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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Project Update: St. Catherine’s Village

August 7, 2018

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Our work at  St. Catherine’s Village continues with an expansion and renovation of the current Skilled Care Nursing Facility and a new Central Mechanical Plant. Both projects are currently underway so we thought we’d check in and see what’s happening on site!

Skilled Nursing Facility – The Skilled Nursing Care project is an expansion and renovation of the Village’s existing Skilled Nursing Facility. The 59,000 SF expansion project will enable the existing and new facility to have all private rooms while also creating 4,000 SF of new rehab space, a new kitchen, and a new elevator for the existing facility.

Southwest view along length of expansion

Northeast view along length of expansion and steel framing for the second story going up. 

New entrance into the facility

View inside the rehabilitation center

Metal studs that will be used to frame the interior walls are on site. 

Central Mechanical Plant – The Central Mechanical Plant is under construction concurrently with the Skilled Nursing Facility. Phase 1 of the plant will feature two 350 ton chillers and associated pumps that will serve the Skilled Nursing Facility as well as a portion of the existing campus facilities. Once completed, the central mechanical plant will feature two additional 350 ton chillers and will serve St. Catherine’s entire campus. The centralization of campus chilled water production will allow St. Catherine’s to greatly reduce its energy consumption while still maintaining the level of comfort residents expect.

Like many buildings and campuses across the country, the mechanical infrastructure on the campus of St. Catherine’s Village is beginning to reach its expected lifespan. While the existing equipment has served its purpose well,  its reliability has waned in recent years. As St. Catherine’s administration began to consider options to replace or upgrade the mechanical infrastructure, CDFL’s engineers suggested that a central mechanical plant be explored in order to centralize campus chilled water production and maximize campus efficiency. CDFL engineers worked with St. Catherine’s staff to devise a plan that considered immediate and long-term needs, and gave the campus maximum benefit for its investment.

Central Mechanical Plant building slab.

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Project Update: Oxford University United Methodist Church

July 30, 2018

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Work at Oxford University United Methodist Church is rapidly progressing and it’s getting closer to move in time! As expansion and renovation reaches its final stages, here are a few photos highlighting the new spaces in Oxford, Mississippi.

 

South side entry tower is getting ready for its debut!

The gathering space floor is almost complete with the Triquetra symbol.

There will be a coffee shop in the second floor entry of the new addition.

The Journey space is almost ready for worship!

The gathering space cross. A central space that communicates with all buildings on the OUUMC campus.

View of new second floor entry from parking garage.

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Project Update: Trustmark Fondren

July 25, 2018

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We are in month three of construction on the new Trustmark Bank branch in Fondren, and CDFL’s future new home, and things are moving along. Here’s a peek into what’s happening on site.

The first slab has been poured. This slab is for the stair tower on the north side.

Columns being set in place.

The crawl space mud slab was poured along with the majority of the vault being constructed.

Applying waterproofing to the concrete wall along Old Canton.

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Office Update: Intern Edition

July 16, 2018

We love having interns at CDFL and this summer we are happy to have two new additions to our team!

Originally from Clarksdale, MS, Kelli Weiland will be starting her 5th and final year at Mississippi State University this fall. She is a member of Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity and Co-editor in chief of the MSU School of Architecture newsletter BARNworks.  Kelli loves the honesty of design choices in architecture and understanding the steps it takes to produce the final product of a concept and the confidence that comes with being able to bring that concept to life. In her spare time, Kelli enjoys creating watercolor calligraphy prints.

Zack McWilliams, a Landscape Architect major, will also be starting his 5th year at Mississippi State University this fall. Zack chose Landscape Architecture after taking an Architecture Appreciation class and finding the design aspect to be very appealing. He’s always been a big outdoors person and loved nature. When he’s not working or studying, Zack enjoys camping and hunting and, like most college students, he likes playing video games. Zack is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and serves as secretary for the MSU ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) chapter.

 

 

 

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Office Update

July 10, 2018

Tracy Hall Celebrates 25 Years with CDFL

Our office coordinator, who keeps CDFL running on a daily basis, recently celebrated 25 years with CDFL! There are not enough words to thank Tracy for her many years of service to CDFL, but we wanted to try anyway.

Tracy’s dedication to CDFL and everyone who works here shows every single day without fail.  Her understanding of our business and willingness to help others are essential to the success of our company.  We all appreciate Tracy’s hard work and kind spirit, and we count ourselves as lucky to have her as a member of our team! – Ron Fender, Principal

Tracy is the sunshine of the office. The amount of effort she puts in to taking care of the office’s needs (professional and personal) is incomparable to the amount of credit she would ever accept. CDFL is lucky to have such a kind and dedicated person as the backbone of the company. – Ashton Polk, Administration

Since I started at CDFL in 2001, it has always been clear that Tracy is the glue that holds this firm together. Whether it’s catching mistakes in our work, dealing with an office issue, or just generally caring about the well-being of everyone on staff, Tracy goes above and beyond to keep this train moving in a positive direction. – Chris Myers, Principal

