Pleasant Valley High School Yale Building CHPS Certification

On Wednesday, October 19th the Chico Unified School District Board (CUSD) witnessed the CUSD Facilities and Construction department  present the Pleasant Valley High School Yale Building project team with a plaque in honor of the completion of the Collaborative High Performance Schools (CHPS) certification for the building. NMR and 3QC are committed to designing outstanding, energy efficient learning environments. To learn more about CHPS visit,

Virtual Reality: Visualizing Architectural Design

NMR is pleased to introduce our new visualization studio! Led by Principal David Rogers the new studio will focus on procuring and utilizing cutting edge software and technology to aid the firm in continuing to create an outstanding design experience for our clients.  According to Principal, David Rogers architecture firms have always used some form of renderings to illustrate their designs, but not all firms have the in-house capability to produce the renderings themselves. Rogers states, “Lots of firms have…
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An NMR Christmas Carol

‘Twas twenty-one days before Christmas, when all through the firm not a professional was stirring, not even a squirm. The computers were closed on the desks with care, in hopes that yuletide merriment soon would be there. The architects were dressed in their threads, while visions of beef tenderloin, salmon and pasta danced in their heads. And engineers in their garb, and Principals in array, had just settled their brains for the NMR winter soiree. This year, NMR celebrated the…
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NMR Sponsors High School Robotics Team

On Saturday, December 10th four Shasta High School VEX Robotics teams competed against 38 other Bay Area teams at the VEX robotics competition at Vanden High School in Fairfield, CA. The Shasta High team took 2nd place out of forty-two teams! Three of the four Shasta High teams placed in the top eight, and one of the teams won the “Innovate Award” for the most innovative robot design. For years the Shasta High School VEX Robotics Club, under the leadership of…
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Engaging Strategies for School Design

American School and University Magazine’s “Engaging Strategies for School Design” article is an excellent summary of what NMR likes to call client focused design. The article encourages districts and architects to evaluate past, current and future district trends in addition to district identity and culture to create tailored yet flexible learning environments. Read the full article here. To enjoy more articles from American School and University Magazine visit, 

VA Chico Groundbreaking

On Thursday, June 29th NMR Architects Principal Architects Les Melburg, Michael O’Connor, David Rogers and Steve Gonsalves joined the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and The Hamstra Group in celebrating the groundbreaking for VA Chico Community Based Outpatient Clinic. NMR Architects teamed with The Hamstra Group and competed successfully against numerous, prominent development teams to win the coveted commission for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ new 52,951 square foot VA Chico Clinic. The VA Chico Outpatient Clinic is projected for…
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NMR at Ignite Career Fair

On Friday, October 20th NMR Redding engineering and architectural staff participated in Shasta County Office of Education’s annual Ignite STEM Career Fair. 1,000 freshman high school students from various North State counties gathered at Shasta County Fair Grounds to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields. NMR Redding Associate Principal Engineer John Corless, Engineer Sean Ewing, Engineer Lorena Gills and Architectural Graduate Intern Marissa Olsen shared about architectural and engineering careers. Many thanks to the Shasta County…
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Tehama County Health Services Agency Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, August 22nd, NMR Project Representatives Dean Furio and Casey Hume along with the Tehama County Health Services Agency celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Tehama County Health Services Agency building. The building was originally a County Hospital constructed in the 1930’s through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Public Works Administration (PWA), and was last used as a skilled nursing facility in the 1990’s. The newly remodeled Outpatient Clinic, designed by NMR and constructed by Robert…
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VA Monterey Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Thursday, August 3rd NMR Principal Architects Les Melburg, Michael O’Connor and Steve Gonsalves along with Architects Bruce DeMallie, Hayley Andersen and Interior Designer Tamara Sunderman joined the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Former Congressman Sam Farr, the Gourley Family, The Hamstra Group, Otto Construction and other congressional representatives in celebrating the grand opening of the Major General William Gourley VA/DA Health Care Center in Marina, CA.          

Engineering in the Classroom

On Wednesday, October 4th Associate Principal Engineer John Corless visited Mrs. Salazar’s kindergarten classroom at Turtle Bay School to talk about engineering. Mrs. Salazar contacted NMR Architects + Engineers through Reach Higher Shasta. Reach Higher Shasta connects caring adults and generous business partners who serve as mentors, guides and coaches for elementary, middle, high school and college students. NMR is a proud business partner of Reach Higher Shasta. To become a business partner or learn more about Reach Higher Shasta…
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“Battle of the North” VEX Robotics Competition 2017

On Saturday, November 11th, NMR Associate Principal Architect Wesley King and Project Architect Mel Freilich volunteered as judges for Shasta High School  and Shasta College sponsored 2nd annual “Battle of the North” VEX Robotics Competition. The competition drew was  teams as far south as the Bay Area, west to Ukiah and as far north as Fall River Mills. The tournament is the only California VEX Robotics competition north of San Francisco. Congratulations to Tournament Champions, Shasta High School team 9328z….
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Halloween 2017

