Columbus ADDY Awards 2020

March 3, 2020 • admin

The WSA Rebrand received Gold at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Columbus ADDY Awards. Can you tell how pumped we are?

This year’s jury featured notable award-winning creatives from around the country: art director and illustrator Cheryl Cook, director and cinematographer Chris Anthony Hamilton, Lars Lawson, Founder of Timber Design Company, and Charlyn Villegas, Co-Founder of Four Winds Creative.

Thank you to the jury for recognizing the boldness of the new WSA. And huge shout-out to FORT and Versatile Words for listening and helping us to create this brand that we have adopted and shaped into what makes us WSA: provocative, humble, sharp, and driven.

P.S. Our very own Carolyn Price designed the AAF Columbus event graphics, signage, and awards book.

      

7th Annual Chili Cook-Off

February 28, 2020 • admin

Each year, WSA employees ward off the winter blues by competing for the perfect chili recipe. Our friends help us out by tasting each (mostly delicious) entry and deciding which one comes out on top. This year, Joseph Cabalquinto of State Auto Insurance, Elaine Isabelle of Shaw Contract, and Greg Davis and Matt Pickens of Roberts Service Group served as our guest judges. The stakes were high; Joseph is a foodie and dabbles as a chef.

We were all impressed with the quality of each chili this round. With thirteen entries, from Grandma’s secret recipe to Emeril’s vegetarian chili, our bellies were full of good food. Our recently hired staff are also cooking connoisseurs and they brought out the big guns with smoked poblanos, bacon bits, and pieces of seared steak.

The final verdict: Tianna Williams is the 2020 Chili Cook-Off Champion! As our newest employee, Tianna was not afraid to show us who the chili boss is. She brought depth to her traditional recipe with complex flavors and balanced textures. What did Shrek say? People are a lot like chili? Close enough.

Columbus Home & Garden Show 2020

February 25, 2020 • admin

WSA partnered with the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Zoo & Aquarium to design the feature home exhibit at the 2020 Spring Home and Garden Show, the largest Dispatch event of the year.

      

Inspired by classic Adirondack cabins, the design team created this A-frame lodge display with sustainable living in mind. The structure is made of reclaimed Ohio barn wood and metal roofing, courtesy of the Mount Vernon Barn Company. The live garden and “outdoor” pedestrian path, created in collaboration with Vaughanscapes, features bee and bat sanctuaries and other plant elements that support wildlife. A forest mural is painted on recycled billboard by local artist Lauren Mitro. We carefully selected these components of the design to support environmentally conscious initiatives.

   

WSA’s Carolyn Price designed educational signage and environmental graphics about Ohio’s native plants and animals. The interactive pathway is dotted with graphics, cardboard critters, and signs that invite guests to look, touch, read, and learn. The walk through the live garden (a welcome experience in February) finishes in the Adirondack lodge. Inside the structure, we partnered with Davis Rogers Interiors and Elm & Iron to create a cozy cabin dwelling. Carolyn’s signage continues into the space to reveal the origin of the structural materials and to tell the story behind the exhibit.

Our feature space also hosted meet & greets with celebrity guests Restored by the Fords, Nicole Curtis of Rehab Addict, and Jack Hanna.

Check out the time lapse video of the first few hours of construction below.

Celebrating Our People

February 2, 2020 • admin

87% of millennials report career development opportunities are important to them. Today we celebrate the growth of our people and their professional accomplishments.

First, Jess Hamann has been promoted to the position of Design Manager. If you’ve worked with Jess, you know that her aptitude for interpersonal relationships is complemented by her strong design skills. As a leader in interior design, she has a deep understanding of industry practices, trends, and the practical application of design. You can count on Jess to hear your needs and translate them into a space that works for your organization.

Now, Paige Schmeling. She is officially a licensed architect! As a young professional, she has learned about the full practice of architecture through mentorship and first hand experience. Her technical knowledge and design proficiency is backed by her professional registration. This is another step on the journey of becoming the world’s greatest architect.

Congratulations to these two for their hard work and dedication to design.

Knoll Chicago Showroom Tour

December 3, 2019 • admin

We toured the new Knoll showroom in Chicago. Here's what we saw.

