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Yearly Archives: 2016

CDFL Holiday Extravaganza 2016: Part III

Here’s Volume III of our 2016 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 yuletide festivities and laughed along with us at the gift guide commentary. Thanks for reading. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy […]


CDFL Holiday Extravaganza 2016: 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 […]


CDFL Holiday Extravaganza 2016: Part I


Project Update: The Mississippi Museums

CDFL recently had the privilege of touring the two Mississippi Museums here in Jackson with Project Manager and CDFL architect Chris Myers. The 350,000 square foot building will house both the Mississippi State History Museum and the country’s first ever state sponsored Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. It is slated to open in December 2017. For […]


Happy Thanksgiving

Today, and all days, our team feels incredibly grateful. We are grateful for our clients, both old and new, that we have the privilege of working with every day, and the projects we are able to see come to fruition. We are also grateful for our driven, capable, and intelligent group of architects, engineers, designers, […]


Design Inspiration: Ethan Warren

What is the meaning of design? It may be easy to google the definition of design but you’re not getting the whole truth of the definition. Design is defined as “to create, fashion, execute or construct according to plan”. While this is true, the question that must be asked is what has to be done […]


ABC Mississippi + AIA Mississippi BBQ Competition

In October, CDFL Cookers participated in ABC Mississippi and AIA Mississippi’s first annual BBQ competition. With proceeds benefiting the Warrior Bonfire Program, the event played host to over 150 attendees and 36 teams competing in BBQ pork, ribs, chicken, and appetizer categories. Our team prepared several dishes, including Gene’s special honey/bourbon injected smoked Boston butt; Ben’s smoked […]


CDFL Sports + D1Baseball.com Survey Rankings

A recent survey conducted by D1Baseball.com saw three CDFL Sports facilities named as some of the top college baseball venues in the country. Voted on by 110 coaches and 62 sports information directors, The University of Mississippi’s Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field, Auburn University’s Samford Stadium – Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park, and Baylor University’s […]


Project Update: UMMC School of Medicine

The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s new School of Medicine is making major strides in preparation for its Spring 2017 opening. Thus far, most of the effort had been focused on getting the exterior of the building completed and dried-in. Recently, however, the focus has shifted to the interior of the building. We recently began […]


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 Architectural Digest, a look at the recently-approved Frank Gehry development coming to LA’s Sunset Strip. Fascinating take on the history of brutalist architecture, and its recent resurgence. 10 of the world’s most […]


Project Update: Children’s Hospital of Mississippi

Together with leaders from Children’s Hospital of Mississippi, representatives from CDFL, HDR, Blue Cottage, and Smith Hager Bajo assembled in Dallas for a two-day design charrette. The goal of this meeting was to establish the stacking and space plan that will become the basis for the new pediatric facilities on UMMC’s campus. The new facilities […]


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! Ever wondered why architects of note are into designing chairs? FastCoDesign has you covered. From Architectural Digest, 7 of Architect Antoni Gaudí’s Most Influential Modernist Designs. When the monochromatic LEGOS came out, this […]


Project Update: Mississippi College Basketball Arena

Built in 1976, Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum is undergoing some exciting new improvements, and CDFL is excited to once again be partnering with the school to improve their facilities. As part of the arena’s $2.7 million renovation project, our team will be working on both the exterior and interior of the building. The home […]


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 evening we open the 2016 Summer Olympics, or for the fancier among you: the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. If reading that gave you chills, or made you immediately start hearing this […]


CDFL + MDOT

Tasked with selecting LED replacement bulbs for several intersections in North Mississippi, CDFL decided to take our assignment a step further by providing MDOT with a tool that would help them make financially responsible decisions for years to come. The economic study provided by CDFL – example found below – will allow MDOT to assess a multitude 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! Norway is building the world’s first floating underwater tunnel. File this story under “simultaneously terrifying/amazing.” FastCoExist takes a look at countries making the best progress toward their sustainability development goals. Spoiler: this story […]


Project Update: UMMC School of Medicine

Recently, we had the opportunity to head down the street and check out the incredible progress being made on the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s new School of Medicine. Here’s a look at what our team has been up to: Waterproofing membrane has been installed on the CMU back-up walls prior to the exterior brick […]


Warrior Bonfire Project

CDFL is proud to be partnering with AIA Mississippi and the Warrior Bonfire Program to bring metro area veterans a new meeting and event space. Located at Clinton’s Camp Down Range, the Bonfire Lodge will will host event weekends for veterans and their families, where they can enjoy lake activities, a challenge course, archery, and […]


Meet the Team: Robert Farr

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 Robert E. Farr, III. What unique attributes do you bring to the CDFL team? Before joining the CDFL team I […]


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! These Spirograph Lab homewares are a really fun trip down memory lane for those of us who spent much of our childhood squirting paint into one of these gizmos. The collection comes come […]


Project Update: Affinity Health Group

Check out this drone footage from Affinity Health Group’s new medical campus in Monroe, Louisiana. Don’t forget to take your Dramamine. And, to learn more about the project you can find our case study here, and project updates here and here.


