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We aspire to wake up every morning energized by the belief

ur third edition of Aspire celebrates recent work through our most important asset and ingredient to success: the lives of people.

In this context, people are clients, users, and viewers of the designs which we create. Embedded in each project is a passion for making people’s lives a little better by making an impact through the spaces and places we create. Throughout our firm’s history, we have embraced the opportunity to touch lives through our work and we respect the responsibility that comes with it.

Offices of Kilpatrick Townsend

New York, New York

ASPIRE is a publication of Cooper Carry. Its intent is to celebrate the projects and our people who collaborate to make them become a reality.

We see firsthand how our built environment can make lives better every day. As we in the New York area recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, we continue to be reminded daily of the turmoil and personal disaster resulting from Sandy’s destruction. Notwithstanding that, our built environment can provide personal comfort and safety and serves to create a sense of community in the process. And in times of disaster, it is the sense of community which motivates and accelerates rebuilding of the community.

Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pratt Farmer

At Cooper Carry, we often speak of building community in our work, as a by-product of design. Our buildings create the setting for life. Assistant Editor . . . . . . . Amanda D’Luhy It is through these shared experiences that we develop a true sense Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rick Snider of community. Sandy caused the northeast to recognize just how important it is to recognize that the value of “building community” Contributors . . . . . . . . . .Celine Buthion in a project goes far beyond bricks and mortar. Too often we can Lauren Perry Ford succumb to simply focusing on the aesthetic qualities of design, forgetting about the impact the building will have on the community Amanda D’Luhy for years to come. Buildings help the community celebrate life’s challenges, whatever they may be. Buildings are called upon for Rich Flierl their utility during a crisis and how they withstand during that test is Lisa Goodman a further testament to the designer’s ability to understand how that building will interact with the people it serves and the environment Mark Kill it is in, even in the most difficult of situations.

Joe McClyde

Brian Parker

Tanne Stephens

Through careful and thoughtful design as you can see on these pages, we endeavor to venture beyond the minimal considerations of codes and regulations because we want our designs to embrace the community in a positive way. We reach for creating designs that embrace people, enrich their lives and bring them together as communities. Join our community of readers and enjoy. Ben Wauford, AIA, Principal

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Cooper Carry’s client, The JBG Companies, won the Northern Virginia NAIOP Award of Excellence for Speculative Office Building, four stories and above, for 800 North Glebe! This was the fourth time in six years that we have won this award.

that we can change the world by designing a better environmental experience for its people.

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A Tale of Three Cities W By Brian Parker

ith 19 offices around the world, and corporate headquarters in Midtown Atlanta, we were thrilled in 2009 when Kilpatrick Townsend asked Cooper Carry to partner with them on three major construction exercises on which they were about to embark. The next three years were comprised of back to back design and construction efforts, totaling more than 337,000 square feet of new or renovated interior space, in the major markets of Atlanta, Washington and New York.

With so many offices around the globe, each with its own distinct national and regional culture, the

client was open to the idea that each of their offices could look and feel different. They felt it important to give ownership of the office designs to the local attorneys and staff. Clearly this would not only allow us to explore different and distinct design ideas for each space, it would also create a sense of â&#x20AC;&#x153;buy-inâ&#x20AC;? for the user groups in each market. Law firm design has changed and evolved since our first design project with Kilpatrick Townsend twenty years ago. Despite the freedom we had been given to craft a unique environment for each office location, it was of critical importance that each new office reflect the latest philosophies in

Washington D.C.

how law firms work and operate today. One of these key changes involved the increasing ratios of senior attorneys to legal administrative support. In the past, each partner would be assigned their own legal secretary, who would also serve two or three associate partners as well. This was essentially considered a 1:1 ratio. Emerging trends have moved this ratio near 4:1; with some firms pushing closer to 5:1. This increasing ratio meant that square footage previously allocated for legal secretary support could be redistributed to other uses such as increased paralegal staff, flexible work areas for case work, or additional attorney offices.

A second evolution in law firm design was the need for adaptability and change within the work environment. With all fixed wall offices, file rooms, supports spaces, etc, law firms were forced to work within the confines of the space that had already been developed, or undergo renovation work to accommodate a changing need. The new concept to help alleviate this problem was to create spaces which were modular in size and could be adapted to serve multiple purposes through the changing tides a firm would undergo. This was accomplished in different ways on each project, some with demountable wall systems and technology, and others with dimensional modularity to allow for future flexibility.

Atlanta The first and largest of the three projects was in Atlanta. Located at 1100 Peachtree Street, the firm’s international corporate headquarters occupied the top thirteen floors of an early 90’s midtown high rise. After Kilpatrick undertook an initial search of the Atlanta office market, the decision was made to remain in their current home on Peachtree Street. Capitalizing on their lease renewal to acheive more efficiencies, it was decided to reduce their footprint from their existing 13 floors to 10 floors for the new lease duration; netting close to 227,000 square feet of renovated space.

The gauntlet had been laid down. The challenge before us was to renovate 10 floors of 19 year old existing law firm space while the firm continued to operate and experience no down time. This was accomplished through extensive coordination with the owner, the landlord, the contractor, and the design team. The strategy employed was the generation of a nine phase construction schedule over a fourteen month period in which an entire practice group would “swing” down to one of the three floors that would ultimately be given up, thus allowing the contractor to demo and construct a full floor of renovation

at once. This was of course complicated by tight durations and occupied space above and below the construction zone. Once complete, furniture was moved in and a practice group would “swing” back upstairs to their new home; often on a different floor from where they had started. Further challenging the design effort was the firm’s decision to pursue LEED Gold certification. A few months before construction, the landlord announced that the 1100 Peachtree building would pursue LEED EB (existing building) certification. With an existing space, and existing mechanical systems, the team sought other avenues for the necessary LEED credits. A few major contributors were a completely new lighting system consisting of extensive occupancy sensors, 100% new carpet made of extremely high recycled content, installed with zero glue, and selective reuse of existing materials such as doors, frames, and wood trim.

The two most complex and lengthy construction phases took place on the top two floors of the building and housed the firm’s main reception space, a large attorney dining room, numerous conference rooms, and a large law library. The decision was made to cut the library square footage in half, another national trend in law firm design, as the majority of today’s law materials are available on the company’s digital network. This opened up square footage to expand the dining room which would allow the firm to remove the “attorney only” restriction, thus offering it as an amenity for all employees; yet another trend in modern day law firm design. Ornate millwork and detail fill these two “public” facing floors and serve to make a grand gesture to the firm’s history and stature in the Atlanta legal community. All new finishes, lighting, and conference room furniture punctuated this successful renovation and re-stack.