Our clients and friends at RJE Business Interiors welcomed the WSA Studio team on a tour of the new Knoll showroom in Chicago. The iconic furniture manufacturer recently moved from their long-time home at the Merchandise Mart, and is now located in the Fulton Market District.

We got an inside look at new furniture products and interior design trends, including Scandinavian-inspired aesthetics, incorporation of natural materials, and felt pastels. The showroom also affirms WSA Studio’s belief in providing workplaces with a variety of settings that meet different needs throughout the work day. Employees are more engaged and can work more efficiently when they have access to both collaborative open office spaces and quiet individual focus rooms.

This whirlwind day trip was not only educational, but it was a total blast to hang out with our gracious RJE Columbus partners. We managed, of course, to fit in a hip lunch spot and happy hour cocktails. The definition of business and pleasure.

AIA Columbus Awards 2019

November 7, 2019 • admin

The Point at Otterbein University was awarded a 2019 AIA Columbus Design Merit Award.

Awards season: 3 for 3. We are honored to receive an AIA Columbus Merit Award for our design of The Point at Otterbein University. We also celebrated the achievements in architectural design around our city with our industry peers. Let’s just say that this awards ceremony made us proud to be part of Columbus’s ongoing transformation.

Thank you to this industry, our peers, and the jurors, including lead juror Anne Chen, AIA. And special thanks to our partners who helped realize this project: KLH Engineers, Jezerinac Geers & Associates, White Design Studio, and Ruscilli Construction.

Fast 50 Honoree

October 22, 2019 • admin

If you've come into the studio lately, you probably noticed lots of new faces. We've been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Central Ohio.

In the last two weeks, we’ve received two awards. This one is for being one of the fastest growing companies in Central Ohio. There’s something to be said for putting good people in the position to nail it, and as humbled as we are to receive this Fast 50 Award, we know it’s because we’ve nailed it in choosing the very best people.

So, thank you to Columbus Business First for this program and a special thanks to the weird, quirky, and smart humans who come into 982 S. Front Street every day and work it out.

Check out the final rankings here.

IIDA Columbus Awards 2019

October 17, 2019 • admin

The Point at Otterbein University wins a 2019 IIDA Columbus Design Merit Award in Education.

If you were at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) awards, you probably saw the WSA crew engaged in what looked like a choreographed line dance.

It’s about balance. You know? We were celebrating because we received an honor award for The Point at Otterbein University and it feels really cool to be recognized within our industry for the projects we dive into and stress over. This award is just a reminder that it all matters. Thank you to the jury and to our partners and peers who always support us. We’re really grateful today.

And, contrary to popular belief, we did not practice the line dance before the event.

Check out footage from the awards ceremony here!

6th Annual Cornhole Tournament

September 12, 2019 • admin

The best party this side of Front Street (for a good cause, too)!

The 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament fundraiser was a success! Together we raised over $4,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Thank you to our event sponsors for making it happen, and thank you to all of our guests for playing in the tournament, hanging out with us, and supporting a great cause.

32 fierce teams competed for first place, but only one team walked away with the ducks — the WSA Duck trophies, that is. Eric and Drew of Patterson Pope threw their hearts out and crushed it on the cornhole courts, winning it all. Meanwhile, the silent auction stirred up even more competition as we placed bids on our favorite items, like RayBan sunglasses (donated by Northwest Eye Surgeons) and some original artwork by Tim Hawk.

This year the event featured live jams from George Barrie Band, buckets of Platform beer and White Claw, and delicious food from the Seven Little Sliders food truck. What more could you need?

Event Sponsors

Columbus Zoo Visits the Studio

August 16, 2019 • admin

It's a real zoo in here.

We are passionate about our culture and spending quality time with our people. Today that means we brought our families together in the studio to visit with animals from the Columbus Zoo!

As part of their community outreach effort, the Zoo handlers brought in several animals, including Anchovy the penguin, a clouded leopard cub, a baby kangaroo, a sloth, and an armadillo. We learned about topics like habitats, animal behavior, and conservation while watching Anchovy waddle happily along. But we can all agree that the best part was getting to hold and pet these amazing creatures. How many people can say that they have held a baby kangaroo in their arms like a toddler? The answer is probably something like, “not that many.” We’re super grateful for that experience.

