Project Update: Aviation Museum

March 13, 2019

In the northwest corner of the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum sit three crop duster airplanes and an exhibit that surrounds them. This area is officially the National Agriculture Aviation Museum, though previously, there was no designation to make visitors aware of the exhibit. CDFL developed a plan for the renovation of the space that would enhance the overall look of the museum and improve the visitor experience.

First, the space was updated to provide a fresher backdrop for the airplanes and to set the space apart from the rest of the museum. Second, create physical gateways and signage to signal to visitors that they are entering a new space. Lastly, create a platform to provide accessible viewing of the cockpits of the largest of the three planes.

Phase 1 (now complete) accomplished the first two objectives. The hand-painted field scene was replaced with angular photo murals – one of a cloudy blue sky and one an aerial of a cotton field. Gateways were constructed of corrugated metal to mimic the architecture of rural hangars and to provide a place for signage to be mounted. The existing carpet was replaced with a modular carpet that resembles the coloring of agricultural fields, fading from green to tan. 

The museum and foundation are currently working on funds for the accessible platform and the redesign of the exhibit.

Video courtesy of Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce

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Project Highlight: Oxford-University Stadium

February 13, 2019

As the 2019 baseball season nears, we thought it would be fun to look back at our work at Oxford-University Stadium. Our relationship with Ole Miss Baseball spans over 30 years and we are proud to have been a part of the changes and growth at Oxford-University Stadium. We were on hand in the ’80s when the field was moved from its original home, in the ’90s when the stadium received a much-needed capacity increase, and most recently we completed the new performance center. We will be cheering on the Rebels this season and looking forward to many more years of partnering together.

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Project Update: Entergy Echelon Renovation

January 29, 2019

We are in the middle of renovating Entergy’s Nuclear headquarters as they expand nuclear operations in Mississippi. This expansion will create more than 250 new jobs in Jackson and 70 at Grand Gulf. “As we build the utility of the future, we’re also building the workforce of the future,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy  Mississippi president and CEO. “We’re proud to be able to bring more jobs to the state. Entergy and Entergy Nuclear’s combined workforce in Mississippi will now be more than 2,000 employees.”

The renovation project will help accommodate the additional workforce and includes the complete renovation of five floors of a 6-story building including a partial renovation of the 1st floor. Each floor was redesigned to accommodate Entergy’s expanded organizational structure of the Nuclear Headquarters with new finishes, modular wall offices, workstations, expanded restrooms, and break room. In addition to two large video conference space on each floor, the design also includes various sizes of collaboration spaced furnished with monitors and AV connections.

“The expansion of the headquarters building at Echelon allows our growing nuclear team to work in a single location, fostering unity, collaboration, and team effectiveness,” said Chris Bakken, Entergy Nuclear executive vice president.

In addition to the interior renovations, exterior work included a new 300 car parking lot on the adjacent lot along with lighting, landscaping, and signage. For more on this project check out Entergy’s press release and WLBT’s coverage here.

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Project Update: The University of South Alabama

December 19, 2018

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The University of South Alabama’s new on-campus football stadium design was created with the modern fan in mind. As stadium amenities are always increasing, meeting fan expectations are crucial in today’s stadium designs. “We sought to bring a high level fan experience to USA’s new stadium. We knew we needed to be forward thinking about how USA’s fans experience the stadium and want every person who enters the facility to feel comfortable, engaged, and excited,” said Project Manager Newell Watkins.

The stadium is designed to hold 25,000 ticketed spectators for Division 1 college football and incorporates multiple ‘social zones’ and seating options to create more interest and diversity in the fan experience.

Premium Spaces: The design consists of multiple levels of premium seating options including benchback bleacher seating, chairback seating, chairback seating with club access, loge seating with club access, and private suite seating. These options are available at different cost levels. The design also includes special seating arrangements in the north end zone of the stadium. By extending the seating downward in the north end zone, the spectators are moved even closer to the action creating a unique fan experience.