New York The second project Cooper Carry’s design team completed with the firm took place in the “Big Apple”. Until this point their New York practice had been sub-leasing space in midtown Manhattan from another large international law firm. With continued growth in the New York market, the decision was made to build out new office space to help catalyze their staff expansion and success. After test fitting a number of buildings on the midtown skyline, Kilpatrick settled on a space mid way up the iconic Gordon Bunshaft “Grace” Building at 42nd Street and 6th Avenue. Overlooking Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, the 45,000 square feet of new space would afford our client with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and lower Manhattan. Serving as the “design architect” for this effort, while the building landlord and architect handled the construction documents and administration, the space

was designed as a team effort with both our DC and New York offices. Inspiration came from one of nature’s enduring creations found 22 floors below in the Grace Building’s lobby and reception space. Soft neutral travertine became the foundation of a material palette which would be described as quiet, calm, and timeless. A stunning wood veneer called “dyed movingue” has an almost opalescence appearance in its figuring and crossfire, and anchors the majestic arrival and reception area for the firm’s clients. The final punctuation for the New York design effort was the inclusion of bold “blue” leather seating surfaces in all of the conference rooms. While not a selection that would have been made for the Atlanta project, because the firm allowed for individual identity in each office, the New York lawyer’s were culturally open to this dynamic and unique design concept.

Overlooking Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, the 45,000 square feet of new space would afford our client with unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and lower Manhattan.

The New York staff was culturally receptive to the design concept incorporating blue leather seating into their conference rooms.

Washington D.C. Our final design and construction effort for Kilpatrick Townsend finished this spring in downtown Washington, DC. With the White House in view, the historic Westory Building at the corner of 14th and F Street, has served as the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DC home for many years. Occupying the top three floors of the building this 65,000+ square foot in place renovation would have some similar challenges to the Atlanta headquarters project. As currently situated, the firm was located on the 9th, 10th and 11th floors of the building. Clients or guests would take the elevator to the ninth floor and be received in a small, internal reception space. Attorneys would come greet their guests and escort them to any number of conference rooms scattered throughout the three floors of the firm. We wanted

to change this paradigm but to do this meant we would have to propose a major change to the design concept for the space. One floor up from the current reception area, the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exterior skin has some inward movements which created space for a long linear balcony; which existed already but was not frequently used. Our proposal was to demolish all of the offices and support space in this corner of the tenth floor to create a brand new unified reception and conferencing suite for the firm. This would also allow them to activate and utilize the exterior balcony as an amenity. Not unlike the New York project, this major shift in thinking would allow for a concentration of high end materials in the public area of the project which freed up conferencing square footage in other areas of the project, balancing the cost of the finishes in the employee centric portions of the office.

Without question, the most impressive transformation was the new reception and conferencing suite on the 10th floor. Exiting the elevator you find the new reception space adorned with a natural stone floor which turns vertically to become a 100 foot long stone clad feature wall; linking the conferencing spaces on both ends. Warm “pickled oak” wood veneer panels wrap the opposing elevator core and reappear as accents and furnishings throughout the space. A dynamic red wall wrapped in a three dimensional fabric create a focal point of color visible in multiple adjacent conference rooms. The showpiece boardroom at the end of the axis houses a spectacular forty + foot long table complete with an integrated video conference camera lift and direct access to the exterior balcony. The corner conference room no doubt serves as the “pièce de résistance” with views to the White House and the Washington Monument. Brian Parker is a Senior Associate with Cooper Carry and serves as project manager for the Kilpatrick projects.


HIGHER EDUCATION STUDIO ADVANCES FOOTPRINT WITH COMPLETION OF THREE PROJECTS Cooper Carry, the internationally recognized design firm, continues to expand its higher education practice, delivering innovative, sophisticated and inspirational environments that foster growth and learning. This summer, the firm celebrated the opening of three projects: the new student center at Georgia Highlands College, the renovation of the library at Atlanta Technical College and a library expansion at Shorter University. GEORGIA HIGHLANDS COLLEGE STUDENT CENTER

Highlands College in Cartersville, GA, was unveiled in August in time for the fall semester. Students voted to help fund the project, a 55,000 square foot center featuring a two-story student lounge, the campus bookstore, a cafĂŠ with seating areas, a game room and meeting space for student organizations. Cooper Carry also incorporated fitness facilities into the design including weight and cardio rooms, an indoor track, a basketball court and a volleyball court. The student center at Georgia



Cooper Carry designed the first academic building on Georgia Highland’s campus in 2005, and the new student center – with its two-story windows, roof deck and wood truss ceiling – reflects the agrarian feel of that building and the rest of the campus. The next project - the library expansion at Shorter University in Rome, GA - opened for use in September. The 13,000 square foot, three-story addition to the Livingston Library includes additional stack space, a computer lab and a reading room surrounding an atrium. The team designed the addition with traditional American reading rooms in mind. The space is connected to its surroundings by large glass windows that provide students with ample natural light as well as great views of the campus that encourage interaction. The 36,000 square foot library at Atlanta Technical College also opened in August. The renovation project posed design opportunities, as Cooper Carry converted a former Georgia Public Broadcasting building into a library and testing center for the school, complete with computer labs,


high-tech audio and visual components, media production space, study areas, classrooms and offices. The building was transformed into a much- needed place for students to gather, innovate and learn in an active and vibrant environment. “Cooper Carry continues to be a leader in higher education design because we understand how to create efficient, practical and innovative buildings that meet the needs of students and faculty, while also creating exterior spaces that fit seamlessly into the broader campus design,” said Tim Fish, principal and coleader of Cooper Carry’s Higher Education Studio. The higher education practice, inspired by Cooper Carry founder Jerry Cooper, seeks to create facilities that are modern while respecting a school’s traditions and cohesively advancing the broader campus landscape. In addition to the completion of these three projects, Cooper Carry has designed for universities across the Southeast, including the University of Georgia, Duke, NC State, University of Alabama, Emory and Georgia Tech.

The Trinity Avenue Urban Farm More and more we hear the term “urban farm” used when talking about food production. Wikipedia describes it best. “Urban agriculture is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in, or around, a village, town or city. Urban agriculture in addition can also involve animal husbandry, aquaculture, agro-forestry and horticulture. These activities also occur in peri-urban areas as well.

and fruits and meat products to be made available to urban consumers. A common and efficient form of urban agriculture is the bio-intensive method. Because urban agriculture promotes energy-saving local food production, urban and peri-urban agriculture are generally seen as sustainable agriculture.

The recognition of environmental degradation within cities through the relocation of resources to Urban farming is generally practiced for income-earning or food- serve urban populations has inspired the implementation of producing activities, though in some communities the main im- different schemes of urban agripetus is recreation and relaxation. culture across the developed and developing world. From historic Urban agriculture contributes models such as Machu Picchu to to food security and food safety designs for new productive city in two ways: first, it increases farms, the idea of locating agrithe amount of food available to culture in or around the city takes people living in cities, and, second, it allows fresh vegetables on many characteristics.”