AIA Florida Convention

July 28, 2019 • admin

Sharing Our Culture as keynote speakers at the AIA Florida Convention.

Todd Boyer, AIA, Vice President of WSA Studio, and his wife Sara Boyer, AIA, Associate President of Moody Nolan, presented as keynote speakers for the 2019 AIA Florida Convention in Orlando. This year’s theme was called “Pursue Your Passion,” so Todd and Sara discussed a topic that they are both extremely passionate about: workplace culture.

Coming from the Midwest region, they brought a fresh perspective to AIA Florida members, relating their own experiences in a new context. The pair told their real stories of building a culture at both a small firm and a large firm, and how they have successfully engaged employees and created a workplace culture to be proud of.

Todd and Sara recommended practical strategies that they have used to develop and implement the values of their organization. Tips included finding support from local AIA chapters to access professional development resources, such as the AIA Columbus Archway Mentorship program that Todd participated in. He stressed the importance of mentoring young professionals in the workplace, and creating a culture that is actively engaged in learning, spending time in the community, and spending quality time together with colleagues. When employees feel supported by their organization, they are more likely to reach career goals and have an enduring tenure at their workplace.

WSA Studio is proud of the inclusive workplace culture that we work hard to maintain, and it was an honor to share our experiences with architects and designers around the country.

Lauren Miller, AIA: She’s Licensed!

June 3, 2019 • admin

Look out, world! Our very own Lauren Miller is officially a licensed Architect.

Not only is she one of the most fun people you’ll ever meet, Lauren also has a passion for innovative design that drives her work at WSA. Oh, and she passed all six Architectural Registration Exams in just six months. So, we held a celebration in the studio for Lauren’s accomplishment and the dynamic perspective she brings to the profession.

After completing her Master of Architecture at the Pratt Institute, Lauren worked as an architectural designer in New York City where she drafted shelter relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. In 2017, she returned home to Columbus to become a Design Specialist at WSA Studio.

Lauren’s design strength is complemented by her ability to form seemingly effortless relationships with clients. Her portfolio includes work with Pillar Technology, Encova Insurance, and Brick House Blue. From the beginning of each project, Lauren takes the time to understand the client’s needs, not only for spacial requirements, but also to spark business growth, user satisfaction, and overall client success.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

Kirsten Sheely: Our new Studio Leader

April 25, 2019 • admin

Celebrating Kirsten Sheely and her new role at WSA.

We are excited to announce a new addition to our leadership team: Kirsten Sheely, NCIDQ, has been promoted to Studio Leader. Kirsten previously served as a Design Manager focused on interiors. She has become a leader and a mentor with a strong design sense and responsiveness to organizational effectiveness. Her work includes the Motorists Business Innovation Center, The Point at Otterbein University, and the PAST Innovation Lab, which won the 2017 IIDA Merit Award in Education.

In her new role, Kirsten will push the boundaries of transformational academic and innovative spaces. Her extensive knowledge and experience in tandem with her team orientation has given her strong client relationships, making her invaluable to our team.

Check out the featured post in Columbus Business First.

6th Annual Chili Cook-Off

March 1, 2019 • admin

Nothing beats the mid-winter blues like winning First Place Chili.

The 2019 Chili Cook-Off brought in the highest number of contestants in WSA Studio history! With twelve delicious chilis to sample, the competition was fierce. Each round featured a unique flavor profile that was derived from the creative nature of our staff, including curry-spiced beef, umami mushrooms, cinnamon chipotle sauce, and, a fan favorite, craft beer-infused chili.

Our guest judges this year were Ben Biada of Catalyst Engineering and Kim Hart of Kimball. Their dedication to the craft and the thorough notes they took for each round proved to be insightful and entertaining. Kim is a notorious lover of all things spicy, but only half of the contenders met her standards for heat. Ben offered positive feedback for every chili… except for #7.

The most memorable moment of the afternoon was when Tim, our beloved President and the reigning 2018 Champion, handed the trophy over to Lauren.

A wise man once said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” But, on this day, when we consumed mass amounts of exquisite chili with as much avocado topping as desired, we were all winners.

