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Yearly Archives: 2013

What We’re Reading on the Web

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! From FastCoExist: This urban neighborhood in Washington state is beautiful, forward-thinking, and sustainable. Definitely worth a look and a read. Also from FastCoExist this week, a brilliant idea to eliminate food deserts created […]


Merry Christmas!


Design Professional Gift Guide

While we certainly hope that you’ve completed your holiday shopping this close to Christmas, we understand that sometimes life happens and suddenly you can find yourself in a gift-giving pinch. If this sounds familiar, DO NOT PANIC! We’ve rounded up some of our design professionals’ wish list* items in case you’re stumped, stuck, and in […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! The weather outside here in Jackson was borderline frightful earlier this week, so in addition to our normal-design geared thoughts we also had silly seasonal songs on the brain – hence: a How […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! After a slow week that this editor can only assume was due to Tryptophan-induced writers block, the internet is back and better than ever, and perhaps most importantly, chock-full of excellent reads and […]


Fondren Unwrapped Wrap-Up: Look Up, Fondren

Today’s post comes from CDFL’s own Chris Myers, one of the architects (I know, I know) of Look Up, Fondren. This is his wrap-up of the event. As hundreds of people milled around Fondren Unwrapped enjoying their cozy winter drinks and complementary snacks, the Entergy substation stood by and silently rotated through a 20-minute routine […]


Meet the Team: Clark Wells

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are proud to introduce landscape architect Clark Wells. What unique attributes do you bring to the CDFL team? I think my ability and desire to learn new […]


Design Inspiration

This is the first post in a series exploring the places, people, and things our team draws inspiration from. Today’s design inspiration post comes from intern architect Parker Anderson. The Akron Art Museum Addition – Coop Himmelb(l)au A memorable lesson on the impact of contrast, this building looks extreme and on its face is probably […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we at CDFL are feeling incredibly grateful. We have been graced with a driven, capable, and intelligent group of architects, engineers, designers, and administrative staff. We continue to be beyond appreciative of our clients, both old and new, and we are humbled by their faith in our firm. From our family to yours, […]


Mississippi State Students Awarded CDFL Nelson Douglass Memorial Scholarship and Charles Vernon Smith Loyalty Scholarship

CDFL had the pleasure of meeting with representatives from Mississippi State University and Bagley College of Engineering students who were recipients of the CDFL Nelson Douglass Memorial Scholarship and the Charles Vernon Smith Loyalty Scholarship. Congratulations to CDFL Nelson Douglass Memorial Scholarship recipients Rachel Witherspoon and Austin Slye as well as Charles Vernon Smith Loyalty […]


Meet the Team: Chris Myers

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are proud to introduce architect Chris Myers. How long have you worked for CDFL? I started at CDFL immediately after graduating in May of 2001. Other than […]


Young Architects Forum Mississippi

CDFL’s Newell Watkins is Mississippi’s acting statewide YAF liaison. Today he writes about what exactly YAF is, when it’s coming, and what to expect once it’s here. What is YAF Young Architects Forum (YAF) was organized to address issues of particular importance to recently licensed architects (within 10 years or fewer after licensure) and young […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! It’s pretty rare that architecture 1) makes headlines, and 2) is prominently featured on entertainment websites, but when Kanye West is involved even non-architects find architecture compelling and that’s just what happened this […]


Look Up Fondren!

When the utility company laid out its grid in Jackson many years ago, one of the substation locations chosen was right here in Fondren, or as it was known at the time, Asylum Heights. More than likely this choice had to do with the neighborhood’s central location at the major axes of Lakeland Drive, State […]


Meet the Team: Chris Laney

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are pleased to introduce designer Chris Laney. How long have you been at CDFL and how long have you been in the field? I have worked at […]


Sports Update


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! This Architizer piece is a beautiful look at the many ways in which homes are using rainwater harvesting technology to decrease their impact on the environment. Speaking of technology and the homeowner – […]