NMR’s Halloween 2017 was definitely a treat! The NMR Redding, Chico and Santa Rosa offices celebrated Halloween with delicious potluck eats and a company-wide costume contest. This year, NMR also invited staff children to the office for desk-side trick or treating. See NMR employee and guest trick or treater costumes below.                                             

NMR Designed Chico Apartments House Mentally Ill Homeless

On Wednesday, May 24th NMR Chico Architect Kurt Jorgensen attended the grand opening of Butte County’s Valley View Apartments. Located on Silver Dollar Way in Chico, CA the apartments were developed to house homeless individuals who need mental health treatment. Community organizations collaborated to gather funding for the small village. Community contributors include Butte County Behavioral Health, North Valley Catholic Social Services, City of Chico, North Valley Housing Trust, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Rabobank, Palm Communities and funding from…
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NMR Awarded 2017 Circle of Excellence

Each year, PSMJ highlights A/E industry firms that have successfully managed and demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth and turn over. PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence represents the top 20 percent of participants in PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey. In 2017, NMR was selected along with seventy-two other exceptional architecture and engineering firms nationwide. “The Circle of Excellence is consistently made up of a diverse set of firms…
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NMR Wins Best of the North State 2017

  NMR would like to express our sincerest thanks to our clients, consultants and community for your overwhelming support for NMR. Thanks to your backing and loyalty, NMR has been named Best Architect of the North State 2017! We look forward to continuing to serve the community for many years to come.R     

NMR’s Block City

On Saturday, February 17th NMR Architect Mel Freilich helped future architects and engineers design and build their very own “Block City” at Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum’s Science Saturday. Children ages 3-9 were invited to design and build their own buildings with windows, doors and trees, and add their building to our mini-city.                      

NMR Joins Shasta Bike Month

May is Bike Month in Shasta County! And NMR staff, family and friends joined the local fun by biking with Team NMR. Together the team came in 11th place, and logged over 3,900 miles in 31 days. NMR Team participants included Daryn, Alysa, Nate, Ian, Kyle, Richard, Andres, Robert, Joe, Kalvin, Melissa L. and Deven and their family and friends. Congratulations to Nate on his Top 20 Encourager award, and to Kyle and Shelli on their Top 50 Riders award. Special thanks…
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NMR Supports Cancer Patients and Families

On Saturday, February 24th Associate Architect Daryn Howland and his wife attended the Havanna Nights themed 32nd annual North State Cancer League Gala. Many thanks to North State Cancer League for their dedication to children, adults and families in the Redding community who are battling cancer. NMR is proud to sponsor their efforts of support, education and prevention. Learn more about North State Cancer League by visiting 

VA Monterey Outpatient Clinic Featured in CMU Profiles in Architecture

NMR’s design for DoD, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Palo Alto Health System’s  Major General William H. Gourley Outpatient Clinic in Marina, CA was featured in the April 2018 Edition of Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada’s CMU Profiles in Architecture.  The 3 story, 150,000 S.F. Outpatient Clinic is the first of its kind in the nation and serves approximately 80,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Read the full story here,  

NMR Introduces Kindergarteners to Architecture

On Friday, May 11th Architects Mel Freilich and Page Ledbetter introduced kindergarten students to architecture at College Options’ annual Kinder-College event. Freilich and Ledbetter explained architecture by describing how to design a tree house. Students received a tree house coloring book page to take home and color (“design”) the interior of their tree house.

NMR Designs Memorial for Champion of Chico

On Wednesday, March 28th the City of Chico held a dedication for the Fred Davis Municipal Center archway in downtown Chico in honor of former City Manager and  champion of Chico, Fred Davis. Chico Rotary initiated and sponsored the project in honor of Davis’ passing last year. NMR Principal Steve Gonsalves was proud to participate in honoring Davis by designing the arches on both sides of the plaza. It stands opposite the “Our Hands” sculpture on Fifth Street and commemorates…
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Wheatland Snack Bar Grand Opening

On Friday, October 20th Wheatland Union High School District kicked off their football game with the grand opening of Wheatland High School stadium’s brand new concessions/snack bar and restroom building. In addition to the concession stand and restrooms the project also included a new scoreboard. NMR Architects + Engineers is happy to serve our clients on projects large and small.

NMR Presents at Upward Bound

On Wednesday, June 13th NMR Architect Mel Freilich and Project Technician Marissa Olsen spoke to Upward Bound Summer Program high school students about how their college education prepared them for a career in the field of architecture. This summer Simpson University oversaw teams that help high school students prepare for post-secondary education and their potential career. Upward Bound teams from Siskiyou and Shasta County partnered with a team from U.C. Davis to create a one week college experience boot camp experience to…
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