2019 Chili Cook-Off Champion: Lauren Miller

The Forge Short North Site Visit

January 10, 2019 • admin

Turning dreams into designs into buildings, and then walking through them. That's why we do what we do.

Lauren and Nate took us on a tour of the new Forge space in the Short North. Even though it’s still under construction, we could see the story unfold.

The Forge will occupy the top two floors (8th and 9th) of the building at 711 N. High Street. The 8th floor opens to the Innovation Pathway, a tech-heavy gathering jump space that runs through the center of the office. Right now, it’s a big empty space with plastic sheets as walls, but when the renovation is complete, the signature orange ceiling will create a striking entry. Surrounding the pathway will be several multi-purpose work stations and conference rooms with sleek glass partitions.

At the end of the corridor is a grand stair with bench seating that leads to the 9th floor. This floor will include a conference room and makerspace, but it will mainly serve as an event space. It will feature a full industrial kitchen and bar, lounge seating, and room for a live band and dance floor.

The building at 711 N. High offers a new approach to the Short North Arts District. Almost every floor will be mixed-use, with a combination of parking, offices, dining, and a fitness center. The glass and brick façade adds height and a modern touch to the historic area, while offering rare 360˚ views of the city.

We’re anticipating invites to future dance parties.

The Quinn Site Visit

October 26, 2018 • admin

Turning dreams into designs into buildings, and then walking through them. That's why we do what we do.

Years in the making, the whole studio had the opportunity to visit our nearly completed project, The Quinn. A residential community in the Grandview area, it is a destination spot in an up-and-coming part of town for young professionals. The Quinn creates a sense of community among its residents and brings more foot-traffic to the neighboring businesses.

The Quinn is already a popular spot due to its upscale amenities and multi-unit options, including micro-units, studio units, and one bedroom units. On our tour, we had the opportunity to see all the amenities in person: a private pool, outdoor grill stations, a clubhouse lounge, yoga studio, conference rooms, fitness centers, bike repair center, and indoor community spaces on each floor.

The pedestrian-oriented design is incorporated into the façade of the building and the community room. The public gathering spaces from the private pool to the clubhouse lounge creates a desire to meet neighbors and socialize in the area.

Grand Opening: The Point at Otterbein University

September 21, 2018 • admin

It's here! The Point at Otterbein University makes a significant impact on the academic and campus experience.

The Point at Otterbein University is officially complete. The opening was Friday, September 21 and the space looks great. You guys should all go check it out. You can get a membership to their makerspace for $75/month. Want to know about The Point? Here’s an excerpt from the website:

“Hands on learning combined with a suite of sophisticated tools, labs and special manufacturing and engineering equipment, The Point is a one stop shop for learning, creating, and building. Built for the larger common good in mind, The STEAM Innovation Center offers an opportunity for students and community alike.”

Learn more about our design of the Point and its effect on the Otterbein experience here.

5th Annual Cornhole Tournament

September 13, 2018 • admin

The best party this side of Front Street (for a good cause, too)!

Another successful year in the books. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support. Our sponsors, Premier Commercial Construction, King Business Interiors, Jezerinac Geers, Daltile, Mohawk, and Shaw, come through every year to help us throw this event and raise unabridged money for the iBELIEVE Foundation. Many of you donated to our silent auction and it was good stuff, man. Lauren Davis from Feinknopf donated her time to photograph the event and we’re so excited to share them with you. And to the rest of you, just buying a ticket, showing up, and tossing a few cornhole bags makes a huge difference in an Appalachian kid’s future. Thank you.

Because of you, we have donated $5,000 to iBELIEVE to support and sponsor Newcomerstown High School. Five children get to attend leadership camps, which means those kids get to network and develop skills that will encourage them to follow their dreams, as cheesy as it sounds.

Thank you again. I know I say this every year, but when people jump on board to support the things we care about, it’s overwhelming in such a good way. Gear up for next year, kids. We’re getting a dunk tank and you know Tim’s up first.

IIDA Product Runway 2018

May 24, 2018 • admin

This industry staple event lets designers get creative (and competitive) as they craft costumes out of architectural materials.

