St. Andrew’s ARC Hosts 11th Annual Rumble in the South

January 17, 2018

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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!

 

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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.

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Fourth Annual Holiday Trivia Extravaganza

December 14, 2017

The CDFL Holiday Q-and-A 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!

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A Fun, Old-Fashioned Family Christmas!

December 13, 2017

It’s CDFL like you’ve never seen us before: presenting our fun, old-fashioned family Christmas card collection. We hope you enjoy this trip down our fictional memory lane!

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A Very Merry #TBT

December 12, 2017

A Very Merry #TBT Christmas 2017

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St. Catherine’s Village Progress Update

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A look at the progress at St. Catherine’s Village as work continues on the Skill Nursing Facility expansion.

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Project Update: Word of Life Church Expansion

November 9, 2017

Project Update

Flowood’s Word of Life Church is in the process of expanding their facility, and we’re thrilled to be helping them enhance their congregants’ experience and accomplish their programmatic goals. Here’s a peek at where things stand:

– Construction is well underway
– Steel has been erected and building will be closed in soon
– The sanctuary’s balcony concrete has been poured
– Exterior cladding is currently being installed
– Interior spaces are being defined as metal stud walls are being erected

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Design Inspiration: Samantha King

September 11, 2017

I have a few specific projects to which I always seem to return, and with those projects I try to get in a mindset similar to that of the architect responsible for those designs. I do occasionally deviate to other projects of theirs, but I find these three to be most influential.

The Pierre | Tom Kundig
“I learn more from creative people in other disciplines than I do even from other architects because I think they have a way of looking at the world that is really important.”

Salk Institute | Louis Khan
“It is the role of design to adjust to the circumstantial.”

Brion Cemetery | Carlo Scarpa
“If the architecture is any good, a person who looks and listens will feel its good effects without noticing.”

My inspiration is driven by the projects above and comes from a series of steps I’ve managed to compile over the short course of my education and professional practice. These steps allow me to choose a project from the list above to observe for the design at hand. I also believe these steps help provide a confidence boost throughout the design process and give me parameters to think within.

Observe the Building Type
Though the three building designs listed above do not cover all building types, I believe they do inspire an opportunity to really question what needs to happen functionally within my design. I’m not looking at these building types in a truly literal way; rather, I am looking at it in the most basic sense of function. I typically refer to The Pierre as “private,” the Salk Institute as “operative,” and the Brion Cemetery as “supportive.” To me, I feel as though any project can be categorized into one of these three functions.

Understand the Evoked Emotion
One of the biggest reasons I feel these buildings are helpful is because of the vast array of emotions each different space creates and evokes. I hold a strong stance on the importance of emotion that is extended to a person through a space – I feel that’s the moment that makes a building memorable.

Create the Concept
Each project is different, so I believe the concepts and considerations for each project should also be different. I strongly consider the quotes mentioned above when creating a concept. One of Kundig’s design traits that I really enjoy is that he gets into the mechanisms of how doors and windows can operate in different ways. With Khan, I have always appreciated his way of exaggerating the transitions between spaces and how well those decisions are executed within the design. And with Scarpa, his attention to detail has always been a pleasure to reference.

Trial and Error
When I reach a dead end and don’t know what the next move should be, I have found that I turn to Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture by Robert Venturi. Venturi has become my way of questioning my way through a roadblock. I have found his book to be a great resource if I have trouble understanding something conceptually or if I am creating a concept and want to understand the project inside and out. Venturi has a way with words that makes it easy for me to question and understand. Below is a brief list of a few of Venturi’s quotes. I do not necessarily follow these as guidelines; however, I do tend to turn to these when I am stuck.

“. . . A feeling for paradox allows seemingly dissimilar things to exist side by side, their very incongruity suggesting a kind of truth.”

“. . . Equilibrium must be created out of opposites.”

“. . . But aesthetic simplicity which is a satisfaction to the mind derives, when valid and profound, from inner complexity.”