Flexible Social Zones: There are three areas of the stadium designed to create special fan experiences: West Concourse Club, East Concourse Club, and the South End Zone Terrace. The West Concourse Club is a ticketed area that provides a premium gathering area including premium food and beverage options. The East Concourse Club will be comparable to the West only open to all visitors in the stadium. These areas provide a place to spend time with family and friends while also enjoying the game. The atmosphere of the social zones is enhanced with large group tables and gathering spaces for groups of fans.

View of Premium Seating

View from Private Suite

West Concourse Club

East Concourse Club

South Endzone Terrace

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CDFL Holiday Q&A 2018

December 17, 2018

It’s time for our annual CDFL Holiday Q&A where we find out how our team celebrates the holiday season! We hope you enjoy learning a little more about the CDFeLves.

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Project Update: Arts Center of Mississippi

December 5, 2018

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This project update was provided by Project Manager Chris Myers. The project was announced via press conference at the Arts Center on Thursday, November 29. presented CDFL’s design along with statements from Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba,  Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr., and members of  former First Lady Pat Fordice’s family.

The Arts Center of Mississippi building was constructed in the late 1970s as the Civic Arts Center of Jackson. Along with the Planetarium, it was designed by Biggs Weir Architects, one of the most prominent mid-century modernist architects in Mississippi. The building has faithfully lived up to its name as the art center of Jackson, whether housing multiple arts organizations, the Mississippi Museum of Art, or acting as rehearsal space for the International Ballet Competition. Even though the arts center has maintained its status as a home for the arts, time has not been so kind to the building itself. It’s time for a facelift.

The Greater Jackson Arts Council approached CDFL about developing a proposal for an interior renovation. The primary goal of the renovation is to bring the building’s dramatic public spaces a new life and includes replacing all of the interior finishes – vinyl flooring, ceiling systems, and a fresh coat of paint. In the central atrium space, cork pin-up boards and new lighting throughout will provide flexibility for displaying a wide variety of art media. Most importantly, the monumental stair, the centerpiece of the building, will be opened back up to reveal the floating concrete steps of its original design, adding more natural light to an already dramatic space. To honor two of Jackson’s greatest patrons of the arts, the first floor atrium will be named after former Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr., and the second floor atrium space will be named in memory of former first lady Pat Fordice.

Through this renovation, and all of the work happening in the downtown arts district, we want the world to know that the arts are alive and well in Jackson, Mississippi, and about to get a lot stronger. With this project and the work we are doing to improve Thalia Mara Hall, the downtown arts district is starting to take shape.

Fundraising for renovations of the Arts Center will be begin soon. Please stay tuned for updates.

Harvey Johnson, Jr. First Atrium
The dramatic central space of the building is naturally lit by a large skylight. To make better use of the gallery walls, cork pinup boards will be added, along with gallery lighting. The ceremonial stair will be returned to its original design by opening up the risers. New flooring and paint will further lighten the space. New lighting will be added at the perimeter of the skylight to allow a full range of color for evening events.

Pat Fordice Gallery Atrium
The second
floor gallery atrium is the most commonly used space for large events.
Along with receiving all new finishes, a highly customizable lighting system will be added to allow for flexibility in displays, exhibits, and events.

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2018

On this Thanksgiving, we want to share our genuine appreciation for our clients
and our dedicated team of architects, engineers, designers, and administrative
staff members. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!

From our family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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Project Update: Raytheon

November 15, 2018

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Raytheon’s Consolidated Manufacturing Center broke ground recently on its new radar defense production facility. The new 50,000 square foot facility will bring more job opportunities to Mississippians and we are very proud to be a part of the team! We were on hand for the groundbreaking along with many local and state representatives.