We love this event! It’s a night where music and fashion join the architecture & design industry, and it’s so much fun. Every firm teams up with a product vendor to create a runway ready outfit. This year, WSA teamed up with Burch Fabrics to create an objectively beautiful garment and our first-time model, Ashley, strutted down the catwalk bopping and swaying to Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” The overall theme of the night was Express Your Wild Side, intending to produce animal-like costumes from various climates. We drew Desert Dwellers and a lot of inspiration came from dragonesque reptiles that dwell in… the desert.

WSA walked away with an award for the best poster to memorialize the night and, if there were an award for having the most fun, we would have gone home with that one too.

AIAS Midwest Quad Conference

April 8, 2018 • admin

WSA values our partnership with the AIAS to provide student mentorship and professional development opportunities.

Each year, AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) regional conferences take place annually in the spring in the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West Quads. These gatherings, known as Quad Conferences, are hosted by local chapters who have been selected to organize the event by their Quad. Themes vary based on the city, local culture, and architectural topic of choice. This year, the Midwest Quad was held in Columbus, Ohio.

The WSA team had the opportunity to host a session for the AIAS Midwest quad. Students from Chicago, Kentucky, and Ohio got to tour the office and learn how we craft innovation. It’s always valuable for students to get an inside look at how architects work in the professional realm. We held a design charrette focused on how to create an innovation center. Afterwards, everyone’s favorite part, there was a pizza party complete with Jeni’s ice cream (the WSA way).

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off

March 9, 2018 • admin

Nothing beats the mid-winter blues like winning First Place Chili.

You guys, we’ve been so busy. We’ve been the kind of busy that made people forget to make chili. Some of us highly dedicated individuals rallied, though, and we received eight chili-ish submissions. Some were a little curious. The head juror, Kelly Greene from DIRTT Environmental Solutions, said they “weren’t warned” about the chili being “untraditional.” It should be noted that, at this point, we have three vegetarians in the office and a few empathetic people who wanted to give those vegetarians more options to try. Of the eight chilis, five were meatless.

We give out two awards during this cookoff. One is the studio’s favorite and Scotty took this one home with hints of cinnamon. It was weird and tasty at the same time, so we all still have questions as to how it tasted so good. The second award is handed out by the judges. This year, we invited Kelly Greene from DIRTT (as mentioned), Jason Kingham from Motorists Insurance Group, and Bob Steele from Shaffer Construction. They decided, understandably, to go with the most traditional chili of the bunch: Tim Hawk, FAIA. Insert words of inspiration and affirmation here.

All this being said, we did have a nice few hours away from our desks, eating chili together, and talking about basketball. As the judges were leaving the studio, they were debating whether to meet up at Skyline Chili or Wendy’s for lunch.

4th Annual Cornhole Tournament

September 14, 2017 • admin

The best party this side of Front Street (for a good cause, too)!

We’ve done it again! It’s always so heartening to see the same faces who support our events mixed in with some new ones. We really couldn’t do this event without you. (Here’s lookin’ at you, DIRTT, Premier Commercial Construction, Mohawk, Jezerinac Geers, Shaw, King.)

This year we supported The Chapel Hill House. It’s an organization that offers a sense of retreat to families suffering through childhood cancer. The fundraising efforts are going to help construct a (really cool, aesthetically pleasing) treehouse that encourages their mission. We were able to get some sponsors to help us throw the event (see above). Because of them, all ticket sales went straight to CHH. Not to mention we had Mikey’s Late Night Slice and so many beers from Land Grant. We also had a silent auction where most items were donated from local vendors like PINS Mechanical Co., Land Grant, Columbus Landmarks, OVS Co., Tim Hawk (the artist, the legend), and many more. All proceeds from the silent auction go straight to CHH as well.

Needless to say, we’re rollin’ in cash for The Chapel Hill House… as much as a fundraiser for about 150 people can allow. A big thank you is in order. THANK YOU!

For next year, we plan on not allowing our studio ringers to participate. Or at least make them throw the game once they get to the final four. Let someone else win, ya nerds.