Last year, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Wal-Mart representatives and officials from the Office of Sustainability and Sustainable Atlanta announced a competition to design an urban farm on a vacant lot across from City Hall. The Trinity Avenue Urban Farm Design Competition was launched to support the city’s effort in establishing an effective and inspirational model for urban agriculture and furthering the city’s pursuit of becoming a Top 10 sustainable city. “We are very excited about the opportunity to create a sustainable and accessible greenspace in the heart of downtown that will serve as a model and educational tool for similar projects in the future,” said Mayor Reed in his announcement. “I want to thank our partners at Wal-Mart for their generous support of the urban farm and

their commitment to bringing fresh produce to inner-city neighborhoods.” Supported by Wal-Mart, who contributed a $25,000 award, the design competition sought to transform the site of the old traffic court building – vacant for several years – into a thriving demonstration farm. “We are honored to support this project which will ultimately promote local foods, create jobs and build community,” said Wal-Mart Regional General Manager Karen Brewer-Edwards. With the ultimate goal of showcasing how fresh food can be grown locally and sustainably, the competition promoted creativity and innovation in the design of the farm, as well as raised aware-

ness of the farm itself. The Office of Sustainability is consulting on this multidisciplinary project with Sustainable Atlanta, the Atlanta City Council, the University of Georgia School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Georgia Organics and Truly Living Well. “By engaging a consortium of city leaders and experts from outside organizations, this cutting-edge demonstration project has the potential to inform a wide range of stakeholders on the benefits of local food programs,” said Sustainable Atlanta Director Suzanne Burnes. Several architects, planners and designers from the Cooper Carry Atlanta office decided to collaborate on a submission. “We are all

passionate about sustainability and as a group, we knew we had many great ideas that would translate into a submission that would not only win the competition, but would also serve as a catalyst to promote the idea of urban farming,” says Chris Lazarek. As a result of the submission, the Trinity Avenue Farm and the team was recently honoured by the American Society of Landscape Architects for its “meritorious and creative thought” The Team Chris Lazarek, LEED AP BD+C Stephen Busch, RLA Richard McWilliams, RA Stephen Carlin, SEGD, LEED AP Kyle Reis, AICP, LEED AP Mike Wright, PE, Eberly & Associates, Inc.

The George Washington University Virginia Science & Technology Campus Collections and Conservation Research Center By Amanda D’Luhy and Lauren Perry Ford

Cooper Carry has extensive experience in the design

of environments that connect people to place; it is rare that we have an opportunity to design a project that also connects research, preservation, education and art. We are pleased to be providing full architectural services for a new collections and conservation research center on the George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus located in Ashburn, Virginia. This Center will serve as a processing and storage space for collections and will include an educational component for research and scholarship. It is being designed as a support facility for a new museum that will open on the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus in downtown Washington, DC in 2014. The nearly 55,000 sf facility will be comprised of over 24,000 sf of museum support and approximately 30,000 sf of academic incubation space.

The new facility is scheduled to be complete in September 2013 and is the first ground-up project on The George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in more than ten years. The academic and research component has been designed as a “shell” to start. As programs are identified for inclusion in the building, interior space design and build-out will ensue. The academic and research shell has been designed to allow for flexibility to accommodate the changing needs of the campus. As the University continues its expansion and investment in the Virginia Science and Technology Campus, the facility will potentially include a combination of classroom, lab and office spaces. The museum support space will house archival facilities for the preservation and conservation of the collections of the George Washington University and the Textile Museum, which is moving to the University’s Foggy Bottom campus, as part of an unprecedented

agreement with the University. The University’s collection includes a variety of items including artwork. portraits and personal memorabilia, as well as the Albert Small Washingtonian collection and The Textile Museum collection which will be part of the new Museum. The Textile Museum is an internationally acclaimed collection of more than 19,000 objects dating from 3,000 BCE to present including textiles from the Near East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Given the delicate nature of the Textile Museum’s collections, the collections and conservation research center’s design required the incorporation of sophisticated systems to ensure a relatively sterile area for the storage and conservation of the objects. Humidity control systems will guarantee that the sensitive objects are not destroyed by moisture or dryness. Careful material selection and design detailing of the building walls will protect the building from even the most ambitious rodents and insects. Two processing rooms will enable museum staff and conservators to clean the objects before they enter the sterile storage rooms. The facility is targeting LEED-NC Silver certification and includes sustainable features such as a reflective roof, bio-based tile, low-flow fixtures, and recycled content and locally-sourced materials.

BUILDING OVERVIEW Client: George Washington University Size: 55,000 sf / 3 stories Sustainability: Targeting LEED-CS Silver Completion Date: September 2013

Cooper Carry Team Members: David Kitchens, AIA Lauren Perry Ford, AIA, LEED AP Brian Campa, AIA, LEED AP Karen Trimbach, IIDA Jessica Long Tyler Blazer, Assoc. AIA

Employee Spotlight

Joe McClyde


with Passion By Celine Buthion

(Above) This picture was taken while hiking at 10,300 feet in the Little Lakes Valley in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, with views of mountain peaks more than 13,700+ feet high surrounding the valley. (Below) This picture was taken on Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon. Like many “main streets” serving neighborhoods outside of Downtown Portland, Alberta Street is developing ways to create a one-of-a-kind retail experience by promoting

incubator retail and commercial uses by using non-traditional methods (trailers, shipping containers, air streamers, retrofitted school buses, and eclectic outdoor seating areas) to create unique retail opportunities by infilling vacant lots and parking lots. Funky little outdoor retail nodes like that shown in the picture are found throughout this main street in a strategy by the community to push and support new small businesses. The only national chain on this street was a bank.

While architecture serves as a voice to express the artistic influence of the architect, photography takes it a step further by interpreting architecture by the eye of the photographer, manipulating different perspectives to bring out

the visual elements of a single structure. Both Joe McClyde, Architectural Staff, and Terry Michaels, Office Manager, in Cooper Carry’s Newport Beach Office share the same passion for the visual arts.

Joe’s passion started a few years ago following a semester spent studying abroad where he regretted not taking pictures. After college, Joe’s passion for the built and natural environment became a lot more serious. “Photography has become a passion of mine as it is a great tool for capturing the history and evolution of cities and communities, as well as the relationship between the built and natural environment.” Over the six years being in the California Office, Joe has taken more than 90,000 pictures and has personally walked and photographed more than 90 cities - 60 of which are in California - covering 23 states and two countries. “Pictures become a photographic library that captures my experience and impressions of a place and allow me to translate what I see to others physically. When I walk and photograph a city, a permanent visual imprint is left that influences me as a design professional, and gives me the ability to relate that to the projects and clients we serve.”

