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Project Update: Arts Center of Mississippi

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 […]


Project Update: Raytheon

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 […]


Project Update: Trustmark Fondren

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 […]


Project Update: Word of Life Church Expansion and Renovation

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 […]


Project Update: Trustmark Fondren

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 […]


Project Update: Oxford University United Methodist Church

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 […]


Project Update: Trustmark Fondren

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. […]


Project Update: Thalia Mara Hall

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 […]


Project Update: Raytheon

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, […]


Project Update: Oxford-University United Methodist Church

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 […]


Hope Lodge Topping Out Ceremony

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 […]


Project Update: Children’s Hospital of Mississippi

Together with leaders from Children’s Hospital of Mississippi, representatives from CDFL, HDR, Blue Cottage, and Smith Hager Bajo assembled in Dallas for a two-day design charrette. The goal of this meeting was to establish the stacking and space plan that will become the basis for the new pediatric facilities on UMMC’s campus. The new facilities […]


Project Updates

Trustmark Meridian This week we are wrapping up phase one of construction on Trustmark Meridian. The owner moved over Labor Day weekend and financial transactions will now operate out of the new banking lobby. We are wrapping up the exterior of the building, and moving on to phase two of the interior! Photo courtesy of […]


Highland Village Project Update

CDFL is proud to have been involved in the revitalization of one of the stalwarts of Jackson commerce, Highland Village. Our efforts there are a true testament to the power of plus as we provided mechanical, electrical, architectural, landscape, and interior design services. From designer Greg Narlock, here’s a quick look at what we’ve done […]


Mississippi Museums Project Update

This update on the Two Mississippi Museums Project was written by architect Mike Reese. Exciting progress continues to be made at the Mississippi Civil Rights and Mississippi History Museums site. Concrete reigns supreme as the king of material being used at both museum projects. Many of the site’s pours begin as early as 1:00 AM […]


Project Update: Two Museums Project

As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer, we are pleased to share an update on progress at the Two Mississippi Museums site. This blog entry was written by architect Mike Reese, one of the CDFL team members working on the project. Work is progressing nicely on the Mississippi Museum of Natural History and […]


CARA Dog Park Update

Jackson officially welcomed the metro area’s very first dog park with an October 12th ribbon cutting. Bree’s Bark Park was designed by Principal Ann Somers and her husband Jim, a landscape architect, and is located adjacent to Jackson’s largest no-kill shelter. The facility has been a big hit in the community thus far, already attracting […]


Project Update: UMMC Cardiovascular Center

This update on the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center was written by intern architect Parker Anderson. There is lots of exciting progress being made on the Cardiovascular Center at UMMC! The interior renovation for the Prep/Recovery portion of the building is the farthest along. Most of the finishes are in place, […]


Project Update: Highlands Presbyterian Church

To support their growing congregation, Highlands Presbyterian Church of Ridgeland, Mississippi has selected CDFL + LS3P to lead the effort in planning a new sanctuary addition and phased renovation of their existing education space. The new sanctuary will seat 1,000+ congregants and connect the new facility to the renovated education building through a multi-level ministry […]


Project Update: Natural Products II

The following is a construction update on the Thad Cochran National Center for Natural Products Research, Phase II, at The University of Mississippi. This post was written by Architect and Project Manager Katie Lightsey. It is hard to miss the exciting progress on NCNPR Phase II at Ole Miss, and if you go to any […]


Cardiovascular Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center

We’re excited to see progress on the new Cardiovascular Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Awarded the project in 2010, CDFL designed a new heart facility that includes three catheter procedure labs, two electrophysiology procedure labs, seventeen private patient recovery rooms, a non-invasive cardiovascular department, staff offices, and conference room. Demolition of an […]