Project Update: Raytheon

June 4, 2018

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We are excited to announce our involvement in the latest development at Raytheon’s Consolidated Manufacturing Center located east of Forest, Mississippi. With a footprint of approximately 50,000 square feet, the building will contain administrative space as well as a fifty-foot tall high bay production and test facility. The high bay facility will host manufacturing, integration, and testing of the US Navy’s next-generation Air and Missile Defense Radar program.  Construction of the new facility will begin in August, with its completion expected by the first quarter of 2020.

We are exceptionally proud of our design team for the work they’ve accomplished and look forward to the construction of another successful project!


 David Burnet (CDFL Project Manager) with Governor Bryant, Wes Kremer (President of Raytheon IDS),
and Neal Minich (Operations Manager at Forest) at the press conference. 

For more on this exciting project, check out this in-depth feature from WJTV12.


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CDFL Takes 2nd Place in City of Jackson Signage Competition

May 31, 2018

At a City Hall press conference on Tuesday, the Office of Planning and Design announced the winners of a competition to provide signage for use throughout the City of Jackson. On hand to congratulate the winners were Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Planning Director Dr. Mukesh Kumar, and representatives from the three donor partners: Downtown Jackson Partners, Greater Jackson Arts Council, and Visit Jackson. CDFL was proudly represented by Chris Myers. Congratulations to the first prize winner, Samantha Okolita; we can’t wait to see your design in action!



Meet the Team: Hannah Wilson

May 21, 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 interior designer Hannah Wilson.

What do you do at CDFL?
I am CDFL’s newest interior designer!

How long have you worked in the industry?
I’ve worked in the industry for one year, going on two. I graduated from Mississippi College in 2016.

What exciting thing are you working on right now?
Well, all the projects are somewhat exciting to me! This is my first experience with commercial design, and the wide range of projects we have the opportunity to work on is pretty cool. My favorite thus far has to be The Hotel Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana. I love the aesthetic and vibe of the location and the building! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
Babalu! $2 tacos on Tuesday and guac? Need I say more?!

What’s your favorite TV show?
It’s currently Gilmore Girls, but my favorite is always changing. My staple shows, though, are New Girl, The Office, and Parks & Rec!


Project Update: Word of Life Church

May 17, 2018

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We’re just a few months out from the grand opening of the Word of Life Church expansion and renovation! Here’s a peek into what’s going on in Flowood:

– Seating will be installed in the coming weeks
– Sanctuary lights and speakers are being installed
– Casework is being installed in the cafe and church offices in the coming week
– The majority of the building’s exterior is complete


Project Update: Oxford-University Stadium

May 9, 2018

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Here’s a sneak peek at the new addition and renovations to Oxford-University Stadium, home of the Ole Miss baseball team. We’re thrilled to share some highlights of these new player-focused spaces!


The player enters through a massive corridor with natural light that extends to the Dugout Club located to the left.

The new player locker room is double the size of the original 1989 locker room.

Next to the locker room is the new treatment room. It triples the size of the original treatment space, and includes a separate treatment pool room with hot and cold tubs and a private office for the head trainer.

The second floor houses the player lounge, a new space for the baseball program. The player lounge will have multiple televisions and lounge furniture. Glass walls connect this space to the new weight room as well as another new feature for the program: a nutrition center.

Adjacent to the player’s lounge and nutrition center is the new weight room. The space overlooks Swayze Field and Bailey’s Woods.

Athletes utilizing the new weight room’s cardio equipment will enjoy this view.


Project Update: Oxford-University United Methodist Church

May 3, 2018

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As the OUUMC expansion and renovation reaches its final stages, here are a few photos highlighting the church’s new spaces.


The first and second floor connector corridors feature views of the courtyard playground.


Circulation between all of the buildings crosses this giant atrium with abundant natural light.


Located directly off the central atrium, The Journey is a new contemporary worship space with state of the art audio-visual capabilities.


The second floor of the new office/education wing can be accessed via the top level of the new parking garage.



Hope Lodge Topping Out Ceremony

May 2, 2018

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There are several major milestone events surrounding the excitement of new construction; people love to a attend a ribbon-cutting or a groundbreaking. The least high profile of this, speaking only in terms of notoriety, is the topping-out ceremony.

The topping-out ceremony occurs when the final steel beam is hoisted into place, high above where the more commonly known milestone events take place. The ceremony has its roots in Scandinavia, but has turned into an opportunity to celebrate progress on new construction projects around the world.

Recently, this significant moment was celebrated at the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation Hope Lodge in Jackson. We were there to chronicle this exciting moment, and are thrilled to see this project continue to take shape in the coming months.





Celebrating Ann Somers

March 29, 2018


It’s a bittersweet day here at CDFL, as we bid adieu to Principal Ann Somers as she transitions into a new chapter of her life. Ann has been a fixture at CDFL for nearly three decades, beginning her career here in 1989. Her professional history is remarkable, having worked on a multitude of projects in a multitude of settings. Ann’s attention to detail is second to none, and her kindness, warmth, and positivity make her a client favorite. She is creative and thoughtful, and her designs are a direct reflection of how well she listens to her clients’ goals for their space.