At the end of it, my inspiration comes from the design intent and how accurately that design intent was executed throughout the process from beginning to end. I truly believe the process is at least as important as the result.

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Meet the Team: James Tobermann

August 15, 2017

MeetJames

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 mechanical engineer in training, James Tobermann.

What do you do at CDFL?
As a Mechanical Engineer, I will be assisting in the design process for HVAC and plumbing work.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
I enjoy getting outside and staying active, and one of my favorite activities is running. I also enjoy traveling. Most recently I took a trip to Boston with my brother. We visited numerous historic sites, enjoyed some great local food, and went to a game at Fenway Park.

How long have you worked for CDFL?
I graduated from Mississippi State in 2014, and I worked as a Reliability Engineer with International Paper for about 2.5 years. I am excited jump in and start working with the team here at CDFL.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
I’m still exploring, but so far my favorite lunch spot is Basil’s. It’s hard to beat their sandwiches.

What’s your favorite TV show?
I really enjoyed the Netflix series The Honourable Woman, directed by Hugo Blick. It’s a really well-done political thriller.

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Project Update: UMMC School of Medicine Dedication

August 8, 2017

Project Update

The dedication of The University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine took place on August 4, 2017. CDFL is proud to have served alongside Eley Guild Hardy as Architects on this project. “This is a significant project for our state and we could not be happier with the outcome,” said CDFL President Rob Farr.Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon cutting ceremony

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Meet the Team: Jared Robinson

July 25, 2017

MeetJared

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 intern architect Jared Robinson.

What do you do at CDFL?
I am an intern architect with the goal of becoming a licensed architect within a few years.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
The best thing about working here is the people. The support and camaraderie among the staff is very nice. Everyone really makes you feel welcome from the first day!

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
I enjoy working with my hands. I learned woodworking techniques, like using the lathe to make bowls and pens, from my dad. It’s something I haven’t done in a while due to being in school, but now that I have recently graduated I would like to get back into it.

What’s the last movie you saw?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
Sal and Mookie’s for now, but I’m still trying out all the different options Fondren has to offer.

What’s your favorite TV show?
Designated Survivor

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Meet the Team: Ashton Polk

July 10, 2017

MeetAshton

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 Ashton Polk, a recent addition to our admin team.

What unique attributes do you bring to the CDFL team?
I feel the most unique attribute I bring to the CDFL team is a completely new perspective on things. My youthful approach blended with unbiased opinion could prove itself to come in handy from time to time!

What do you do at CDFL?
My position provides assistance and support where it is needed in the office. One major responsibility of mine is organization of the office, which is good because I am actually the most fervent organizer in the Jackson Metro area.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
Working here has two main perks. First and foremost, the culture of CDFL is creative and innovative. I mean, my co-workers create buildings! That’s really cool. Secondly, the location and offices are great. Fondren is a super cool neighborhood to work in and the open workplace design fosters a collaborative environment within the office.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
My hobbies include going to concerts, reading, and watching YouTube. I also very much enjoy talking with people and discussing current events and new ideas.

What’s the last movie you saw?
The Circle. Emma Watson is just splendid, but the movie itself fell a bit flat. Also Tom Hanks is old all of the sudden.

How long have you worked for CDFL?
I am newly out of school and it’s an honor to have CDFL be my first post-graduation position.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
I am still discovering all the lunch spots. However, a fun fact about me is that I can eat Asian cuisine everyday and never get tired of it. So, my favorite will probably be an Asian place nearby.

What’s your favorite TV show?
My top three are Chopped, The Office, and Law and Order: SVU. My guilty pleasure are Bravo shows like The Real Housewives of New York City, etc.

