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Yearly Archives: 2015

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Best of the Blog 2015

“Year in Review” blog posts are one of the best parts of transitioning into a new year, (right on up there with Pantone’s Color of the Year reveal – something that we in the design world take very seriously) and that’s why we like to end our year with a roundup of some of our […]


CDFL Holiday Extravaganza: Part III

Here’s Volume II of our team wish list and gift guide, and the final installment in the Annual CDFL Holiday Extravaganza. We hope you’ve enjoyed getting a glimpse into some of our team’s funny family traditions and laughed along with us at the gift guide commentary. Thanks for reading. Have a Merry Christmas, y’all!


CDFL Holiday Extravaganza: Part II

Do you need some ideas for last minute purchases? Or are you just curious about the items on the CDFeLves’ holiday wish lists? Either way, there’s no need to fret. We’ve gathered some of our team’s most coveted (…and sometimes frivolous) wish list items, and they’re right here for you to peruse. Here’s hoping we’re […]


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! Does the mere thought of giving a presentation give you insta-sweats? You’re not alone, and facing down a presentation can be hugely intimidating. If you’re in need of a few suggestions on how […]


CDFL Holiday Extravanganza 2015: Part I

Part II Part III


Recent Awards Roundup

We’re thrilled to announce that several of our partners have recently won awards on projects in which we played a role! Congratulations to Carouthers Construction on their Mississippi Associated Builders & Contractors victories. Their work on Coulter Hall at the University of Mississippi and the Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research Laboratory, also […]


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! Can Christmas lights affect your Wi-Fi? Let’s just say it’s a good thing Clark W. Griswold wasn’t also trying to operate an iPad. Check out this look at the 21 coolest buildings of […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we at CDFL are feeling especially grateful. We are fortunate to work with a driven, capable, and intelligent group of architects, engineers, designers, and administrative staff members. We are also privileged to continue building relationships with our returning clients in addition to forging new connections with new clients. In recent months we’ve seen […]


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’re approaching the time of year when different entities begin dubbing things the ____ of the Year. Other than the Oxford Dictionary’s choice to name an emoji the Word of the Year, here’s […]


250th Blog Post

Milestone alert: it’s our 250th blog post, y’all! And with this momentous occasion comes some great news. Check it out! For more information, see the University of South Alabama’s press release from earlier today.


The CDFL Survival Kit

Want to learn more about our team’s favorite tools for use in + out of the office? Click the image below to find out how we get the job done!


CDFL Mail Call!

We’ve recently received a couple of sweet notes from two schools CDFL has had the privilege of working with: the Magnolia Speech School and Mississippi State’s College of Engineering. We love hearing from students at the institutions with which we work and hearing how our partnerships are improving their experience. Thanks, y’all!


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 Philippines’ new Museum of Indigenous Knowledge, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is going to look nearly identical to Jurassic Park. More here. Despite being designed in 1883 and having been a […]


Highland Village: Before + After

We’re incredibly proud of our work at Jackson’s Highland Village, and are thrilled to share that we’re heading into phase 3 of the shopping center’s revitalization. If you aren’t local, or haven’t had a chance to stop by, check out these before and after images to get an idea of the retail space’s improvements. 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! In honor of yesterday’s Back to the Future Day celebration and the arrival of October 21, 2015, here’s a look at Marty Michael J. Fox’s beautiful (and present day) home. Also from Architectural […]


Project Update: Ole Miss Football Practice Field Lighting

CDFL’s two-phase work at the The University of Mississippi’s football practice fields is moving along. Located adjacent to the Olivia and Archie Manning Athletics Performance Center, the fields were in need of drainage and irrigation work along with improved lighting to allow for evening practices. Additionally, the northern field was enlarged to become a full […]


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 Architizer via ArchitectureBoston’s Fall 2015 issue, Why Old is the New Green. Here’s a good reminder of why Bill Gates is Bill Gates or, more accurately, a list of 15 predictions he […]


It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! …It’s the CDFL Drone!

Check out this birds eye view of our work on Hinds Community College’s softball field and multi-team clubhouse. To read more about this project, take a look at the case study, and be sure to keep checking back for more project updates.


100 Endangered Places – The 10th 10 Most

This blog post was written by CDFL architect and Mississippi Heritage Trust board member Chris Myers, AIA. It includes information from MHT promotional materials. In 1992, the Mississippi Heritage Trust was founded to aid in the preservation of historic places across the state for future generations. Through leadership, education, and advocacy, the organization strives to […]


What We’re Reading: Celebration Edition

Today’s weekly What We’re Reading feature* has been preempted by a celebratory blog post. We are pleased to announce that CDFL Sports, together with Populous, has been selected for the football stadium planning project at the University of South Alabama. We’re excited to share more about this project as it gets underway; but for now, […]


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! As LED light bulbs flood the market, and the soft glow of an incandescent bulb becomes a scarce commodity, it’s nice to know that manufacturers are doing what they can replicate that warm […]


Happy Birthday, La Brioche!