Meet the Team: Ethan Warren

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 Ethan Warren. What do you do at CDFL? I am currently an intern architect, with plans to hopefully earn my license in […]


2 Mississippi Museums Project Update + Tours

Last week CDFL was able to join members of the state legislature’s public property committee and staff from the 2 Mississippi Museums on a tour of the building. Scheduled to open December 2017, the 2 Mississippi Museums building will hold a state history museum as well as the country’s first state-funded civil rights museum. Here’s 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! From Curbed, a look at the “underappreciated and misunderstood” relics of progressive American architecture. Architectural Digest has a roundup of highlights from this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the satellite events […]


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 said that everything is bigger in Texas, and if you have personally questioned that conventional wisdom, then take a look at this article about a Texas school district’s $63 million stadium. It […]


Trustmark Meridian Ribbon Cutting

CDFL is pleased to share that we’ve successfully completed another renovation for Trustmark Bank. Earlier this month, we were on hand to celebrate with Trustmark as they cut the ribbon on their newly renovated downtown Meridian location. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Trustmark, one of our longest corporate clients. Congratulations! For more pictures […]


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 NPR, a great read (and listen!) on miniature homes being used to fight homelessness in lieu of the traditional shelter. This zip line isn’t just an adventure, it’s an opportunity to time […]


MDOT’s LED Retrofit + Interstate Lighting

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has long understood the benefits of reducing energy costs by using technologically advanced lighting fixtures. Typically, interstate and state road intersection fixtures run 11-12 hours a day, dusk to dawn. Studies have shown that although traffic is reduced by almost 70% at night, more than half of all fatal […]


Meet the Team: Ben Fulton

We concluded our Meet the Team series some time ago, but since then we’ve had the privilege of adding a few new faces to the team. 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 […]


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! Architecture legend Zaha Hadid passed away recently, and to commemorate her amazing achievements and contributions to the built environment Architectural Digest has several pieces on her most famous work and her incredible life. […]


Mississippi Heritage Trust’s MS Mod

This blog post and the accompanying photography comes courtesy of CDFL associate Chris Myers, AIA. Earlier this month, Mississippi Heritage Trust continued its MS Mod project with a trip to the Delta. My wife and I were able to take part in a Saturday bus tour that hit sites in Clarksdale, Greenwood, Itta Bena, Indianola, […]


Hinds Community College Softball Field Ribbon Cutting

If you follow us on Twitter*, you know that CDFL was proud to celebrate alongside Hinds Community College and the Lady Eagles softball team at the ribbon cutting for their new home earlier this season. Lady Eagles past and present were on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the new facility together with HCC officials […]


Project Update: Topping Out at UMMC’s new School of Medicine

This past Monday CDFL celebrated a special milestone with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, other representatives of the design team, and Governor Phil Bryant as the final beam of the new School of Medicine was hoisted into place. The ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the building’s progress and what its opening will mean […]


Project Update: Mantle

As the workplace evolves and technology allows us to conduct business from beyond the confines of our cubicles, non-traditional office spaces have become a more viable option for small businesses and entrepreneurs alike. Less expensive than a permanent office location but more dynamic than your home office, co-working spaces are popping up across the country […]


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! Architectural Digest checks out a new book exploring Japanese architecture’s move toward more eco-friendly, environmentally-conscious design. Tech Insider has a very cool roundup of some very inventive subterranean architecture. The […]


Project Update: Affinity Health Group

This project update and accompanying photographs come courtesy of Project Architect Colby Dearman. With construction completion slated for May, Affinity Health Group’s new Monroe home is a very busy place these days. We are a week away from having the building’s large window openings framed in, and that will follow some large equipment being delivered […]


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! Described as “Instagram catnip,” the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub is finally, after more than a decade, ready for its debut. This stunning and somewhat controversial Santiago Calatrava-designed project will see over […]


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! Spring Break is right around the corner and if you’re headed to Paris, be sure to check out Architectural Digest’s top 25 landmarks in the City of Light. And, if you happen to […]


CSpire Speedzone

With the opening of The Pavilion at Ole Miss comes the launch of the CSpire Speedzone, a mini-retail store, and exciting new fan space, within the arena. Opened on January 7, 2016, The CSpire Speedzone made its debut during opening night at The Pavilion. The space is open 7 days a week, including during basketball […]


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 link about post offices with architecture worth traveling for is mostly being used for the endless wordplay opportunities. You’ll go postal giving these post offices a major stamp of approval! They really […]


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! General Electric is in the process of phasing out the once very popular CFL light bulb due to the improved light quality and price of LED bulbs. More from the New York Times […]


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 Archinect, an fascinating look at how Seattle, and other major American cities, are providing long term housing solutions for their homeless populations. 25 Must-See Architectural Landmarks in Los Angeles Interesting read from […]


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 Architectural Digest, a really fun slide show ranking the world’s tallest buildings by decade. 48 year old Alejandro Aravena was just awarded the Pritzker Prize, the most celebrated award in architecture, for […]


Mississippi Museums Update

This project update was provided by architect Chris Myers. The Mississippi Museums project has entered its third month of interior construction, and though it may look as if nothing has changed from the outside of the building, Thrash Construction is inside working feverishly to stay on schedule. The museum’s opening is set for December 2017, […]