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We aspire to wake up every morning energized by the belief

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. Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pratt Farmer Assistant Editor . . . . . .Tanne Stephens

We are pleased to share with your our latest edition of Aspire, the Cooper Carry magazine which celebrates the accomplishments of our clients and associates. In this issue you will see that water plays a key role in many of our designs, like the newly completed Cherokee Aquatic Center, the fountains of Mizner Park and the Eco Resort in Nicaragua. Most importantly, we hope that you will find the ideas expressed in Aspire to be inspirational as we share in broad fashion a diverse set of projects spanning the Western hemisphere. Cooper Carry is a people-oriented firm. We take great care when designing a building, or the spaces around the building, to ensure that they connect with the environment and the community. Connecting people to place is an ideal we always strive for when designing a project. Connectivity is important at Cooper Carry.

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As we developed this edition, we asked our employees to share the many ways in which they were connecting with their community. On Angelo Carusi page 53 you will read about our associates’ involvement in many worthy causes. Habitat For Humanity is a rather high profile charity and we Amanda D’Luhy have contributed thousands of man-hours to build homes. But there Manny Dominguez are many other charities that have captured the hearts of people like Flo Lisa Goodman Williams in our Washington, D.C. Office. Williams just returned from three Chris Lazarek weeks of service to a youth organization in India through Cross-Cultural Solutions. Likewise, Tanne Stephens devotes 20 hours a month as a Mark Kill phone counselor at the DC Rape Crisis Center. Andrew Telker volunteered David Kitchens to design a “floating clinic” in Lagos, Nigeria which serves as a prototype Brian Parker building being adapted in other parts of the world. These are but a few Andres Rubio examples, and we are pleased that our employees give of their time and talent to support their communities. We hope you will enjoy this, our fifth Bud Shenefelt edition, of Aspire. Keith Simmel Contributors . . . . . . . . Kevin Cantley

Steve Smith Happy reading! Tanne Stephens Keith Simmel, AIA, Leed AP, Principal Karen Trimbach Ben Wauford

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

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The design team - left to right, Don Reszel, Manny Dominguez, Rick Kinkade, Stephen Busch, Stephen Carlin, Chris Lazarek & Angelo Carusi.

Now that 930,000 gallons of water fill the pools at the new Cherokee Aquatic Center, the residents of Cherokee County and beyond will fill their days with early morning swim meets, sun bathing and the laughter of children playing in the water. In 2010 Don Reszel, AIA, LEED AP, and Angelo Carusi, AIA, LEED AP, CDP, debated whether to respond to an RFP issued by the Cherokee County government seeking an architectural firm to design a massive aquatic center. “While we did not have a wealth of experience with this type building, we did have vast experience in leading teams to design pools and aquatic venues through our Hospitality Specialty Practice Group,” said Carusi. As it turned out, Cooper Carry’s Director of Design Services Manny Dominguez, AIA, LEED AP, not only had experience designing hotel pools, he was a U.S. master swimmer as well. With years of swimming experience, Dominguez brought a unique perspective to the team because he was able to draw upon all the pools he had visited. “I have probably participated in adult competitive swim meets for the past seven years. Therefore, I had a pretty good idea what might work for this program,” said Dominguez.

Dominguez was also a part of the 1996 Olympic Aquatic Center design team. The aquatic center was built on 37 acres in Cherokee County, Ga. Commissioner Harry Johnston said, “We only really needed 10 acres.” However, the county was able to acquire more land, and plans to preserve the remaining 27 acres, make it an ideal spot for wildlife to flourish. The county commissioners believe that the state-of-the-art aquatic center will become home for a number of the surrounding high school swim teams. Commissioner Jim Hubbard said, “The new aquatic center is a convenient and pleasant addition for all of Cherokee County”. The original budget of $19.8 million was part of the Georgia SPLOST (Special Local Option sales Tax) voted on by the citizens of the county. As a result, the design team was able to create a massive complex featuring both indoor and outdoor water venues. The 48,000 square-foot indoor facility houses a 50-meter competition pool with 21 lanes along with bleacher style seating for up to 700 spectators. Additionally, Continued on next page

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the indoor facility has a 25-yard recreational pool with warmer water for therapy, exercise and instruction; two indoor poolside classrooms and party rooms; a large lobby; and seating areas with pool overlook. From an overall design perspective, the team wanted to accentuate the surrounding wooded area, resulting in expansive walls of glass which allow the inhabitants inside the building to feel as though they are actually outdoors. “We also focused on what would make the competitive pool the best possible by minimizing water turbulence and improving consistent water temperature,” Dominguez said. Because of the large developable footprint of the site, the aquatic center features a very large outdoor pool with two slides and a place for the children to play. The pool has a play area consisting of water cannons, a zero-depth entry area with geysers and deck sprays, a “current” channel and basketball hoops along with ample seating. A concession stand, locker rooms and family restrooms round out the amenity list for patrons. The size of the pools also caused concern for energy consumption. Cooper Carry’s water consulting firm, Water Technology, Inc. devoted a lot of time to designing a filtration system which reduces water and

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energy consumption as well as the typical number of man-hours necessary for managing large, complicated water filtration systems. Brad Mallon with Water Technology said, “The selection of Defender regenerative media filters for the aquatic center made sense for several reasons: there is a 90 percent savings in water consumption over traditional high rate sand filtration; it reduces chemical and heating needs; it’s environmentally sensitive and requires a smaller building footprint resulting in reduced construction and long-term operational costs. The ease of operation reduces staff time and, when paired with other treatment components, the Defender provides pristine water quality along with a safe and enjoyable experience for all users in and out of the water”. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 9 followed by an open house and grand opening on May 11. Numerous people are excited about the opening and cannot wait to be able to swim year-round. Woodstock High School sophomore Katya Gaffney said, “I love the fact that there’s going to be an indoor facility so that I can take my little sister to go swimming in the winter when I babysit her.”

A New Home for Our Veterans

ton” by Congress in The Hensel Phelps and 2001, the U.S. GovernCooper Carry designment recognized a great build team recently need to modernize its completed the design facilities while providing and construction of affordable state-of-thea project which conart care to our nation’s solidated and modernretired service men and ized the residential women. facilities at the Historic Armed Forces RetireThe four-story Armed ment Home Campus Forces Retirement in Washington, D.C. Home – New ComHistorically known as mons and Healthcare the Soldiers’ Home, the Center, The Scott campus was estabProject (AFRH – NC/ lished in 1851 and built The Historic Armed Forces Retirement Home Campus. HC) sits atop one of the on farm land atop a hill highest elevation points in Washington, D.C., and is overlooking the U.S. Capitol. The 272 acre campus preserves four original buildings currently listed on the located within a stone’s throw from President Lincoln’s Cottage, where the Emancipation Proclamation was National Registry of Historic Buildings. Renamed the drafted during the Civil War. “Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) – Washing-

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The project was designed to achieve a USGBC LEED Gold certification and is part of GSA’s program for Excellence in Public Buildings. Given the location and historic nature of the campus, GSA had to obtain approvals from the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA). The project scope included demolition of the existing Scott Building (reuse of materials for the new building) and the construction of a new 160,000 square-foot building. The new building includes 36 rooms for Long Term Care (LTC) and 24 rooms for Memory Support (MS). It also includes a commercial kitchen, dining room, health and wellness center, multipurpose room and other residential services and administrative functions.

heartfelt response from a visitor, as he commented, “The team really did well by the residents. The building is consistently sensitive in terms of meeting the needs of an aging and aged population (accessibility, lighting levels, flooring surfaces, wayfinding, socialization, etc.) The building says ‘we are glad you are here’ and NOT ‘this is the last stop.’ Congratulations.”

