What We’re Reading on the Web

August 18, 2016

what we're reading

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 blog shared no fewer than 4 different stories about the more adult take on a kid’s classic, so it shouldn’t be surprising that we’re excited to share this update! The new blocks have come in kits featuring famous buildings, and the latest model to join in on the fun is the US Capitol! More here.

And finally, some amazing images that take symmetry very seriously. [via]


Project Update: Mississippi College Basketball Arena

August 16, 2016

Project Update

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 of MC’s basketball and volleyball teams will see improved weatherproofing thanks to new sealant, with the most dramatic interior work happening high above Choctaw fans’ heads. In addition to a major LED lighting update, the arena’s geodesic dome, one of the few still in existence around the world, has been completely restored.

For more on the renovation, including its projected completion and additional improvements.

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What We’re Reading on the Web

August 4, 2016

what we're reading

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 little diddy in your head, then you’re going to love today’s WWRW.

First up, let’s head down to Rio to check out the city’s 10 Most Significant 2016 Olympic Venues. Architectural Digest has an entire section of the website devoted to the Olympics, which begs the question: why isn’t everyone doing this? You can tour Team USA’s friends and family hangout, along with the team house that belongs to our northern neighbors, as well as take a trip down memory lane looking at some of the best architecture in Olympic history.

From Complex, their take on the 50 Best Buildings In Olympic History.

Wired has the scoop on Rio’s incredible plans for the traditionally discarded Olympic venues.

And finally, a look ahead at some of what Beijing has in store for 2022.



August 2, 2016

Project Update

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 factors when selecting a fixture. The model, created by CDFL engineer Jesse Browning, ensures that repair, replacement, and energy usage costs  are more accurately represented by accounting for variables including operating hours, electrical rates, maintenance rates, fixture replacement/parts and more. This in-depth analysis will allow MDOT to select a fixture that vastly improves the experience of drivers on Mississippi roadways, while saving MDOT tax dollars in repair and energy costs.


What We’re Reading on the Web

July 29, 2016

what we're reading

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 also takes place in Scandinavia.

Elle Decor has a collaboration with Sotheby’s featuring 10 of the world’s most opulent (and available!) waterfront homes.

While fascinating is not normally a word one would associate with an article related to grammar, this editor is sticking with it, so: here’s a fascinating look at how social media, text messaging, and websites have altered traditional grammatical givens.

Take a Dramamine and then check out the nearing-homestretch progress on Apple’s new campus.


Project Update: UMMC School of Medicine

July 21, 2016

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:

som_blog_image9Waterproofing membrane has been installed on the CMU back-up walls prior to the exterior brick being installed.


som_blog_image1A brick veneer is being installed along the south face of the building. Multi-modal study spaces will line the exterior of the glass overlooking the internal courtyard.


som_blog_image2The tour looks up at the mechanical catwalk area above the large auditoriums. This will allow service of the systems above the acoustically sculpted ceiling.


som_blog_image4View of the atrium stairs. This space will serve as the building’s central circulation area for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


som_blog_image5The majority of the duct work and piping has been installed in the space above the ceiling in the public corridors. Finishes and exterior windows will be installed soon.


som_blog_image7Chief of Staff Brian Rutledge investigates the central atrium space and the student spaces around it.


som_blog_image8Members of the leadership group making final selections for the brick pavers that will be found on the building’s exterior, both in the plaza and courtyard areas.

pictured in header: The tour reviews progress in one of the large auditoriums. Each of these spaces will seat 200 students in a lecture format and will feature fixed tables and loose chairs to allow for group collaboration.


Warrior Bonfire Project

June 30, 2016

The Power of Plus_new

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 more.

While many area firms have a hand in the project, CDFL has taken on the role of design development, and is providing plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineering services.

Visit the Clinton Courier for more information on the Bonfire Lodge and how to donate to the Warrior Bonfire Program.


Meet the Team: Robert Farr

June 28, 2016


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 worked for Kurt Salmon, a healthcare consulting firm, and Cooper Carry, a large architecture firm both based in Atlanta. Whether it was presenting to a bond advisory committee, programming a new trauma tower or managing design and production for a international coffee chain, I have a broad base of experiences that will bring a different perspective to our team.

What would surprise us most about your job?
The level of collaboration that occurs on projects is always surprising. Working within the built environment involves much more than just lines on paper.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
I am very much looking forward to working with and learning from the CDFL engineering team. The ability to have multiple professions under one roof results in strong project results for our clients.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
Trying to keep up with Robert; my wife Bethany and I have an active and fun two year old son who provides a wealth of entertainment.

