TLCD Architecture is very proud to be voted one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay Business Journal’s 6th annual survey! “This is an honor that is truly meaningful, and we thank each of our employees who participated in the survey… they all help to make this a best place to work”, said Don Tomasi, Senior Principal at TLCD Architecture.
Recognized in the 20-60 employee category, TLCD Architecture places a priority on developing it’s employees through licensure, professional development activities, seminars and ongoing training. In the spirit of “serious fun”, TLCD also has a long standing Wine Wednesday tradition, a workplace wellness program and a deep commitment to community involvement.
Earth Week at TLCD Architecture
Thanks to everyone who participated in TLCD’s first annual Earth Week celebration. Just to recap… we started with a week-long challenge to walk or ride your bike to work, take the stairs and generally get up and moving. Tuesday Bridgett demonstrated how to make earth friendly cleaning and personal care products at a great Lunch-n-Learn. Wednesday was a full day with a crew working on our green roof deck to refurbish our old redwood furniture and clean up the planters. Wednesday evening our Wine Wednesday topic was CSA baskets (Community Supported Agriculture) and the staff enjoyed delicious organic fruits and nuts. Dayna lead a team of picker-uppers to walk the Santa Rosa Creek and collect trash on Thursday. On Friday or “Earth Day” we raffled-off prizes to those who took up the walk, run, exercise challenge and ended the week with a hike in Annadel State Park… which was in full glory with wildflowers.
Many thanks to the Partners for letting us plan an entire week of activities and to all of you who worked so hard to make this happen!
At Wine Wednesday last night, the office sampled a delicious box of organic fruit from a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) company. The idea of the Wine Wednesday was to inform everyone of the advantages of buying organic produce while supporting local farmers. Benefits include; eating ultra-fresh food with all the flavor and vitamin benefits, getting exposed to new vegetables you may have never tried and by getting your family members involved in the healthy eating as well.
Below is a list of the top 10 foods to eat organically.
- Bell Peppers
- Mexican Cantaloupe
- Green Beans
In celebration of Earth Day, the TLCD office has planned a week filled with educational demonstrations, office challenges, and activities focused on environmental awareness.
Today’s activities focused on making our own homemade cleaning materials and body care products from environmentally safe, non-toxic ingredients commonly found in our homes. We made everything from Chamomile Lavender Shampoo and Olive Oil Wood Cleaner, to Natural Bug Repellent and Vinegar and Baking Soda Surface Cleaner. It was great to see so many of our TLCD participants mixing and matching different essential oils for their custom scented cleaners. I was amazed by how many ways vinegar, lemon, and baking soda can be used for cleaning clothes, furniture, and surfaces!
The Coddingtown Whole Foods Market also provided a fun demonstration bag of eco friendly products and great literature on how to look for organic and eco friendly body care products. All in all it was a very fun and informative session!
Stay tuned for days two recap of TLCD’s Earth Week Activities!
In a less traditional approach to St. Patrick’s Day, TLCD staff prepared colorful and healthy foods in a rainbow of colors. Green food items were actually “greens” from the earth and there was a delicious array of flavors and textures. From hand-dipped strawberries, homemade angel food cake and blueberry/pear tarts the desserts were even better!
Thanks to all our TLCD “foodies” who brought dishes in for today and have a happy and safe St. Patrick’s Day.
Last Friday a group of TLCD folk and family tested their bowling skills during a friendly but spirited tournament. Jay Jensen (Scott’s Dad) impressed us all as he walked away with the award for High Game (169) and High Individual Average. Carl Servais captured the highly-coveted Most Strikes award.
Dayna goes for one of her many spares
Other awards (and braggin’ rights) included:
Best Team Name: The Bowlinators
Most Likely to go Pro: Max Psadelakis (Nanette’s son)
Best Bowling Form: Alyssa Moore (Josh’s daughter)
Best Bowling Outfit: Scott Jensen (gotta love them shorts)
Most Creative Ball Toss: Kevin Teel (complete with face plant)
High Team Score: The Flintstones (Yabba Dabba Doooo!)
High Team Average: The Flintstones (Wilmaaaaaaaa)
It was a great change of pace from our work environment and big fun to hang out with family members we don’t get to see real often. Aside from a few sore thumbs and weekender aches, the group got through the workout to make it to the pizza round across the street at Mary’s Pizza Shack.
George Psadelakis (Nanette's hubby) shows the pro form
Serious team strategy sessions
Todays creek clean-up results
Today several staff members joined together to give our backyard creek area a little extra clean-up. With all the recent rains, and heavy foot traffic use of the Prince Memorial Greenway, excess trash had built up along the pathways, planters, and creek. A call went out to the TLCD staff asking anyone who was interested in lending a hand, and spend their lunch hour, to pick up this excess trash.
Since so many of us walk the creek during our lunch hour, the outpouring of volunteers was inspiring. Craig Gaevert was kind enough to loan several pairs of Grabbers and trash bags, so we didn’t have to crawl around on our hands and knees.
As we all moved along the pathway, picking up cigarette butts, paper, bottles, cans, and enough clothing to cover one human being, many folks walking and riding by gave us a hearty, “Thank You”, thumbs up and smiles. It felt great to be giving something back to the community, knowing our work was appreciated and enjoyed by all.
General consensus, among those who participated, felt it was well worth their lunch hour to participate in something so positive and beneficial to the community. It was decided this is something we should do on a regular basis. And we will.
TLCD’s Fit Force is featured in an article on Workplace Wellness Programs in this week’s North Bay Business Journal. Companies of all sizes are embracing programs like these and TLCD Architecture continues to think of innovative ways to integrate healthy habits into the workplace.
The photos below are from last winter’s “Super Healthy Bowl” cook-off where staff made healthy versions of their favorite soup, stew or chili recipe.
TLCD’s second annual 1/2 Ton Food Drive Challenge ended on a high note last week when we reached 1075.5 pounds of food for the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Many thanks go out to our wonderful staff who not only contributed to the food drive in a big way, but also gave generously to needy families through the Volunteer Center’s Giving Tree. Thank you for making this holiday season better for families in need.
The TLCD “Half Ton Food Challenge” had a huge boost today when Kristen and Erica Gentry of GCCI General Contractors donated 330 pounds of food! Tami Hebein, who previously worked for GCCI, sent a call to action to many of her friends and family to help us reach our goal of 1,000 pounds of food by January 5th. Not only did GCCI deliver in a big way with their food donation – they are cheering TLCD on in our pledge to match $1 for every pound of food donated.
Thank you to the team at GCCI for their generous spirit of giving. Let’s keep the momentum going and meet that 1,000 pound challenge!
TLCD Food Drive Poster