Vessel Family Picnic | 2017

Last weekend, we loaded up the coolers, packed the watermelon, lathered on the sunscreen, and headed down to Vessel's annual picnic.

Complete with Bogart's BBQ, batting lessons by Merlin, dinosaur bubble guns, and one heck of a frozen tee-shirt challenge, it's safe to say that fun was had by all!


Picnic Shenanigans!

Batter UP!

Vessel Games!

Concise Email Communication

At Vessel, Our goal is to communicate effectively to everyone we do business with.  That often means you should be calling, so make sure email is best.  requires a phone call.  Our modern world is flooded with information and we need to help each other wade through it.  Achieving If so, conciseness helps is necessary in order for make sure your message come across.  This not just a matter of efficiency, but also professional courtesy.  Following Here are some bullet points pointers: to keep in mind.

1. State your point in the first sentence.

2. Be concise.

3. Translate facts to implications. And implications into recommendations.  (Since this is important, and simple to do, I recommend you apply this to your written communications.)

4. Review your work, simplify sentences, and remove unnecessary words.  Don't bury unrelated information towards the end of emails where it could be missed.  Like I just did.

5. Email can be misunderstood, so always try to end on a positive personal note.  Humor helps.

I see most of you doing this most of the time.  But keep in mind that, like anything else, this can be taken too far.  Don't be a concision extremist either!  There is a place for color commentary, usually after you've driven home your point.

Vessel's Virtual Reality Studio

VR is a revolution for architecture.  Visit Vessel's VR studio and you can see and experience your building in real time.  It is difficult to describe the level of realism and how natural it feels to use the system.  Truly, it is one of the most powerful design tools we have ever seen, and it allows us to provide our clients with a unique design experience and level of service.

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On Gossip

Gossip is discussing anything negative with someone who can’t help solve the problem.

Gossip kills culture by dividing instead of unifying.  Gossips tell themselves they are helping, but they are really spending time toiling in affairs they can not influence or resolve.  For those who listen to gossip, it undermines passion for their work and confidence in their team.  It isn't good for anyone.

We have all been guilty of cro...

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Vessel celebrates Pi(e) Day!

You may have caught on that we like to celebrate around here...so on March 14th (3.14) how could we not celebrate National Pi Day?!

Let's take a trip back to grade school and remember that "pi" is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, and no matter what size a circle, pi is always the same number: 3.14. But enough about math. Let's get to the more important reason we celebrate Pi Day...PIE!

Vessel guys and gals were encouraged to bring in a pie of choice to share with the office, and they did not take that task lightly.

Exhibit A:

Key Lime Pie | Mississippi Mud Pie | Moon Pie | Apple Pie | Coconut Cream Pie | Taco Pot Pie | Peanut Butter Pie | French Apple Pie | Blackberry Pie | Pecan Pie | Sea Salt & Caramel Creme Pie | Pumpkin Pie | Oreo Cream Pie | Cherry Pie | Taco Salad Pie...pie, on pie, on pie!

Happy Pi(e) Day!!

VESSEL BRACKET CHALLENGE 2017 - FABULOUS PRIZES!!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Vessel Bracket Challenge where you can win fabulous and exciting prizes!  You may have picked up that Brian and Pete are Jayhawks.  (If you've talked to them for more than five minutes, it probably came up.)  As you might imagine, the NCAA basketball tournament is a fun time of year for us, and we want to share the joy by inviting you to enter our Vessel Bracket Challenge! 

NO ENTRY FEE!  FABULOUS AND EXCITING PRIZES!

Group: Vessel Architecture
Password: vessel
Fill out your bracket by clicking here

Grand Prize:
One supercool, custom-embroidered, Vessel jacket just like the one you've seen us wear.  You'll get your choice from Columbia's website (up to a $200 value).  PLUS a $100 REI gift certificate! Bonus: You will also get bragging rights, plus a congratulatory Vessel fist bump (the same one used at our office when we solve our client's problems).

Runners' Up Prizes (2nd, 3rd, 4th place):
The next four brackets will receive a $20 gift certificate to REI, plus a congratulatory Vessel fist bump (the same one used at our office when we solve our client's problems).

Provisos (The Fine Print):  No bracket-crashers.  Please be able to show some sort of connection to Vessel.  If nobody at Vessel knows you, you don't qualify.  Picking Duke, Missouri (oops, didn't make it this year) or K-State to go all the way will not disqualify your bracket - but if you win, your jacket may have dead fish in the pocket.  Employees of Vessel are not eligible for prizes, as they have already wasted/invested 865 hours of company time researching their brackets.  We're not too particular, but Vessel reserves the right to disqualify someone from prize eligibility.

Brackets lock at 10am Central Time, Thursday, March 16th! Good Luck, we're all counting on you!

