A Way to Inspire

To really make a difference and a lasting impact on our communities requires the vision of our clients, the creativity of our staff, and the passion of the people who use the buildings we design every day, all working together to create a living and breathing building that inspires and ignites the community around it. Our portfolio of diverse projects exemplifies this philosophy and showcases buildings that are truly transformative cornerstones of our surrounding communities.

Some recent examples of this include:

Teaching Environmental Stewardship-for example, at Cosumnes River College’s Winn Center, Lionakis’ approach to design was based on sustainability goals as tools to teach its occupants, architecture and construction students as well as members of the community, about contemporary sustainable design techniques and systems. In addition, common construction techniques were strategically exposed around the buildings for instructors to use in their lessons.

Fostering Scientific Interaction and Discussion-at Modesto Junior College, the integration of teaching into the Science Community Center and Great Valley Museum includes a myriad of teaching tools that enhance the architecture, encourage scientific study and promote interaction between students, faculty and the museum visitors.

Integrating Wellness in the Community-at Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center, our in-house interior design studio worked diligently with Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health Environment (THE) standards and the local staff to create a THE Hawaiian Identity. One of the most important goals of the design for this project was to create an environment that captured the distinct Hawaiian identity that would speak to the Hawaiian community and the islands.

Jason Ellis, Senior Associate at Lionakis explains,”from our smallest projects to our largest institutional projects, we work with our clients to design buildings that are fun and functional, didactic and well rooted to their communities.”

Throughout our firm’s history the buildings we have designed have had a tremendous impact on our communities, as they are inspiring places to heal, to learn, to work and to play. Our staff go beyond design, and let our buildings serve as avenues that encourage them and others to actively participate in our communities. Through this community integration our relationships and expertise transcend our office walls and create active and engaged citizens, volunteers and leaders throughout our communities.

At Lionakis we continue to work together to “Design a Better Future” by creating inspiring environments and taking leadership roles that go beyond design to help all of us build vibrant communities.

*This post is part 2 of a 12 part series highlighting the different ways in which Lionakis is living out our mission “Designing a Better Future”.