For more info about The Chapel Hill House, visit their website here:

http://www.chapelhillhouse.org

PAST Foundation: STEM of Spirits 2017

July 29, 2017 • Maddie Henry

The annual STEM of Spirits fundraiser offers adults the chance to be a kid again.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the PAST Foundation hosted their first annual Rock the Dock – STEM of Spirits fundraiser in support of their student STEM programs and scholarships. It’s a mission that we will always support. And what better way is there to support the kids than getting the chance to be one again? The Innovation Lab was filled with robots, cocktails, snacks, games, VR, and cornhole, and the adults went wild. WSA nerded out pretty hard when we got to fly a drone.

AIA National Convention 2017

April 29, 2017 • admin

Architects across the country come together, learn, and inspire at the annual AIA Convention.

WSA Studio’s two principals, Tim Hawk & Todd Boyer, ventured down to Orlando to represent the firm at the 2017 AIA National Convention.

The convention featured four full days of speakers, workshops, vendors, networking, and showing off WSA. The theme of the convention was Anticipating a Better Tomorrow, which, according to the event website, embodies what it means to “Harness the collective intellect and entrepreneurial spirit of speakers whose power to anticipate has shaped their careers and our industry. Over three days our keynoters will explore this theme and what it means to anticipate need, challenge, and change in architecture and design.”

The keynote speakers personified that message. Anticipating change, challenge, and need were all touched on, with special guest, former First Lady Michelle Obama. The AIA National Convention is all about learning from leaders around the globe that are making strides towards bettering the world through architecture and related fields. Wherever the interest lies, it can be found here in an educational and inspiring way.

Steelcase Global Headquarters Tour

March 20, 2017 • admin

We trekked up to Grand Rapids, Michigan to check out the Steelcase headquarters.

The WSA team trekked up to Grand Rapids, Michigan to check out the Steelcase headquarters and learn more about their research in the education field.

Steelcase claims to be the first to discover the latest trends on how people work, learn, and heal in workplace and educational environments and we’ll tell you, they’re on the right track. The WSA Team was very impressed with some key individuals we met on our trip. Their research is top-notch and clearly paving the way for their innovative furniture solutions.

We did have some extra-curricular fun along the way as well. We visited the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer May House, toured the gorgeous new library at Grand Valley State University, and even had enough time to check out the famous Founders Brewery.

4th Annual Chili Cook-Off

February 10, 2017 • admin

Nothing beats the mid-winter blues like winning First Place Chili.

A few years ago, WSA Studio took a turn and made a major decision in terms of the firm dynamic. We decided to harness the individual competitive spirits in the firm and use them for good and not evil. We thought “What can we do to bring everyone together while simultaneously plucking out their weaknesses for everyone to poke fun?” The outcomes have far surpassed any expectations placed on the event and it’s something we look forward to each year.

As most everybody knows, we enjoy food. We enjoy it so much. It makes total sense for us to have a competition surrounding the idea that we enjoy food. And, in general, we are a group of competitive individuals. Chili is simple enough to glitz up and add variety. A chili cook-off was a no-brainer. Instead of trash talking in hypotheticals, we turned it into a reality. “If we had a chili cook-off, I’d win” turned into “Remember last year when I won the chili cook-off?” with an arrogant tone. Troy has won judges’ vote two years running and, as pride crushing as it is for the rest of us, he lets the trophy sit on his desk to collect snarky glances and dust… until next year. Watch your back, Troy.

Thank you to our judges: Jon Horn with Bright Focus Sales, Tamra Fuscaldo with Continental Office, and Erin Bender at Otterbein University. Because of you, we hung out with people outside of the office and that’s golden. We can always use a tune up on our social skills.

Todd’s Principal Party

October 12, 2016 • admin

Cheers to our new Principal, Todd Boyer, AIA!

2016 was a big year for WSA Studio. We finished some big projects, acquired some new ones, and made some really important studio leadership decisions. One of those decisions includes that time we decided to shackle, drug, and position Todd Boyer’s hand in the right position to sign on the dotted line and take some ownership of this place. (Just kidding. He mostly did it willingly.)

