Over time CATHEXES as a firm, and as individuals, has initiated, facilitated, and/or collaborated in endeavors that set the standard for excellence in the region.  BRDI, REA250, and NVA250 are non-profit groups that are forward-thinking and engaging.

250 Bell Street

Owned and operated by Don and Susan Clark, the 250 Bell Street facility acted as a hub of diverse, talented companies.  250 Bell Street was grounded in a commitment to community and acted as a proponent of the strength and resources of Nevadan enterprise.

In addition, it provided a place to launch several enterprises in Northern Nevada.  These include:


Founders: Architects Don Clark, Brad Van Woert, and Jack Hawkins

The Black Rock Design Institute (BRDI) is a 501c3 non-profit whose goal is to bring design to the forefront and is dedicated to improving our urban environment in the Northern Nevada region.  The BRDI has been fortunate to have partnered with the Nevada Museum of Art in MidTown Reno, which is the venue for BRDI events and lectures.  The BRDI has been able to educate about and instill the importance of good design in all aspects of our community.  The lecture programs have included architects, landscape architects, interior designers, visionaries, and artists as guest speakers.

As of 2014, there have been design bus tours of the local area and a curated program called “Un-built Reno”, an exhibit displaying past architectural designs and projects that were never constructed.  They have also worked with the Nevada Rural Housing Authority to provide modular, sustainable housing for teachers in Gerlach, Nevada.