What We’re Doing
July 8, 2020
In this new What We’re Doing series, we’ll check in with our team since we last met them in the Meet the Team series and take a look at what they are working on, eating, reading, watching, listening, and even thinking about. We hope you enjoy a little look into our CDFL world! This week we are checking in with landscape architect, Clark Wells!
10 Things I’ve Learned
June 24, 2020
In this installment of “10 Things I’ve Learned,” we’re going to hear from David Luter about what he’s learned as a mechanical engineer. Take it away, David!
It’s impossible to recount everything I’ve learned in my eight short years at CDFL. While my schooling prepared me well with general engineering principals and concepts, there’s simply no way for a four year degree to fully cover the breadth and depth of the mechanical engineering world. Eight years ago, both my technical and non-technical knowledge was severely lacking (to put it mildly) and I’m sure eight years from now I’ll say the same thing about myself now. If there’s one over-arching principle that I’ve learned, it’s that you never stop learning. At CDFL, I’ve been blessed with exceptional colleagues who are willing to share wisdom and gracious with their knowledge. I owe the vast majority of my professional development to them. Below are a few things that I’ve learned.
1. Everyone deserves your respect – give it to them. Our profession involves interaction with a wide array of people. Resist the temptation to evaluate a person’s worth based on their professional status, economic standing, and usefulness to you.
2. Listen to others and consider their input. One of the beautiful things about humanity is the uniqueness of each individual. A different point of view or a fresh perspective can be incredibly helpful in solving a problem.
3. On a similar note, give input and be confident in yourself. Particularly early on your career, you’ll be in situations where you feel inadequate or afraid that you’ll be exposed for the fraud that you feel like. Fight those feelings and know your input is valuable. However, be sure to hold this principle in balance with the one above. Be confident, but not arrogant. Be secure in yourself, but not proud.
4. There is value in youth and inexperience. We tend to look at new hires and young employees as a burden for some period of time until they’ve been adequately trained. While there’s certainly truth to that, young employees can still make valuable contributions. Their grasp of technology and fresh perspective can open doors to better and more efficient ways of accomplishing daily tasks. Allow and encourage them to think innovatively.
5. Our world is ever-evolving. Be flexible and willing to learn. “I’ve done it this way for 20 years” is not a valid excuse to avoid change.
6. Always be looking for ways to improve yourself and your process. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Hone your strengths and improve your weaknesses.
7. Adding to the previous point – Do things that are out of your comfort zone and do them often. This is the absolute best way to improve your weaknesses.
8. You will be wrong often.
9. Own your mistakes – people can see through your blame-shifting and it’s not a good look
10. Learn from your mistakes – mistakes can’t become lessons-learned unless you actually learn from them. Take time to evaluate where and why things went wrong and work to avoid them in the future.
Meet the Team: Intern Addition
June 15, 2020
This summer we’re proud to have Tyler Kersh working with our architectural team! Tyler is from Flowood, MS, and attends Louisiana Tech University where he will be a senior this fall.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Flowood, MS and attended Northwest Rankin High School. I played baseball all through high school, and I was blessed to have the opportunity to play at Louisiana Tech University for two years. I am entering my final year in the undergraduate program for Architectural Studies.
What are you doing at CDFL this summer?
I have been given the great opportunity to be a summer intern here at CDFL. This gives me a chance to experience, first hand, what it is like to work within a firm. School is great and can be very helpful, but it is just as important for me to have real-life experiences to be better prepared to graduate and begin working. I am really appreciative to everyone for helping me feel welcomed so far.
Where are you going after you finish your internship?
I will be returning to Louisiana Tech to complete my final year of my undergraduate degree program. I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in Architecture afterwards. As far as plans for after college, I am not fully sure where or what I’d like to do, but I want to be able to help create more.
What have you learned so far working at CDFL?
I am learning a lot about Revit. We have not been exposed to using Revit daily in school like I have been here at CDFL. Everyone has been great in helping me understand the program. I have been through many different training/tutorial sessions that have given me a larger and deeper understanding of what exactly Revit is.
What’s your favorite TV show?
So most of the time when it comes to TV, I’m out of the loop on what is going on. What I do watch mostly, though, is sports documentaries. I have always enjoyed sports history, and I really enjoy watching or listening to people document such great feats in history. If I was just given one rainy afternoon with nothing to do, I would just sit on the couch and watch those ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries the whole time.
What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
Being a former athlete, I try to stay active as much as possible, whether it be playing some sort of sport or just enjoying nature. Over the past two years, I have begun spending more time attempting to play disc golf, and I hope to create a club for it when returning to school in the fall.
What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
I think the people and the environment at CDFL have been the part that sticks out the most, so far. When I have a question or struggle, everyone has been very positive and supportive; I can tell that the knowledge and experience that I will gain this summer will be a fantastic complement to my existing skills.
Creating a Safer Work Environment
June 9, 2020
Helping companies create safer work environments for their employees is important to us. In this new video, our team discusses changes you can make today that will help create safer places to work. Our team of architects, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, and interior designers is ready to help you rethink all areas of your office space. If you would like to discuss changes to your office, please contact our COVID response team leader Rob Farr at [email protected].