Girl Scouts Visit Vessel!

We are always proud to support our local Girl Scouts - especially when they're just so darn cute!

...And of course when COOKIE SEASON is upon us! Vessel has officially been stocked! Thank you to Roger's daughters, Ella (a Daisy) and Katie (a Brownie), for supplying us with all of the Thin Mints we can eat (or at least all of the Thin Mints Brian can eat - he says they're for his five kids, but we're not sure we believe him...)

Green Oaks IL, AL, MC | under construction

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January | 2016 | Construction Begins

Martha Place | Executive administrator

MBA in Economics | St. Ambrose University

BS in Business Administration & Marketing | Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

We are pleased to welcome Martha Place as the newest addition to our Vessel team!  As our beloved Mary slips slowly into retirement, Martha will step in as Executive Administrator and take on the duties that keep this place running.

Martha joins us from Precision Builders and Associates, a commercial carpentry contractor in east-central IL; prior to that she spent six years at Edward Jones, and 20 years in the tourism industry.

Growing up, Martha’s father worked as a civil engineer and moved the family around the Midwest. Inheriting the gypsy spirit from her dad, she has moved 23 times – her move back to St. Louis will be her 24th. Her travels took her everywhere from a year in Sedona, AZ, to 7 months in Elkhart, IN (which seemed like 10,000 years…apologies to anyone from Indiana).

When she’s not in the office, Martha enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, reading and watching films. She, of course, still enjoys traveling and is heading to Switzerland this summer to hike the Grindelwald area around the North Face of the Eiger.

We look forward to getting to know you even more, Martha!

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Office Makeover | Phase One

Benefits of Standing Desks

*According to a report by The Washington Post & The Huffington Post, 2015.

Almost two years and 23 employees later, we decided it was finally time for a change. This winter, Vessel began an office refresh - saying goodbye to the old, and hello to the new! Phase One of our redesign involved desk replacement: we have gone from sitting, to standing (but you can still sit if you want). We welcomed StandDesk with open arms - a company supplying work stations which promote a healthy lifestyle. We sure are busy around here, but even with the hustle and bustle of projects, we still need more physical movement. StandDesk offers a motorized desk, allowing you to move up and down throughout your work day. Tired of sitting? Stand up while you write that proposal. Tired of standing? Grab your chair and take a seat. You not only burn an extra 50 calories per hour when you stand, but you increase productivity and mental well-being. Here at Vessel, we are uber excited for this change and cannot wait to see where it takes us when it comes to happy health!

*Read the full article about the health benefits of Standing Desks by clicking HERE!

The Gathering UMC | on the boards

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Lindsay Moore on Tour | Chicago

 

It’s just another reason why I love this industry - trends are always changing and it’s exciting to get to check them out, firsthand.

- Lindsay Moore

Last week, Vessel’s Lindsay Moore spent two days in Chicago with Lighting Associates’ Callia Ball, Courtney Sheets and Julie Zobel. The ladies toured two innovative lighting manufacturers: Artemide and Focal Point.

We discussed her tour...

What was the purpose of this specific trip?
Lindsay: As a project architect, it’s vital to keep up with trends, especially when it comes to lighting. Fixtures are imperative to any project – they not only define a space physically, but mentally and emotionally. Any opportunity to educate yourself on what is up-and-coming is worth taking!

You visited Artemide and Focal Point. What was unique about each company?
LM: Artemide, founded in Milan, Italy, offers more high-end designs whereas Focal Point presents buyers with a wide range of fixtures that can meet any budget. Depending on project type and clientele – there is something at each company that would add flair to any space.

You’ve had several years of experience with lighting manufacturers; what was something new you learned?
LM: Something that is becoming more desirable in this industry is the use of both American-made products as well as products that are LEED Certified. Focal Point understands LEED to the core as the headquarters is a LEED Gold certified facility. Focal Point was founded and continues to reside in Chicago – which is fantastic because not only are they supporting our country economically, but they can typically provide their customers one of the shortest turn-around times. Focal Point also has their own UL testing area on campus; therefore, there is minimal wait time to receive UL ratings when creating new lighting fixtures – where normally that process could take between 6-8 weeks.

Did you get to catch a glimpse of any behind-the-scenes manufacturing work?
LM: Yes, we were able to check out the actual manufacturing plant for Focal Point. One thing I noticed was the implementation of checks-and-balances – the amount of quality assurance this company provides is outstanding, and of course continues to positively impact their reputation as a preferred lighting manufacturer. They are also beginning to introduce laser cutting as opposed to metal stamping, which will greatly affect how quickly and accurately they can produce certain products.*

*Metal Stamping (Punching) is a forming process that presses metal with a powerful die into a fixed shape (or pattern). Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials into the desired shape (or pattern).

- Katie Luster