' ), many brands to represent (Andersen Windows + Doors, KARE 11, Super Bowl LII, and the NFL), and the incorporation of multiple program elements (a fan photo mosaic, a souvenir penny press, room for meet-and-greets, an LED ceiling installation, a working fireplace, and a broadcast studio).  Probably the most challenging piece, however, was that the entire structure had to be constructed along Nicollet Mall in just a few days!  Because of these complexities, we partnered with an outstanding team of industry friends to help make it happen.  Alongside Gardner Builders, Reigstad & Associates, Star Exhibits, Gopher Stage Lighting, and Andersen's internal product team, we were able to turn our vision into a reality.  The structure was designed as prefabricated panels and sections that were assembled at Star's facility and then shipped to the site and put into place.  It was a great challenge, but proof that with the right team, anything is possible.  We send out a huge THANK YOU to our whole team for a successful project!

 Construction at Star Exhibits

Construction at Star Exhibits

 Panels being put in place at the site along Nicollet Mall

Panels being put in place at the site along Nicollet Mall

 The finished product!  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

The finished product!  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

 Another finished shot.  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

Another finished shot.  Photo by Corey Gaffer Photography

See our project section for more finished photos!

DECEMBER 2017

The holiday season brings about all kinds of our favorite things!  We love all of the celebrations together, but we also love being able to bring extra cheer to kids within our community.  Herman Miller's WeCare event allows us to do just that.  Their craft market at the North Minneapolis Boys & Girls Club brings so many smiles to the kids' faces as they work with different firms on crafts to give to their family and friends.  This year, we got to manage the ever-popular face painting station!  It was so fun to hear their creative ideas and to bring their vision to life!  It was a great way to kick-off the holiday season!

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NOVEMBER 2017

One of the things our studio values most is our relationships within our design community.  We truly believe that the success of others in the market only adds value to our profession as a whole.  We are fortunate enough to have many friends in the industry, and this month we got to celebrate one of those great friendships.  NELSON has a great ritual where every month they get together to celebrate successes by saboring champagne.  We were fortunate enough to get invited to their November event where we got to celebrate each other's accomplishments and toast to our friendship!  Thank you NELSON and we look forward to hosting you soon!

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OCTOBER 2017

October marks Studio BV's 2nd birthday!  Our second year meant so many things for us - the opportunity to work with many more wonderful clients, the addition of amazing new team members, and our very first office space!  To celebrate year two, we had a dinner party where we could laugh together and enjoy some delicious food and wine.  Cheers to many more incredible years!

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SEPTEMBER 2017

This fall, Studio BV was invited by our friends at HGA to a food packing challenge with Feed My Starving Children at Target Field.  Throughout our two hours there, our two groups packed about 75 boxes of food which is over 16,000 meals - enough to feed 44 kids for an entire year!  While Studio BV is proud to say we packed over half of those boxes (winning our packing challenge!), we are more proud to be part of such a wonderful event and to have great industry friends like HGA who share our values of giving back to the community around us.  We look forward to our rematch next year!

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MAY 2017

This past May, the Studio BV team headed to Urban Ventures at their CityKid Farm to help them get ready for their spring planting.  We organized and planted a variety of seedlings that included a lot of the fruits and vegetables that CityKid Farm provides along the Greenway near their Midtown location.  At this site, they house an educational plot, two greenhouses, a CityKid Market location, a bee apiary, and an orchard.  They use these to help educate and grow food for those that they serve in this neighborhood.  We loved getting to know more about their programs and being able to be a part of helping this important mission!

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This volunteer event was how we kicked off our first Studio BV Retreat.  Community involvement is a key value of the firm, so what better way to start our day together than to put this value into action.  We then spent the rest of the day together learning about each other and talking about the other values of the firm and how to accentuate them in our daily practice.  We ended the day with a great talk by Dr. Kathleen Vohs, Betsy's sister.  She talked to us on her research around creativity and decision fatigue.  It was an inspiring day together!

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APRIL 2017

Studio BV once again participated in the University of Minnesota's College of Design Day of Service with their Design Forward program!  For this spring's event, the volunteers headed to The Food Group.  The Food Group is an innovative hunger relief organization dedicated to serving the needs of our changing communities through the distribution and promotion of healthy foods to over 200 partner food shelves and meal programs.  We spent the morning packing boxes of frozen meats to be distributed through their Fare for All program.  The group packed 9 palettes totaling 9,450 lbs which equates to 7,875 meals!  It was a fun day giving back with others from around the design community.

March 2017

Earlier this month, Liz participated in AIA in the Schools.  The committee teamed up with Ms. Gloe's 3rd grade class at Hale Elementary in South Minneapolis to help build and design dream homes with the ambitious students.  The task was similar to the game of 'Life' - each student was able to pick a career and was given an annual income.  After understanding typical expenses, they were able to take out a loan to help them afford their perfect home.  Liz volunteered for the afternoon to partner up with a few students who found images they wanted to replicate.  Based on their loan, Liz and her students were given a certain amount of milk cartons to work with.  As a team, they utilized only milk cartons, cardboard, and hot glue to create some masterpieces the students could call home.