Interior Design Round-Up
May 19, 2020
In today’s post, Interior Designer Katie Jo Chane tells us about her current favorite interior design trends! Take it away, Katie Jo!
There’s always a lot happening in the interior’s world and things change all the time. When I’m designing a space, I like to layer trends with classic elements and show clients how to incorporate trends without going overboard. Some of my favorite things right now are natural finishes and vinyl wood floors. I’m seeing a move from darker tones to lighter tones in a lot of finishes from millwork to flooring. I think there’s still a place for darker finishes but I’m loving the use of the lighter tones we’re seeing. It’s fun working with our clients and incorporating new ideas into their spaces. I’ve rounded up a few of my other favorite interior design trends below!
What We’ve Been Doing
May 4, 2020
In this new What We’re Doing series, we’ll check in with our team since we last met them in the Meet the Team series and take a look at what they are working on, eating, reading, watching, listening, and even thinking about. We hope you enjoy a little look into our CDFL world! This week we are checking in with construction administrator, Rob Harrell!
10 Things I’ve Learned
April 15, 2020
In this installment of “10 Things I’ve Learned”, we’re going to hear from Hannah Wilson about what she’s learned as an interior designer. Take it away, Hannah!
1. I’ve learned a lot about the entire process that it takes to create a complete project – client meetings, schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding, construction administration. etc
2. I’ve learned what VE (valued engineered) means.
3. I’ve learned what it means to work on a large team (The Power of Plus).
4. I’ve learned a lot about the production process of materials and products such as carpet tile, vct, porcelain tile, lvt, furniture, etc.
5. I’ve learned how to coordinate large furniture installs with multiple products and pieces and how the initial bid process for furniture works.
6. I’ve learned a lot about mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (still learning).
7. I’ve learned new tips and tricks that help me work faster in Revit.
8. I’ve learned how to draw millwork details.
9. I’ve learned the correct sheet order for a construction document set.
10. I’ve learned that listening to the client is key!
Working From Home
March 31, 2020
As most of the CDFL office has transitioned to working from home, we thought we’d check out our new home offices. We definitely have more animal visitors in our new home offices, but we’re making it work to keep projects moving along and assisting our clients!
What We’re Doing
March 30, 2020
In this new What We’re Doing series, we’ll check in with our team since we last met them in the Meet the Team series and take a look at what they are working on, eating, reading, watching, listening, and even thinking about. We hope you enjoy a little look into our CDFL world! This week we are checking in with electrical designer, Paul Eason!
10 Things I’ve Learned
March 17, 2020
We are all in the process of learning about new things right now so we are taking this opportunity to tell you about some of the things we’ve been learning. In this “10 Things I’ve Learned” series, we will hear from different CDFL employees about things they have learned. Today Joshua Johnson is telling us about 10 things he’s learned as an intern architect.
1. I’ve learned that all projects are important, and it’s important to be able to determine which project needs more attention than others to meet deadlines on time.
2. I’ve learned to create a mindset for growth. Always listening and continuing to learn from my peers and not afraid to ask questions.
3. I’ve learned how to make quick educated decisions on projects when it counts.
4. I’ve learned the difference between what can be built vs conceptual ideas that may pose a good idea in theory but not buildable in the real world.
5. I’ve learned how to successfully model a structural building in Revit, but being able to use that model to produce details, renderings, and buildable documents from that model is key.
6. I’ve learned how to have a clear workflow in Revit in order to stay organized when working on projects.
7. I’ve learned how to use Revit shortcut keys in order to produce work faster.
8. I’ve learned more architectural terminology that I continue to use to build my vocabulary.
9. I’ve not only learned how to properly draw details in Revit but also understand why certain details are designed and built-in that particular fashion.
10. I’ve learned many things from my peers: information, skills, and the list goes on, but one thing I learned the most is how to continue to be a better professional by carrying myself professionally.
March 3, 2020
Mississippi College Alumni Hall
Construction is well underway at Mississippi College’s Alumni Hall. The framing for ceilings and plumbing rough-ins are currently happening with plumbing rough-ins for Einstein Bagles coming up next. The renovated space will be home to a new Chick-fil-A and Einstein Bagles along with an expanded student commons.
Delta State University Sillers Coliseum Renovation
The renovations to Sillers Coliseum are also underway. This project includes the reroofing of the coliseum, including the lower roofs and the entirety of the cupola at the top of the dome. The project also consists of replacing mechanical equipment that serves the coliseum and the dormitory next door. This is one of the first steps in a larger master plan to revitalize and update the Delta State Coliseum.
Henry S. Jacobs Camp
NEW project alert!! We’re excited to start work with Jacobs camp in Utica, MS. We are onsite last week getting the lay of the land and checking out their facilities. Stayed tuned. More to come!
Children’s of Mississippi
The Batson Children’s Hospital Expansion is approximately 70% complete and closing in on its late July completion! Outside the brick and metal panels are being installed and inside millwork and finishes are being installed on the lower floors.
What We’re Doing
February 19, 2020
In this new What We’re Doing series, we’ll check in with our team since we last met them in the Meet the Team series and take a look at what they are working on, eating, reading, watching, listening, and even thinking about. We hope you enjoy a little look into our CDFL world! This week we are checking in with newly licensed architect, Samantha Vance!