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Congratulations Success Academy South Bend on Mini Maker Faire 2016!

On Saturday, July 29 Success Academy South Bend hosted the region’s first ever Maker Faire event. Approximately 1,000 people showed-up to tour scores of exhibits displayed throughout the SASB facility and an enjoyable time was had by all.  In addition to being exposed to the many great things people are making in our community, hundreds of first-time visitors were introduced to SASB’s cutting-edge facility that Panzica helped to “make” as the school’s Architect/Interior Designer/Construction Manager.


In the spirit of so-called “maker culture” the Mini Maker Faire of South Bend 2016 showcased local ingenuity, demonstrated skills, and promoted creative approaches. Exhibitors showed hands-on making, building, and hacking, as well as crafting, garage technology, arts and crafts for sale, and demonstrations ranging from high-tech robots and drones, to a summer computer coding school for kids, to 3D printed items and even radio-controlled model aircraft.


Panzica was pleased to take part with our own display of how 3D visualization was used for “rapid prototype” previews of the Success Academy’s exterior and interior design, allowing us to have the 100,000 sq. ft. K-6 school and ready for on-time occupancy just 20-weeks from the start of construction! A flythrough video displayed at our booth can be viewed below.

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Panzica applauds all of our friends at SASB and particularly Faire organizer Kristen Kearney who was everywhere at once during Saturday’s event. We hope that this becomes an annual activity and we look forward to participating again!

We Support Greening The Bend

Recently Panzica was pleased to be among the sponsors of the successful 2014 Rain Barrel Ball, an elegant fundraising event created by our friends at Greening The Bend.  Our program ad is above this post.

According to their web site Greening The Bend seeks to bolster a renaissance in South Bend by promoting green spaces and human-friendly urban features that protect water and our river as a precious natural resource. This will result in social, economic and environmental benefits for the South Bend area.

Through their very well-received Rain Barrel Ball and other creative activities, this citizen group is seeking to raise private funds to install a sustainable green roof garden over The South Bend Museum of Art at Century Center. They are very close to accomplishing that goal!

Greening The Bend Executive Director Kathleen Petitjean and her husband Jonathan Burke lead a group of “grass roots visionaries” one might say, who literally seek to use those grass roots to control storm runoff and help to improve long-term water quality in the St. Joseph River watershed.

Part of their innovative fundraising effort is through the $1 per download sales of an original musical piece called Song of Sagwa Zibi which is the name that indigenous Potawatomis gave the river, coming from the legend of a mysterious visitor said to arrive on the river’s shore.

World-premiered at this year’s Ball and representing the flow and spirit of the river, this beautiful melody was composed by South Bend native Paul Kwiecinski featuring performances by Jodie Sleed, and Paul Duffy. It can be heard and downloaded here.

As local architects and builders who were leading with green design long before there even was LEED, we at Panzica applaud Greening The Bend’s efforts and we’re proud to be fellow travelers on the path to a more sustainable community. BRAVO Greening The Bend!!


CASB Rescues Heroes Camp After Storm

Photo Credit: South Bend Tribune

When a devastating storm caused a half-million dollars’ damage to the facilities of Mishawaka’s Heroes Camp, Career Academy South Bend opened its facilities–and its heart–to the organization. According to a South Bend Tribune article published July 19, 2014, the Heroes Camp is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization committed to fostering strong Christian values in young men. Coached basketball is used as a discipline-building activity, as volunteers and employees concentrate on strengthening the father-son relationship. 150-200 youth attend the camp daily during the summer months.

“The facilities are not too shabby either. The charter school is renowned for its design–the best in the country, according to Addie.”

According to the article, Heroes Camp director P.J. Perri said after the roof blew off of their Hickory Road gymnasium causing extensive water damage, he did not expect to find a suitable facility to carry-on the camp at a reasonable cost. Then CASB and its Development Director Chad Addie stepped-in, offering use of the charter school’s facilities to Heroes Camp free of charge. Within ten days the camp was up-and-running again to serve Michiana’s youth.

Addie is quoted as saying: “It wasn’t even a second thought to have them come into our building. This is what we do–help our community.” The Tribune goes on to report, “The facilities are not too shabby either. The charter school is renowned for its design–the best in the country, according to Addie.”

We applaud our good friends at Career Academy South Bend for reaching-out to Heroes Camp, and we’re pleased and proud to have played a pivotal role in creating a building that benefits our entire community every day in new and unanticipated ways. Transformed from a former Citigroup data output facility originally designed and built by Panzica, the Career Academy offers innovative, tuition-free project-based learning opportunities to more than 400 students. On track with its master plan, CASB has recently added fifth and sixth grade classes to its former 7-12 curriculum model. For more about the school and enrollment information, click here to visit CASB’s web site.

Career Academy South Bend Recognized for Architecture Innovation

Photo Credit: Hilliard Photographics

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We’re pleased and proud to note that Career Academy South Bend is featured in the new book Charter School Patterns of Innovation – A New Architecture For a New Education, recently published by Ball State University. Completed as a joint multi-year project of the BSU Office of Charter Schools and BSU Department of Architecture, the publication compiles best practices in school design and programming drawn from 56 different charter school facilities across the nation and in the state of Indiana.

According to Ball State, students conducted case study research on exemplary charter schools and high performance “green” school design to develop ways to incorporate issues of curriculum, funding, facility planning, and sustainable strategies into the overall design of the building. This information was used to develop concepts or “patterns” for incorporating environmentally sustainable strategies into the planning and design of charter school buildings. The data compiled serves as a reference standard for innovative educators and school architects from around the country.

What gives us much pride is not only that CASB was extensively profiled in the publication, but from among the dozens of facilities profiled an image of the school’s interior was used as the cover. “This double recognition is a well-deserved honor for Career Academy South Bend”, says project architect Phil Panzica, “as Panzica’s innovative design is really a testament to the bold vision of the school’s founder-benefactors Larry Garatoni and Steve Hartz, supported by the outstanding school administration and programs established under their leadership.”

CASB’s design was also recognized in 2012 by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Illinois Chapter with a Design Excellence Award for “Best Educational Facility”.  In 2011-12, designing and building on a successful “fast track” schedule, Panzica completed CASB’s conversion from a former credit card statement processing facility into a 110,000 sq. ft. 7-12 charter school and adult vocational center. Notable innovations in this adaptive re-use included great flexibility in arrangement and finish of educational spaces to facilitate a project-based curriculum, abundant day lighting, extensive use of sustainable and recycled materials, and the successful integration of “bonus” spaces into the building program such as a 75-seat presentation auditorium and a regulation-size gymnasium. All work was preformed with prevailing wage labor yet completed at a fraction of the cost of typical public school facilities.

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