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Monthly Archives: March 2014

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! We’ll start this week’s link love with some amazing birds-eye view photographs of a few of the world’s most beautiful places. If you’re prone to vertigo, you may want to sit this one […]

Why STEM Education Matters to Mississippi

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, and advancements made in the manner those subjects are taught, has become an increasingly hot topic recently. These subjects and their vocational practice are integral parts of preparing future generations for the workforce. The following post is CDFL mechanical engineer Parker Reece on why this conversation is especially […]

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! Happy Spring, y’all! After a couple of special editions of our weekly “What We’re Reading” feature, we are back with some excellent reads from around the web. Speaking of spring, our first link […]

Honoring Bob Karlak

Longtime CDFL structural engineer Robert William “Bob” Karlak passed away last Thursday at the age of 77. Mr. Karlak was one of CDFL’s first employees, and began his nearly 30-year career with the company following service in the United States Army. His presence was an important one in our company’s infancy, and his continued presence […]

Design Inspiration

This post is part of a series exploring the places, people, and things our team draws inspiration from. Today’s design inspiration post comes from architect Rachael Taylor. Humanitarian architecture inspires me with its often unguarded solution to basic needs. Projects such as the Plastic Bottle Home for the Aged and Haiti Partners’ Children’s Academy remind […]

What We’re Reading on the Web

It’s time for another special edition of What We’re Reading – and for good reason! We’re celebrating (and you’re reading) our 100th blog post since the launch of our new website. In recognition of of this milestone we thought it prudent to take a walk down memory lane, so this week’s links are some of […]


We are proud to announce that architects Matthew Buchanan, Chris Myers, and Jessica Warren have been named associates. “As longtime members of the CDFL family Matthew, Chris, and Jessica have given countless hours of time and energy for the success of our company,” said President Rob Farr. “To see them take this important step in […]

Midtown House Blend

This post was written by architect Chris Myers, who led our team in the Midtown House Blend project. Midtown is an area of Jackson that lies just north of downtown with borders defined by Fortification Street, Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Mill Street, and West Street. It was incorporated in the early 1900s and remained a prominent […]

What We’re Eating

Today we’re taking a break from our normal Friday feature, What We’re Reading, to bring you the first (and probably only) edition of What We’re Eating! If you’re a faithful CDFL blog reader, you’ll know that one of our favorite Meet the Team queries to answer is the question about our favorite neighborhood lunch spots. […]

Meet the Team: Jackie Smithers

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 Jackie Smithers. What would surprise us most about your job? The most surprising thing about my job is probably the variety of […]

Interior Design: Military Projects

The blog post was written by CDFL interior designer Lori Willis. The innovation process needed to design spaces in the defense industry is more similar to the process used to create private sector spaces than you might expect. Success comes from matching unmet customer needs with technologically and commercially feasible solutions. Government and Department of […]