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2nd Quarter

#LWPBAdventures

By | 2nd Quarter, LWPB

#LWPBAdventures

This past quarter took us all over the country for some of our Federal projects, including Nevada, North Carolina, and sunny Florida. As some of our architects were racking up miles on adventures outside the office, we were having our own adventures in the office. There were several Continuing Education opportunities in the form of “Lunch & Learns” (something we try to offer our employees on a monthly – or more frequent – basis), and even a surprise visit from a group of Reps over the Valentine’s Holiday. We love opportunities to learn about products, materials, and evolving technology and are so glad we have educational opportunities and product representatives to keep us up to speed on the latest and greatest news.

#WeAreLWPB

By | 2nd Quarter, LWPB

#WeAreLWPB

The Northwest OKC Chamber held their annual “Evening of Accolades” award ceremony in January at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel downtown. LWPB was one of several businesses nominated for Business of the Year – what a tremendous honor it was to be selected as winner. We are proud of the team of employees we have assembled, and thankful for their hard work and commitment to our clients. Their dedication is the secret to our success.

#ExcellentDesignEveryTime

By | 2nd Quarter, LWPB

#ExcellentDesignEveryTime

LWPB Interior Designer & Education Programmer Angie Clarkson participated in an OSSBA presentation last month entitled “National Trends in School Construction.” Angie has years of experience in school design with our firm and works with our LWPB team to consistently bring the best solutions to our school clients. In addition to serving these districts, we love opportunities to share our expertise with educators around the state. The OSSBA presentation was a wonderful chance to share what we do to create the best learning environments for today’s students!

#LWPBGivesBack

By | 2nd Quarter, LWPB

#LWPBGivesBack

On a Friday afternoon in February, we welcomed a group of young ladies to our office as they completed the final requirements of an Architecture Badge they had been working on with their Troop. In addition to a firm tour, they learned about the process of becoming an architect, how buildings are designed, and how we collaborate as a team. They were able to see a time-lapse video of Capps Middle School under construction (and spot the construction site out our 6th-story window), watch how we model buildings in Revit, and learn about the AXP program and our AXP mentor program. We were thrilled to share our passion for architecture and design with them.

Meet Rebekah Ulm

By | 2nd Quarter, LWPB

Meet Rebekah Ulm

“I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work in both the OKC and Norman offices. The Monday after graduation, I started working in the OKC office. The people were wonderful and supportive! I planned to start testing right away before any big life events. Instead, the duplex we were renting got sold out from under us and we got evicted. We weren’t planning to rent after our lease was up that next year, so we jumped into a fixer-upper. We finished the renovation shortly before we had our first child.
The commute to the OKC office never bothered me until the arrival of my first tiny person in June of 2016. Suddenly I had someone to care for and prioritize. Then, the partners let me start working from the Norman office near my home at the time. They were so sweet and actually offered to let me take Nova Belle to work, but she wouldn’t have let anyone get their work done… My goal after graduation was to get my license in a minimal amount of time. It took three years to meet IDP requirements at the time and a series of seven exams. I passed my tests in six months while working full time and nursing an infant and generally feeling like a sleep-deprived, crazy person. Upside, I got my license in July of 2017. (Yay!)
Since then, I’ve had another cute baby, Ples. (After having him, I found out that that’s an uncommon name. It’s a family name and it’s short for pleasant). The partners trusted me to work from home, so I could move back to the family farm. As many already know, our farm is part of our original Indian allotment, so it’s pretty special to us. My kids get to be connected to the land and feed cows with their grandparents. My dad does traditional Choctaw pottery, so my kids get to learn that process from him, too. We had a bonfire just last week and cooked muscle shells for our clay mixture.
We’ve (practically) finished renovating my great-great-great uncle’s farmhouse. Some of the newspaper lining the old 1×12 wall panel dated back to the late 1800s. It’s wonderful to be able to help modernize and breathe new life into our old farm. I do miss a few city amenities – people, proximity to stores, etc. Living in the middle of nowhere has some advantages though – we have a night sky full of stars. We have 400 acres to explore with creeks and ponds and great places to mushroom hunt. Plus, our land abuts the Canadian river, so you’ll know where you can find me once the days grow longer. Life with a one-year-old and a three-year-old is crazy but wonderfully entertaining.”

Seeing Rebekah transform her work life as one of our first employees to work remotely, we knew we could do it as a company if it were ever needed. With all that's changed in our lives this past month, we're happy to report that we're all working safely from home.