When asked to comment on the project, Cooper Carry Principal Steve Smith, AIA, said, “The most positive aspect of this project was by far the gratification felt by the entire project team to be able to give ’thanks’ to the deserving retired service men and women in the form of the picturesque home in the center of our nation’s capitol that is the new Armed Forces Retirement As the project neared completion, Cooper Carry enjoyed Home, the Scott Building.” giving site and building tours. A recent tour invoked a

Cooper C arry ’ s M i z ner Park C elebrates its L egacy as

a G a m e - C h a n ger in U rban Design by David Kitchens, AIA, Principal In the early 1990s, I was part of a Cooper Carry team that designed and master planned Mizner Park, a thriving mixed-use development located in Boca Raton, Fla. The project was conceived through a major public-private effort to revitalize a fading downtown by replacing a failed shopping mall, dating from 1974, with a new mix of uses. Centered around the grand outdoor “Plaza Real” are numerous mixeduse buildings that integrate office and retail space, apartments, townhouses, cinemas, restaurants, museums, and a Center for the Arts complex. Parking for over 2,500 vehicles is accessible along the street and in adjacent structures. In the two decades since its opening, Mizner Park has become a case study for large-scale, mixed-use re-development in its concept, financing and design.


Mizner Park occupies the site of what was once a failed 36 acre enclosed mall constructed in the 1970s. Through a clever and committed publicprivate partnership between Crocker Partners and the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Mizner Park was envisioned as a way to establish a “downtown” for the city of Boca Raton. Cited by many to be the first of its kind, the privatepublic partnership created a mechanism for financing and maintaining the development as well as allowing for public amenities and community spaces. Despite the fact that the project was completed in four separate phases during the 1990s, all of the major uses (including an outdoor cultural performance pavilion) were established in phase one. As principal and project manager for the design of the Continued on next page

Mizner Park was planned as a “village-within-the-city” and was designed to recreate the feel of a traditional downtown. project, I see Mizner Park as a pioneering example of the importance of co-locating uses. While retail was the key driver of street-activity, the residential truly provided the fuel that charged the community engine.


The design of Mizner Park was guided by the goal of creating a downtown that would be walkable, imaginative, human-scaled, transparent, coherent and livable. The Mizner Park master plan was developed around the same time that the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) was drafting its charter in Alexandria, Va. As a result, we used many of the New Urbanism ideals to form the principles that shaped Mizner Park.

lent length of four city blocks, creates an open plaza inspired in shape and scale by the Piazza Narvona in Rome. Fountains that line the walkways and plaza provide impromptu gathering spaces. We didn’t plan any single-use buildings for the development and most buildings include office or residential uses on their second floor.

We closely related the architecture of Mizner Park with its southern Florida context and also included inspiration from the work of famed resort architect (and the development’s namesake) Addison Mizner; Addison Mizner’s Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style has become synonymous with the aesthetic of southern Florida. Many of the fountains and sculptural elements that The project was planned as a “village-within-the-city” grace Mizner Park’s pedestrian-friendly streets were and was designed to recreate the feel of a traditional produced from molds that were intended for an downtown. I was greatly inspired by other downtown unbuilt Addison Mizner project in Boca Raton. While the buildings that line the streets of Mizner Park are models such as Forrestal Village in Princeton N.J.; East Hampton on Long Island, N.Y.; Old Town Alexan- consistent in their aesthetic of pastel colors and stucco facades, their varied frontages create a more dria, Va.; and Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla. The plan of Mizner Park, which encompasses the equiva- human scale.

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Given the current economic When its first phase opened CLIENT: Crocker Partners climate, Mizner in 1991, Mizner Park sucPark remains as cessfully gave people in SCOPE: 770,000 square-feet relevant today Boca Raton a reason to go as it was when it downtown. The success of AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: was built. It is a the early phases resulted • Award for Excellence in Architecture, Mizner well-considered in later phases that created Park, American Institute of Architects, Washingsuccess story that cultural amenities such as ton Chapter is emulated by an amphitheatre and the re• National Best Mixed-Use Facility, Mizner Park many developers location of the Boca Raton Office Building, Precast/Prestressed Concrete and cities across Modern Art Museum to Institute the U.S. Cooper the Mizner Park North End. • Award for Open-Air Center, Mizner Park, Carry’s “Main These elements have helped National Mall Monitor Magazine Street” philosothe development solidify its • Showcased in Guidebook to New Urbanism phy of integrating position within the commu(Congress for the New Urbanism) multiple uses into nity as the “town center” for • Best Mixed-Use Award, NAIOP South Florida a downtown core the City of Boca Raton. • Mall Monitor’s Best New Open Center was inspired by • Citation for Excellence of Design, American Mizner Park and Mizner Park was both a Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. Chapter the success that community and a com• Urban Land Institute Project Reference File it achieved. Many mercial success. In the first • Florida Council of the Arts, Design for Living of Cooper Carry’s few weeks following its projects, includopening there were reports ing our design of of restaurants running out Bethesda Row in Bethesda, Md., and repositioning of food and retailers selling out of inventory. The City of Ballston Mall in Arlington, Va., have been guided of Boca Raton cited that the taxable value of Mizner Park increased exponentially in the years following its by the lessons learned in Mizner Park. Our work at opening. Through Mizner Park, Boca Raton success- Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Va., will similarly turn a fully ‘won-back’ their downtown from sprawling sub- failing indoor mall into a walkable outdoor mixed-use urban development. Through its walkable streets and center. infrastructure, Mizner Park successfully transformed the City of Boca Raton into a prosperous, sustainable Mizner Park was not just a new forward-thinking design, but it was a collaborative project that changed community. the way we understand the co-location of living with employment and shopping opportunities; the result L egacy shows the exciting possibilities of well-designed Today, Mizner Park continues to be a thriving mixed- mixed-use development. Developments like Mizner use center and retail destination. The project has Park evolve in much the same way as towns and cities been published in numerous publications and jourthat are built over time. If you analyze these efforts, nals as a textbook example of mixed-use redeveloplike Mizner Park, they incorporate several phases of ment. In Retrofitting Suburbia, Ellen Dunham-Jones public realm development with mixed-use architeccited Mizner Park as “a pioneering ‘greyfield to ture that responds to the walkable needs of the local goldfield’ project.” It has also been showcased in the community. When viewed this way, it is clear that the Congress for the New Urbanism’s (CNU) Guidebook lessons that can be derived from Mizner Park are apfor New Urbanism. plicable in any future mixed-use development.

M I Z N E R PA R K D E SI G N PR I N C I PL E S Walkabilit y

The master plan incorporates a “main street-oriented” walkable street and block design based on the new urbanist principle of creating connections to existing community that were within a 5 to 10 minute walk.

I maginative

The development breaks all the formulas of retail visual exposure to the auto-dominate public road. Mizner Park uses the attraction of being a “great place” to draw shoppers.

H uman- scale

The design of the Mizner Park connects to local history through fine grain architecture and human-scaled space for event gatherings, group settings and personal reflection.

T ransparenc y

The architecture of Mizner Park buildings clearly communicates the use and purpose of each building.

C oherence

The design of Mizner Park places a priority on experiencing the place simply. Whether you live, work or visit Mizner Park, your experience of “arrival and interaction” enables you to become immersed in the character and environment of the place.

C onnectivit y

Mizner Park was designed with the primary goal of being a connection to the broader community of Boca Raton.