The end of 2016 brought with it several more volunteer opportunities for the SBV team!  Here is a little bit about what we have been up to:

 

October 2016

Studio BV was excited to participate in the University of Minnesota's Day of Service again this year!  We went to a Second Harvest Heartland distribution site in Maplewood where we handed out fresh fruits and vegetables with fellow College of Design alumni and students.  We love being a part of a community that has programs such as Second Harvest that provide access to fresh, healthy food to those that might not otherwise get it.

 

November 2016

This fall, our local AIA chapter teamed up with 5 female architects, including our own Liz Berres, and spent a morning sharing what it is like to be an architect at the Glacier Hills Elementary 5th annual Girls and Engineering Day.  It was fun to be able to share our passion for our profession with this group of 1st-4th graders!

 

December 2016

The holidays are such a fun time of year, especially when shared with children!  This is why the Herman Miller WeCare event is one of our favorites!  This year, over 20 design firms participated in providing crafts for the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities to make to give out as gifts this holiday season.  The Studio BV team helped kids make sock snowmen.  Who knew a simple tube sock and some rice could be so cute!  We hope these gifts brought many smiles this holiday season!

 

December 2016

You can tell the winter holiday season is here when you step into a kindergarten classroom - the children are buzzing with excitement and are counting down the days until Santa comes.  This is where Liz had an opportunity to lend a hand both to enhance the students' holiday spirit while still continuing academic learning.  The focus of the lesson was to help the students add more detail to a creative writing assignment by describing the decorating goals for their dream house.  After the writing session, the students became little designers, meticulously leaving not even an inch of their gingerbread houses un-decorated.  They were extremely proud of their creations and were eager to show off their work!

We look forward to many more events as we kick-off 2017!

Happy New Year!

One of Studio BV’s founding principles involves giving back to the community in which we live, work and play.  We are so grateful for the support we receive from our community and it’s important for us to pay it forward.  Throughout our first year, we have been fortunate enough to volunteer our time with some great organizations.  Here is a little bit about our experiences:

 

October 2016

Design Forward is put on by the University of Minnesota’s College of Design and is intended to engage College of Design community members in service projects that help improve the quality of life for members of our communities.  They put on both a Fall and Spring event and we were lucky enough to participate in both last year.  Last October, the Design Forward team spent a morning volunteering at one of Second Harvest Heartland’s Fresh Produce Distributions.  We helped set up distribution, sort food, and greet and hand out food to clients.  It was wonderful getting the chance to give fresh, healthy food to so many people in need.

 

April 2016

This past April, we participated in another service project with Design Forward at Urban Ventures.  Urban Ventures’ mission is breaking the cycle of poverty through innovative programs and social enterprises that empower families to take control of their futures.  They have several food and nutrition programs.  One of these programs is called CityKid Honey.  As part of this program, Urban Ventures participants are trained to tend honey bees and extract honey.  This honey is then sold both in its raw state and in various products as part of their social enterprise initiative.  Another food program is called CityKid Farms.  They have two farms where they grow food that is again sold through their enterprise model.  During our day of service with Design Forward, Studio BV helped make honey soaps as well as do some spring clean-up at the CityKid Farm at the Midtown Greenway.  Our morning there was incredibly rewarding and exposed us to so many thoughtful programs that are happening in our own backyard.

 

August 2016

We were excited to volunteer with AIA Minnesota’s Architecture in the Schools Committee in the STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair this August.  They hosted a booth in Carousel Park which allowed volunteers to engage with thousands of K-12 children and their families and to expose them to architecture.  There were several hands-on activities for visitors to the booth to do that involved building small-scale models of four iconic State Fair buildings.  It was so fun to get to share our love of architecture and design with the next generation.

 

September 2016

Sustainable Me Pop-ups are kid-focused educational fairs featuring fun, healthy, and green activities that take place within larger community events to meet people where they already gather.  The booths highlight ways for youth and families to become leaders in sustainability in their homes, schools, and communities while living healthy and green.  This September, we got the opportunity to volunteer with the USGBC Minnesota at a Sustainable Me event at Open Streets Nicollet.  We had a great time with the nearly 300 people who stopped by and painted fall trees and learned about sustainable materials with us!

 

 

September 2016

As our studio reflected back over our first year, we were so incredibly grateful to our industry partners who have gone out of their way to make our first year a success.  As a way of saying ‘thank you’, we invited them to give back with us at a Feed My Starving Children packing event.  Feed My Starving Children believes that hope starts with food.  Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to distribution partners around the world.  During our packing session, our group packed 21 boxes of food that was on its way to Haiti – this amounts to 4,546 meals which will feed 13 kids for a whole year.  Not bad for 2 hours of work!  It was such a fun and rewarding way to kick off our first anniversary celebrations!

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We will continue to post here about all of the continued ways we are connecting with our community - stay tuned!