Employee Spotlight

Terry Michaels

Here are 3 pictures that make me sigh each time I see them. "Shanghai Guru" (bottom left) is actually one of my favorites from my trip to China. My trip to Alaska in 2010 was my last "wow" trip. - left and bottom right.

Like Joe, Terry spends a lot of her free time traveling and pursuing photography. Growing up, she spent the majority of her teen years living in four countries, where she developed her passion for photography. “I have been taking pictures since I got my first Kodak Instamatic when I was 10. My family was opening businesses around the world, and I "documented" it all in pictures. Once video came around, it became an attainable goal to tell stories visually because the cost was within reach.“ Prior to joining Cooper Carry, Terry was studying filmmaking at Saddleback College in Orange County, where she became acquainted with every aspect of the process, from editing, art direction and set design, camera operation all the way to producing and directing. Since then, Terry has worked on two feature-length films, and over 20

short films. She produced and co-directed one film which had a very successful run at film festivals, premiered at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival, played at the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and won a "Peace in Filmmaking" award in Hollywood. “I especially like to capture a ‘moment in time’ with the realization that the very next second, the image captured will be entirely different. I really like the emotions that film and photography can capture.“ Now, traveling as often as she can, Terry never misses an opportunity to capture the many elements of life surrounding her; “My daughter lives in NYC and I shoot no less than 1000 pictures each and every time I visit her.” When asked to sum up her experience with filmmaking and photography, Terry said: "I didn't know I couldn't, so I did it."

A visiting student models lowerlimb orthoses developed in the P&O lab. Hovorkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team can make custom-fit orthoses and are working with carbon fiber to develop super-light alternatives to plastic and foam devices. The brace on the right leg is a prototype of a system that could replace the bulky, easilyworn-out walking cast that anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suffered an injured foot knows all too well.

A peek inside the workplace of a fascinating Yellow Jacket.

By Rachael Maddux

Feet of Engineering Georgia Tech’s School of Applied Physiology, designed by the Science + Technology Specialty Practice Group of Cooper Carry, moved into its digs in the Engineering Center building in March 2011, but they’re already having to make some adjustments to the space _ and it’s a good problem to have. This fall, the Master of Science in prosthetics and orthotics program will welcome a class of 14, the largest in its history. (Last year’s class topped out at 10.) They’ll join professor Chris Hovorka,

MSPO program co-director and coordinator of orthotics, and his team in researching, developing and manufacturing “state-of the art” prostheses (artificial limbs) and orthoses (external braces). (Left) Lab supervisor Scott French fine-tunes an endoskeletal prosthesis. The P&O lab is expansive— parts of it resemble a tidy garage workshop mashed up with a sculptor’s studio. (Above) Gary Pine, whose left leg from the knee down was removed in an elective amputation after a motorcycle accident, has served the program as a patient model for clinical treatments and research for eight years. “Gary plays a vital role to help us understand how a person interacts with the various technologies as he performs a variety of motor tasks,” like walking, jogging and sitting, Hovorka says. Pine’s prostheses— one each for the shower, mowing the lawn and driving—are all zebra-print. “It goes with everything,” he explains.

Photography by Josh Meister

Hovorka and his team gave the Alumni Magazine a closer look inside their sprawling workspace, where they work closely with real patients to focus in on the relationship between human and wearable technology.

Article reprinted by permission from The Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine -- Volume 88, Number 3

By Joe McClyde, LEED AP & Richard J. Flierl, ASLA

Rebirth of a




The following article is an in-depth analysis of the challenges often confronted when planning a very complex site. This is the final part of a three part series about a revitalization project in Cleveland, Ohio.

UPTOWN@University Circle

(Above) Uptown at University Circle looks to build on the vibrancy and success of East 4th Street in downtown and create the next transit oriented neighborhood along Euclid Avenue. This new neighborhood will be the heart of University Circle connecting the cultural hub of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, and University Hospital to downtown through HealthLine BRT on Euclid Avenue.

“Without a vibrant downtown, a town or city can not meet full potential. Successful development is contagious. It will spin out of its original place and begin to spawn new and exciting opportunities.” – Richard Flierl. In April of 2006, MRN Ltd. shifted their efforts from downtown to the opposite end of Euclid Avenue at University Circle. MRN Ltd., working side by side with Cooper Carry’s principal Richard Flierl, was engaged by Case Western Reserve University, a university with an enrollment around 10,000 students, to be the master developer of an approximately 20 acre site along Euclid Avenue. The site is located within the cultural hub of Cleveland, with the Cleveland

Museum of Art, Western Reserve Historical Society, Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, and Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition to being located adjacent to Case Western University, University Hospital, ranked in the top three percent of hospitals in the nation, is also located adjacent to the site and resides as one of Ohio’s largest private sector employers.

Euclid Avenue splits the Uptown neighborhood. The northwestern half of the site, known as the Beech property, has no existing development, presenting a gap in the urban fabric along Euclid Avenue. The site today provides a large parking lot and is bounded by Ford Road, Hessler Street, a historic and protected residential street, 115th and Euclid Avenue. The southeastern half of the site, however, includes the Triangle development - two residential tower buildings, support retail, a parking structure, and a surface lot fronting onto Euclid Avenue; Abington Arms, an additional apartment building behind the Triangle development and closer to the tracks of the Red Line; and the main campus building for the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), another historically protected building on the site. The Triangle property is bound by Mayfield Road, Euclid Avenue, East 117th, and the Red Line that connects this site to the airport and Windermere. The vision for Uptown at University Circle is to create an authentic and hip retail, cultural, arts, and entertainment experience. This experience is centered on the idea of a self-sustaining, mixed use, transit-oriented neighborhood, anchored and interconnected by a great street – Euclid Avenue. While many new mixed use developments find it easier

to tear down and build again new, the design and development team for Uptown worked diligently to preserve and reuse a majority of the existing buildings and structures on the site. Through the creation of a bohemian alley, artful and eclectic in nature, a new street was created to connect the existing building frontage to the new, vertically integrated mixed-use development fronting directly onto Euclid Avenue.This urban design move allows for Euclid Avenue to be lined by new mixed use buildings that become the start of “main street” at University Circle. The new alley-like street will be of a more intimate nature with an overlay of art within its public realm, anchoring a new building for the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a new addition to the CIA. Several mixed-use projects throughout the country share similar challenges to Uptown at University Circle: increasing transit and connectivity; leveraging existing assets; creating vibrant, unique and successful retail experiences; infusing art, culture, and education into the design; planning great public realm and open spaces; facilitating community and stakeholder outreach; and creating new vertically integrated mixed-use urban centers that are viable, livable and memorable places.

