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Trina Goodwin has been Promoted to Associate Principal

Noll & Tam is pleased to announce that Trina Goodwin has been promoted to Associate Principal. In the field for 30 years, and with Noll & Tam since 1995, Trina has become an invaluable part of the team. With our firm, she has completed numerous library designs, including two recently completed LEED Gold public libraries. With her specialization in interior architecture and expertise in space planning, her promotion to the executive team strengthens our commitment to exemplary design in those fields. Congratulations, Trina!


Rumsey Map Center Opens at Stanford

Noll & Tam is pleased to announce the grand opening of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University on April 19th, 2016. We were the architect for this 3,975 sq ft space on the fourth floor of the Cecil H. Green Library. The new Map Center’s design integrates David Rumsey’s incredible map collection with his dedication to providing an accessible and interactive experience with maps through visualization and geospatial technologies. Every element of the design weaves the stunning visual impact of Mr. Rumsey’s maps into the experience of the built environment.  With floor-to-ceiling graphics of maps on the stairwell leading up to the center, to digital prints of maps on the glass, to a 9’ x 16’ touch screen that allows users to create, overlay, and visualize cartographic materials through technology, the center immerses the visitor in a complete interactive experience with the collection.
Full schedule of events here: https://events.stanford.edu/events/587/58753/

Noll & Tam Staff Promotions

Congratulations to our four new Associates, and two new Senior Associates! We are excited to recognize the contributions of these staff members who have consistently proven their abilities and dedication to Noll & Tam.

Jason Barish - Senior Associate

Abraham Jayson - Senior Associate

Brian Ceraban - Associate

Jane Catalano - Associate

Mati Teiblum - Associate

Phan Dung - Associate

Noll & Tam Staff Promotions

Here at Noll & Tam, we have a recent round of promotions to celebrate. We have named two new Associates, John and Anita, and a Senior Associate, Trina Goodwin. Adding to our executive committee, Scott and Alyson have been named Associate Principal, in recognition of their long-term commitment to and leadership of the firm.

Alyson Yarus - Associate Principal

Scott Salge - Associate Principal

Trina Goodwin - Senior Associate

John Cassero - Associate

Anita Lee - Associate

San Pablo Community Center wins Park & Rec award

The San Pablo Community Center has been honored as an Outstanding Facility for 2014 by the California Park & Recreation Society’s District 3 (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties). Opened in June 2014, attendance in all programs increased 50% in the first 6 months and the building is bustling at all hours with kids, teens and adults. The project received the majority of its funding from a State of California Prop 84 grant and the design was guided by an innovative participatory community process. Congratulations to the City of San Pablo and their staff who worked so hard on this project, as well as the Noll & Tam design team!

More photos here

Noll & Tam Staff Promotions

We are excited to announce that our firm has promoted three staff members in due to their longstanding contributions to Noll & Tam. Annika and Abe will both be joining the Associate team, and Scott is now a Senior Associate. We look forward to all of them taking on new roles of leadership in the firm!

Scott Salge - Senior Associate

Annika Dukes - Associate

Abraham Jayson - Associate

AIA EB Design Awards honors Los Gatos Library

The Los Gatos Library is on a roll: the project won a Merit Award in the AIA East Bay’s 2013 Design Awards program, which takes place biennially, alternating with the residential design awards. Judged by Marsha Maytum of Leddy Maytum Stacy, Bob Harris of Lake Flato, and Mark Jensen of Jensen Architects, the library was in good company with some beautiful projects by our professional colleagues. Principal in Charge Chris Noll and project staff Abe Jayson and Tad Costerison were there in person to collect the award. We are proud to be honored by our hometown AIA chapter.

Full list of award winners: aiaeb.org/events/design-awards

El Cerrito Recycling Center ABAG Urban Design Award

The El Cerrito Recycling & Environmental Resource Center was honored with a 2013 Urban Design Award from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) as part of their “Growing Smarter Together”Awards program. At ABAG’s Spring General Assembly, videos were shown about each of the five awards given in 2013. Videos are now available on YouTube, and Chris Noll (Project Principal) and Tad Costerison (Project Architect) are both interviewed in the 6-minute video about the project. Congratulations to our whole team!

Los Gatos Library wins AIACC Sustainability Award

The Los Gatos Library has received a 2013 Merit Award for Sustainability from The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC). Our design for this LEED Gold certified public library for the Town of Los Gatos optimized energy efficiency through the thoughtful incorporation of daylighting, glazing, skylights, louvers, and photovoltaic panels. This is the first time Noll & Tam has been honored by the AIACC in more than 20 years of practice.

More information: AIACC 2013 design award winners announced

Noll & Tam Acquires BlakeDrucker Architects

Noll & Tam is pleased to announce the acquisition of BlakeDrucker Architects. BDA’s founding principal Bonnie Blake-Drucker, FAIA and LEED AP, becomes a principal at Noll & Tam, leading science, technology, and healthcare work. The new collaboration has already proven successful, as the Noll & Tam/BlakeDrucker team was recently awarded the $25 million seismic retrofit and interior renovations of multiple floors of the Health Science Instruction & Research (HSIR) towers at the UCSF Parnassus campus. Bonnie is a welcome addition to Noll & Tam. In addition to her 30 years of experience with science and medical research lab projects, she (like N&T) was an early adopter of Building Information Modeling (Revit) software, and she brings hands-on experience with Lean Construction methods in the field. One of her School of Dentistry lab renovations for UCSF was the first LEED®-CI certified lab in the country, and she’s been recognized for bringing green architecture to a sector not usually known for it. A baseball nut and self-proclaimed “geek” when it comes to technology, the space shuttle, and of course, scientific equipment of all sorts, Bonnie’s energy and spirit of collaboration are making her transition to Noll & Tam a smooth one.

AIA Emerging Professional: Tad Costerison

Noll & Tam Senior Associate Tad Costerison, AIA, has been selected for The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals' Annual Exhibition, showcasing his work on the El Cerrito Recycling Center. This is Tad's 10th year as a licensed architect and his 11th year at Noll & Tam. He has worked on some amazing projects in addition to the Recycling Center: The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County, the Portola Library in San Francisco, Los Gatos Library, Carmichael Library, Antioch Community Center, and the Helms Community Center in San Pablo (now under construction). We are so proud of Tad and happy that he has emerged as a professional at Noll & Tam! Tad’s work will be exhibited at the AIA National headquarters in Washington, D.C. this spring and on the AIA website (projects are listed alphabetically by submitter's last name). The AIA Center for Emerging Professionals exists to support, educate and advocate for students, intern architects and the recently licensed. More information at the link below:

Petchitecture 2013

The pet-loving staffers of Noll & Tam built a pet habitat (AKA dog house) for the Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) organization for their annual fundraising event. Noll & Tam’s habitat, CityDen, will be auctioned off at the gala in San Francisco on May 5th. The whole office participated in the design process and our dedicated Petchitecture construction team toiled over the fabrication of the coffee-table-as-small-dog-den for the last few weeks. CityDen has a Plyboo base on wheels, bent ash slats around the enclosure, a comfortable cushion with custom cover (removable and washable), and a 3Form Chroma solid surface top. The end result is a beautiful piece of modern furniture that also provides shelter for a lucky canine. The best part was inviting our models, Dash and Nibbler, into the office for a professional photo shoot with the habitat. How many architects does it take to get a boxer to pose in the CityDen? Facebook slide show.

PAWS Petchitecture 2013 will provide much-needed funds to support programs and services that help keep people and pets together, ensuring that illness or age never separate people from the unconditional love of their pets. Noll & Tam is proud to support this great organization!