“Raytheon’s processes require exacting standards and tight tolerances. Planning and design of assembly, testing, and team areas are critical. We’re proud to support Raytheon’s mission as they develop, test, and produce the most advanced radar systems in the world. It’s a point of pride that this work occurs in our region, and CDFL is honored to be part of it,” said CDFL Project Manager David Burnet.

For more information on the project, check out WLBT’s coverage here: http://www.wlbt.com/2018/11/08/raytheon-spends-million-expand-radar-building-operations/

 

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Office Update

November 1, 2018

After 26 years at CDFL, Principal Jody Coleman is retiring.  We are excited for Jody as he enters the next chapter of his life; which will involve a lot of time with his grandbabies and his wife Debbie.  Jody has been an integral part of our firm since 1992, and we will miss him deeply.

Jody’s contributions to CDFL are vast. He was instrumental in building CDFL’s design-build portfolio and led the team in completing over 100 buildings on 20 different installations and providing professional services for the USACOE, United States Air Force, NAVFAC, United States Coast Guard, and the GSA.

In addition to his leadership as CDFL, Jody has also served as the AIA Intern Development Program State Coordinator, served as a member of the Mississippi State Board of Architecture, is a 10-year veteran of the Architect Registration Exam, and served as the Item Writing Chair of the NCARB Architect Registration Exam 5.0. Jody also served as a past ARE 4.0 coordinator for Building Design and Construction Systems.

“Jody has helped shaped CDFL into what it is today,” said Rob Farr, CDFL President. “We are thankful for his many years of dedication and service.”

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Meet the Team: Mandy Carroll

October 30, 2018

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 the newest member of our administration team Mandy Carroll. 

What do you do at CDFL? 

I provide administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. A few of my daily duties include answering the company phone, greeting clientele, scheduling meetings, researching and keeping files up to date. I work closely with Tracy Hall, our Office Coordinator in creating support documents for the files related to ongoing and new projects. I’m also the go-to for setting up Lunch and Learns for the architects to receive CEUs, which so far is one of my favorite duties here.

What unique attributes do you bring to the CDFL team?

I believe I bring real passion and energy to this role. I have a strong desire to help others and develop as a professional. My attitude has always been that if I am going to do something, I should put every effort into it, in order to succeed. Also, I’m a dedicated team player. I am always willing to help out where I am needed. I thrive in a team environment and fully believe a team that is communicating well will be the most productive and successful. I can also add that I am able to work under pressure. This job requires someone that can multitask and work across several projects at once, with regular deadlines throughout the year.

How long have you worked in the industry?

I’ve worked in office support since 1998, but this is my first time working in the architectural world. It’s quite different from the places I have worked in the past, but most definitely a positive change. So, as I answer this question today, I have worked in the industry for 6 weeks and 3 days.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood? 

There are quite a few to choose from and it is hard to choose just one favorite! So far my top meal has been the “Grits and Grillades” from Rooster’s, which is two fried chicken tenders on a bed of cheese grits, and smothered in the restaurant’s famous Creole tomato gravy. YUM!!!

What’s your favorite TV show?

I just finished watching the first season of The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. It was scary but very entertaining and I hope there is a second season!

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?

Since I am new to the Jackson Metro area, I like to explore the city and all the options for shopping and dining. I also travel back to Carroll County, where I am from originally, to visit with my family. My boyfriend and I enjoy music and hopefully we will be able to check out some concerts at Duling Hall soon.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?

I can honestly say that this is hands-down the best team I have ever had the privilege of being a part of on a daily basis. Transitioning to a new city and new company was a lot less stressful than I could have ever imagined. Each one of my colleagues has treated me with respect and kindness. The Fondren community is such a hip and lively place, so for the office to be located here is also a wonderful perk! And let me not forget to mention that having every other Friday off from work is pretty awesome. I truly feel so happy and blessed to be a CDFL team member.

What’s the last movie you saw?

The last movie I watched in a theater was The Batman Lego Movie. I don’t go out to watch many movies, but I do watch plenty at home. I love a good horror/scary movie, so I just recently re-watched The Conjuring 2.

