Principal Anni Tilt and Project Manager Jeff Day were team leaders for CASBA’s Hybrid Straw Bale Workshop held at the 30,000 sq. ft. mixed-use office and warehouse project we designed for Hummingbird Wholesale and multiple other tenants.  David Arkin was an instructor, along with CASBA veteran Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders, and Erica Ann Bush of Day One Design.

This month we had photographer Ed Caldwell capture our remodel at Esalen Institute. For more information on the project, visit http://www.arkintilt.com/esalen-institute-lodge-renovation-addition-staff-housing.

Learn more about the amazing programs offered at the Esalen Institute, an inspiring place to visit, located on the California coast.

 

Oregon’s first full scale straw bale commercial building, the Mahonia, is a mixed-use new building that will feature a unique hybrid system of wood framing and straw bale.

Come be a part of history by helping us with the straw bale building process! The workshop will be a hands on experience that will allow you to participate in all aspects of straw bale construction from bale raising to the earth plaster finish. This will be a three day event and will feature additional education on practical applications of salvage materials and solar use in commercial construction. Details

We had a great CASBA workshop at an Arkin Tilt remodel in Palo Alto. We wrapped a portion of  an existing house with straw bales, to increase the thermal comfort and add beauty to the home. Clay for the plaster was harvested from excavation for an addition onto the rear of the house. The owner, contractor Ian MacLeod, ATA project manager Amanda Knowles, and Anni and David had fun placing the bales and applying the first plaster coat.  For more information and future workshops, visit the CASBA website: www.strawbuilding.org

 

Arkin Tilt Architects stands with roughly 700 other member firms of the AIA’s COTE, calling for climate action from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).  We are grateful to AIA Leadership for their great work, including the excellent

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