Post Properties Building upon a 42-year tradition of developing and operating exceptional upscale multifamily communities, Post Properties continues to respond to new trends in the multifamily market. When Post Properties first opened its doors in 1971, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus was providing beautifully landscaped, high quality garden-style apartments within the suburbs of Atlanta. The red tulip was their hallmark, found in every landscape design in a Post community, and it eventually became part of their logo and brand. In the 1980s and 1990s, Post repositioned its portfolio to include highdensity mixed-use communities with enhanced amenities, and with the acquisition of Columbus Realty Trust, Post expanded its geographic reach to include properties in Texas. Now, Post owns and operates more than 22,000 apartment

Post Lake, in Orlando, offers 410 units spread among two, three and our-story neo-classical buildings which resemble stately homes.

units in 61 communities throughout ample of the recent surge of urban the South and Mid-Atlantic regions. multifamily development precipitated by an increased demand from young professionals, who desire Post Properties and Cooper Carry first worked together nearly a deshorter commutes to work, convecade ago on the first phase of Post nient transit options, restaurants, Alexander, a 307-unit apartment shopping and entertainment. community located in Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prominent Buckhead business and Post Properties and Cooper Carry retail district. The five-story project are also working together on projects in Orlando, Florida and is designed around two central Raleigh, North Carolina. Located courtyards; one offers a garden just three miles from downtown retreat and the other features a Orlando within the established swimming pool with a view of the 1,100-acre planned community Buckhead skyline. After the success of the first phase, Post moved of Baldwin Park, Post Lake offers 410 units spread among two-, forward with plans for the next three- and four-story neo-classical phase of the development. The buildings which resemble stately second phase of Post Alexander, homes. The planned commuwhich is scheduled to open at the end of 2014, will include 340 units nity of 18 buildings sits along the stacked in a 26-story tower with 19 shore of a private lake. Shopping, residential floors atop seven levels restaurants and other amenities of parking. Post Alexander is an ex- are located within a short walk to Continued on next spread

Client Spotlight . . .POST PROPERTIES

The second phase of Post Alexander, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2014, will include 340 units stacked in a 26-story tower with 19 residential floors atop seven levels of parking.

Post Parkside (above and below) is a 395 unit, ten-building community centered around a town square with retail and restaurants, where residents can gather to enjoy events. 12 9 2011

Baldwin Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s town center. Also under construction, Post Parkside at Wade is located several miles outside of downtown Raleigh on the outskirts of the William B. Umstead State Park. Nature paths are planned to connect this mixeduse community to the park and to provide residents with easy access to the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive hiking trails and activities. Located within the master planned community of Wade, this 10-building community with 395 units is centered around a town square with retail and restaurants, where residents can gather to enjoy events. In keeping with Postâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s



Raleigh, North dedication to sustainability, the company is Carolina pursuing a National Green Building Standard bronze certification, which guides property-wide energy saving requirements, for Post Parkside at Wade.

Client Spotlight . . .POST PROPERTIES

“Post has been a wonderful client. We share a mutual desire and commitment to create truly superior residential communities.”

Greg Miller Principal and a leader of Cooper Carry’s residential specialty practice group.

Post Properties and Cooper Carry first worked together nearly a decade ago on the first phase of Post Alexander, a 307-unit apartment community located in Atlanta’s prominent Buckhead business and retail district.

Pro Bono Publico by Kevin R. Cantley, AIA, President, CEO

Often shortened to pro bono, this Latin phrase refers to professional services for the public good that are voluntarily provided without compensation. Cooper Carry has a long tradition of providing such services to the betterment of society and ourselves. By doing so, we help correct social problems and seek social justice in a way that only design professionals are able. Many volunteer their time and contribute funds to social causes, but we have unique opportunities to make the world better through providing high quality professional design services when they might not otherwise be attainable. It is important to remember that when we provide services pro bono, we have the responsibility to provide the same high-quality services as we do for our paying clients. It is also important to recognize that when we provide pro bono services, we often have the opportunity to expand our design thinking by tackling unique project challenges that we may not have otherwise faced. Such is the case with the Pacaya Eco-lodge in Nicaragua about which Andres Rubio has written in this issue. With this project, we have had the opportunity to explore the most aggressive techniques for energy conservation, indigenous design and construction, and environmentally sensitive solutions at every level.

different from most charities that provide short-term relief from social wrongs or disasters. Opportunity International teaches men to fish rather than giving men fish. They are modeled much along the lines of Robert Lupton’s community development organization called Focused Community Strategies (FCS). FCS is known for their work with developer Tom Cousins in the sustainable redevelopment of Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood. I recommend Lupton’s book, “Toxic Charity” for those of you interested in these concepts and their application in sustainable solutions to poverty at the community level. In addition to the detailed, pro bono planning and design of the Pacaya Eco-lodge, Cooper Carry also provided master planning services for Opportunity Nicaragua’s recently completed Technical High School. This school will teach students many skills that will be applied by them as interns at the Pacaya Eco-lodge. This will prepare them for employment in the country’s emerging tourist industry. On-the-job training will occur in the areas of food service, landscape and grounds maintenance, pool maintenance, solar systems maintenance, spa skills, front desk, housekeeping, management, and marketing. The high school also has an agricultural development curriculum, and it is already the source of organic greens for restaurants in Granada, as it will soon provide for the Pacaya Eco-lodge. The Eco-lodge is actually a commercial extension of the high school, and the profits from the Eco-lodge will flow back to the high school to help sustain its operations long term.

David Allman, Chairman of our patron client, Regents Partners, is also Chairman of Opportunity Nicaragua, an organization that is related to Opportunity International. Allman invited us to help with his work in the impoverished areas around Granada, Nicaragua. Next to Haiti, Nicaragua is the poorest country in the western Our pro bono work is an expression of our corpohemisphere. rate culture. We really do want to make the world a Opportunity International has a focus on sustainable better place. community economic development, which is quite

Partial List of Cooper Carry pro bono projects The design of the Zone 1 Mini Police Precinct and Vine City Housing Ministry building for Georgia Pacific’s Project Hope and the Vine City Housing Ministry. Vine City is a poor neighborhood in the shadows of Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Design for the Border Patrol Museum for the National Border Patrol Museum and Memorial Library Foundation The design of the new building for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Ten years later, we are currently discussing expansion plans with them. The design of facilities for enAble Georgia, a facility for severely challenged adults. The design of new facilities for Covenant House Georgia in Atlanta. The ribbon cutting for this facility for homeless run-away teens was just a few weeks ago. The design of structures for the Bert Adams Scout Reservation and its Ashley Leader Center for the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The design of structures for the Woodruff Scout Reservation and its Ashley Leader Center for the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The design of My Sister’s House, a facility for homeless women with children for the Atlanta Union Mission. The design for interior components of the Peachtree and Pine Men’s Homeless Shelter in Atlanta. The master plan and design of structures for the Northside Youth Organizations sports complex in Atlanta’s Chastain Park. The design of an indoor pool facility for the Chastain Park Aquatics Association in Atlanta. We funded and built a Habitat for Humanity house in Atlanta. The Master Plan for a Technical High School for Opportunity Nicaragua. The Master Plan and detailed architectural design of the Pacaya Eco-Lodge for Opportunity Nicaragua. Links:


An Inspired Design in Central America

by Andres Rubio, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate

An Upscale Alternative To An Eco-Resort In A Nature Reserve 20 Minutes Away From The Colonial Town Of Granada, Nicaragua. Cooper Carry is serving as lead designer on an exciting new nature resort in Nicaragua, estimated to open next year. The new resort is called Pacaya Eco-lodge and is located in the nature reserve Laguna de Apoyo. Laguna de Apoyo, found between the departments of Masaya and Granada in Nicaragua, was declared a nature reserve in 1991 and is managed by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA). The reserve houses a tropical dry forest ecosystem with a very special flora and fauna, making it an attractive destination for nature lovers. The proposed project site is approximately five acres and is seated at a high elevation with magnificent views to the volcanic lake. The design approach has been based on a few vital guiding principles. Some of these foundational ideas include the respectful inter-

pretation of the local traditions and culture; community-oriented development; reference to local building typologies (the traditional â&#x20AC;&#x153;patioâ&#x20AC;? or courtyard); the use of local materials; and the implementation of a variety of sustainable features. This inspiring project is led by David Allman, president of Regent Partners, and has been developed in partnership with the non- profit organization, Opportunity International Nicaragua (OIN). OIN is a microfinance non-profit which works holistically through a broad range of community economic development strategies to support those trying to get out of poverty. The development team includes the participation of Jeremy Buffam with New Castle Hotels & Resorts and Ken Crockett with Winston Hospitality. Continued on next page



















