(Left) The context plan for Uptown shows the site outlined with a dash, Case Western Reserve University in blue, University Hospital in red, the Hessler Street Neighborhood and Little Italy in orange, and important cultural, architectural, and education buildings in black.

(Top) The plan for Uptown at University Circle illustrates the new building frontage along Euclid Avenue and the “bohemian alley” that will connect MOCA to CIA while activating the renovated Triangle towers. (Bottom Right) This colored diagram shows the comprehensive strategy for leveraging existing assets to create interconnected experiences within the Uptown neighborhood. The diagram shows the location of a new transit center with red arrows showing the 5 minute walk to Euclid Avenue. An entertainment district is shown in red, the adaptive reuse of the Triangle towers for student housing in light blue, an arts park and MOCA in green, a museum district in teal galleries of student work, and neighborhood servicing retail in the orange.

Transit and Connectivity Euclid Avenue connects the heart of downtown at Public Square east to Case Western Reserve University, one of the leading research universities in the country. In October of 2008 and after several years of planning, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) opened the HealthLine – a 6.8-mile long bus rapid transit (BRT) system on Euclid Avenue. The HealthLine links Cleveland’s downtown core to University Circle and East Cleveland, connecting along the way Playhouse Square, Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Clinic. Supplementing the HealthLine, the Uptown site has a hard rail stop on the Red Line, giving access to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and city buses and community circulators, servicing the Cleveland metropolitan area. However, through great urbanism – intimate block sizes, comfortable, inviting and active public realm and open spaces – Uptown looks to foster an environment that supports transit connectivity, biking but especially walking. Acting as the “main street” of University Circle, the

mixed-use Uptown neighborhood offers the opportunity for this area to be selfsustaining – providing retail, entertainment, and services currently missing in the area. Leveraging Existing Assets Uptown at University Circle is in a prime location next to two prestigious universities, a major hospital, the cultural epicenter of Cleveland, and amazing transit connectivity to downtown and the surrounding region. Adaptive reuse of buildings and structures on site may complicate the design and development of a site, but also offer interesting and sometimes quirky opportunities that add to the character of a place. “Adaptive reuse allows the new buildings to feel like they are embraced by the existing

context versus being imposed – it softens the impact of new buildings,” says Flierl when describing how Uptown dealt with the traditional character and the style of University Circle. The preservation of the existing Triangle apartment buildings on site created a cost-effective and unique opportunity to incorporate retail into the ground floor and to renovate its units – units that could embody the new vision for Uptown or that could accept future university or student housing to meet the growing needs of Case Western Reserve University and CIA. Through the preservation of the Triangle buildings, the new alley-like street proposed in the plan embodies similar characteristics as East 4th Street downtown – and the street itself becomes a part of an artful public realm.

Vibrant, Unique & Successful Retail Experiences Uptown at University Circle includes a similar retail strategy as East 4th Street – crafting its retail tenants around the amazing cultural, art, and educational attractions on site and in the area. With great transit connectivity, it is important to ensure that no overlaps in retail services occur in order to preserve the viability of retail in other locations and neighborhood centers. The retail at Uptown must focus on meeting the needs of self-sustaining its community. As each individual node takes on the identity of its neighborhood and community, Uptown also benefits as a regional destination through connectivity and by avoidng competition between other retail hubs. Through the appropriate interface with the RTA, the HealthLine runs down the center of Euclid Avenue allowing for broad tree-lined sidewalks to be activated with outdoor dining and vending. It’s the people-watching, conversing, lounging, and hanging out on Euclid Avenue while everyone shops and dines that will make the retail experience successful and memorable. Thoughtful Infusion of Art, Culture, and Education To differentiate Uptown as a unique urban neighborhood center within University Circle, it must capitalize on the existing artistic, cultural, and educational assets within the area. The inherent nature of MOCA and the CIA expansion on site

(Top Left) The preserved Triangle towers will be renovated to accept new student housing for Case Western Reserve University and potentially CIA students. (Middle Left) The existing main campus building for the Cleveland Institute of Art will preserve its historic facade along Euclid while building a new addition (along the side with the banner in the photograph) to house the entire campus on the Uptown site. (Bottom Left) The Peter B. Lewis Building on Case Western Reserve University’s campus design by Frank Gehry. (Above) Diagram showing the treatment of Euclid Avenue - parallel parking at the edge of curb to buffer and protect pedestrian from traffic on Euclid. It allows for a landscape zone and outdoor dining against the street (dark beige); and an unobstructed zone along the building for walking (light beige).

(Top) The rendering shows the preliminary “broken tower” design concept of MVRDV, architects for the CIA expansion project.

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interfaced with MVRDV to study how the building would interface and connect with the rest of the development, and open spaces to achieve the vision for Uptown. (Right) The two 3-dimensional models illustrate the scale of the development with the top image looking west and the bottom image looking north.

drives the inclusion of art, cultural and educational, through its use and through architectural design. Even the historic Hessler Street neighborhood hosts an annual fair celebrating local artists, food and music. The Uptown project integrates into its design an artful public realm that includes outdoor student galleries, art displays and installations, and art walks. This design approach incorporates a holistic approach to art, culture, and education, providing a stage for each to coexist simultaneously. Flierl says that “by engaging the arts community in the initial design, art transcends application to an infusion shaping the identity of place.” Great Public Realm and Open Spaces “Public spaces,” says Flierl, “should take the highest priority in the formation of the plan. Public spaces should not subordinate themselves to architectural statements or style.” Great public realm and open spaces are the one chance for a development to make an impact on the broader community. Where buildings may address individual

needs within a community, they are interconnected and synergized by the public realm and open spaces – the place where people come together and interact socially. Euclid Avenue is the heart of

this chassis, with multiple mid-block connections, terminus vistas, comfortable urban open spaces, and with considerably less traffic than Euclid Avenue, the bohemian alley can become a unique and programmable public space. The synergy between Euclid Avenue, as the Main Street of the development, and the alley as an artful, intimate and usable open space is essential to crafting the identity of the Uptown experience at University Circle. Community and Stakeholder Outreach As consultant to the MRN Ltd. development team, the Cooper Carry team interfaced with various stakeholders â&#x20AC;&#x201C; University Circle, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospital, the historic Hessler Street neighborhood, and Greater Cleveland RTA; Foreign Office Architects, designers of MOCA; MVRDV, an architect out of the Netherlands designing the addition to CIA; and the community. Even though the Cooper Carry consultant team was not local to the Cleveland area, they worked with MRN Ltd. to strategically schedule all workshops and meetings with each of the vested parties in two full-day sessions. At two different phases in the project, Cooper Carry conducted several design workshops with the various design firms, stakeholders, Case Western students, and the public to solicit input and successfully gain consensus on the vision for Uptown at University Circle. Cooper Carry worked with five different architects to develop a unified plan around each building. Vertically Integrated Urban Neighborhood Centers Mixed-use developments may vary in their size and scale, but they all share the same complexities; and each different land use coexists seamlessly with the others. Vertically and horizontally integrated mixed use projects offer a sustainable approach to urbanism, preserving land to create an amazing public realm and open spaces.