Beyond the walls of CDFL her contributions to the architecture world and the community of which she is a part are immeasurable. She was the 2003 Mississippi State University School of Architecture Alumna of the year, the 2004 Mississippi AIA President, and 2008-2009 President of the North Jackson Rotary. Ann is also involved in the Sierra Club’s Mississippi Chapter and the National Audubon Society, and, closer to home, is a alumna of Leadership Jackson and a major supporter of CARA.

“The special gifts that Ann provides will make our world a better place to live. She’s already made CDFL a better place to work, and I know her drive to serve the community will continue to make a difference,” said Rob Farr, CDFL President. “Her commitment to excellence has always provided the highest quality design for her clients, and she’s so skilled in finding the elements that define a project and excite the spirit. To say she and her smile will be missed is quite the understatement.”

Ann, we are so grateful for your commitment to CDFL and your dedication to the community. We are all better for having worked alongside you, and can’t wait to see what you do next. We know whatever it is, it’ll be spectacular.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’ve ever seen an Ann-designed space, here’s a sampling of the work she’s done over her career at CDFL:

Bree’s Dog Park
Woolfolk Building addition and expansion
Woolfolk Building renovation
Alcorn State University Math and Science Building
William F. Winter Archives and History Building
Blue Cross Blue Shield campus expansion
Blue Cross Blue Shield main building renovation
Sillers Building interior renovation
Mississippi College School of Law addition and renovations
BancorpSouth Madison branch
BancorpSouth Capitol Street branch interior renovation
Phelps Dunbar LLP interior renovation
Brandon Medical Clinic
University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Short Stay addition
UMMC School of Medicine Simulation Center
UMMC Space Allocation Study
Casey Elementary School addition and renovation
Murrah High School math classroom addition
Dr. A.H. McCoy Federal Building Renovation
Highland Village renovations
MDOT headquarters renovation
Saint James Episcopal Church addition and renovations
United Methodist Foundation Mississippi headquarters
Two Mississippi Museums interiors planning


The Power of Plus

March 8, 2018

Check out our latest Power of Plus short!


Campus Utility Modeling System

March 1, 2018

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CDFL’s engineering team has long helped many of our clients navigate the challenges that come with maintaining healthy utility systems. With large campus environments constantly growing and evolving, impacts to campus utility systems become inevitable. To combat the issues that arise as buildings are added, renovated, and expanded, CDFL engineers have developed a digital model to help our clients’ facilities and engineering personnel effectively and proactively manage their campus utilities and plan for the future.

Based on real time analysis, the comprehensive campus model provides decision makers with reliable data on potential impacts to multiple utility systems. This data allows our clients to make informed decisions about campus growth and instills confidence that new buildings, as well as existing buildings, will operate as expected at the completion of construction.

The Campus Utility Modeling System helps our clients plan for the imminent, the eventual, and everything in between. For more information on how we can help your team plan for the future, contact David Luter, PE.


Engineer Ben Fulton, PE, Becomes Principal

February 20, 2018

CDFL is thrilled to announce that mechanical engineer Ben Fulton, PE, has been promoted to Principal. Ben brings 15 years of experience to CDFL’s growing engineering group. As the head of the mechanical engineering division, Ben is responsible for the oversight of all fire protection, plumbing, and HVAC design. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Ben has experience with building automation, energy efficiency, and sustainable design.

“Ben’s experience and leadership has been invaluable to the continued success of our engineering team. To seem him take on a larger leadership role within the greater company is incredibly exciting,” said CDFL President Rob Farr. “We are grateful for his commitment to CDFL and look forward to watching him grow in this new position.”

Ben credits his fellow engineers for his success. “The engineering department would not be where it is without my colleagues.”

He continued, “As the mechanical engineering department moves forward, we see ourselves continuing to push the boundaries of building energy requirements and continuing to provide our clients with affordable building design.”

Congratulations to Ben and good luck in your new role!


St. Andrew’s ARC Hosts 11th Annual Rumble in the South

January 17, 2018

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Earlier this week, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s new Athletics Recreation Center (“the ARC”) hosted the 11th Annual Rumble in the South, a showcase featuring some of Mississippi’s top basketball talent. The 65,000 sf facility was packed for the Canton – Olive Branch game when we stopped by to see it in action. Take a look!



With the gym standing room only, fans, visitors, and waiting teams utilized the numerous television screens located throughout the facility to watch the game between the number two and number three teams in the state. 

For more on the ARC, check out this in-depth feature from the Clarion Ledger.

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Fourth Annual Holiday Trivia Extravaganza

December 14, 2017

The CDFL Holiday Q-and-A 2017

It’s here! It’s here! The moment we know you’ve all been waiting for: our Annual CDFL Holiday Trivia Extravaganza. We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a glimpse at some of our team’s funny family photos and felt free to laugh  ̶a̶t̶  with us in our vintage holiday garb. Thanks for reading, and have a very Merry Christmas, y’all!


A Fun, Old-Fashioned Family Christmas!

December 13, 2017

It’s CDFL like you’ve never seen us before: presenting our fun, old-fashioned family Christmas card collection. We hope you enjoy this trip down our fictional memory lane!



A Very Merry #TBT

December 12, 2017

A Very Merry #TBT Christmas 2017