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The proposed eco-resort has been envisioned to act as a satellite campus for an educational center founded by OIN, where the students get a traditional high school diploma while being trained in agriculture and eco-tourism; the connection between the resort and the educational center will be similar to the wellknown link between the Cornell Hospitality School and the Statler Hotel. This initiative has been an important part of the project, stemming from the social responsibility values that have guided the entire project development. Pacaya Eco-lodge is a special place where the project team is able to take advantage of spectacular views and natural surroundings, while carefully implementing all of the programmatic components to meet the strict Morena regulations. The architecture is composed of clean and modern lines; designed to be an extension of the natural scenery, it incorporates refined versions of a remarkable

collection of local details. This collaborative design effort has been possible thanks to the combined talent of the lead designers at Cooper Carry and the local architects represented by Herman Gallegos and Patricia Somarriba. The lodging facilities consist of a main building; a traditional courtyard structure, which houses the registration; a signature restaurant and bar with a featured extended outdoor dining terrace; and two meeting rooms. As a part of the extended school campus, one of the meeting rooms will be equipped to support distance learning activities. The support rooms and kitchen are pulled out of the public zones of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;courtyard house,â&#x20AC;? similarly to traditional homes. The main building wing that faces the lake is the only two-story portion and accommodates eight eco-guestrooms, including two eco-suites. All the guestrooms in the main building open to a generous terrace with stunning lake views.

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Complementary to the main building, the project also includes 16 two-story eco-casitas that carefully disperse to create a striking sense of arrival and surprise. Each casita level is a self-contained bedroom/bathroom unit with individual private decks and hammocks overlooking the lake. This set-up allows for near-total privacy, one of the key draws of Pacaya Eco-lodge.

The Pacaya project will be positioned at the top of Nicaragua’s growing sustainable eco-tourism market, offering a sophisticated and refined world-class lodging facility. We at Cooper Carry are ecstatic to be part of such an inspiring project and are truly excited to help guide the final vision into reality.

The hotel also includes an all-inclusive recreational facility consisting of a pavilion and a zero edge pool that overlooks a volcanic lake. Guests can sunbathe and enjoy the scenery or take advantage of the twotreatment room eco-Spa with a yoga deck that encourages solo meditation. This “a la carte” on-site eco-spa completes any peace-seeking package, allowing the hotel guest to be immersed in a magical experience filled with peace and tranquility. The eco-spa has been conceived as a partly underground facility that evokes the volcanic “grottas,” the perfect environment for a full relaxation in connection with mother earth.

Summary of Credits

The Pacaya Eco-lodge is pursuing sustainable and green certifications from some of the world’s most recognized certifications including USGBC LEED Global Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs). Some of the sustainability features include solar-heated water; cross ventilation and fans to minimize the usage of mechanical AC; a strong emphasis on passive climate control Systems (designed for cross ventilation); the use of biodegradable and organic soaps and cleaning materials; sustainable wastewater treatment and filtration; solar panels; energy-efficient lighting that complies with the International Dark Sky Standards; a comprehensive water-management strategy (water runoff is captured from building roof and diverted to on-site reservoirs and bio-swales); responsible landscaping (native plant species); use of local materials with ecofriendly interior wall finishes; an organic garden; and, unlike typical hotels, there is little use of electricity with plug-in loads limited to two outlets per key.

Client: Regent Partners, New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Wiston Hospitality and Opportunity International Nicaragua. (David Allman, Jeremy Buffam, Ken Crockett, and Geralyn Sheehan) On-site project manager: Marcus Pearson Designers: Cooper Carry, Inc. (Kevin Cantley, Pope Bullock, Andres Rubio and Christopher Lazarek) Local Architect: Gallegos Frixione Local Interior Designer: Patricia Somorriba Local Landscape Architect: Ivette Sanchez Contractor: Eduardo Bernheim and Carlos Sanchez

Estimated Completion date: Spring 2014

Bud Shenefelt Artist at Heart


DC Office Architectural Staff Volunteer at the National Building Museum Chelsea Lindsey, LEED AP BD+C and Marina Michael volunteered for eight weeks at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. with a children’s outreach program. The children, ages 12-17, were participating in the Design Apprenticeship Program and tasked with designing a “seating solution.” After learning about some design basics, they implemented those ideas by designing a chair and creating a full scale model of it. At the end of the program they presented their work to friends and family, and gained a new understanding of design and architecture.

“It was a great success, and we received a lot of positive feedback and interest from the students.” Because of the great interest that their session generated, Jackson and Abboud were asked to host another session the following week to show students how architects start projects by diagramming and laying out spaces. They used a sample program for Westgate Elementary School which Cooper Carry is currently designing, but it was addressed as being a “typical elementary school.”

Architecture Around the World

Lauren Ford, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Jessica Long, and Assad Abboud recently volunteered at the Drew Model School in Arlington Mentoring Future Architects County. The three architectural staff focused on teaching first through third grade students about Clay Jackson and Assad Abboud ancient architecture around the hosted a mentoring session as world including, Greece, Egypt, part of the ACE (Architecture, Mali, and Rome. Under the Cooper Construction, & Engineering) Carry team’s direction, the young mentoring program at Hayfield High School in Alexandria, Virginia. students also drew plans to create edible architecture using building The program is designed to give materials such as pretzels, marshstudents an opportunity to learn more about careers in the building mallows, candy canes, and peppermints. industry. According to Jackson,

On March 16, vations. His the Michael renovations C. Carlos continue to Museum offer rich at Emory teaching University resources celebrated for students, the 20th visitors and anniversary scholars of the 1993 in Atlanta expansion and across designed the world by Michael studying the Graves, payhistory of art ing tribute and architecto his direct ture. Carlos Museum Honored Contributions of Michael Graves in Spring Fundraisand lasting contribution to er on Experiencing Art in Architecture Cooper Carry Architect, Bud Shenefelt, Veneralia— Emory Univer- Creates Piece For Show Experiencing sity. Graves Art in ArchiAward, Graves’ projects for the served as honorary chair of the tecture honored his vision for the Carlos Museum involved historic museum’s signature annual fundcharacter of the building, while raiser, Veneralia—Experiencing Art preservation and adaptive re-use of enhancing user experience and aca landmark law school designed by cess. Graves noted, “I am pleased in Architecture. Henry Hornbostel in 1916. Graves’ to return to Emory University and Background; Michael Graves and first project in 1985 provided the Carlos Museum. It’s a joy to classrooms for the Departments the Carlos Museum see firsthand how this institution of Art History and Anthropology continues to play an important role and galleries for the newly formed When famed architect Michael within the University and the larger museum. Graves agreed to come to Emory Atlanta community in the same in the early 1980’s to design the way that the building contributes The museum’s extraordinary sucrenovation of a historic campus to the character of Hornbostel’s cess led to a 40,000 square-foot building, it was considered an arhistoric quadrangle.” expansion with additional galleries, chitectural coup. One of the “New York Five,” Graves was a rising su- gift shop, and a reception hall in Veneralia: Experiencing Art in perstar in architecture and design. 1993. Located on Emory’s main Architecture quadrangle, the building recalls its What followed was a long and fruitful relationship between Graves historic context in massing, scale, Co-chaired by Carlos Museum articulation and materials, including board member Sara Shlesinger and and the Carlos Museum, leading marble detailing similar to that of the Dennis Dean of Dennis Dean Caterto a 1993 addition, several gallery renovations, and multiple visits and original building. Internally, through ing, “Veneralia—Experiencing Art figurative forms and coloration, creative conversations about the in Architecture” was held within the galleries reinforce the cultural museum’s facility and future. the museum’s acclaimed Graves’ artifacts on display. Subsequent building, where the entire top floor projects included two gallery renoWinner of a National AIA Honor was transformed into a multiPortions Reprinted by Permission