During our Meet the Team series we asked our employees their favorite part of working at CDFL, and often the response was some version of Fondren being a terrific place to spend your days. Between the countless food options and friendly coffee shops, Fondren is a very special place to call home, er, office. One […]


What We’re Reading on the Web

Today’s edition of What We’re Reading comes courtesy of guest web surfer and associate Chris Myers, AIA. As usual, we’ve searched the Internet so you don’t have to. Enjoy! If you’re into typography, which, to be frank, everyone should be; you need to check out this Instagram account. Signage and logos and etchings – oh […]


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 evolution of the desk from 1980 to the present day. [via] Looky here! It’s our very own Colby Dearman on the front page of the Interior Elements website talking about our work […]


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! ArchDaily has just released an inspiration newsletter on materials. It’s very cool and very informative. More on that here. Check out this slideshow of this year’s most anticipated skyscrapers. Congratulations to the winners […]


Project Updates

Trustmark Meridian This week we are wrapping up phase one of construction on Trustmark Meridian. The owner moved over Labor Day weekend and financial transactions will now operate out of the new banking lobby. We are wrapping up the exterior of the building, and moving on to phase two of the interior! Photo courtesy of […]


Design Inspiration: Lori Willis

This Design Inspiration post is a new spin on one of our favorite blog features. This special edition will be a glimpse into interior designer Lori Willis’ design process and project inspiration. CDFL recently teamed with AKEA, Inc. to provide design services for the future outpatient services center at the VA Medical Center here 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! Just in case you haven’t heard the biggest (and nerdiest?) news this side of Tatooine, Walt Disney is planning to expand their parks to include the largest themed land addition ever: Star Wars […]


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! If you’re here in Jackson and looking for an air-conditioned activity, go check out several Mississippi State architecture and landscape architecture students’ work at the Old Capitol Museum. Their work is part 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! It’s hot. Really hot. It’s so hot that melting seems like an unfortunate inevitability. So, while you’re avoiding the heat and/or trying to figure out a way to cram a pool into your […]


What We’ve Been Up To

    Dedication of Campbell Cove’s Hughes Center Campbell Cove, the memory care facility located at St. Catherine’s Village, recently celebrated the dedication of the Hughes Center. The Hughes Center is a new Alzheimer’s care wing that will provide its residents the ability to age in place.   Breaking Ground at Jackson State In June, […]


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! Fascinating read on the ancient ruins at Palmyra and their effect on western architecture. From Domino: 10 Secrets to a Well-Styled Desk [via] Short on space but big on design, meet the tiniest […]


Project Update: Highlands Presbyterian Church

Congratulations to Highlands Presbyterian Church and their CDFL teammates on the completion of Highlands’ new sanctuary. This past weekend marked the first of many services to be held in this beautiful new worship space.


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! Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Alex Sutton has an interesting view on what urban airports could look like as air traffic continues to grow, and it’s probably not what you’re expecting. Check that […]


Site Visit Roundup

If you follow us on Twitter or Instagram (@cdflplus), you know that we’ve been all over creation this week, checking on several jobs across the state. We’ll have a more complete project update post next week, but in the meantime here’s a little taste of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen.   Two Mississippi […]


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! Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Ergonomics Fresh off the heels of the US Women’s National Team World Cup victory, we bring you the Rio 2016 Olympic torch design! USA! USA! USA! […]


Project Update: Highland Village

Special thanks to Project Manager Clark Wells for this Highland Village project update. We are nearing center courtyard completion at Jackson’s Highland Village with finishing touches being added around the clock. Portions of the courtyard have been opened for general circulation and the rest will open over the course of the coming week. In the […]


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! 14 Design Tricks for a Highly Productive Workspace Check out this very cool illustrated guide to London’s craziest architecture drawn by Japanese artist Hiromi Suzuki. Can you guess the hottest new job in […]


Project Update: Highland Village

This project update was provided by Project Manager Clark Wells. As we race toward Highland Village’s center courtyard completion, we’re excited to share a bit about this week’s projects and progress. The courtyard’s fountain walls have been formed and poured, and brick facing is being installed on the north and south fountain walls over the […]