What’s your favorite TV show?
Thomas the Train and Sesame Street are currently on a heavy rotation.


What We’re Reading on the Web

June 23, 2016

what we're reading

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 courtesy of Taiwanese designer Shawn Yang and you should absolutely check them out!

This might call for a cross-country road trip, y’all: The Man Who Made America’s Magnificently Tacky Architecture Famous.

Speaking of road trips, though substantially more difficult to get to, and definitely not cheesy, the artist Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude have just unveiled an incredible art installation on Italy’s Lake Iseo. The nearly-two mile walkway will allow visitors to walk just a foot above the water and continues 8,000 feet through the streets of Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio. Very much worth a look even if you don’t plan on making it across the pond this month. More here.

Anyone else guilty of reading on their phone until they fall asleep? This somewhat discouraging (but extremely informative) infographic is an important read. [via]


Project Update: Affinity Health Group

June 22, 2016

The Power of Plus_new

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

June 9, 2016


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 the next few years.

What is the best thing about working at CDFL?
The best thing about working here is the atmosphere within the firm. Everyone acts like we are all one big family and is always willing to help each other out. Another great thing is CDFL’s ability to work on a wide range of projects at any given time, which means that as an employee you never get bored doing the same thing over and over again.

What do you spend the most time doing outside of work?
I like to be outdoors as much as I can. Whether it be cutting the grass, playing disc golf or grilling out with friends, I just love being outside. Of all those activities, my absolute favorite thing to do is play disc golf – which works out well as I live right next door to one of the best courses in the state.

What’s the last movie you saw?
The last movie I went to see was Captain America: Civil War.

How long have you worked for CDFL?
I have worked for CDFL for almost a month, and spent two years working in the profession while I finished my last few years of school.

What is your favorite lunch spot in the neighborhood?
It’s hard to pick a favorite but I would say Pig & Pint is my favorite because I love BBQ. A close second would be Taste of the Island. It’s not exactly in the neighborhood as it’s located downtown but it’s got the best ribs around.

What’s your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is House of Cards. Kevin Spacey is one of the best actors I’ve ever seen.



2 Mississippi Museums Project Update + Tours

June 2, 2016

MS Museums Blog Update 2

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 peek into what we saw.

msm1View from the exterior of the building, which is part of Jackson’s Capitol Complex. The museum (left) is located adjacent to the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, another project in which CDFL is proud to have played a part. This area will eventually become a public space that will be used for concerts, weddings, and other events.

msm2From the entrance of the building looking toward what will be the museum gift shop.

msm3The epicenter of the civil rights portion of the building will hold a “This Little Light of Mine” art installation. The civil rights museum main gallery is nearly ready for exhibit installation. Additional exhibits areas are located off of this beautiful, natural light-flooded space.

msm4Another view of the future museum store (right) looking toward the Hall of History and history museum portion of the building.

msm8Lucy Allen, MDAH Museums Division director, guides the tour through the temporary exhibit gallery. This space will house traveling exhibits that have made their way to the two museums.

msm6CDFL’s Ann Somers reviews a floor plan alongside Project Manager and CDFL architect Chris Myers.

msm7From the second floor balcony, this view shows several of the history museum’s exhibit spaces.

msm10From the bottom of the public parking garage, these steps will lead up to the plaza shared by the 2 Museums and other Capitol Complex buildings.

Photographs courtesy of Hannah Orlansky


What We’re Reading on the Web

May 18, 2016

what we're reading

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 it’s spurred around NYC.

10 Typologies of Daylighting: From Expressive Dynamic Patterns to Diffuse Light

We’re mere weeks from the official start of summer; and hopefully for you, dear reader, plenty of summer vacation! If you’re planning a domestic voyage or you’ve got to be in another American city for business travel, don’t miss Bon Appetit’s food-inspired city guide. This editor might just plan her next trip around some of these finds! [via]

Happy weekend, happy reading!


What We’re Reading on the Web

May 12, 2016

What We're Reading

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 might just sway your opinion. PS: Yes, that’s correct – $63 million.

Book report time! Architectural Digest has some highlights from Annabelle Selldorf’s Selldorf Architects’ Portfolio and Projects.

From Fast CoDesign, the World’s Most Iconic Libraries, Reduced To Their Essential Forms.

Ikea’s new collaboration with Ingegerd Råman is nothing short of affordable, cool perfection.

Happy reading, y’all!


Trustmark Meridian Ribbon Cutting

May 11, 2016

Trustmark Blog Update

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 from the event, check out coverage from the Meridian Star.