Project Update: Thalia Mara Hall
June 19, 2018
We are excited that the USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) has made its way back to Jackson for the two-week dance competition bringing dancers from all over the world to our city. The IBC takes place at Thalia Mara Hall, the city’s municipal auditorium. CDFL, along with Friends of Thalia Mara Hall, Downtown Jackson Partners, and Copeland & Johns, Inc. General Contractors worked steadily to get the Hall ready for this year’s competition.
CDFL created the master plan and led the charge managing vendors and city employees to prepare the Hall for the USA IBC. Repairs, upgrades, and cleaning were completed under CDFL’s direction and made possible by remaining funds from Friends of Thalia Mara Hall, led by past IBC Chairman Haley Fisackerly.
Copeland & Johns stepped in and committed their time to perform the work needed. “We are extremely grateful for the time and energy the Copeland & Johns team put in to this project. They saw a need and went above and beyond to meet the city’s need,” CDFL President and Friends of Thalia Mara Hall board member Rob Farr said.
John Gomez of Downtown Jackson Partners has guided and supported the IBC for the past four years in all of the downtown endeavors and you will see the visible signs of his efforts as you drive through downtown, walk the International Village, and visit the public spaces. He has also performed a myriad of other duties that have been critical but not as visible.
“This was truly a team effort,” stated Rob Farr. “I am very proud of all the work each party put into making the Hall ready for the USA IBC. The city is honored to host an event like this and I’m pleased that we can provide such a spectacular site.”
Dancer 10 sculpture that traveled from the Bologna Center at Delta State University. Designed by New York sculptor Jack Howard-Potter who is active in the New York City dance community. Copeland & Johns engineered and built a temporary base to anchor the sculpture. The result is a movable 2300 pound base.
Project Update: Raytheon
June 4, 2018
We are excited to announce our involvement in the latest development at Raytheon’s Consolidated Manufacturing Center located east of Forest, Mississippi. With a footprint of approximately 50,000 square feet, the building will contain administrative space as well as a fifty-foot tall high bay production and test facility. The high bay facility will host manufacturing, integration, and testing of the US Navy’s next-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar program. Construction of the new facility will begin in August, with its completion expected by the first quarter of 2020.
We are exceptionally proud of our design team for the work they’ve accomplished and look forward to the construction of another successful project!
David Burnet (CDFL Project Manager) with Governor Bryant, Wes Kremer (President of Raytheon IDS),
and Neal Minich (Operations Manager at Forest) at the press conference.
For more on this exciting project, check out this in-depth feature from WJTV12.
CDFL Takes 2nd Place in City of Jackson Signage Competition
May 31, 2018
At a City Hall press conference on Tuesday, the Office of Planning and Design announced the winners of a competition to provide signage for use throughout the City of Jackson. On hand to congratulate the winners were Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Planning Director Dr. Mukesh Kumar, and representatives from the three donor partners: Downtown Jackson Partners, Greater Jackson Arts Council, and Visit Jackson. CDFL was proudly represented by Chris Myers. Congratulations to the first prize winner, Samantha Okolita; we can’t wait to see your design in action!
Meet the Team: Hannah Wilson
May 21, 2018
Each week we’ll be introducing one of our new CDFL employees, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are proud to introduce interior designer Hannah Wilson.
What do you do at CDFL?
I am CDFL’s newest interior designer!
How long have you worked in the industry?
I’ve worked in the industry for one year, going on two. I graduated from Mississippi College in 2016.
What exciting thing are you working on right now?
Well, all the projects are somewhat exciting to me! This is my first experience with commercial design, and the wide range of projects we have the opportunity to work on is pretty cool. My favorite thus far has to be The Hotel Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana. I love the aesthetic and vibe of the location and the building! I can’t wait to see the finished product.
What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
Babalu! $2 tacos on Tuesday and guac? Need I say more?!
What’s your favorite TV show?
It’s currently Gilmore Girls, but my favorite is always changing. My staple shows, though, are New Girl, The Office, and Parks & Rec!
Project Update: Word of Life Church
May 17, 2018
We’re just a few months out from the grand opening of the Word of Life Church expansion and renovation! Here’s a peek into what’s going on in Flowood:
– Seating will be installed in the coming weeks
– Sanctuary lights and speakers are being installed
– Casework is being installed in the cafe and church offices in the coming week
– The majority of the building’s exterior is complete
Project Update: Oxford-University Stadium
May 9, 2018
Here’s a sneak peek at the new addition and renovations to Oxford-University Stadium, home of the Ole Miss baseball team. We’re thrilled to share some highlights of these new player-focused spaces!
The player enters through a massive corridor with natural light that extends to the Dugout Club located to the left.
The new player locker room is double the size of the original 1989 locker room.
Next to the locker room is the new treatment room. It triples the size of the original treatment space, and includes a separate treatment pool room with hot and cold tubs and a private office for the head trainer.
The second floor houses the player lounge, a new space for the baseball program. The player lounge will have multiple televisions and lounge furniture. Glass walls connect this space to the new weight room as well as another new feature for the program: a nutrition center.
Adjacent to the player’s lounge and nutrition center is the new weight room. The space overlooks Swayze Field and Bailey’s Woods.
Athletes utilizing the new weight room’s cardio equipment will enjoy this view.
Project Update: Oxford-University United Methodist Church
May 3, 2018
As the OUUMC expansion and renovation reaches its final stages, here are a few photos highlighting the church’s new spaces.