NEOCON Wrap Up

This recap of NeoCon 2015 was written by architect Colby Dearman. Per the NeoCon website, “NeoCon is the commercial interiors industry’s most important annual event — bringing together the right people, the best products, and the most innovative ideas.”   image courtesy of Kimball This year at Neocon we saw a major change in product […]


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! If you haven’t seen this preview for Present Perfect making the rounds on Facebook you have to take a few minutes and check out this link from ViralNova. It’s a amazing look at […]


Project Update: Highlands Presbyterian Church

Highlands Presbyterian Church is looking great as finishing touches are being put on the Sanctuary. Some of these details, pictured below, include the installation of acoustic panels, audiovisual systems, ceiling panels, and wood doors.


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! Check out this stunning image of artist Wolfgang Buttress’s incredible pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. And speaking of amazing images, from photographer Serge Najjar, here’s a collection of 10 images that blur […]


Highland Village Project Update

This project update was provided by Project Manager Clark Wells. Work is continuing at Highland Village, with the scheduled completion date right around the corner. The courtyard’s new fountains are beginning to take shape with fountain walls and footings being installed over the next couple of days. It might not look like much now, but […]


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 officially summertime and that means vacation is (hopefully!) on the horizon. If you’re tired of staying in places that aren’t up to snuff design-wise, check out this list of the best AirBNB […]


Two Mississippi Museums Project Update

This project update was written by architect and CDFL associate Chris Myers. Chris is the Project Manager for the Tenant Improvement Project portion of the Two Mississippi Museums Project. The Two Mississippi Museums Project is comprised of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The weather has not been kind to […]


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 Architect, the Journal of the American Institute of Architects, a look at how the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Salk institute are teaming up to preserve modern architecture. Architectural Digest has […]


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 graduation season, and FastCoDesign has some helpful hints for the designer in your life. Here are 9 top designers on what every new grad entering the design field should know. FastCoDesign also […]


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 always fun when the rest of the CDFL team gets in on the web surfing, and lucky for our dear readers, two team members passed along links this week. The first is […]


Environments for Aging Conference, Part II

This blog post was written by architect and associate Jessica Warren. Jessica recently attended the Environments for Aging Conference and we asked her to share some of her experience there. Below is Part II of II. You can find Part I here. Including our session, the majority of the conference focused on memory care or […]


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! Lighting is an incredibly important aspect of design, and with all the bulb choices available – things can get daunting. Luckily Rue Magazine has a super helpful guide to picking the perfect bulb […]


Environments for Aging Conference, Part I

This blog post was written by architect and associate Jessica Warren. Jessica recently attended the Environments for Aging Conference and we asked her to share some of her experience there. Below is Part I of II. I have been attending the Environments for Aging Conference for 5 years, and continue to be just as enthusiastic […]


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! Book report time! From Architectural Digest, here’s a preview of art historian Florian Heine’s upcoming Buildings That Revolutionized Architecture. The Guardian has a fascinating take on modern modes of transportation in urban areas. […]


Thoughts on Open Office Noise

This article was written by architect Colby Dearman. As designers of many different types of workplace environments, we juggle a lot of an organization’s priorities. Perhaps the factor given the most weight in this constant analysis is work place noise. This article from the Harvard Business Review focuses on how to prevent noise from ruining […]


What We’re Reading: Special Edition

Today’s reading of the internet comes to us courtesy of guest web surfer Colby Dearman, AIA. He’s sharing his favorite links from his daily reads, and swears that he followed the rules and read the internet cover to cover. Enjoy! As an architect, we were always taught in school to describe our designs as if […]


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! While this editor has zero desire to be attending Coachella, these modern spots in the California desert valley definitely look like they’re worth a visit. Check out these stunners out west. Resumes are […]


Branding Through Design

This blog post was written by interior designer Katie Jo Chane, IIDA. Tailoring interiors for individual clients is an integral part of the design process. Whether a client has an established brand, or is looking to enhance their image through a new space, we can assist in bringing these ideas and ideals to life 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! This aesthetically stunning and highly functional app encourages children to design their very own robots through a veritable “digital toolbox.” Amazing! It’s often said that life’s about the journey, and not the destination. […]


Ask Pl’us’: Preparing Your Yard for Warm Weather

Ask Pl’us’ is a blog feature in which we utilize CDFL’s Power of Plus to share some of our experts’ opinions on landscaping, how to get the most of your space, lighting, and more. If you have questions you’d like answered by our architects, engineers, interior designers, or landscape designer, please email [email protected] Things are […]