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Meet the Team: Paul Eason

October 23, 2018

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 electrical designer Paul Eason. 

What do you do at CDFL?

I’m the new electrical designer. I work with Ron and Jesse to help in designing electrical systems for all kinds of projects.

How long have you worked in the industry?

This is actually my first job in the industry.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?

Tough call! I live above Basil’s so I think I’ll have to go with the home team since my elevator always smells like fresh bread in the morning.

What’s your favorite TV show?

I probably re-watch all of “Parks and Rec” at least once a year.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?

When I’m not at work you can probably find me in Oxford or at least yelling at the TV like a lunatic when the Rebels are playing.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?

It’s got to be the office culture. It’s very collaborative and everybody is always willing to help and share ideas. The coffee game is pretty strong too.

What’s the last movie you saw?

“The Last Waltz”. Scorsese’s finest work.

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Office Update

October 16, 2018

We’ve had a lot going on at the office and it’s time for an update!

First up, two of our team members were recently welcomed by the Mississippi State Board of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Jackie Smithers was welcomed as a licensed architect and Clark Wells as a landscape architect. We are very proud of their accomplishment and hard work!

Next we have two new team members who you will be meeting soon! Mandy Carroll has joined the administration team and Paul Eason has joined our electrical engineering staff as the newest electrical designer. We are happy to have them on the team!

As you may have heard, we are relocating!  And since our new office is just one block away, we are able watch the progress of our new building daily. Here’s a peek at what’s happening on site today. The exterior is starting to be closed in and interior walls are being framed out. The parking lot is the next big item to be completed soon!

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Project Update: Trustmark Fondren

September 4, 2018

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Trustmark Fondren reached a milestone last week in the 19,000 SF project with a topping out ceremony. The project is the future home for Trustmark Fondren’s retail branch and private banking along with CDFL. Trustmark Bank will occupy the first floor while CDFL occupies the second floor.

A beam, signed by members of the Trustmark staff, Yates Construction team, and CDFL design team, was added to the two-story building after the on-site ceremony. “This is a significant milestone in the construction process,” said CDFL President Rob Farr. “We are excited to watch the progress as this will be our new CDFL home!”

 

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Project Update: Word of Life Church Expansion and Renovation

August 27, 2018

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Word of Life Church recently celebrated the grand opening of its new facility. The campus is undergoing a massive two-part addition and renovation. The new facility includes a new sanctuary that seats 1875, ministry concourse, cafe, pastor and support offices, creative and media team work space, as well as additional support spaces. Renovations to the existing space include converting existing spaces into additional education spaces and improving circulation that will enhance the 102,000 total square foot facility. The renovations are scheduled to be complete in late 2018.

Several CDFL team members were on hand as the church met in its new sanctuary for the first time. “It was a great experience seeing it all come together! Seeing people in the space really made it come to life,” said Project Manager Robert Farr.

Below are a few pictures from the grand opening.

 

 

 

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Project Update: Trustmark Fondren

August 15, 2018

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The Trustmark Fondren team is hard at work on site and in the office. This week the team met for a Building Envelope Review Meeting (BERM) with the contractor and subcontractors involved in the building envelope.

Studies indicate that 85% of building issues are related to the exterior envelope and related to moisture and air infiltration. Of those issues, almost all are related to a very small segment of the exterior building surface – usually where dissimilar materials and systems meet.

For this reason, as part of a Construction Quality Control process, CDFL met with WG Yates Construction and its subcontractors in a comprehensive pre-construction review and discussion of all significant joints in the building exterior. Envelope Specialist Patrick Lazzari of Sinergi Consulting moderated a round-table analysis and discussion to establish consensus and clarify specific limits of work for each trade, to further ensure a clean construction process.

CDFL is proud to be part of this project and excited to see it move forward! Stay tuned for more updates.

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