TEN OVER STUDIO Becomes a Certified B Corporation

 
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TEN OVER STUDIO joins the B Corp Community in celebrating B Corp month in February! TEN OVER became a Certified B Corporation in September 2017 after combing through their social and environmental impact since the firms inception. 

B Corporation certifications, managed by the nonprofit organization B Lab, recognize companies that are actively working to use “business as a force for good.” Companies that join the B Corp community sign a “declaration of interdependence” acknowledging their responsibility to their employees, communities, the environment and to future generations.

TEN OVER joins the community of over 2,100 certified companies from 50 countries and 130 industries. TEN OVER joins the community of over 2,100 certified companies from 50 countries and 130 industries. TEN OVER is one of three architecture firms with the certification in the California and one of only seven in the country.

According to Jim Duffy, TEN OVER founder and CEO, the certification is an acknowledgement of the ethos that has always been central to the firm: building sustainability into every area of the business.

“Becoming a B Corp made it known to the world that we take our impact on the people we work with and the planet we call home just as seriously as the profit we make,” says Duffy.

This has been a year of significant growth for TEN OVER, which opened its first satellite office in Bend, Ore. in July. The B Corp certification helps to lay the groundwork for continued, mindful growth.

Learn more about becoming a Certified B Corporation here or email stephw@tenoverstudio.com with questions. 

 

About TEN OVER STUDIO

TEN OVER STUDIO is an architectural design firm headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif. with a second office in Bend, Ore. We offer full architectural, landscape and interiors services for both commercial and residential projects with an eye toward environmentally sensitive design. Our portfolio includes a number of LEED® certified and award-winning buildings. These include awards for green landscape design and green innovation from the San Luis Obispo Green Building Council, the People’s Choice Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Recognition Award from the Fire Station Design Symposium. The firm was founded in TKTK with 10 employees dedicated to giving 110 percent effort in everything we do. And while we are extremely proud of our built projects, we consider our true legacy to be the successful relationships we have developed with the clients, consultants, contractors, and agencies we work with.

 

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization leading a global movement of people “using business as a force for good.” It has built and serves a community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. And it helps those businesses manage and measure their impact using the “B Impact Assessment” and “B Analytics.” Other B Corporations include Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s and BrandIQ.

 

TEN OVER STUDIO Satellite Location in Bend, OR, Encompasses Firm Values

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TEN OVER STUDIO is excited to announce the opening of our first satellite location in Bend, OR.  Since opening this office in July of 2017, TEN OVER Architect, Greg Crabtree, has been enjoying the ride during his transition from SLO up north to Bend.

“When opening a satellite location, it was important to us to stay true to our mission and values.  Bend has a similar feel to SLO, with a same sense of ambition, adventure and community,” said Greg.  With sustainability and world-betterment at the forefront of the community, Bend was the obvious choice as a second home for TEN OVER, which has always had a strong focus on “people and the planet.”

For Greg and his wife plus two young kids, moving back to his home state of Oregon was easy; “we are excited to experience seasons again while still having the relaxed atmosphere we loved so much about SLO.”

TEN OVER has a long history with the Pacific Northwest.  President and founder, Jim Duffy, received his Master Degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon, located in Eugene, OR, and vice-president, Joel Snyder, spent many years working in Seattle, WA before both relocating to the Central Coast.

When the idea arose, the three knew Bend would be a natural place for TEN OVER to grow.  The city reflects the mission and values of the firm, and the community is comprised of nature enthusiasts and down-to-earth folks who keep it real.  “Bend is one happy, active place,” says visitbend.com. “Blend that with a vibrant, growth-oriented business sector and you’ve got a winning combination. When people thrive, business thrives.”

Located on the Deschutes River, Bend is Central Oregon's largest city.  With the Cascade Range just a stone’s throw away, Bend is a hub for many outdoor sports favorited by TEN OVER employees, including skiing, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and white-water-rafting.

TEN OVER is excited to serve a new community and has been enjoying the challenge of finding our niche.  Bend is a unique community with the need for more architecture firms tailored to its diverse personality.  TEN OVER is looking forward to watching their company grow from the new roots they’ve planted in Bend, OR.

TEN OVER STUDIO Promotes Julia Oberhoff to Principal Landscape Architect

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TEN OVER STUDIO recently promoted Julia Oberhoff, PLA, to Principal Landscape Architect; she joins Jim Duffy, Joel Snyder, and Candice Wong in the leadership of the firm. Julia has been with TEN OVER STUDIO as Landscape Architect since its inception in 2014.

Having received a BA in Landscape Architecture and a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley, Julia has over ten years of experience practicing both landscape architecture and architecture. She imparts a sense of purpose and connection in her landscape and hardscape designs, and her understanding of architecture ensures her designs reflect the neighboring styles and site conditions. Julia is known for her use of built structures, topography, planting design, and low impact development - spaces that support the health of our environment.

“Julia has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has gained the respect and confidence of coworkers, clients, consultants and contractors,” says Jim Duffy, President of TEN OVER STUDIO. “She was a key contributor to our recent Mission, Vision and Values initiative and is instrumental in the firm’s strategic planning efforts. Julia embodies the goals and objectives of TEN OVER.”

Julia envisions a continuing of diversity in project types for the Landscape Architecture team, with a focus on high-end residential, hospitality, commercial, schools, community parks, and low impact development.

 

About TEN OVER STUDIO is an innovative, experienced, and award-winning firm providing the highest levels of design and customer service. TEN OVER offers full architectural, landscape, and interiors services with thoughtful, honest advice, and an emphasis on environmentally sensitive design. TEN OVER has offices in San Luis Obispo, CA, and Bend, OR.