Silvia and Nick present to CREW Lehigh Valley
In today’s challenging economic environment, building owners look to MKSD architects as a resource for creative and cost effective solutions that enhance their environments while still meeting their bottom line. On September 15,2011 at the CREW Lehigh Valley “Lunch and Learn” held on the Northampton Community College Main Campus, over 35 commercial real estate professionals listened to Partner Silvia A Hoffman, AIA and Architect, Nick Hewes, RA present “Design for Change.” The presentation was accompanied by a delicious lunch prepared by NCC Culinary Arts Students. The presentation addressed simple strategies for making the most of a clients dollar and cited projects across many of the market sectors served by MKSD architects. In each example, Silvia and Nick were able to show the creative solutions that stemmed from the realistic challenges faced with each project. Among the projects, they spoke of the Venel Institute and the goal of creating an environment and space in which you never knew you were in the basement level of a building and Victory House Project, which took a landmark former Fire Station and transformed it into an eclectic collaboration driven office environment . Both of these projects won Eastern Pennsylvania AIA Awards for MKSD architects. To wrap up the discussion, Silvia explained that although the awards prove these projects to be architecturally successful and significant, the most important goal is to meet the client’s needs and let excellent design evolve naturally from that. Even with AIA awards on numerous projects, MKSD remains “architects without egos”.