Because we love Todd (and because his wife does too), we ordered him some new business cards, put them inside a box inside another box inside another box so he’d immediately be annoyed when opening them, got some cocktails ready for a Tim Hawk original toast, organized a table of cookies with his face slapped on the top of them, and, of course, Geoff made a poster with Todd’s face Photoshopped in place of the principal’s from The Breakfast Club. We had a happy hour at 3:30 pm and reflected on the best Todd stories over the years. He was the first to leave because he said had to pick up his kids, but we like to think he had to leave before he got choked up from being so overwhelmed at the outpour of respect and support from his team. And, have you ever eaten a cookie with your own face on it? It must be a weird feeling. It should be mentioned that this party also doubled as his 40th birthday party. We were all like “Happy Birthday, Todd. Can’t wait to complain to you about our benefits package.” (Just kidding. We have a pretty solid bundle of benefits… including 3:30 pm happy hours.)

All jokes aside, Todd is revered and between his pragmatic nature/eagerness and Tim’s vision, we’re in good hands. Lucky us.

3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament

September 8, 2016 • admin

The best party this side of Front Street (for a good cause, too).

About three years ago, we sat and thought “What can we do this season that’s fun and social and gets people into our culture to see what we’re about?” Obviously we wanted to have a party, but we thought isn’t a theme party a little child’s birthday-esque? We’re grownups after all! So… we really put our Ohio heads together and thought about a party. The outcome was far more important than our majority Appalachian heads could have ever dreamed of.

The ingredients of a good party in Central Ohio: craft beer, good music, the party people of WSA Studio and friends, and a game or two of legit cornhole. This year we went all out. We secured a band, The Echo Echoes. We continued our food truck tradition and talked Aromaku into coming out with us. We got Land Grant to provide us some booze. We also got all of it paid for by our sponsors so that any money we raised by way of team entries and 50-50 tickets went straight to The iBelieve Foundation, an organization that raises money to send high school students from Appalachia to leadership camps around Ohio and surrounding areas.

We’re already planning 2017’s tournament. We’re trying to turn our studio into a competition space so we can toss some beans all year round and stop losing our homecourt advantage. It’s almost embarrassing how quickly most of us get knocked out. We do have a good time, though. Eating and drinking and talking to good people all night. Thanks to our sponsors: King Business Interiors, Continental Office, DIRTT, Shaw Contract, Danis, Bruce Longhino Group, Hamilton Parker, Innovative Office Solutions, Ohio Valley Supply, Maharam, Knoll, USF Contract, and Oberfields. Seriously. Thank you for jumping on board with us.

For more info about The iBelieve Foundation, visit their website here:

http://www.theibelievefoundation.com/

IIDA Product Runway 2016

May 26, 2016 • admin

This industry staple event lets designers get creative (and competitive) as they craft costumes out of architectural materials.

A Harry Potter nerd, a poetry nerd, and a costuming nerd walk into a bar… just kidding. They walked into a basement to work their fingers to the bone for Product Runway, a really cool event where a designer teams up with a product vendor and makes a runway ready outfit made out of the vendor’s materials. It benefits Dress for Success and it’s just a fun thing we get to be a part of. And we were reigning champs going into this event. Our cowboy costume won a few years ago, so no pressure.

We teamed up with DIRTT Wall Systems and added three to four people to our team. (Shout out to Megan, Steven, Karen, and Kelly.) So, for a few months, the seven or so of us crammed in Geoff’s house dispersed all tasks related to building an award winning costume out of materials used to build walls. Needless to say, without showing any favoritism, it was fit for an introverted poetry nerd to strut awkwardly, like Bambi, down a runway and act like a brat for an evening. We may not have kept our winning title, but we had such a great time doing it. It’s so energizing to be inside a venue when it’s filled with highly talented designers and creative individuals. Collective energy is inspiring.

Grand Opening: PAST Innovation Lab

April 26, 2016 • admin

The new home for innovative educational models in Central Ohio.

The PAST Innovation Lab is a project that holds a very special place in our hearts. Not only did we get the opportunity to design a space for an organization that focuses on learning in the future, but we also designed a space that meets our standards for innovation.

To us, the grand opening was more than a celebration of the new space. It was an event that brought the community together to congratulate The PAST Foundation on succeeding in their dream of opening a home where ideas can flourish and students can gain unique learning experiences.

At the root of WSA is a group of really good people focused on providing really good design for really good clients. The PAST Innovation Lab is the proven idea that good design prevails over obstacles, and we are glad to be part of it.

For more information about The PAST Foundation, check out their website at https://pastfoundation.org.

 

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