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sensory experience of specialty cocktails, global cuisine and uniquely designed interiors inspired by the museum’s collections. A select group of Atlanta’s premier interior designers and architects converted the galleries into ancient environments influenced by the styles of Asia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Africa. Bud Shenefelt in Cooper Carry’s Atlanta office along with friend and fellow designer, Chris Jones, was sought to contribute a piece for the event. “We were obviously honored by this invitation to be part of such an incredible event” said Shenefelt. Settling on a core idea of “Art in Architecture” they began to research not only the permanent exhibits in the museum, but the context in which those exhibits were created. Allowed by the museum to select their exhibit space, they chose a room situated between the Asian and Roman exhibits. “The space felt tomblike, which immediately appealed to us, and it also provided a nice transition between the two adjacent rooms.” The Egyptian collection became the inspiration for their piece, “Systemic Artifice” with a focus on mythology and hieroglyphics. “We embraced mythology because it seemed to speak to not only the space, but the essence of what we were feeling about an exhibit that would offer the patron both pleasure and wonder,” Shenefelt said. The two mythological figures, Geb and Nut, served as inspiration. Geb was the Egyptian god of the Earth and a member of the Ennead of Heliopolis. It was believed in ancient Egypt that Geb’s laughter were earthquakes and that he allowed crops to grow. The goddess, Nut, was Geb’s sister; her name meant “sky.” Nut was also sometimes depicted in the form of a cow whose great body formed the sky and heavens. In essence, she held the universe in her belly. Egyptians used simple concepts to communicate the senses, but the concepts were always grounded in ideas and forms derived from a system of pieces which formed a complex whole. “We decided that light and texture would be our medium, enshrouded by a darkened space to elevate the sensory experience. Using Geb and Nut as our guide, we envisioned Nut’s belly as a glowing orb suspended from the ceiling and grounded by 30 black,

teak root balls arranged on the floor to represent Geb,” Shenefelt explained. Earth and sky. So, what does the exhibit have to do with 22,000 zip ties? The zip ties became the medium Shenefelt and Jones used to create the suspended orb. “We liked the idea of using zip ties because it is a simple material that can easily be manipulated using a guiding system of moves by which to create an object with meaning. By attaching one to another, we began to see the orb take shape. It was almost surreal how well these plastic, industrial type, elements joined to create a visually stimulating and thoughtful work of art,” said Jones. The orb would be 48” in diameter, thus the requirement for such a large number of ties. The duo spent over 70 hours creating the piece. “It was hugely rewarding for us, and we had several friends and family members join in the creation of the orb,” said Jones. Once hung in the darkened space, carefully designed and placed lighting on the orb created an illusion that light was emanating from within. The exhibit was a great success and a testament to the creativity and vision of Shenefelt and Jones. Their installation gained immediate attention and they have been invited to create another installation for Art on the Atlanta Beltline this fall. Editors Note: Cooper Carry is pleased that our associates take opportunities to participate in various community-focused events such as Veneralia. Our congratulations to Shenefelt for an outstanding installation that served such a wonderful purpose. About Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets art and artifacts from antiquity to the present in order to provide unique opportunities for education and enrichment in the community, and to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research at Emory University. The Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast’s premier museums with collections of art from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Near East, Nubia, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

In the fall of 2012 we were approached by our long trance while a powerfully colored feature wall draws standing structural engineering partner, Uzun + Case, you in. Once inside the suite, the wedge shaped form to design their new corporate office space. Situated of the reception lobby and borrowed natural daylight mid-way up the Promenade II building, in midtown At- from the sixteen foot wide opening in the wall serve lanta, the firmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; new home consists of 13,500 square- to draw you toward the reception and conferencing feet of the twenty-fifth area. This feature wall is floor with unobstructed revealed across the entire southern views of the floor plan and provides Atlanta skyline. A carehints and peeks of the wall By Brian Parker ful analysis of their exfrom every corner of the isting furniture inventory and desired program require- office, serving to unify and link the studios on both ments revealed a difficult space-planning challenge. sides of the floor plan. With open office space, low But an insightful solution was discovered which al- collaborative workstations, and the inclusion of clear lowed the firmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personnel goals to be met despite the glass sidelights in all of the corner offices, the space tight constraints of the building footprint and column is bathed in natural light and provides for an enhanced grid. Structural steel rebar columns flank the main en- new work environment for the Uzun + Case staff.


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Uzun + Case, Atlanta, Georgia

Uzun + Case, Atlanta, Georgia

Ben Wauford In the Mind of a Designer by J. Ben Wauford, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Buildings send messages as to their use, intent, and of their place in context: physical and societal. Successful architecture is grounded by the clear communication of these messages to the user and the community as to a projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s values, purpose and place. It is with that focus that I have endeavored to create designs that embody the essence of the use, client, and user, which explain their values and relationships to each other and to the community as a whole. Messages vary from the metaphorical to the practical as each project is a direct result of its programmatic, environmental, historic, political and cultural attributes. Each project must communicate its role within its context in society and in its place within human lives that is appropriate to its purpose. This design approach allows each project to speak to the user and the community as a whole of its intent and greater purpose. The quest to provide enduring meaning in architecture drives design solutions, independent of building type and context. Throughout my career, I have designed numerous and diverse projects of all scales and uses, including courthouses, office buildings, retail centers, hotels, spas, and mixed-use developments in a variety of locations from historic city centers and dense urban cores to the rural countryside. These design challenges have resulted in projects that strive for bold gestures of enduring quality that enhance the communities and landscapes in which they reside. Each communicates its own messages that are specific and appropriate to its location.

Clarity of organization, process and message results in clean simple geometries composed in artful compositions. The sculpting of the architectural form is both additive and subtractive in nature. Spatial compositions provide a more experiential component; solid geometries and form-making contribute to the more iconic. The void can often become more powerful than the container. A powerful and conscious shaping of space delivered in deliberate and calculated sequence can provide the most powerful architectural experience. The shaping of space accompanied with the artistic composition of form is a powerful tool to manipulate the senses and the overall impression of the viewer. Successful design does not necessarily require iconic solutions; rather, appropriate response to all project attributes. Architecture must succeed at a

Ultimately, architecture must inspire the user to respect the insti“tutions of commerce, democracy, and American society, embrace the community in which they live and exceed their own expectations. ”” variety of scales and perceptions; and therefore, the subtle gesture and the refined detail are equally important as making bold statements with powerful imagery. Patterning and texture are equally important as fenestration and shape. Careful attention to sun angles and landscape can accentuate elements of design that vary with the times of day and seasons of the year.

Projects from left to right - East Harlem Media & Entertainment Center, Harlem, New York; Riverfront Hotel and Post Office Renovation, Hoboken, New Jersey; and Empire Stores, Brooklyn, New York.

Designing architecture is both a gestalt and an incremental process that includes consideration of individual attributes as well as a real-time effect on the overall. Guided by this constant dual evaluation of issues and alternatives, strategic synergies of program, place and message are developed and enhanced. Projects begin with research, analysis, observation, questioning, coalescing disparate information and then formulating, innovating, and creating three-dimensional space and form based upon each component. In this way, fundamental, unexpected

and often counter-intuitive efficiencies of time and space are discovered. This strategic organization of project attributes results in simple, clear arrangements of space and use. This arrangement provides the user with a clear understanding of a building’s function and organization and affords the basis for delivering the messages of value and purpose.