Uptown at University Circle looks to striate the height of mixed-use development to respond not only to the various heights of adjacent buildings, but more importantly to keep the scale of the new mixed-use buildings at a level to allow for visibility to Euclid Avenue from the existing Triangle towers. The vertical striation of buildings at Uptown provides an opportunity to populate this new urban center with a place where

people can truly live, work, learn, and play.


landscape architect and urban designer, who created the Center for Connective Architecture at Cooper Carry. The Center is a think tank, a vessel of ideas that brings together all members of the design profession. A philosophical atmosphere promotes a vision toward a collective good.



MRN Ltd. is a Cleveland-based family-owned developer, managing and operating its properties. They utilize a construction group in-house, including their own general contractor. With more than 30 years of experience in the business, MRN Ltd. eliminates the middle-men and performs cost-effective restorations. Consequently, they are able to rent quality units with desired amenities at very affordable prices. In acquiring properties, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important criterion is always location. All of their properties are located within walking distance of a short drive to shopping centers, restaurants, and public transportation. Before MRN Ltd. started to redevelop the East 4th Street neighborhood, they acquired an old office building around the corner on Euclid Avenue. They (Above) Holiday Inn Express converted the building to a Holiday on Euclid Avenue in downInn Express with 141 hotel rooms. Committing to the new neighborhood, town. MRN Ltd. placed their office within their new hotel building, and one family member even lives in one of their units on East 4th Street.

Multiple Design Awards for the Design ll Studio at Southern Polytechnic and State University Editors Note: When a project is singled out for an award, we are gratified. When that same project receives seven design awards, we take note. Recently, we had an opportunity to sit down with Mark Jensen, Rick Fredlund and William Collier of Cooper Carryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Science Technology Specialty Practice Group, to learn more about the Design II Studio at Southern Polytechnic and State University (SPSU).

studios of 16 students each, six faculty offices and a 280 seat multi-media auditorium.

The design goal of the new building was one of creativity, transparency and visual communication. By minimizing typical interior finishes, such as drywall and suspended ceilings, the design allows students to easily understand how many types of structural and building components work. The Design II site The Design II Studio addition is part of a multi-phase cuts into the hillside that slopes down below the transformation plan to expand the existing School of existing first year studio building. Therefore, the roof Architecture Building at SPSU. The renovation of the terrace of Design II rests at the first floor elevation existing building houses the first year design classes of the existing building, creating a green roof loggia and the addition provides new studio space for sec- and an outdoor classroom shared between the two ond year students. The new complex functions as a buildings. The project also includes the new main whole and serves to weave the interactive curriculum pedestrian axis that provides major access to the rest of the campus. of first and second year design classes together as the curriculum for second year explores design, maIntegrated Planning terials and methods, building systems, and building construction. A principle objective in the design was The integrated planning process used to collaboratively design the building included periodic design to provide instructors with a 360 degree teaching workshops with representatives of the University; tool, demonstrating fundamental concepts of construction and material use. The building houses six including, the Architecture faculty, the Department

Chair, the Dean of the Department, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The University’s goals were to create a new, separate but connected building for the second year studios which would support the current enrollment of approximately 96 students; but also be able to meet the future goal of eight studios. The project was also to provide a new high capacity auditorium which would serve the entire five year curriculum, something the Architecture Program did not have at the time. All workshops revolved around the following seven guiding principles that were established at the onset of the project: 1. The new studio should be a contiguous space. 2. The “loggia” should encourage interaction, connectivity and community between first and second year students. 3. Flow between the existing building and the addition should be intuitive and clear. 4. The building should serve as a teaching tool. 5. The building should create a strong identity for SPSU. 6. The design should accommodate future growth. 7. Sustainability should inform the design. Implementation The building’s design is a mix of modern and traditional, including white composite metal panels, a significant amount of glass, and brick. It was important to apply brick to the south façade to tie the building to the rest of the campus, with both color and texture. The design team’s approach challenged basic design standards, such as traditional stacked or running bond brick, in order to inspire the students to be as creative as they dare demonstrating to them what is possible in actual construction. The south façade of the building includes four solid walls which face the main pedestrian axis. “We wanted something more than just a brick façade,”

says Fredlund. “Our goal was to show that you could take something as predictable as brick, yet make it very stimulating to the eye,” he concludes. Collier began to explore brick patterns and served to challenge the design team to look beyond perceived limitations of brick composition to see just what might be incorporated in the design. Knowing that masonry would be integral, the design team reached out to O.L. Jollay, masonry contractors. “We visited Jollays’ brick yard and with several of his masons began to explore various methods for laying brick. It was inspiring to watch the passion those guys had for their trade,” says Collier. The result of that visit was the genesis of a design pattern that had never been attempted before. Without delving too deeply into the physics, suffice it to say Jollay conceived of a most unique approach to allow his mason to accomplish our designer’s vision for a brick wall that appeared to move with each step as you passed by. The design team worked closely with the brick mason during the design and construction documentation stages to optimize the design using appropriate construction technology, ensuring quality workmanship. Along the east-west orientation and southern exposure, the design team took advantage of the direct sunlight, resulting in dramatic shadows from the brick pattern. These walls were seen as blank canvases to manipulate in a creative way with brick as the perfect material. Even though the walls are separated from one another, the design for the brick pattern studied the overall wall as a whole and tied together in the mind’s eye like a triptych, or in this case a tetraptych. As you walk along the main pedestrian axis, the experience of the brick wave changes as the sun traverses east to west during day, and the azimuth of the sun changes throughout the year.

It is this brick pattern and the treatment of the product itself that has resulted in the Design II Studio at SPSU now having received seven awards. In addition to being LEED Silver certified, the building has been awarded the following: • • • • • • •

AIA South Atlantic Region Brick Award, Honor Award, 2012 Gold Award, Brick in Architecture Awards, 2012 American Institute of Steel Construction IDEAS2 Award, National Certificate of Recognition, 2012 AIA Georgia Merit Design Award, 2011 Brick Industry Southeast Region, President’s Award, 2011 Gold Award, Brick in Architecture Awards, 2011 Craftsmanship Award of Excellence, Masonry Association of Georgia, 2010

How Did They Do That? The design team studied several â&#x20AC;&#x153;waveâ&#x20AC;? patterns and overlaid them on the 235â&#x20AC;&#x2122; long south elevation, always starting and stopping where the wave was flat. The final pattern allowed the movement of flat to occur differently when viewed on each of the four independent walls, but when viewed at a sharp angle, from one end of the building or the other, the overall wave is continuous. The design team wanted the projecting brick to extend out as far as possible, providing the most dramatic affect; but learned during the discussion that this cantilever actually posed too great a challenge for the installer to keep the brick in place until the course above was able to bond it to the wall.

