Hinds Community College Softball Field Ribbon Cutting

April 7, 2016

Hinds Softball 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 and fans. Alumna Courtney Carson spoke about the impact the new field and accompanying features would have on recruiting and the Hinds athletic program.

The new field is a beautiful addition to the Raymond campus, and is the first piece of a 3-phase project that will include a dual entrance to the softball and baseball fields, a multi-team clubhouse, and will eventually feature 130 permanent grandstand seats plus sideline plazas for overflow crowds. The new multi-team clubhouse will provide much needed locker room space for the softball team, and an updated, more conveniently located home for the baseball locker room. Both the home team and visiting squads are provided with turf bullpens, with the Lady Eagles dugout located adjacent to three combination turf bullpens and batting cages.

Congratulations to the Lady Eagles and the Hinds Community College athletic program. Play ball!

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

March 31, 2016

School of Medicine Update
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 for healthcare in Mississippi. Attendees heard from Governor Bryant and Vice Chancellor Dr. Louann Woodward on the profound health, wellness, and economic impact the new building and the doctors who learn within it will have on the state. Congratulations to UMMC, project architect Colby Dearman, and the rest of the School of Medicine team on this achievement!


Project Update: Mantle

March 17, 2016

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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 and CDFL is proud to be partnering with Mantle to bring Fondren its first office space of this kind. The new space is located right down the street from our own Fondren digs, above neighborhood favorite Babalu, and is currently under construction. At this time millwork is being installed, restrooms are being outfitted, painting prep is underway, electrical conduits are being installed, and the existing millwork is undergoing a refurbishing process. Much of the original millwork, cabinets, and lockers from the Duling School will be repurposed.

When complete, here are some of the amenities members will enjoy:

– One 1000 sqft lounge area complete with super-plush couches, free coffee, water & snacks; premium tea and a craft beer tap at cost.
– Two 1000 sqft sit, pop, and start, open-concept classrooms outfitted with large format sharable desks, and lightning fast internet connections.
– Eight full-privacy solo-preneur offices: lockable offices with filing cabinets and a blank space to make your own.
– Three team tables that dedicate an entire table to you and your team of up to three other team members.
– Two partial-private booths for having more intimate business conversations with your team are open to all members.
– Two high-tech small conference rooms equipped with wireless mirroring on a 65 inch flatscreen. One relaxed and one for really getting down to business.
– One high-tech large conference room equipped with wireless mirroring on two 65 inch flatscreen and video conferencing.
– Zero: the time you will wait for internet content to load with the fastest internet available with full firewall security both wired and wireless across the entire campus.
– Mail handling for having a real business address.
– Lockers for secure storage of laptops and other items while you leave Mantle for a few hours or overnight.
– File cabinets for keeping paperwork and office materials secure like a more traditional office.
– Keyless access to the Mantle campus available using the Mantle iPhone app (Android coming soon) or keypad access.
– Campus concierge and inApp chat allow Mantle members to share ideas and skills across the Mantle Community.
This list comes courtesy of the Mantle website.

Stay tuned for more updates, and welcome to the neighborhood, Mantle!


What We’re Reading on the Web

March 11, 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!

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 standing desk trend seems here to stay, and while it’s a helpful way to keep one moving during the day, it can be an eyesore. Enter Ergotron’s Hub, a convertible desk that bolts to wall and disappears when not in use. Here’s more from FastCoExist.

Finally, an interesting take on the historically-inspired architecture of Washington DC and the future of its evolving cityscape.


Project Update: Affinity Health Group

March 3, 2016

Affinity Blog Update

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 and hoisted inside. Inside the building crews are working to prepare the walls and ceilings to receive their final finishes. Meanwhile, outside, we have sidewalks, roadways, and raised planter beds being formed and poured.


What We’re Reading on the Web

February 25, 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!

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 100,000 commuters each day, which leaves this editor wondering about those pristine white finishes. More here.

Check out this really fun interview with the Oscars’ set designer!

From FastCoExist, a team of design students at the Royal College of Art in London has created an incredible jacket that can also transform into a tent for refugees.

Great read on the emerging significance of architecture in Ghana and the homegrown talent flourishing there.

Happy reading, y’all!


What We’re Reading on the Web

February 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!

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 be exploring the rest of France, don’t leave the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie off your list. Stunning doesn’t begin to cover it. [via]

If you’re still loving the cold and enjoying Jack Frost’s company but itching for some exploration, get yourself to Utah and these really cool (intended) ice castles.

This Los Angeles home, designed in 1961 by influential South California architect John Lautner, is such an architectural wonder that it’s being donated to a museum. More here.


CSpire Speedzone

February 11, 2016

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 games. The Speedzone provides an on-campus retail outlet for CSpire mobile service and their popular mobile devices and accessories. CSpire also provides a 1 gigabyte-per-second fiber optic enabled internet network and WiFi access to Speedzone occupants. In an effort to enhance the fan experience through the integration of technology, the team’s roster, stats, a live game feed, library of instant replay video, and social media connectivity will be provided by 24 iPads located within the store.

