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Springboard Design is a progressive, design-oriented, architectural firm founded in 2001. In our work, we focus on the relationship between contemporary art and architectural culture, environmental and economic sustainability, and technology. From our home base in Pittsburgh, PA, we are a nationally recognized leader in the design of museums, exhibitions, cultural facilities, workplaces, homes, and educational facilities. Over the years,we are fortunate to have become involved in some very interesting projects. Our work has been featured on HGTV, received national design awards, and been published internationally. But, first and foremost, our priority is our clients’ satisfaction. If they aren’t happy, we aren’t happy. The fact that we have such a high percentage of repeat business testifies to the level of satisfaction that our clients feel. We genuinely care about our clients’ needs and believe that this shows in the work. Whether your project is big or small, visionary or practical, we are committed to developing innovative solutions to complex architectural problems and beautiful solutions to simple ones. Current projects include: climbing wall facility; museum renovation; restaurant design; urban/economic development; public school building adaptive reuse; and several exciting new contemporary home designs and renovations, to name a few. We encourage you to reach out to us to see how we can help you with your architecture, planning, design, or art project. For a free consultation, give us a call or shoot us an email.
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Springboard Design shared Community Arts Center of Cambria County's event.January 21st, 2018 at 5:40am
We hope to see you at tonight's Craft Business Thursday!

We're looking forward to hearing insights from our guest speaker, Maia Leppo, a resident artist at the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

Thank you to our host for this evening, Community Arts Center of Cambria County.
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Springboard DesignJanuary 21st, 2018 at 5:40am
The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be hosting the third Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square (CBT@CRSQ) on Thursday, January 18th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Community Arts Center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery. CBT@CRSQ is a series of monthly lectures featuring a special guest speaker. We hope to see you there!

Maia Leppo will be the third speaker in the Creator Square, Craft Business Thursday Speaker Series. Maia graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She received training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools, including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and then received her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz in 2015. She has participated in artist residencies at Arrowmont and Pocosin and is currently a resident artist at the Brewhouse Association on the south side of Pittsburgh.

The goals of the CBT@CRSQ series include: updating the greater Western PA community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the building’s renovation and program rollout in 2018-19 by Springboard Design; discussion of craft business, the makers movement, and entrepreneurship; feature a talented and accomplished craft business person / maker during each evening’s lecture / workshop.
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Springboard DesignJanuary 21st, 2018 at 5:40am
Springboard Design was happy to see our client the Maridon Museum, which we designed, featured in Huffington Post’s article about “55 Best Lesser Known Art Museums, Artist Studios, and Art Centers in Northeast USA”.

“It’s a knockout museum worth a drive from anywhere”, writes Malerie Yolen-Cohen. “The Asian art collection at the Maridon is fascinating on many levels – the most elemental being its stunning beauty and fine craftsmanship.”

For the Maridon Museum (Butler, PA), Springboard Design developed the Building Program, Architectural Design, Construction Documents, Exhibition Design and Curatorial Consulting services for the museum.

The Maridon Museum was founded by Mrs. Mary Phillips in honor of her late husband, Don. The building is the museum’s first permanent home. Artworks date from prehistory to the present day, offering a unique perspective on the breadth of a personal collection and the development of Asian art and culture.

Architectural critic Patricia Lowry described the museum as “a gleaming little gem of a museum, a gift to the street, its city, and its region.”

The museum occupies an urban site in a developing cultural district. Originally two buildings occupied the site: a Victorian wood frame house was restored and a former automobile showroom was gutted; the expanded shell of the dealership forms the basis for the galleries while the house contains administrative spaces. Between and around these structures, new buildings create a single integrated museum environment that includes a glazed atrium and two-story education wing.

We invite you to visit the Maridon Museum in Butler, PA – and let us know if you do! To learn more about the Maridon Museum, you can visit their website at maridon.org or their Facebook page The Maridon Museum. For more information and photos, please visit our project directory: springboarddesign.net/maridon-museum/

Our friends at the Parrish Art Museum are also featured in the article, alongside some of our other favorite places including the Portland Museum of Art, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, MassMoCA, and the Maier Museum of Art.
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Springboard Design added 4 new photos.January 21st, 2018 at 5:40am
Our team here at Springboard Design will miss our first City Charter High School Intern, Anthony Mayer, but we are very excited to see where his journey takes him! Today is Anthony’s last day with us here in the office and we would like to share some of his work with you. On his first day here, he came up with the idea for his semester long project, which involved translating the off-grid house we designed into a “tiny house”. Anthony made some sketches in his new notebook, and then learned how to draw his ideas to scale. We then worked with Anthony on his design ideas to get them ready for three dimensional studies. Anthony learned 3D software, created a conceptual digital model and then refined his design through a physical model, additional 3D digital modeling, and drafting plans. We hope the skills Anthony learned while here at Springboard Design help him to achieve his future educational goals. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, Anthony!
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Springboard DesignJanuary 21st, 2018 at 5:40am
Springboard Design’s recently completed kiosk for The Frick Pittsburgh has been receiving some press lately! We’re happy to see the kiosk featured along with ten other exhibitions at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s annual open house, which will take place on Saturday, December 2 from 10am to 6pm. There will be discounts at airport shops, giveaways, music, and an early visit from Santa! We’re honored to be part of this showcase of Pittsburgh’s educational and cultural institutions, many of whom are our clients.

“Showcasing the world-class talent of local artists and cultural institutions at Pittsburgh International is an important part of creating a sense of place for visitors. We are committed to connecting the airport to the region it serves in showcasing these new installations.”

- Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis

For more information on the Pittsburgh International Airport’s open house, please see their website:
http://www.flypittsburgh.com/openhouse

Pittsburgh Magazine’s article can be found here:
http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/The-412/November-2017/Why-the-Airport-Is-a-Cool-Place-to-Do-Your-Holiday-Shopping/

Pittsburgh Business Times’ article can be found here:
https://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2017/11/27/airport-installs-new-exhibits-hosting-annual-open.html?ana=twt
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Springboard Design shared Community Arts Center of Cambria County's event.January 21st, 2018 at 5:40am
We hope you can make it to the second Craft Business Thursday!
Please RSVP at the event link below.

The Community Arts Center of Cambria County will be hosting the second Craft Business Thursday @ Creator Square on Thursday, November 30th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Community Arts Center’s Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery. The CBT@ Creator Square will be a series of monthly lectures featuring a special guest speaker. Justin Merrell of Adiaon will be the second speaker in the Creator Square, Craft Business Thursday Speaker Series.

JUSTIN MERRELL, CEO of ADIAON
Growing up in Gaithersburg, Maryland Justin encountered many STEM related opportunities that were engaging and instilled a sense of curiosity. While attending Penn State Altoona, he became aware of the fact that these same opportunities were not available locally, and with the mindset that there is no better time to make an impact than now, he began to make a change. He engaged with the local community and brought a makerspace to central PA.

Justin Merrell is the CEO of Adiaon, a company focused on the development of makerspace management platform. He is here to represent the Altoona, Pennsylvania based makerspace, Catalyst Space; of which he is both the founder of and current board chair.

The goals of this series for Craft Business Thursday’s @ Creator Square will be to update the community on Creator Square’s progress in anticipation of the buildings renovation and program rollout in 2018-19; discuss concepts like ‘craft business,’ ‘makers movement,’ and entrepreneurialism; and feature a talented and accomplished craft business person / maker during each evening lecture / workshop.
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