The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi

This blog post was written by Mississippi Heritage Trust board member and CDFL architect Chris Myers. Architects and engineers are very proud of our buildings. It is our dream to design a structure that will withstand the test of time and become an icon in the community. Unfortunately, those types of commissions are few and […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! Auburn University’s Rural Studio is busy designing incredible (and incredibly) affordable housing for impoverished communities in their home state of Alabama. [fastcoexist] In case you were looking for a really cool way to […]


CARA Dog Park Update

Jackson officially welcomed the metro area’s very first dog park with an October 12th ribbon cutting. Bree’s Bark Park was designed by Principal Ann Somers and her husband Jim, a landscape architect, and is located adjacent to Jackson’s largest no-kill shelter. The facility has been a big hit in the community thus far, already attracting […]


Student Housing Experience


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! Were the usual tricks and treats not enough for you this year? Not enough fright last night? If so, (and if not!) check out these truly unbelievable pictures taken from the top of […]


Mississippi Celebrates Architecture 2013

This post was written by architect Katie Lightsey. Katie served as Reception Coordinator for the MCA 2013 Committee. The Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) focuses on the development and advancement of the architecture profession through education, advocacy, and community. Mississippi Celebrates Architecture is an event established by MAIA to provide educational […]


St. Catherine’s Celebrates Their 25th, Groundbreaking for New Mississippi Museums

St. Catherine’s Celebrates 25th Anniversary Recently, longtime CDFL client St. Catherine’s Village recognized their 25th Anniversary with a celebration commemorating their esteemed past while looking toward the future. CDFL President Rob Farr was on hand to join in the celebration and speak on the Village’s future vision and our latest project, an expansion at Campbell […]


What we’re reading on the web

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! From CoDesign: A Hanoi-based Vietnamese architecture firm has built a prototype bamboo house designed to weather the storms, floods, and mudslides that plague the nation’s cities and countrysides. Interesting read and great pictures […]


Senior Associate Parker Reece Participates in Mississippi State University College of Architecture Panel

Salmon Architects’ Amelia Salmon invited Senior Associate and mechanical engineer Parker Reece, along with electrical engineer Chris Green of The Power Source, to participate in a panel discussion for students in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture 5th Year Program. The 5th Year Program takes place in Jackson and this year’s class is comprised of 31 […]


Meet the Team: Mr. Bob

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are excited to present a special edition of our Meet the Team feature as we introduce an important member of the CDFL family, Bob Farr. Mr. Bob, […]


CDFL Wins AIA Mississippi Award

It was an exciting weekend for CDFL as we were the proud recipients of the Honor Award in the Architecture | New Construction category at this Saturday’s Mississippi Celebrates Architecture event. The Honor Award was given in recognition of our work with Schwartz/Silver Architects on the Security Pavilion and modernization of the Dr. A.H. McCoy […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! Last week we brought you some of the world’s most intimidating and beautiful boardrooms; this week FastCoExist brings you a very creative but mostly terrifying take on the future of rentable meeting space. […]


Beyond the Blueprints: Healthcare Facility Renovation

This post was written by Senior Associate and Mechanical Engineer, Parker Reece. Construction was recently completed on a project CDFL designed for the renovation of one floor of an inpatient healthcare facility. This project involved the fit-out of a shell space and renovation of a portion of a floor constructed in the early 1960s. CDFL’s […]


Project Update: UMMC Cardiovascular Center

This update on the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center was written by intern architect Parker Anderson. There is lots of exciting progress being made on the Cardiovascular Center at UMMC! The interior renovation for the Prep/Recovery portion of the building is the farthest along. Most of the finishes are in place, […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! Ready to feel intimidated while simultaneously being wowed by beautiful design? Check out Slate’s tour of the World’s Most Intimidating Boardrooms. There’s an app for that! Architizer has compiled a list of handy […]


DIRTT Factory Tour

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions is a leader in creating sustainable and customizable interiors. Their reconfigurable walls and customizable millwork allow spaces to grow as spaces change and unforeseen challenges are encountered. Recently, several members of the CDFL team visited the headquarters. “DIRTT solutions are more about minor […]