My career has been primarily concerned with the design of commercial projects for land developers in public/private partnerships. This experience has taught me the fundamental relationship between cost and value, which is often misunderstood. It is with this experience and understanding that I approach each project. With this basis, I attempt to maximize the effect of each architectural ingredient whether it be gestures, forms, materials or details in order to economically and sometimes financially best achieve the desired result and communicate the appropriate message. One of the key components to building design in the 21st century and beyond is the focus on efficiencies of resources and sustainability. Understanding regional design characteristics, which have their Continued on next page

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basis in passive energy efficiencies and maximizing use of local building materials and labor, is a fundamental starting point for sustainability conversations. Through this stylistic analysis, sustainability is embraced on a broader spectrum, including the USGBC LEED criteria and implementation. Each project involves issues of passive and active methodologies and technologies to minimize the impact on our global and local environments. In addition to these components, the factor of human delight remains a primary characteristic of all successful design. Ultimately, architecture must inspire the user to respect the institutions of commerce, democracy, and American society, embrace the community in which they live and exceed their own expectations. Enlivening the human spirit should be a fundamental goal in all architectural designs. This aspect of architecture remains our professionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most enduring contribution. 1- Historic Erie Canal Aqueduct & Broad Street Corridor, Rochester, New York , 2 - The Lodge at Woodloch Spa & Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania, 3 & 4 - National Lighthouse Harbor, Staten Island, New York, and 5- Triangle Junction, Brooklyn, New York



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WINS Woodruff Scout Reservation Master Plan, Atlanta, GA Community, Boy Scouts of America Intergraph Campus Master Plan Huntsville, AL Corporate, Intergraph Corporation 1522 K Street Hotel Conversion, Washington, DC Hospitality, Songy Partners LLC Crystal City Sheraton to Westin Conversion, Arlington, VA Hospitality, HEI Hotels & Resorts Lake Nona Dual Brand Hotel, Orlando, FL Hospitality, Confidential Client Marriott Courtyard Conversion Phase I Design Consulting, Nassau, Bahamas Hospitality, Prestige Financial, LLC Fry Reglet California Office Expansion Santa Fe, Springs, CA Interiors, Fry Reglet Metals Heritage Shores Mixed-Use, Bridgeville, DE Mixed-Use, Brookfield Homes International Drive Redevelopment and Park Place One, Tysons Corner, VA Mixed-Use, B.F. Saul Company Key Bridge Marriott and Residential Master Plan, Arlington, VA Mixed-Use, Host Hotels & Resorts Lake Nona Office Building, Orlando, FL Office, Confidential Client Maryland National Parks (MNCPPC) Chillum Community Sector Plan Analysis, Chillum, MD Planning, Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission 501 West 110th Street Renovations, New York, NY Residential, Stellar Management Reston Town Center Retail Design Review, Reston, VA Retail, Boston Properties

Cooper Carry Continues to Expand Footprint of the Science + Technology Specialty Practice Group

Cooper Carry continues to grow its Science + Technology practice, delivering facilities that promote discovery and enhance the connection between scientists, technology partners, entrepreneurs, business leaders and collaborators. The group has completed a total of 28 projects and has six under construction, totaling more than two million square-feet. In addition to these projects, the group has recently coordinated with the architects from the firm’s Corporate Specialty Practice Group on several projects for corporate R&D clients throughout the Southeast. “As technology continues to advance, so do the innovative designs our Science and Technology team creates,” said Mark Jensen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal of Cooper Carry’s Science + Technology Specialty Practice Group. “The state-of-the-art facilities we design are flexible, inspiring and adaptable and will fuel the kind of research that will encourage the pursuit of new ideas in the business and science arenas.”

Recently, the group was selected by the Georgia Institute of Technology as architect of record for the 218,000 square-foot Engineered BioSystems Building (EBB). The $86 million project, located on the university’s campus in Atlanta, will bring the science and engineering colleges together for collaborative bio-engineering research. Lake|Flato is the design architect for the project and McCarthy Building Group is the general contractor. Completion is slated for 2014. The Engineered BioSystems Building is the first phase of a four-phase expansion for Georgia Tech’s

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bioscience research department. The building advances Georgia Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to sustainability through the implementation of several ecofriendly design features and was designed to meet LEED Gold standards. Additionally, the Global Center for Medical Innovation opened in Atlanta in April 2012. Cooper Carry led the design for the 12,000 square-foot facility, which was the Southeastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first comprehensive medical device innovation center. The building houses design, material and mechanical engineering resources, along with rapid and functional prototyping equipment capable of producing medical devices for development, pre-clinical testing and clinical studies. In Athens, Ga., a 50,000 square-foot state-of-theart medical education facility, designed by Cooper Carry for the University of Georgia Health Sciences Campus, opened last year. The facility serves as a learning enivornment that simulates the real world of team-based patient care with mock student/patient interactions. It promotes small group learning and diagnostic reasoning. By merging expertise with the Corporate Specialty Practice Group, the Science + Technology Specialty Practice Group is able to make economic impacts and generate job growth for various industries across the state and country. Currently, the pair is designing the Georgia Bioscience Training Center, which was initiated by the Georgia Quick Start program. The building will be used as a training facility for Baxter, a global healthcare company, which announced last April that it would build a $1 billion manufacturing facility in Covington, Ga. Once the facility is fully operational, it will create more than 1,500 jobs.

The Iron Age Design Challenge by Chris Lazarek, LEED AP BD&C, Landscape Designer

abilities and submit a design I titled ered constructability, versatility and “Urban Abstractions.” The design design sensitivity. All prizes were collection was influenced by a city’s courtesy of Iron Age Designs. urban context. For the submission, I chose to use L’Enfant’s Master Plan for our Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C. By abstracting the grid and using the juxtaposition of the The company turned to the members street grid and subsequent blocks, of Land8 Lounge, a global forum that I created a design that reveals the allows those in the landscape archi- features of the city in a multitude of tecture profession to share their work expressions unique to each piece. and ideas, to design its next Site The design concept was envisioned Furnishing Family, which includes a to be customized for any particular bench, a bollard and a bin. city, town or campus. The material used was anodized aluminum that “We were bowled over by the level used a series of curves and arch’s to of talent and quality of entries the community at Land8 was able to pro- tie each piece together and establish duce for the design challenge,” said a unifying form. Although I was not Iron Age Partner Dominique Watkins. the grand prize winner it was great “It is inspiring to see designs that re- to make it to the finals. In all it was flect the unique insight of Landscape a great and enjoyable experience to apply the design skills I have accuArchitects themselves. There were mulated and adapt them to a design I so many great entries that picking a would not otherwise have the opporwinner was no easy task.” tunity to do. The company said the contest page received more than 23,000 visits and Contest judges included Mark Armstrong, president, Iron Age; Ted designers submitted 77 completed Jonsson, Iron Age representative, entries. Award categories included Park Pacific; Craig Diamond, lead Grand Prize, Student Prize and designer, Iron Age; Richard Watkins, People’s Choice. The designers of the top three submissions received a partner, Iron Age; Jonathan Howe, designer, Iron Age; Linnea Stein cash award. Perez, manager, Iron Age; Andrew When I learned of the design compe- Spiering, founder, Land8; and Lara tition, I decided to stretch my design Moffat, LM Creative. They considIn the spring of 2013 Iron Age Designs, a provider of standard and custom architectural castings asked landscape architecture designers to create one of its newest product offerings as part of an inaugural design challenge.

“The Iron Age Design Challenge was the perfect way for our members to showcase their talents outside the typical work environment. We were thrilled with the level of involvement and how the designers reached out beyond the community to invite participation. There was a clear synergy between a manufacturer and the design community that reinforces Land8’s goal to connect people and our mission to build up the profession of Landscape Architecture.” Andrew Spiering, Founder of

At Your Service While, no one has ever kept track of the number of hours Cooper Carry‘s employees contribute to community service, suffice it to say, the hours would run into the thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. Recently, employees were asked to share their community service involvement, and well over 20 percent of the firm responded with a variety of examples of how they give back to their church, professional and community organizations. Numerous employees work with organizations dedicated to helping young people explore career choices. In our Washington metro area office, Chelsea Lindsey, LEED AP BD+C, and Marina Michael have been volunteering six hours every Saturday in the National Building Museum’s Design Apprentice Program. The students brainstorm, design and build pieces of furniture, learning critical problem-solving skills through the process. The “storage solution” will be going to a home in the District of Columbia’s Transitional Housing, so the students had the challenge of creating a long-lasting and attractive design as well as a creative one. Our Washington office also hosted two students from the program for a day of job shadowing; the whole office rallied to give the students some insight into the design profession. Their day included a real design charrette led by David Kitchens, AIA, and the urban planners; a site tour with Matt Guelcher; as well as various conversations with others in the office.

