July 6, 2017

Bialosky + Rust Belt Riders

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This year, Bialosky Cleveland took a leap towards a more environmentally-friendly office, by separating our food waste from our landfill trash. Sustainability is an important principle at Bialosky Cleveland and we strive to act more green-minded. We focus on sustainability in our work, as many of our employees have LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications and our firm takes on many LEED projects. By adding an environmental initiative to our everyday lives, we remember the purpose behind the sustainable principles we apply to our projects.

Since mid-February, Bialosky Cleveland collected over 528 pounds of food waste. This is equivalent to keeping 464 pounds of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere. When food waste goes into a landfill, it cannot break down properly and it produces large amounts of the harmful greenhouse gas, methane. By separating our organic food waste and allowing it to decompose naturally, we prevent methane from being created and keep the air a bit cleaner.

Our food waste is picked up every Friday afternoon by a Cleveland composting company called Rust Belt Riders and is transported to various local community gardens, where it is used as organic fertilizer.

 

Rust Belt Garden in downtown Cleveland, OH.

I recently toured Rust Belt Garden in downtown Cleveland with Michael Robinson, CFO of Rust Belt Riders. At this location, people in the neighborhood take care of the garden and receive fresh fruit and vegetables grown with compost in return.

Plants were grown with compost in Cleveland, OH.

The employees at Rust Belt Riders are knowledgeable about the biology and business of compost and they ensure Bialosky’s food waste is re-used in ways that best serve the community and environment. The company also services other well-known Cleveland businesses, such as University Hospitals, Spice Kitchen, and City Club of Cleveland.

Rust Belt Riders are creating compost with food waste.

We recently added an architectural touch to our composting bin – a wooden cover cut with our in-office laser cutter out of reclaimed wood. A few Bialosky architects and designers collaborated on the design and creation of the cover.

Compost cover made by Bialosky designers.

Composting our food waste keeps sustainability on the minds of Bialosky employees and reminds us to be more environmentally conscious in our professional and personal lives.

June 12, 2017

Bialosky on the Runway

Last month, Bialosky Cleveland once again took to the runway in support of Providence House, a crisis nursery fighting to end child abuse and neglect, in IIDA Cleveland/Akron's biennial design competition Product Runway. The competition challenges interior designers, architects, and artists to test their creativity and technical skills by transforming interior finish materials (such as upholstery, ceramic tile, and laminates) into runway-fashion. This year's event took place during MIX at The Cleveland Museum of Art, drawing a crowd of 2,300+ people from across the community. Cleveland native, and Project Runway alum, Valeri Mayen of Yellowcake served as this year's celebrity judge.

2017 marks Bialosky's third Product Runway (see our entries from 2013 and 2015), and we showed up in a big way with two teams competing for the top prize. Our teams consisted of: Bialosky:Element: Christy Schalmo, Alan Hipps (Model), Sam Meyer,Hallie DelVillan, Chris Persons, and Courtney Bell (DL Couch) and Just A Little Cocky: Sandy Weigel, Mandisa Gosa, Emma Kurfis (Model), Bridget Hrdlicka, Miranda Hiss (Ohio Desk), and Maria Asser (Ohio Desk).

Model Alan Hipps owning the runway for team Bialosky:Element

Bialosky:Element
The design of Bialosky:Element’s outfit was an exploration of raw corrosive forces, and how they translate into garments. Materials including vinyl wall covering, and colors were chosen that call to mind patinaed copper or rusting iron. That palette was advanced through outfit elements that seemed to make materials corrode each other, dissolving into complementary colors and forms. The main article—an overcoat—expressed an asymmetry through lapel construction, a one-sided collar, and a facial prosthetic that balanced the composition. It emphasized a single line drawn across the body through the entire jacket. Beginning in front, that line terminated in a disintegrating geometric pattern on the back of the garment, completing the look.

Model Emma Kurfis doing her best rooster strut for team Just a Little Cocky

Just A Little Cocky
Inspired by the Chinese Year of the Rooster, our team designed a garment that was both bold and detailed. We created an intricate stylized feather pattern over the fitted bodice with laser cut pieces of plastic laminate that mimicked the scale and pattern of a Designtex fabric. The ‘feather’ pattern was softened by adding brightly colored pieces of drapery fabric. The accent color serves to visually connect the top with the ruffled base of the vinyl mermaid-style skirt. We completed the look with rooster-inspired hair and make-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Designtex and Coalesse and our hair and make-up team Jen Brennan and Tierra Banks!


This year's competition was steep and unfortunately, neither of our Bialosky teams took home a prize. Congratulations to this years winners and a job well done to all teams that participated. We can't wait for 2019!

The Winners Circle

Most Wearable: Team K2M, Team Luxe
Sponsors: American Interiors, Knoll, KnollTextiles

Haute Couture: Team Bostwick Design Partnership
Sponsor: Kimball Office

Best of Show: Team Progressive
Sponsors: Shaw Contract, Patcraft

Fit & Finish: Team Dichotomy by Dimit
Sponsor: Wolf Gordon

People’s Choice: Team Dichotomy by Dimit
Sponsor: Wolf Gordon

Best Use of Materials: Team GPD Couture
Sponsor: 3Form

Check out all of the looks and photos from the red carpet here!

All photos courtesy of Matthew Jenkins Photography.

October 23, 2013

Bialosky Designers Become ACE Mentors

With the recent start of the academic year, fellow Bialosky + Partners designer James Cowan and I have joined with local design, engineering and construction professionals to mentor a group of John Hay High School students in the ACE Mentor Program. ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) is a national high school program that works with high school juniors and seniors who have interest in the building industry. The program introduces students to aspects of the profession which include programming, conceptual design, engineering processes, constructability and sustainability. As mentors, James and I will be working with the students through the academic year and will be offering insights into the field of architecture as well as helping the students develop their design project. This year, the students will be exploring the idea of "shelter" and defining its meaning for themselves and their project for the duration of the year. This idea, generated by the team's lead firm TDA Architecture, intends to offer the students a taste of a real-world RFP where they will be responsible for creating the program specifics as well as the design itself.

One of the many types of "shelter" that was discovered by the students at John Hay High School

One of the many types of "shelter" that was discovered by the students at John Hay High School

As a kick-off exercise, the students were taken on a photo scavenger hunt with the aim of finding as many different types of "shelter" as possible. With the majority of University Circle as the area included, there were plenty of possibilities to discover. We are certainly excited to see what these young, creative minds will develop for their project!  More on ACE Mentor Program To become a mentor, you'll find an application on ACE's website : http://www.acementor.org/ [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZvCxW1K1AI#t=62[/youtube]