AutoCamp Yosemite: Glass Walls, Steel Beams & Luxury Camping Airstreams

Authored By: 
Santa Barbara Office
The clubhouse at AutoCamp Yosemite is a modern, sleek yet natural-feeling design tucked away in Midpines, California, just 36 miles west of Yosemite National Park. Ashley & Vance Engineering project engineer Chris Huffman took the lead on structural design for this modern camping experience, which combines luxury with outdoor activity. Read how this building design incorperates a double-cantilevered roof, a 10,000 pound beam, sliding glass walls, and tricky fire sprinkler lines. Bonus, learn about Chris's family ties to the profession of engineering...

Building Beautiful with Cost-Efficient Design

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San Luis Obispo Office & Bend Office
Working with organizations like People's Self-Help Housing, which have immeasurable impacts on our communities, is a privilege Ashley & Vance is proud of. Here’s some insight from AV Founder Truitt Vance and Project Engineer Jackson Kelly about how building design teams can help further the mission of building supportive housing and services that change lives and strengthen our communities...

Attainable Housing Creates Sustainable Cities

Authored By: 
Bend Office
Take a peek at Kôrazón in Bend, Oregon, the first homeownership community built by Kôr Community Land Trust. This cottage model of home building is helping Bend grow toward a new era of affordable, attainable, and sustainable housing. We interviewed Kôr CLT founder Amy Warren and AV engineer Jenilee Daw about Kôr’s first project on 27th Street in Bend, Oregon, called Kôrazón...

Bend Central District Moves Forward!

Authored By: 
John Fischer

We were excited to watch as the Bend City Council voted in favor of creating the urban renewal district in the core of Bend, advancing the vision of the Bend Central District (BCD). Ashley & Vance's Bend office is located at a gentrifying crossroads between historic downtown and the central district subarea. The central district was once on the eastern edge of town and industrial uses dominated this area next to the railroad tracks and as Bend expanded, automotive-oriented development took precedence. Now, this area is in the heart of our growing city, yet has fewer than one resident...

4 Smart Renewal Concepts That Can Help Build Inclusive Communities

Authored By: 
Bend Office
When a city has the chance to rebuild, it has the opportunity to create a healthy and diverse community through smart urban renewal. Design teams, developers, builders, and city planners are all in the position to provide infrastructure that meets the needs of residents with varying levels of income, physical abilities, and living preferences. Here are 4 smart renewal concepts happening in Bend, Oregon...

How Ashley & Vance Engineering Came to Bend, Oregon

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Bend Office, 1 June 2020
In the Summer of 2005, John and Stacey Fischer arrived in Bend, Oregon, agreeing it was one of their favorite stops on a 2-month-long road trip around the United States. John took a job on a framing crew but kept drawing calculations on plywood, trying to engineer better and better solutions. A few months later, that engineering company pulled John off the framing crew by offering him a job. For the next 5 years John was back to engineering, working towards his Professional Engineers (PE) license, all the while falling in love with Central Oregon.

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