Above - Many volunteers in Atlanta and Washington have participated in a number of Habitat for Humanity projects over the years. Pictured l to r, Krista Dumkrieger, Kyle Reis, Zach Wilson, Jane Matthews, Hannah Matthews, Allison Miles & Alysha Buck. Below - A floating clinic, in Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria, provides locals with access to medical care along the river.

In Atlanta and Washington, many volunteers have participated in a number of Habitat for Humanity projects over the years. It is estimated that cumulatively, employees of the firm have invested over 5,000 hours in this worthwhile community service program. Andrew Telker, an intern architect in the Atlanta office, has been “knee deep” volunteering for a similarsounding organization. Telker has been working since 2009 with Architecture for Humanity, to revive the Atlanta chapter. That group’s first project was a floating clinic. Located in Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria, the clinic provides locals with access to medical care, including

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Habitat of Humanity Covenant House Cross Cultural Solutions Architects for Humanity YoungLife National Building Museum Apprenticeship Program Children’s Haelthcare Atlanta St. Judes Children’s Hospital Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts Girl Scouts Kindred Spirit Sandy Springs Conservancy MUST Ministries ACE Mentoring Program

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Pine Street Men’s Shelter Zaban House Atlanta Beltline Backpacks in the Park Feed The Children DC Rape Crisis Center Atlanta Pet Rescue Children’s Tumor Foundation Mayor’s Youth Program Dekalb Workforce Development • St. Vincent de Paul

Recently, several dignitaries, including Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed, gathered for the ribbon cutting, officially opening a new Covenant House. The new campus in northwest Atlanta can accommodate four times as many kids as the previous facility. With 60 crisis beds and 24 for longer stays, the dedicated staff and volunteers will be able to reach many more kids in the Atlanta area.

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some minor surgeries. The prototype amphibious clinic/community center, initially met with skepticism, is now a vital part of that small community.

layas), India to partake in a volunteer abroad program called Cross-Cultural Solutions. During her time there, Williams volunteered at a daycare center where she cared for anywhere from six to 11 young children For many employees, their community service is onthroughout the day. During her trip, Williams also had going. For instance, in D.C., Tanne Stephens is a coun- a chance to immerse herself in the local community, selor with the DC Rape Crisis Center. After completing visit temples and attend lectures. When asked to coma 52-hour training course, Stephens devotes 20 hours ment on her experience, Williams wrote, “The amazing per month (five hotline shifts) as a phone counselor. opportunity changed me—physically, mentally and And in Atlanta, Christopher Bivins, AIA, LEED AP, has spiritually. I honestly couldn’t have asked for more.” become very involved with Covenant House where he now serves as a member of the board. Covenant At Cooper Carry we believe the built environment has an undeniable impact on the connections we experiHouse Georgia is the only crisis facility for kids beence between people and ideas. We also believe that tween the ages of 17 and 21. Cooper Carry began supporting that effort in 2006 through the provision of in order to design for communities in a way that helps design services pro bono. Bivins has continued to lead shape and positively influence those connections that the design team with the latest effort being the design we must be connected within our own communities. and renovation of parts of the new facilities for CovNo matter the size of the community, being involved is enant House. a good way to foster our own understanding of how these connections happen; how people relate to ideas; Recently, Flo Williams, in our Washington office, gave and how people and ideas can be positively influenced three weeks of her time to travel to Dharamsala (Hima- by place.

During her time in India, Flo Williams (second from right) volunteered at a daycare center where she cared for anywhere from six to 11 young children throughout the day.

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Summer Vacation or Summer School? By Mark Kill, AIA, LEED AP, CDT

For those of you who had the opportunity to study

abroad, do you remember the excitement and anticipation of embarking on that journey? I was fortunate to attend University of Oxford’s New College. I suppose I was a bit of a chicken by not challenging the language barrier. We put our youngest child and only daughter on an Air France B-777 recently. Her destination is the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, a UGA Grady College study abroad program. It’s a three week, six credit-hour opportunity (good value!). She brilliantly cajoled Italy first; Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terra. The last time Catie was in an airport was in 2002 – ten years old. She is now travelling internationally with an acquaintance from school, not really a friend yet. They met two others in Florence; again, not so much friends - yet. How can we send her off like this? Now, she’s a pretty smart kid, but… (…look up, check the signs, be aware of your personal space, know where your stuff is…) We redefined anxiety and didn’t sleep well that first night. The opportunity to visit other cultures is profound. What will she see there? Whom will she meet there? What will she learn there? Thus far, her blog communications are inspirational. She’s definitely drinking from the cup of environmental immersion. So much to see, hear, touch, taste and smell… The doors and entryways and gardens are her favorites so far. What marvelous symbols doors are; transitions to new growth experiences - and she’s not even at “school.”

What will these students learn about their faculty, the many notable seminar presenters and one another? They’ll be expected, in a very short time, to formulate functional teams, assess their assignments and actually accomplish real work. They’ll know each other peripherally, but they’ll be expected to dig in and deliver thoughtful, cogent projects. In those wonderful places, they’ll conduct their own team negotiations and concept formulations; they will subdivide responsibilities and accountabilities for follow-through. My sense is that alliances will be galvanized and maybe even some aversions realized. This is significant interpersonal learning. Finally, what will these young people bring back with them for their future reference? No doubt, they’ll learn a great deal about themselves during these weeks, their self-confidence greatly enhanced. I left home with a destination and a bit of a plan and I did it! This is very cool… Their senior year experiences will be transformed because of their travels abroad. So, what have you done this summer; summer vacation or summer school? How about both? One doesn’t necessarily need the big, hairy, audacious trip for cultural learning, relationship-building with others and personal self-awareness. A trip to the MLK Center, Barnsley Gardens, Arlington National Cemetery or Ellis Island can help refresh the body, mind and spirit. We can’t wait to hear of our Catie’s experiences; we at Cooper Carry look forward to hearing about yours too!

A Talent for Teaching PRACTICE + TEACHING = THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS by Karen Trimbach, IIDA, IDEC, Senior Interior Designer A growing divide continues to separate practice from academia in the building design and construction industry. Karen Trimbach, IIDA, IDEC is one practitioner who is bridging this divide by sharing her knowledge as an educator. In this article, Trimbach provides a personal firsthand account of how she balances being a studiobased interior designer with being an adjunct professor. Trimbach has spent 39 years as an Interior Designer and four years as an educator. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth and Master of Arts in Interior Design from Marymount University. THE SYNERGIES OF PRACTICE AND TEACHING I started my master’s degree in the same week I started a new job. In hindsight this may not have been the wisest decision I ever made. It was rather impulsive and not at all like me. However, for years prior I had a reoccurring dream that I was back at my alma mater working on my master’s degree. I also thought I might like teaching. About six years ago, my oldest child had just completed her undergraduate degree and my youngest was in her senior year in college. I figured it was my turn.