The first and second floor connector corridors feature views of the courtyard playground.
Circulation between all of the buildings crosses this giant atrium with abundant natural light.
Located directly off the central atrium, The Journey is a new contemporary worship space with state of the art audio-visual capabilities.
The second floor of the new office/education wing can be accessed via the top level of the new parking garage.
Hope Lodge Topping Out Ceremony
May 2, 2018
There are several major milestone events surrounding the excitement of new construction; people love to a attend a ribbon-cutting or a groundbreaking. The least high profile of this, speaking only in terms of notoriety, is the topping-out ceremony.
The topping-out ceremony occurs when the final steel beam is hoisted into place, high above where the more commonly known milestone events take place. The ceremony has its roots in Scandinavia, but has turned into an opportunity to celebrate progress on new construction projects around the world.
Recently, this significant moment was celebrated at the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Hope Lodge in Jackson. We were there to chronicle this exciting moment, and are thrilled to see this project continue to take shape in the coming months.
Celebrating Ann Somers
March 29, 2018
It’s a bittersweet day here at CDFL, as we bid adieu to Principal Ann Somers as she transitions into a new chapter of her life. Ann has been a fixture at CDFL for nearly three decades, beginning her career here in 1989. Her professional history is remarkable, having worked on a multitude of projects in a multitude of settings. Ann’s attention to detail is second to none, and her kindness, warmth, and positivity make her a client favorite. She is creative and thoughtful, and her designs are a direct reflection of how well she listens to her clients’ goals for their space.
Beyond the walls of CDFL her contributions to the architecture world and the community of which she is a part are immeasurable. She was the 2003 Mississippi State University School of Architecture Alumna of the year, the 2004 Mississippi AIA President, and 2008-2009 President of the North Jackson Rotary. Ann is also involved in the Sierra Club’s Mississippi Chapter and the National Audubon Society, and, closer to home, is a alumna of Leadership Jackson and a major supporter of CARA.
“The special gifts that Ann provides will make our world a better place to live. She’s already made CDFL a better place to work, and I know her drive to serve the community will continue to make a difference,” said Rob Farr, CDFL President. “Her commitment to excellence has always provided the highest quality design for her clients, and she’s so skilled in finding the elements that define a project and excite the spirit. To say she and her smile will be missed is quite the understatement.”
Ann, we are so grateful for your commitment to CDFL and your dedication to the community. We are all better for having worked alongside you, and can’t wait to see what you do next. We know whatever it is, it’ll be spectacular.
Campus Utility Modeling System
March 1, 2018
CDFL’s engineering team has long helped many of our clients navigate the challenges that come with maintaining healthy utility systems. With large campus environments constantly growing and evolving, impacts to campus utility systems become inevitable. To combat the issues that arise as buildings are added, renovated, and expanded, CDFL engineers have developed a digital model to help our clients’ facilities and engineering personnel effectively and proactively manage their campus utilities and plan for the future.
Based on real time analysis, the comprehensive campus model provides decision makers with reliable data on potential impacts to multiple utility systems. This data allows our clients to make informed decisions about campus growth and instills confidence that new buildings, as well as existing buildings, will operate as expected at the completion of construction.
The Campus Utility Modeling System helps our clients plan for the imminent, the eventual, and everything in between. For more information on how we can help your team plan for the future, contact David Luter, PE.
Engineer Ben Fulton, PE, Becomes Principal
February 20, 2018
CDFL is thrilled to announce that mechanical engineer Ben Fulton, PE, has been promoted to Principal. Ben brings 15 years of experience to CDFL’s growing engineering group. As the head of the mechanical engineering division, Ben is responsible for the oversight of all fire protection, plumbing, and HVAC design. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Ben has experience with building automation, energy efficiency, and sustainable design.
“Ben’s experience and leadership has been invaluable to the continued success of our engineering team. To seem him take on a larger leadership role within the greater company is incredibly exciting,” said CDFL President Rob Farr. “We are grateful for his commitment to CDFL and look forward to watching him grow in this new position.”
Ben credits his fellow engineers for his success. “The engineering department would not be where it is without my colleagues.”
He continued, “As the mechanical engineering department moves forward, we see ourselves continuing to push the boundaries of building energy requirements and continuing to provide our clients with affordable building design.”
Congratulations to Ben and good luck in your new role!
St. Andrew’s ARC Hosts 11th Annual Rumble in the South
January 17, 2018
Earlier this week, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s new Athletics Recreation Center (“the ARC”) hosted the 11th Annual Rumble in the South, a showcase featuring some of Mississippi’s top basketball talent. The 65,000 sf facility was packed for the Canton – Olive Branch game when we stopped by to see it in action. Take a look!
With the gym standing room only, fans, visitors, and waiting teams utilized the numerous television screens located throughout the facility to watch the game between the number two and number three teams in the state.
For more on the ARC, check out this in-depth feature from the Clarion Ledger.
Fourth Annual Holiday Trivia Extravaganza
December 14, 2017
It’s here! It’s here! The moment we know you’ve all been waiting for: our Annual CDFL Holiday Trivia Extravaganza. We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a glimpse at some of our team’s funny family photos and felt free to laugh ̶a̶t̶ with us in our vintage holiday garb. Thanks for reading, and have a very Merry Christmas, y’all!