Under Construction August Update

Factory Creek Houses

The Factory Creek 1 house has cabinets being installed. We are looking forward to this house being finished soon.

Factory Creek house ii

Fripp Island Remodel

We started this project with raising the house about 3 feet to bring it above the flood plain. The post about raising the house is here

Spring Island

Hilton Head


A new table for our studio!

It was time to upgrade the table in our studio. The table that sat in the center of our space was outdated, very wobbly and had a broken glass top. So naturally, we designed and built a table that is perfect for us!

Michael designed the table, with input from the team. It is simple and clean, made from steel tube legs and with a steel plate top. We decided on standing height, since we never sat at our old table.

Now for the fun part! Tom took the lead on welding the table, which may not have been the fun part for him in 90 degree weather.

We all took turns with the grinder. Benjie shot some pretty impressive videos full of flying sparks!

After the base was welded and the table had rusted to our liking, we brought the pieces into the studio to assemble. The table is too big to fit through the door, so it will remain in the office for the foreseeable future.

It took us about a month of  our "Friday Fun" time to complete the table (we always knock off from work at 4:00 on Fridays to have a little fun together). We are very happy with the result!


New York Boat Tour

 

New York is always fun to visit and this year we took an architectural boat tour around Manhattan. AIA New York has teamed up with the Classic Harbor Line to offer daily boat tours leaving from Chelsea Piers. The tours are led by a local architects who’s knowledge of the areas architecture is invaluable.

The almost three hour tour first takes you to a up close view of the Statue of Liberty. Then the boat goes up the East River, through the Harlem River and down the Hudson River where you get to view the New Jersey Palisades.

Another highlight of the tour is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Park on the tip of Roosevelt Island. The park was one of the last projects designed by the renowned architect Louis I. Kahn in 1972. It was finally built in 2010-2012.

Go here to book your tour.


Eileen Fisher - DesignWorks

 

Eileen Fisher was on the American Institute of Architects A’18 Expo Floor promoting her new business DesignWork. She created DesignWorks to compensate the fashion industry unsustainable business model of creating new clothes every year while tossing last years styles. Roughly 85% of textiles end up in land fills, including those donated to charity.

Fisher decided to recycle clothes into new beautiful objects that consumers will keep for years. After enjoying wearing Fisher’s clothes, the company will buy them back, in any condition, to be resold or renewed through techniques like overdyeing and mending which uses part of what is collected, but not all. In 2015, Eileen Fisher launched DesignWork studio to create new textiles and uses from scraps of their own remaining recycled materials.

All DesignWork materials are made directly from the old garments and scraps from new garments. They are felted with 100% recycled fabric from Eileen Fisher and transformed into products for the architecture trade and for homes. Products include pillows (shown above), wall hangings, and acoustical panels. The new felted fabrics are beautiful in looks and soft and cozy to touch.

Go to www.eileenfisherrenew.com to see how to recycle your clothes an receive a $5 Rewards card.


Jane to be the 2020 AIA National President

NEW YORK – June 22, 2018 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announces three new leaders to its Board of Directors, which were elected at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 (A’18).

At the meeting, AIA delegates elected:

Jane Frederick, FAIA of AIA South Carolina as the 2019 first vice president/2020 president-elect; Jason Winters, AIA of AIA Chesapeake Bay/AIA Maryland as the 2019-2020 secretary; and Jessica Sheridan, AIA of AIA New York as the at-large director.

From 2016 to 2017, Frederick served as an at-large director of the AIA Board of Directors while chairing the Board Public Outreach Committee and serving on the Board Visibility & Engagement Task Force. Previously, she served as the regional director of the South Atlantic Region from 2012 to 2015. Frederick also chaired the Small Firm Round Table’s Executive Committee in 2014 and served as president of AIA South Carolina in 2010. She has been a principal at Frederick + Frederick Architects since 1989 and received her B.Arch. from Auburn University.

“To create a future with better buildings, better communities and a better world, we have to be flexible, nimble and seize opportunities to turn dilemmas into advantages,” Frederick said. “As architects, when we are at our best, we don’t talk about the future—we create it.”