Based on several actual dry stack studies with the mason, we settled on a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio at midpoint of overlap. Half a revolution, from flat 0° to cantilevered 90° occurs every 18’-0” and each brick rotates 3.2° from the previous one. Every other course goes through the rotation pattern allowing the typical flat row above to hold the rotated course in place. The brick wall is located approximately 5” away from the backup wall and the ends were left open to show the students the brick ties within. This has been a great benefit for the students in studying innovative uses of a traditional building material.

After All These Years Linda Rideaux Greets Her Last Visitor Takes Her Last Call


any people will refer to their receptionist as the “director of first mpressions.” That would certainly apply to ours. Professional, charming, informed and intelligent are adjectives we hear when people talk about the lady who greets our visitors and directs hundreds of calls daily. When Linda Rideaux joined Cooper Carry in 1992 as our receptionist in our Atlanta office, there were 57 employees in the office. “I love people and I have enjoyed every minute of my job,” says Linda. After twenty years, Linda retired November 30th. When she was being interviewed for the position Linda was asked if she liked to read. “I thought that was a rather strange question to ask someone tasked with answering phones and greeting visitors, but I went along with it,’” Linda says emphatically. What she discovered in her first week was that there could be long spells between calls and she needed something to bide her time at the front desk. “I quickly started looking for something to make time go faster,” Linda explains. What she found out was having ample books and magazines to read would be no problem. Walter Carry, one of our founders, would become her supplier. “I could always count on Mr. Carry to drop off one or two books or magazines every week

or so,” Linda recalls. Walter loved quizzing her later about what she had discovered in her reading “assignments.” After five years with the firm, Linda was also assigned duties as the events coordinator. Over the years she has successfully planned and coordinated over 70 parties, employee picnics, anniversaries and such. Two of her fondest memories of Cooper Carry events were the holiday party where the DC office staff showed up in tuxedo t-shirts and the 40th company anniversary event held at the Centennial Pavilion. That was the last event ever held there. With a big smile she says she always loved the holiday parties because she got to see Jerry and Jean Cooper dance. “It was like watching Fred and Ginger,” she says. While she may be retiring, Linda won’t be sitting still. She and husband, Leo, will make their first trip an international one, visiting Panama to see if that’s where they might establish a second home. Linda says the only thing that is keeping them in Georgia is their three sons and five grandchildren. We know that wherever Linda goes, she will make a grand impression. Best of luck to a wonderful lady who was a daily reminder that a smile goes a long way!

COOPER CARRY WINS HOBOKEN HOTEL PROJECT 140,000 square foot post office to become hotel

Cooper Carry, has been awarded a 200-room, 140,000 square foot hotel project located on the Hudson River in Hoboken. The project will include the reorganization and reconfiguration of aspects of the _ current Hoboken post office _ located at River and First Streets in order to accommodate the new hotel. Philadelphia-based KMS Development Partners is developing the 20-story hotel under an agreement with the United States Postal Service. The project is currently in schematic design, but preliminary plans call for the hotel to be located behind the current post office. Postal activity on the site will continue.

Ben Wauford is leading the design effort for the new riverfront hotel and post office renovation.

“As one of the few remaining waterfront sites in Hoboken, this project represents a strategic opportunity to enhance and anchor the southern end of the riverfront promenade,” said Ben Wauford, principal and director of Cooper Carry’s New York office. “This hotel offers the chance to add energy to the Hoboken skyline and create a strategic hospitality destination. We have an enlightened development team that is going to deliver huge success for everyone.” View of Hudson River from from the New Jersey hotel site.

Client Spotlight

The Chevy Chase Land Company


Tanne Stephens and David Kitchens

The Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland is a 122-year-old development and property management company located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Company is distinguished by its historic background and by its ongoing commitment as a long term land holder that provides high quality management of its own properties. Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada founded The Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland in 1890 and it has been in the family ever since. Senator Newlands came to Washington, DC Senator Francis G. Newlands with the dream of building a planned community outside of the nation’s capital. Over several years, he purchased more than 1,700 acres of land from Dupont Circle to Jones Bridge Road, along what is now Connecticut Avenue. He named the area Chevy Chase after the Cheviot Hills, his ancestral Scottish homeland. Newlands was a land developer and city planner as well as a public official. Although these careers were separate in an organic sense, they could all be seen as a cohesive piece in the man’s personality. He took a vital interest in the development of wherever he lived, in California, Nevada, Washington, D.C. and the country as a whole, in his role as a Congressman and Senator. The community of Chevy Chase serves as evidence of his commitment to development; its

success still today serves as evidence of The Chevy Chase Land Company’s continued dedication. In the late 1800s, The Chevy Chase Land Company was committed to improving transportation to and from Chevy Chase. At that time they did it through laying the tracks for a new railway system and building a bridge to allow easier access to the area. Today, the Chevy Chase Land Company continues their dedication to improving transportation by engaging Cooper Carry to help evolve Chevy Chase Lake into a transit-oriented development closely knit into a new, elevated light rail station along the planned purple line. Cooper Carry designed connections through a street grid that is envisioned to not only provide a pedestrian network for the site, but also help vehicular circulation to and from the transit station with a lower impact on congested Connecticut Avenue. The street grid will created developable blocks and a framework for a neighborhood mix-use development at the

Metroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chevy Chase Lake Purple Line stop. As a developer, The Chevy Chase Land Company is working hard to continue progress with community input and has dedicated a website to those interested in being involved in the process.

Chevy Chase Lake Purple line stop. As a developer, The Chevy Chase Land Company is working hard to continue progress with community input and has dedicated a website to those interested in being involved in the process.

Cooper Carry created connections through a street grid that is envisioned to not only provide a pedestrian network for the site, but also help circulation to and from the transit station with a lower impact on already congested Connecticut Avenue. The street grid created developable blocks and created a framework for a neighborhood mix-use development at the

For more information regarding the upcoming changes at Chevy Chase Lake, please visit www. For more information on The Chevy Chase Land Company, please visit

Employees share their creative talents at the

2013 Cooper Carry - Atlanta Art Show

Beginning February 18th CATE G O R I E S I NC LU DE :





GLOBE ACADEMY, Atlanta, GA K-12 Education, DeKalb County School System 900 16TH STREET NW, Washington, DC Office, The JBG Companies HAMMOCK BEACH, Palm Coast, FL Hospitality, Salamander Hospitality EAST HARLEM MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, New York, NY Mixed-Use, Equity One, Inc.