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! Here’s a look at some new libraries ditching their mahogany wood paneling and investing in new technologies. Behold the winners of the 2015 American Institute of Architects Library Awards. This slideshow is a […]


ASHRAE 90.1-2010

Recently, our mechanical and electrical engineering departments were asked to present on Mississippi’s adoption of ASHRAE 90.1-2010, the first energy code our state has adopted, and its impact on our industry. Their presentation to our architectural group addressed new building envelope requirements and the effect these measures will have on energy savings. The ensuing discussion […]


What We’re Greening

In honor of Jackson’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day’s festivities, this week we’ve rounded up some green reads from right here on our own website. The pot of gold is more like LEED Gold, and there are no leprechauns to speak of – only architects and engineers – but we think our green work is still […]


SkillsUSA/MCEF State Championship

This blog post was written by intern architect Kwayera Franklin. For the past two years CDFL has partnered with the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) to volunteer our services for the SkillsUSA State Championship. According to their website, the event “is in keeping with MCEF’s mission of working with schools to recruit and train a […]


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! Have you ever wondered about the science behind color choices in marketing and branding? From Entrepreneur, a look at the “most reliable research on color theory and persuasion.” Book report time! Architectural Digest […]


Power of Plus: The Video

When we added graphic designer Trey Vann to our team, we knew he would be a great fit. We are thrilled to be able to utilize his immense talent, specifically his video editing skills, to take our marketing efforts to the next level. This capability will allow us to share more dynamic content on the […]


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’re sort of cheating by sharing this link again, but it’s too interesting to ignore. FastCoDesign has assembled a list of five trends shaping the future of architecture. Whether you know someone interested […]


What We’re Reading: Leadership Development

While this week’s “What We’re Reading” post isn’t exactly from the web, it is full of sources available online! Instead of our normal cover-to-cover reading of the Internet, we’ve tapped Principal Gene Crager to share some of his favorite sources, web and otherwise, on leadership development and personal growth. Harry S. Truman said, “Not all […]


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! While it’s too cold to check out many cities’ great architecture, it’s perfect museum season. In fact, here’s a look at the Sir John Sloane Museum of London’s newest exhibit on the delicate […]


Architecture: A Love Story


Project Update: Purdue Softball

With softball season just around the corner, the new Purdue Softball Stadium is nearing completion. And though there’s snow on the ground, don’t be fooled – the Boilermakers are about a month away from kicking off their home schedule. In addition to the new stadium, fans attending the March 20 home opener will notice a […]


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! As the American dream moves out of its driveway-having, white-picket-fenced dream home into a hip apartment in a walkable city, several trends are emerging that will shape the future of urban living. What […]


Office Update

It’s been an exciting start to 2015, and we’re finally catching our breath to share some details about CDFL’s busy year to date. Our family is growing by leaps and bounds. Not only did our very own Katie Jo Collins get married to CDFL neighbor and fellow Fondren business owner Ron Chane, but principal Gene […]


Highland Village Project Update

CDFL is proud to have been involved in the revitalization of one of the stalwarts of Jackson commerce, Highland Village. Our efforts there are a true testament to the power of plus as we provided mechanical, electrical, architectural, landscape, and interior design services. From designer Greg Narlock, here’s a quick look at what we’ve done […]


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 future of the hospital patient experience could be taking a cue from Disney. See how this incredible technology could change the way we undergo medical treatment. Take a look at Wolfgang Tillman’s […]


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’s WWRW was heavy on the wanderlust so one would think we would be out of travel links, and, to be honest, we were – until our boss passed this along. FastCoDesign’s […]


Two Museums Project Update

Architect Chris Myers and designer Chris Laney recently visited the future site of the Museum of Mississippi State History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum to check out the project’s progress. Here’s the view from their iPhones.


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! Does the fresh start of a year give anyone else wanderlust? This editor is ready to hit the road, and if you are, too, here’s a handy guide of 52 places to go […]


Meet the Photographer: Hubert Worley

With the CDFL team met, we thought it might be fun to introduce you to the people who help make our work look good. Hubert Worley is one of our post-construction photographers that we use to ensure our work is documented in a way that is both beautiful and reflective of the architectural intent. What […]


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! Baby, it is COLD outside. Really cold. Like so cold that the entire United States is complaining about how cold it is. And since it feels truly miserable to be outside, thanks to […]


Women in Architecture: Part II

We asked two of our architects, Ann Somers, AIA and Katie Lightsey, AIA, to share their thoughts in response to a Wall Street Journal article entitled “In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling.” The article is a look at how, despite the dramatically growing number of women in the field, firm leadership is still dominated by men. […]