Archive for August, 2013

CMH Completes Justin Sollohub Justice Center in Anniston, Alabama

Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 19, 2013) – CMH recently completed the new Justin Sollohub Justice Center for the City of Anniston, a complex facility which combines the police department, municipal court, and jail into one 57,500-square-foot building. Chief Denham stated that “CMH’s knowledge of public safety facilities is clearly apparent in the design of our New Justin Sollohub Justice Center. Their design–build layout together with state of the art security electronics and their project management not only delivered a well-constructed, secure facility, but increased our efficiency both in manpower and the operations and maintenance of the building itself.”

The police facility includes customized spaces for each division: Administrative Department, Special Response Team, including enclosed storage for all their specialized equipment, weapons, and vehicles; a full crime lab and secure evidence storage area; Investigative Department; Patrol Unit; and Animal Control. Each of these spaces includes cutting-edge technology and is specifically designed to enhance the functionality and efficiency of each division.

The courtroom, which accommodates 200 and includes custom-designed equipment, and be converted to a community meeting room, a police training facility, or a public safety shelter during emergency weather events.

The jail was designed to accommodate 110 inmates in precast concrete modular cells that were delivered on-site complete with all furnishings, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC ducts, which also expedited the construction schedule. The jail also includes a full-service kitchen and laundry, an enclosed sally port for secure inmate drop-off, the latest electronic security system, and video visitation that allows family members to electronically visit without the inmate having to leave their cell block.

This project had a pre-construction total budget including design fees of $15 million but was designed, constructed, and furnished for a final project cost of $14.4 million.

CMH Designs Innovative Third Expansion of Successful Retail Center

Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 15, 2013) – The Phase III expansion of the Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, is underway and includes a new flagship two-level Belk department store, a new parking garage, and approximately 50,000 square feet of additional retail and restaurant buildings. The western portion of the existing lake has been drained and filled in to create the expansion site and a new waterfall feature will be added to define and accentuate the remainder of the lake. Belk and the adjacent new retail buildings will open onto a new “center court” featuring a large green space that can accommodate featured events, displays, and other activities already enjoyed by the Bridge Street patrons.

The new construction will complement the diverse mix of tenants and building types already at Bridge Street, which currently includes nearly 350,000 square feet of retail and restaurant tenants, the Westin Huntsville, the Monaco Pictures theater, and a low-rise office building, as well as 2nd-floor offices in one of the buildings. Dating back to its grand opening in 2007, the centre has undergone continued growth and success, including a 105,000-square-foot power center addition that was also designed by CMH and completed in early 2012. The anxiously awaited completion of this newest phase is expected in fall 2014.

Xuemei Yuan: CMH Summer Intern

Birmingham, Ala. (August 1, 2013) – Bejing native and CMH summer intern Xuemei Yuan recently completed the Butler Plaza water fountain design, featuring stone-carved stallions. She admits to initially feeling timid about the project, but she explains that CMH President Everett Hatcher “taught me how to analyze the user’s problems from the perspective of an architect and how to draw elevations and site plans properly. I gradually became relaxed, and [could identify the design challenges] and know how to deal with them,” she says. “I can’t imagine how difficult it would be for an American to step into her shoes—speak a foreign language, navigate new software, and learn an architectural firm’s design approach,” says Hatcher, “She’s a hard worker and she’s made great progress.”

Xuemei is currently pursuing her Masters in Industrial Design from Auburn University, and says that the “architecture aesthetics and architecture knowledge” she has gained at CMH will definitely inform and improve her master thesis. She embraces not only the innovation and creativity in American design, but also the freedom in American culture, relishing her newfound free reign over the internet, including her very own Facebook page. It’s this newfound aspect of freedom she finds the most exciting. She recalls reviewing the fountain design, “Mr. Hatcher told me that this is America; you need free your thoughts and do something really cool. I really benefit a lot from his words. And I am trying to do that.”