Tracy has been such a positive force in helping me to acclimate to CDFL. Anytime I asked she  went above and beyond to assist in anyway possible. I consider her a good friend and feel CDFL is extremely fortunate to have her passion for excellence and her caring way she performs each task put before her. Congrats Tracy on 25 years – the first half of your tenure here 😉 – Chuck Stringer, Business Manager

Tracy is amazing! She always takes time for everyone. If you need help finding something, Tracy helps look. If you need help remembering something, Tracy can remember. If you just need someone to talk to, Tracy will listen. Thanks for always being there for us! – Amanda Taylor, Marketing

25 years is a true commitment and an outstanding example of how one member can change the destiny of so many with commitment, talent, compassion, leadership, joy and creativity. Tracy connects, supports, and guides us all. Thank you for being a friend colleague and a servant leader! – Rob Farr, Principal

Tracy, thank you for all that you do!

CDFL Welcomes New Members of the Family

The CDFL family is proud to announce our newest members. Interior Designer Katie Jo Chane and husband Ron Chane welcomed their son Seve in June and Mechanical Designer Keith Bradshaw and wife Carla welcomed their son Rhett in April. Congratulations!

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Project Update: Mississippi State University Chilled Water Loop

June 26, 2018

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In mid-2016, Mississippi State University hired CDFL engineers to proactively analyze their campus chilled water system, identify problem areas, and propose potential solutions for both immediate and long-term functionality. CDFL utilized its Campus Utility Modeling System to digitally analyze the existing equipment and piping infrastructure capacities. The system analysis revealed that expansion or up-sizing of the underground piping system would be required to satisfy anticipated future cooling requirements. Our engineers, in collaboration with MSU staff, considered multiple options to relieve these capacity concerns. Eventually, it became clear that the best option was to bisect the existing loop with a pair of chilled water lines, creating two sub-loops.

CDFL provided MSU with valuable data, plans, and schematics to assist in the decision making process.

This option, however, was not without challenges. The proposed chilled water lines would need to route through MSU’s iconic Drill Field: a central area of campus with both historic and aesthetic significance. As alumni of MSU, our mechanical engineers knew the importance of protecting the beautiful campus centerpiece and traditional pipe installation methods would result in potential permanent damage to the area.

MSU’s Drill Field
Picture courtesy of Mississippi State University. 

Our engineers and MSU staff explored alternative installation methods, deciding ultimately to pursue a design utilizing horizontal directional drilling. With this method, a drill rig, operated from one end of the pipe run, bores an underground path for the pipe. The full length of high-density polyethylene pipe is assembled above ground and pulled into the bore by the drill rig. This method allows all of the work to be completed with minimal impact to the surface of the Drill Field.

Construction for this project began early this summer. Currently the first of two parallel bores is being drilled and the HDPE pipe is assembled and awaiting testing before it is pulled to the depths of the Drill Field, far below the feet of thousands of students above. Once in service, the new pipes will alleviate current concerns and support the campus in its continued growth.

Currently, two 1600 foot long pipes lay above ground, awaiting testing and transportation to their final service locations.

We look forward to the completion of this project later this year and thank MSU for the opportunity to participate in an interesting and innovative project!

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Project Update: Thalia Mara Hall

June 19, 2018

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We are excited that the USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) has made its way back to Jackson for the two-week dance competition bringing dancers from all over the world to our city.  The IBC takes place at Thalia Mara Hall,  the city’s municipal auditorium. CDFL, along with Friends of Thalia Mara Hall, Downtown Jackson Partners, and Copeland & Johns, Inc. General Contractors  worked steadily to get the Hall ready for this year’s competition.

CDFL created the master plan and led the charge managing vendors and city employees to prepare the Hall for the USA IBC.  Repairs, upgrades, and cleaning were completed under CDFL’s direction and made possible by remaining funds from Friends of Thalia Mara Hall, led by past IBC Chairman Haley Fisackerly.

Copeland & Johns stepped in and committed their time to perform the work needed. “We are extremely grateful for the time and energy the Copeland & Johns team put in to this project. They saw a need and went above and beyond to meet the city’s need,” CDFL President and Friends of Thalia Mara Hall board member Rob Farr said.

John Gomez of Downtown Jackson Partners has guided and supported the IBC for the past four years in all of the downtown endeavors and you will see the visible signs of his efforts as you drive through downtown, walk the International Village, and visit the public spaces.  He has also performed a myriad of other duties that have been critical but not as visible.

“This was truly a team effort,” stated Rob Farr. “I am very proud of all the work each party put into making the Hall ready for the USA IBC. The city is honored to host an event like this and I’m pleased that we can provide such a spectacular site.”

Dancer 10 sculpture that traveled from the Bologna Center at Delta State University. Designed by New York sculptor Jack Howard-Potter who is active in the New York City dance community.  Copeland & Johns engineered and built a temporary base to anchor the sculpture. The result is a movable 2300 pound base.

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