• The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the hospitality industry extremely hard, but they are a resilient group, and, like all great service leaders, they adapt on the fly. For example, hotels have rotated rooms so that guests have a gap of 72 hours in-between stays, floors have been spaced out to accommodate social distancing, rooms are now used for remote working, […]

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  • CSHQA was honored Saturday at the 43rd Annual Orchids and Onions Awards ceremony hosted by Preservation Idaho. The Boise-based architecture and engineering firm’s restoration work on the University of Idaho Administration Building in Moscow, ID received an Orchid Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. A deeper look at the careful skill and creativity dedicated to bringing new life to this […]

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  • Each May, organizations across the country celebrate National Preservation Month to honor historic places and highlight the benefits of historic preservation. Our nation’s rich heritage lies in the stories of these fascinating structures. Protecting them and restoring them to their former glory is something CSHQA is proud to be a part of. In celebration this year, we would like to […]

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  • Did you know the Urban Land Institute was founded in 1936 and Earth Day will be 50 years old April 22, 2020! The concept of living sustainably on the land has been around since shepherds moved their grazing herds from place to place and farmers rotated their crops.  In the last century, however, it has taken on new significance and […]

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  • 2020 is the start of a new Decade!! The future has endless possibilities and we look to take advantage of as many opportunities as we can. We have large-scale projects under construction, in design and about to begin design.  We also have many small and moderate-sized projects in the works. Our aviation studio will be working with Fresno International Airport […]

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  • Today our firm focuses on both public and private market sectors for retail, hospitality, office, education, aviation, healthcare, multi-family, mixed-use, and civic clients. While we save hand drawings for early sketches, we still take great pride in the quality of the drawings and renderings presented to our clients. We’ve seen our firm grow into three offices, Boise, Denver and Sacramento, […]

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  • Medieval cathedrals were built by a master mason, or the architect of the impossible. CSHQA isn’t from medieval times or designing the impossible, but we do date back to the 1890s practicing architecture. Drawings are a part of the design process and were historically done on vellum with ink. Changes to the design took time as an entire drawing had […]

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  • They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but modular might be changing that! Modular construction techniques are benefiting both hospitality and multifamily industries.  Former barriers to entry for developers and owners are shrinking as more architects, contractors and financial institutions understand how to work in a modular arena. These are sweet spots for modular construction: Scalable developments. Ideally […]

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  • And cats, and rabbits, and guinea pigs, birds, ferrets, gerbils, even rats and mice! The Idaho Humane Society Animal Welfare Campus is opening soon! (October 2019) The long-awaited facility will transform the shelter experience for both animals and people.  Sophisticated engineering and materials paired with best practices in shelter design have created a safe, healthy, clean and light-filled environment. Nearly […]

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  • Jul 01, 2019

    Patio Seating

    Categories: Design Insights

    PATIO SEATING…nothing creates a better atmosphere than being outside on a gorgeous day, sunshine, a slight breeze, a cold beverage and something to eat. Just writing that makes me want to sit down at my favorite outdoor venue. The next thought is HOW do we, as designers, create this atmosphere? There are many planning and design items to be addressed […]

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