Originally, my plan was to complete my degree in two years by going to school at night. It didn’t quite work out that way. It took me three years due to the availability of the classes I needed. I completed my degree

in the spring of 2009 and found myself teaching in the Interior Design graduate program at Marymount University in the fall of 2009. At first, I was not very confident in my abilities to teach, so I spent quite a bit of time preparing the curriculum for the course. I thought speaking and lecturing to the class would be like public speaking, which I had never considered to be a strength of mine. Instead I found the words flowed easily because I was speaking about a career field in which I had some 30 years of experience. I grew to love my students and worked hard to help them understand and execute the concepts of interior design. I worried about their progress, and yet they

always surprised me with the quality of their work when a big submission was due. I wasn’t sure about my techniques, but whatever I was doing seemed to be effective. My students were turning out great work! Involving my colleagues from my professional career along with some of our consultants in my classes has turned out to be a critical piece of each course I have taught. At first, I was concerned that my colleagues would not want to contribute their time in the evenings to participate in my classes. In the Washington metro area many folks have long commutes, many with families waiting for them at home. Wow, was I wrong! Consulting engineers spent more time putting together presentations for my class than I ever imagined. They gave their time and expertise and were excited to be there. Product representatives I work with have been generous by providing samples and information to the students. They hosted showroom tours, gave lectures to the students and fed them. However, the most valuable experience for both the students and me was involving colleagues from within Cooper Carry. I have asked both interior designers and architects to be critics for student work. To my great surprise, they loved doing it. One young architect from our Alexandria office who moved to North Carolina is even willing to drive back just for critiques! Once people have participated in one critique, it seems they can’t wait to come back. The critics are very gentle with the students and as a result, the students not only receive valuable coaching, but are also inspired to work harder on their projects. When students receive guidance from other professionals, results emerge that are not just limited to my point of view. Sometimes students are more willing to take the same suggestion from a critic that they have discarded when it was given by me. One colleague provided tutoring to a student in some of the software we use. This turned out to be of mutual benefit to both the student and the colleague. The critiques are also useful to me because they uncover spaces where I can do a better job as a teacher.

Cooper Carry has been generous enough to allow me to teach one class a semester in our offices. During the first half of that class, the students are given an introduction to our materials library where they find architectural products not commonly found in the school source library. We allow the students to take the samples they want to use for their projects. They are also given a tour of the office space where we discuss the design concept for the offices, which were designed by Cooper Carry. Both of these experiences inspire the students to think deeper about their design concepts. During the second half of the class, the students work on their projects in our conference room. This experience gives them a taste of what it feels like to work in a professional setting. Teaching has also had a positive influence on my professional life. As I grow as a teacher, I have found that I have become more effective at mentoring younger staff at work. I find myself unconsciously employing the same patience and love with my younger colleagues as I do with my students. This was new to me! I used to be too busy to stop and take the time truly needed to answer questions and explain not just the “how” but also the “why.” Taking a few extra minutes to explain the “why” in detail made all the difference for everyone. I realized that I had often assumed that others had the same background information that I did. No wonder my explanations did not make any sense to them! I’m still busy, but not too busy to help someone else. After all, if I am willing to stay after class to provide some extra help to a student why wouldn’t I do the same for the people with whom I work? We all have bad days at work; but no matter how bad my day has been, if I am teaching that night, my day becomes better. The students inspire me to improve in everything I do, from teaching in the classroom to working in the studio. Teaching two nights a week can become a grueling schedule when also working full time, but it has enriched my life in ways I never expected.

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Roger Miller

David Thomson

Steve Smith

Sheila Rickles

Principal 34 years

Project Manager 30 years

Principal 27 years

Brian Parker

Project Architect 15 years

Stan Williams

Mark Jensen

Katie Peterschmidt Rob Uhrin

Principal 29 years

Project Manager 28 years

Facilities Manager / Executive Assistant 25 years

Principal 24 years

Carol Alexander

Christina Bailey Nicolia Robinson Marketing Manager Project Manager 13 years 13 years

Studio Administrator 13 years

Ben Wauford

David Kitchens

Project Manager 18 years

Principal 28 years

Judy Ferguson Specifications Coordinator 27 years

Dots Colley

Principal 18 years

Interior Design Studio Manager 15 years

Mike Linker

Brian Campa

Project Architect 9 years

Project Architect 9 years

Mike Daniell Senior IT Manager 8 years

Karen Trimbach

Peter Han

Architectural Staff III 7 years

Xantha Burghard

Seung Ji

Staff Architect 7 years

Leisa Bedingfield

Hae Lee

Jessica Long

Architectural Staff I 7 years

Certified Planner 7 years

Kathy Logan

Matt Guelcher

Elainna Wright

Interior Design Project Manager 7 years

Database Administrator 6 years

Mathu Ngugi

Allison Miles

Intern Architect 2 years

Architectural Staff I 2 years

Staff Landscape Architect 2 years

Julie McDaniel

Audrey Hardesty

Chelsea Kuzma

Jonathan Woodruff Clay Jackson

Project Architect 2 years

Architectural Staff I 1 year

Staff Interior Designer 1 year

Controller 3 years

Architectural Staff I 2 years

Sam Bennett

Stephen Busch

Interior Designer I 1 year

Kyle Reis

Project Architect 7 years

Systems Engineer I 1 year

Project Architect 2 years

Elizabeth Muscroft

Interior Designer II 2 years

Intern Architect 1 year

Intern Architect 2 years

Bud Shenefelt

Architectural Staff II 2 years

Torrey Law Intern Architect 1 year

Douglas Webster

Design Architect 1 year

Edgar Gonzales

Intern Architect 1 year

Jonathan Cakert

John Devlin

Architectural Staff I 1 year

Student Intern Architecture 1 year

Chelsea Lindsey

Intern Architect 1 year

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Lauren Fowler

Lee Sewell

William Callahan

Meg Robie

Alyssa Rogut

Intern Architect

Staff Landscape Architect

Intern Architect

Intern Landscape Architecture

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Radio Shack. “I took a course in one of their stores to learn how to use the computer. I thought I was going to make great strides in the way we generated RFP’s,” Monroe reflected. She soon got her first chance to put the newfound skills to the test. She spent all day on a Saturday just trying to figure out how to format a page. “It was one of those teachable moments because the principal for whom I was working with on the RFP knew nothing about computers either,” said Monroe. “We learned that day just one classroom experience was not going to be enough.”

She Set The Pace Diane Monroe Reflects Upon Her Retirement

For Diane Monroe, her 30 years at Cooper Carry was a journey indeed. Monroe joined the firm in 1983, coming from McGraw Hill where she had served as a regional administrator. Working for Jerry Cooper, FAIA, LEED AP and two other principals, Monroe quickly gained the trust and respect that would facilitate her career growth within Cooper Carry . When asked what attracted her to the firm, Diane reflected upon a temporary job she had while living in South Carolina. “I worked a short time for a company that designed packaging. I loved the creative energy that everyone there seemed to have, and when I heard that there was an opening at Cooper Carry, I immediately applied because I thought that an architectural firm would be even more creative and exciting. I wasn’t let down!” said Monroe. Just to put things in perspective, when Monroe arrived, the Selectric® typewriter was in vogue and the firm responded to RFP’s using the latest and greatest of technology, thanks to IBM! Monroe recalls when the firm purchased its first computer, a TRS80, sold by

In addition to transcribing notes and taking dictation, Monroe assumed more and more responsibilities and subsequently became the office manager, reporting to Joyce McCullough who was the Chief Operating Officer and a Principal at the time. Because her new position required that she spend more time on the floor and away from her desk, she began working for Walter Carry and continued to do so until he retired in 2000. At that point she moved over to handle administrative duties for Kevin Cantley, AIA, NCARB, where she has remained until her retirement in April of this year. “This is truly bittersweet. I began thinking about retirement a year or so ago, and I guess over that time I began to get used to the idea that it was time to open a new chapter in my life,” she said. When asked if there was an “ah-ha” moment that she woke up and said “today will be the day I give notice,” Monroe said there really wasn’t. Beginning in September of 2012, she and her husband talked about “the day” and once she established that in her mind, everything fell into place. Just weeks before retiring, Monroe and her husband sold their house in Atlanta and moved to their mountain cabin. Travel is definitely in their plans when they are not visiting their two children and one granddaughter. On her Bucket List, Monroe says, is teaching senior aerobics and traveling to Antarctica, a trip she is planning for 2014. Everyone who retires is asked about any parting wisdom they want to share. Monroe is no different and her answer is poignant (we would expect no less from such a soft spoken and highly effective employee of the firm): “Love what you do and do what you love.” To punctuate the thought, she shares the broad smile for which she has become so well known. We will miss you, Diane!

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Aspire magazine Vol 5  
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