“Working together with CSpire to help them realize their vision of incorporating cutting edge technology into the fan experience was an incredibly exciting opportunity. We are proud to have helped bring their vision to fruition, and are proud to have been part of this forward thinking team,” said Speedzone project architect Matthew Buchanan.

CDFL is thrilled to have teamed with CSpire to bring The Pavilion, as well as the University of Mississippi and its fans, such a distinctive and dynamic fan experience.


What We’re Reading on the Web

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 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 push the envelope! I’ll stop there, but you really should give these a look – this architecture really delivers! (I’m sorry)

From FastCoExist, a look at Paris’ future urban oasis. Described as “a floating village in the middle of a forest,” this tree-covered building in the middle of the city will double as a pedestrian bridge over a major highway.

23 Home Office Design Ideas That Will Inspire Productivity

And finally, it’s tool time. More specifically, time to talk about the Tools of an Architect. For a glimpse into the things our architects and other design professionals can’t live without, take a look at the CDFL Survival Kit.


What We’re Reading on the Web

February 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!

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 here.

We’ve written about the incredible work that the Rural Studio has done in the past, and this project is just more evidence of the ways in which they’re using architecture to change the world for the better.

From Architectural Digest, here’s a wild look at the Tokyo of 2045.

If the future of Tokyo was too much for you to handle, take a step back in time and check out some very old views of America’s most familiar cities.


What We’re Reading on the Web

January 21, 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 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 FastCoDesign on how hospitals and schools can take a page from theme park designers by taking a “guest first approach.” More on that here.

Tips on becoming a more powerful communicator from Brown University professor Barbara Tannenbaum.

Straight from the (very stylish) horse’s mouth: 10 interior design mistakes that designers always notice


What We’re Reading on the Web

January 14, 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 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 his work creating “projects of public interest and social impact, including housing, public space, infrastructure and transportation.” Check out this profile from Vanity Fair to see more about the incredible work he’s doing at his firm, Elemental.

“From textured glass to modular panels and airy fabrics,” Architect Magazine has a great feature on seven products that are helping shape and define interior spaces.

A show of hands – how many of you, dear blog readers, have ever been frustrated by the light emitted by the annoyingly efficient LED bulb? This blog editor is not afraid to say her hand is raised, and will even admit to sometimes (often) choosing light quality over conservation. Whoops. Good news, though: according to FastCoExist, thanks to some MIT researchers, there could be a new bulb in town, and it’s one that will both light our homes beautifully and warm our efficiency-minded hearts.

Happy reading!


Mississippi Museums Update

January 13, 2016

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, to coincide with Mississippi’s bicentennial statehood celebration.

As walls continue to go up, previously cavernous volumes have been delineated into the spaces that will house the civil rights and history exhibits, as well as educational spaces, an auditorium, offices, a full exhibit workshop, and enough collections storage to carry the state to its tricentennial.


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Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2015

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Best of the Blog 2015

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“Year in Review” blog posts are one of the best parts of transitioning into a new year, (right on up there with Pantone’s Color of the Year reveal – something that we in the design world take very seriously) and that’s why we like to end our year with a roundup of some of our favorite blog posts. It’s been a good year, and we hope you enjoy reflecting on some of 2015’s big hits with us. Happy New Year, and happy reading.

10. 250th Blog Post
Our blog made its debut in June of 2013, so we’re really proud to have reached this milestone a little over two years later. This blog post was also special because we shared some big news about CDFL Sports and one of our newest jobs: pre-planning and design services for a potential new on-campus football stadium at the University of South Alabama.

9. Design Inspiration: Lori Willis
This was a great glimpse into interior designer Lori Willis’ design process and inspiration for a project at the VA Medical Center.

8. Power of Plus: The Video
This year we added graphic designer Trey Vann to our team, and his talents really took our marketing production capabilities to the next level. This branding video is one of the first things we did after adding this new dimension to our marketing repertoire.

7. Museum Update
Being part of the nation’s first ever state-funded civil rights museum and its sister museum, which will cover Mississippi history, is something for which we are incredibly honored. We’ve chronicled our journey in several spots on the blog, but this was a particularly big step in the construction process. Stay tuned for more where this came from in 2016!

6. Women in Architecture, Part II
While this blog post’s counterpart was technically published in 2014, the follow up published in 2015 was one of the year’s best reads.

5. Highland Village: Before + After
This project was one of the year’s most dramatic renovations, and these gorgeous pictures are a testament to the unbelievable transformation of one of Jackson’s most recognizable sites.

4. Branding Through Design
Interior designer Katie Jo Chane gives some insight into her design process, and how an interior can more effectively communicate an organization’s branding and ideals.

3. Architecture: A Love Story
We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a tribute to our most beloved structures.

2. Holiday Extravaganza 2015
These posts will always get a Best of the Blog shout out because it’s 1) the most wonderful time of the year, and 2) a really fun glimpse into some of the personalities behind the Power of Plus. Here’s Part 1, Holiday Trivia; Part II, Wish List Vol. 1; and Part III, Wish List Vol. 2

1. CDFL Survival Kit
One of our most fun and visually stunning blog posts of the year was a peek into what we keep on our desks, in our pockets, and on our devices.