DANIEL ISLAND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, Daniel Island, SC Hospitality, JL Woode, Ltd. KEY WEST HOTEL COLLECTION/ JL, WOODE RESORT, Key West, FL Hospitality, ADVENTpds STAFFORD COUNTY AE SERVICES TERM CONTRACT, Stafford County, VA Government, Stafford County CONTINENTAL GROUP AIR FORCE HOUSING, Multiple locations Government, Picerne Military Housing REGIONS INTERIOR RENOVATION – ONE NASHVILLE PLACE, Nashville, TN Interiors, Regions Financial Corporation BAYSIDE PLANNING SERVICES, Bethany Beach, DE Residential, Carl M. Freeman Companies ATHENS TECHNICAL COLLEGE - GEORGIA BIOSCIENCE TRAINING CENTER, Social Circle, GA Science + Technology, Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission AUBURN UNIVERSITY PHARMACY BUILDING, Auburn, AL Science + Technology, Auburn University REGIONS INTERIORS RENOVATION – WACKER DRIVE, Chicago, IL Interiors, Regions Financial Corporation AMLI MIDTOWN - ONE MUSEUM PLACE ZONING ENTITLEMENT AND CONCEPT DESIGN, Atlanta, GA Residential, AMLI Residential BALTIMORE HARBOR EAST HYATT PLACE, Baltimore, MD Hospitality, Englewood, LLC SAVANNAH MALL SIGNAGE, Savannah, GA Environmental Graphics, The Savannah Mall REGIONS INTERIORS RENOVATION, Memphis, TN Interiors, Regions Financial Corporation CHARLESTON MIDTOWN MIXED-USE HOTEL STANDARDS PACKAGE, Charleston, SC Hospitality, Regent Partners UZUN & CASE CORPORATE OFFICE INTERIORS, Atlanta, GA Interiors, Uzun & Case HOBOKEN NEW HOTEL, Hoboken, NJ Hospitality, KMS Development Partners

Connecting professionals across Specialty Practice Groups serves to foster the sharing of ideas. Here architects and designers from hospitality, landscape, planning and mixed-use collaberate on a project.

Teams across the firm collaberate using the lastest techonology.

Left - Mathias and Robert; Chicago, 1943



(parish church). With their inquiry and conversation, they brought their ancestors to life from the stone, paper and stained glass to which they were committed. Cousins, killed in 1943’s Stalingrad Siege and immortalized in metal on the Kriegsgedenk.. statte (war memorial) in the Kirchplatz, weren’t exceptions.

By Mark Kill, Cooper Carry’s COO

Mathias and Robert were brothers and fast friends, growing up on Chicago’s South Side during the depression. After honorably serving during World War II; Mathias in Europe with the Army Corps of Engineers repairing bridges following the Allied advance and Robert in the South Pacific with the Navy’s Seabees ensuring port and airstrip infrastructure for island-hopping; they both returned to Chicago and college. Mathias was analytical, so continued in the mechanical engineering program at the Armour Institute of Technology from which he withdrew due to the war. Armour, as in the meat-packers. Chicago was, after all, the Hog Butcher for the World, and a Tool Maker. Robert, conversely, was more creative, so he pursued architecture at the same school, now the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mies was the Department’s Director then; City of the Big Shoulders and incubator of modern architecture after the Chicago School. What a place and time for these brothers!

control of the savory details – archi tecturally and financially. These two enjoyed travel and the history and learning that it offered. Mathias’ journeys were work-related and less frequent with a great deal of planning. Robert’s were more personal, frequent and spontaneous. In October 1998, they travelled together to their ancestral home; Kruft, Germany. Mathias and Robert visited the town’s Friedhof (cemetery), Rathaus (town hall) and Pfarrkirche

They later met relatives of three generations at a basement Oktoberfest. It probably wasn’t dissimilar to parties the brothers enjoyed in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Beer, wine, sausages, pretzels and all forms of cabbage, root vegetable and apple dishes abounded. The brothers made fast friends with their cousins in loud, broken Englisch-Deutsch. Volume and deliberateness equals comprehension. The younger generation assisted with translation between shoulder-shaking laughter. These brothers are connected to Cooper Carry and me. They are my Dad (Charlie) and Uncle Bob, and are inspiration for and contributors to my journey. What are your inspirational discoveries?

They worked hard at their careers. Mathias, a Professional Engineer and manager-type, was organizationallyminded and led teams, departments and factories for an auto manufacturer. He was a process guy, a fixer, and was interpersonal and relational. Robert was a Registered Architect, independent and entrepreneurial. He was a sole proprietor with a small staff and enjoyed civic, institutional and tenant improvement projects. Robert also invested in local real Jerry, Jean, Sue, Charlie, Bob and Jean; Atlanta, 1987 estate ventures; he liked being in



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Congratulations! A heartfelt â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank Youâ&#x20AC;? to those celebrating an employment anniversary in the Third Quarter of 2012.


Rick Fredlund Rich Cogburn

Project Manager 31 years

Principal 30 years

Office Manager & Executive Assistant 29 years

Diane Monroe

Jane Matthews

Bob Neal

Tim Fish

Sheila Jones

Wendy Heaver

Executive Assistant 23 years

Gar Muse

Principal 22 years

Rick Kinkade Jr

Project Architect 17 years

Mike Service

Project Manager 17 years

Sean McLendon

Layton Golding

Lane Chapman

Bob Just

Angie Fuemmeler

David Goodman

Accounting Manager & Deltek Manager 24 years

Project Manager 16 years

Project Manager 15 years

Director K-12 Education 12 years

Payroll Administrator Principal 27 years 24 years

Financial Management Assistant 9 years

Project Architect 8 years

Principal 24 years

Principal 17 years

Rose Pollion

Studio Administator 8 years

Don Reszel

Adam Toal

Janet Romanic

Project Manager 7 years

Project Architect 7 years

Andrea Babcock

Terah Henderson Staff Interior Designer 5 years

Chief Operating Officer 5 years

Pratt Farmer

Helena Depina

Corporate Legal Council 6 years

Director of Marketing Student 1 year 1 year

Andrea Schaub

Allison Bickers

Project Manager 7 years

Project Manager 7 years

Planner 7 years

Mark Kill

Chris Ernst

Bill Halter

Tyler Blazer

Caleb Lesselles

Intern Architect 1 year

Project Manager 3 years

Intern Architect 1 year

Sam Boyd

Quality Management 6 years

Flo Williams

Director, Corporate Services 2 years

Office Manager 2 years

Krystyn Haecker

Gary Warner

Architect Student 1 year

Director, Planning and Landscape 1 year

“Welcome” to our “first round draft pick” beginning her career at Cooper Carry.

Tanne Stephens

Proposal Assistant 1 year

Kristina Bach

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