San Francisco, CA - February 1, 2008
Ian Mackinlay Architecture, Inc. (IMA) is pleased
to announce that it has entered into a strategic
alliance with the Matrix Design Companies, a
national firm providing a diverse array of services
in Architecture, Planning, Interior Design and
IMA will now trade under the name Matrix IMA.
IMA, founded in 1990 by Ian Mackinlay,
FAIA, a leader in forensic architecture, will
continue to focus on providing expert testimony,
litigation support and consulting on architectural
design issues, construction defects, building code
compliance, water intrusion issues, and remedial
design and reconstruction. This alliance will give
Matrix IMA national reach and strengthen their
forensic architecture and design practice.
San Francisco, CA - April 26, 2008
Volunteers from Matrix IMA in San Francisco joined MacFarlane Partners in donating time and money for an ambitious one-day renovation project at the KIPP Bayview Academy (www.kippbayview.org), a charter school in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. 85 volunteers steam cleaned and power washed the bathrooms, added deodorizers to the bathrooms, painted four bathrooms including trim and floors, painted the cafeteria, painted a highly visible playground wall, painted a playground mural of the school mascot, the liger, improved the main entry with freshly painted handrails and a new welcome board, weeded the garden, painted and added handrails the main bathroom stairway. Additional skilled volunteers provided enhanced lighting (McMillian Electric) and installed plywood in the stairwell to enclose it and improve its appearance (Swinerton).
This is the third year that Matrix IMA has volunteered time and staff to Rebuilding Together San Francisco, a nationally affiliated organization (www.rebuildingtogethersf.org) that provides free repair and renovation programs for low-income, elderly and disabled San Franciscans and for nonprofit and community facilities. Prior years projects included:
In 2007, substantial painting and electrical work at the Jelani House, a shelter in the Bayview neighborhood in San Francisco that specializes in family-oriented detox programs. Families are able to stay together in the 4-story, 40 bed house while they complete the 6-9 month program. More than half of the interior of the house was repainted, including the challenging stairwell, and new light fixtures were installed throughout. Matrix IMA employees worked closely with volunteers from MacFarlane to accomplish even more work than was originally scoped. The residents said the Jelani House has "never looked better."
In 2006, some light demolition took place along with painting, assembly of new furniture, and installation of over 100 new color-balanced florescent tubes at the Mission Learning Center (www.mlcsf.org), a San Francisco facility in the Mission neighborhood that focuses on reading and bi-lingual literacy for children and their parents. Matrix IMA employees were involved in budgeting, scoping and executing the project. The director was ecstatic.