Meet the Team: Amanda Taylor

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. Due to the nature of introducing our staff in alphabetical order, this week we will take a break from introducing our architects, engineers, and designers to introduce the first of […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! This video of the simulated completion of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is an incredible look at the signature endeavor of the Spanish architect’s career. The completed basilica is due to open in 2026, 100 […]


Office Update

As always, there are lots of exciting things going on at CDFL. It’s been an eventful few weeks around here and we thought it was high time we shared some of our news and accolades. Rob Farr awarded St. Andrews Loyalty Award President Rob Farr was featured in the St. Andrews Alumni Magazine, Archways, for […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

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! Last week we linked to several city design-centric stories that we thought were worth a gander. Turns out urban architecture and planning are hot topics these days because here is another great read […]


Project Update: Highlands Presbyterian Church

To support their growing congregation, Highlands Presbyterian Church of Ridgeland, Mississippi has selected CDFL + LS3P to lead the effort in planning a new sanctuary addition and phased renovation of their existing education space. The new sanctuary will seat 1,000+ congregants and connect the new facility to the renovated education building through a multi-level ministry […]


What we’re reading on the web

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! Sometimes it seems like we could do an entire set of links from the FastCo websites but that would negate the whole “highlights from the web” aspect of this feature. We managed to […]


CDFL in the News

McCoy Federal Building Receives Accolades The McCoy Federal Building in Jackson, Mississippi, a joint venture of CDFL and Schwartz/Silver Architects was the recipient of a 2013 American Architecture Award. The American Architecture Awards are the highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design in the United States. This year […]


Meet the Team: Ron Fender

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week we are proud to introduce engineer Ron Fender. Ron is CDFL’s resident cupcake-loving Ironman (seriously – he’s completed an Ironman Triathlon). He has also run 25 marathons, 3 […]


ARE: Lessons Learned

The Architectural Registration Exams (AREs) are a serious undertaking and important step to take in one’s career. With several CDFL team members in the midst of studying for the AREs and two of our architects having been recently licensed, we realized our office is a treasure trove of helpful hints. Between us, we have compiled […]


Project Update: Natural Products II

The following is a construction update on the Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research, Phase II, at The University of Mississippi. This post was written by Architect and Project Manager Katie Lightsey. It is hard to miss the exciting progress on NCNPR Phase II at Ole Miss, and if you go to any […]


What we’re reading on the web

We’ve read the Internet cover-to-cover and gathered a list of the coolest things we’ve read lately so you don’t have to! From education-design innovation to a snapshot of what happens every single second on the web – these links will provide you with some excellent long weekend reading material. Enjoy and have a safe and […]


Creating the Premium Fan Experience

This blog post was written by architect Matthew Buchanan. Take a look across the sports architecture landscape and you’ll notice several trends emerging. Chief among them: the facilities “arms race” and creating the premium fan experience. As athletic departments face fiscal and technological challenges, their priority remains filling their seats with fans – and keeping […]


Project Updates: Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Benning Central Issue Facility

Recently, Principal Gene Crager hit the road for site visits to Eglin Air Force Base and Fort Benning, Georgia. Below are project updates from his travels. SOF GSB Facility and SOF GSTB Facility, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida Site construction and underslab utility early start design packages are well on their way at the SOF […]


CDFL Brings Home Three Regional IDEA Awards

It was a big weekend for interior designer Katie Jo Collins as she accepted awards for three CDFL projects at the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) regional Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) gala. The Delta Region of the IIDA’s website states the awards’ purpose “is to celebrate outstanding examples of designed interior spaces. It is […]


Meet the Team: David Burnet

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. In this week’s edition of Meet the Team we are proud to begin introducing our recently named Senior Associates, beginning with architect David Burnet. David is a Mississippi State graduate, […]


CDFL Office Update: Senior Associates Named, Architects Licensed and Interior Designers Certified

There is always something new to share on the blog – be it a project update or an opportunity to meet another member of the team, but this week we are pleased to report on exciting professional news for several members of our staff. Ron Fender, Parker Reece, and David Burnet were all recently promoted […]