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Project Updates: Around Town

June 29, 2017

Project Update

We recently took a spin around the metro area to take a look at some of our projects’ exterior progress. Here’s a glimpse into what we saw:

University of Mississippi Medical Center, School of Medicine | Jackson, Mississippi

New entrance to Buffalo Peak and surrounding businesses  | Jackson, Mississippi

Two Mississippi Museums: Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum | Jackson, Mississippi

saint andrewsSaint Andrew’s Episcopal School Athletic and Recreation Center, North Campus | Ridgeland, Mississippi

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What We’re Reading on the Web

June 21, 2017

What We're Reading

As usual, we’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and rounded up some of the most interesting reads out there for your perusal. Enjoy!

Do you ever find yourself hitting that mid-afternoon slump, hungry and tired and with a less than optimally functioning brain? Not to worry – MyDomaine has you covered with five foods guaranteed to get you back on track and humming with productivity! [via]

Brandan Siebrecht, a graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas recently took home top honors at the Radical Innovation Award, an annual competition for imaginative, futuristic hotel designs. His design? The “Hyperloop Hotel,” a $130 million project that would connect 13 hotels across the country by way of a high-speed transit system that would eliminate the need to buy additional tickets and hotel room between and in some of America’s largest cities. More from Architectural Digest here.

From Archinect, 17 US architecture schools are working with NCARB to fast track becoming a licensed architect. While students will still document the same number of hours of work experience, pass the same exams, and earn the same architecture degree as their non-accelerated counterparts – they’ll have the opportunity to do so prior to graduating from college.

Many American cities have made good use of the rivers running through their city and transformed those areas into a destination unto themselves. Recently, the mayor’s office and the Bureau of Engineering tasked 7 architecture firms with coming up with a plan to areas along the “barren canal-like waterway that weaves through the Californian city.” Dezeen has more.

Interior Design has a wrap-up of NeoCon 2017 and some favorite finds from a few of the top designers who attended. It’s a great recap and all, but this editor can’t believe they didn’t chronicle our very own Katie Jo Chane’s impressions of the event. She’s the top designer we know!

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Meet the Team: Joshua Johnson

June 7, 2017

MeetJoshua

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 intern architect Joshua Johnson.

What unique attributes do you bring to the CDFL team?
I bring a thorough knowledge of Revit, a three-dimensional building information modeling software program. Its use is growing within our industry in big ways.

What do you do at CDFL?
I am an intern architect. I assist our team’s other architects with construction drawings of pre-fabricated structure projects and other modular construction projects. From education to correctional facilities to healthcare, I’ve worked on them all.

What exciting thing are you working on right now?
I am currently working on a new addition to Children’s of Mississippi. I am very excited to be part of this project team and look forward to learning a lot from this great opportunity.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
The best thing about working at CDFL is the people. They are family-oriented and care about you as a person, not just as someone completing a project. That’s very important in my book.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my lovely wife, Joanna. We both are very busy, and when we have an opportunity to spend time with each other we like watching movies.

What’s the last movie you saw?
The Equalizer

How long have you worked for CDFL?
Before I joined CDFL as a full-time member of the team, I was hired as a 2016 summer intern and have come back to work over the course of any breaks I had while in school.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
Babalu

What’s your favorite TV show?
Badlands

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Meet the Team: Samantha King

MeetSamantha

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 intern architect Samantha King.

What do you do at CDFL?
I am an intern architect who is trying to absorb as much information as possible!

What exciting thing are you working on right now?
Right now, I’m working on the new addition to Children’s of Mississippi. I have found this project to be extremely informative and exciting as it is my first commercial project.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
The best thing about working at CDFL is definitely the atmosphere. I’m pretty new here, but I already feel like I’m part of the family! Another great component to being a CDFL team member is all the opportunity to grow within the profession and expand my knowledge of many building types.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
My free time in the past has been rather sparse, but recently I’ve been able to pick up a lot of my old hobbies of crocheting, knitting, and playing the guitar. I’m also an avid lizard enthusiast!

How long have you worked for CDFL?
I actually just began my career here at CDFL this month, though I have been in the profession for two years.

What’s your favorite TV show?
I have always enjoyed watching comedies and science fiction and am eagerly awaiting season two of Stranger Things.

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