Architecture is a story with two authors – the client and the architect.
You begin the story, and
we help you create the ending.
Here are some stories where Trilogy was hired – sometimes in the middle of that story – where
we helped make a happy ending.
“We’re thinking of hiring you – who never before has designed a school – to design a type of school that has never before been designed.”
Redding School of the Arts already had an architect and a preliminary design – but no building site – when a local philanthropic foundation stepped in financially to help them realize their long-held dream of building a new school. But the foundation wanted an architect involved with an passion for environmental design, so even though we had never before designed a school, we were asked to work with the other architect to create a new design. Not only did we work well together, but we ended up with a national award-winning project, and a very satisfied client.
“People tell us we should hire an architect who specializes in medical buildings, but you say creativity is more important than experience.”
Hill Country Health & Wellness Center had already interviewed another firm with extensive experience in medical and dental clinic design, but were looking for something more. In our presentation, we emphasized our understanding of environmental design, and our belief that a healthy building contributes to good healthcare design. We were hired, and the result is a building that not only became the first of its kind to be environmentally certified in this region, but became the subject of a case study in healthcare design.
“We are going to hire you to help us restore an historic downtown theatre because you showed us a vision of what it can do for this downtown, and we believe in your vision.”
That the Cascade Theatre is now the jewel of Redding’s downtown cannot be disputed. But such was not true in the late 1990’s when we walked potential buyers through a building that had been sadly neglected for several decades, and now sat empty. Instead of looking at Trilogy as an architect with no experience with historic restoration, they listened to us describe with passion our idea for how this theatre could be restored to its former glory, and perhaps serve as a lightning rod for people who want to come downtown, but have no reason. Working hand in hand with a respected historical restoration expert, we were able to preserve its original art deco character while upgrading the facility into a 21st century performing arts venue. More than a decade has passed, and tens of thousands have attended a show at the Cascade Theatre. The reviews from our community are in, and we have a hit.
“We are $4 million dollars over budget with our project, and I’ve been told you can help us without ruining the existing design.”
When this organization’s CEO – whom I had never met – came into our office and started the conversation this way, I had no idea what to expect. But when he explained his problem, I told him we could help. And although it took a lot of talking to various board members to convince them that an architect could help them make their arboretum a reality, the end result was a project in budget without the design compromises that everyone feared.
“Everyone says that the roof over the downtown mall cannot be removed without huge costs the city cannot afford. You disagree.”
Relatively few people in our community know the entire story of how the roof over the Redding Downtown Mall came to be removed. It’s a story that has taken over twenty years, with the ending hasn’t yet been written. The Downtown Mall was first identified by our firm in 1995 as the single most important change needed for Redding’s downtown to once again become relevant. As such, we worked with staff from the Redding Redevelopment Agency for over ten years, often in a non-paying capacity, to make it happen. Well before our firm was selected to prepare the design for the roof removal, we met with city activists for the transition as well as store owners in the mall who were concerned this project would put them out of business. To once again become a true “main street”, cars will once again need to be able to drive through Market Street. But that couldn’t have happened without the roof coming off the mall, something once thought impossible.