Meet the Team: Gene Crager

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. In this week’s edition of Meet the Team we are pleased to introduce Principal Gene Crager. Gene is a husband and father of two daughters, which means he is often […]


Trends and Takeaways from AIA Mississippi Convention

Several CDFL architects attended last month’s AIA Mississippi Convention in Destin, Florida. Below are their takeaways. From Jody Coleman Like us, the AIA has been working to promote their brand through the redevelopment of the AIA website and an increased presence on Facebook and Twitter. They are reaching out to all members of the institute […]


Interior Design Trends

This blog post was written by Katie Jo Collins, one of our talented interior designers. Gone are the days of closed-in, dark perimeter offices and cavernously high workstation panels. One of the most refreshing changes in workplace design in the last ten years is the concept of perimeter open office layout; a tried and true […]


Meet the Team: Jesse Browning

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. This week, as we continue to Meet the Team, we are proud to introduce Jesse Browning, Principal. Jesse, in addition to his regular responsibilities that you’ll read about below, is […]


NeoCon 2013

This post was written by CDFL’s Colby Dearman, attendee of NeoCon 2013. As employers face new design challenges such as reductions in square foot allocation, a shift to using collaborative workspace, and the demand for a more efficient use of space, it is becoming increasingly difficult for employees to maintain personal boundaries. This year at […]


CDFL Celebrates 20 Years of Tracy Hall!

“Part of what makes CDFL the incredibly special place that it is are the people who walk our halls every day, and for twenty years we’ve been lucky enough to have one of those people be our beloved office coordinator Tracy Hall. Tracy is instrumental in keeping the office humming along and she does it […]


CDFL + Community

This blog post was written by Ann Somers, CDFL principal and animal lover. I have been a pet person my entire life and recently had the opportunity to combine my affection for animals with my experience in architecture and design. Through serving on the board of our local no-kill shelter, CARA, I’ve been reminded of […]


CDFL and the Millsaps Business Advantage Program

With the exception of MBA graduates, many professional degree recipients typically lack even the most basic business knowledge. Architects, engineers, doctors and lawyers, among others, can attest to this. These programs typically focus on the fundamentals of their craft (and rightfully so), often at the expense of teaching their future graduates the skills needed to […]


Meet the Team: Jody Coleman

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. Last week, we debuted the “Meet the Team” feature by beginning to introduce our CDFL leadership team. We started by introducing Rob Farr, and this week we continue with another […]


Cardiovascular Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

We’re excited to see progress on the new Cardiovascular Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Awarded the project in 2010, CDFL designed a new heart facility that includes three catheter procedure labs, two electrophysiology procedure labs, seventeen private patient recovery rooms, a non-invasive cardiovascular department, staff offices, and conference room. Demolition of an […]


Meet The Team: Rob Farr

Each week we’ll introduce a member of the CDFL Team, or as we like to think of ourselves, the “us” in the Power of Plus. There are infinite ways to describe the “ideal leader.” Just search the web for “leadership quotes” and you’ll see the staggering number of people trying to sum up the best […]


Launch

It’s a big day at CDFL! This morning we unveiled our new and improved website as well as our recently launched social media presence to the entire team. Featuring past and current project case studies, an introduction to the CDFL team, and a frequently updated news section, the revamped site provides a more informative and […]


Focus on Engineering: JSU College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Increasingly, some of the most sought-after professionals have degrees in engineering. From labs to design firms, engineers are playing key roles in organizations and, more broadly, in our national economy. That’s why it’s critical that our colleges and universities invest in the training and education of the next generation of engineers. CDFL has had the […]


Project Update: Alexander Field’s first game set for March 19th

We’re excited about the imminent completion of Purdue University’s new baseball stadium, Alexander Field. CDFL was awarded the project in 2008, and designed a 2,542-seat stadium that includes an indoor hitting facility, TV facilities and a pedestrian plaza linking the stadium to a new soccer venue. We have worked carefully to design a stadium that […]