Archive for January, 2014

Then & Now: Mike Tillman

Birmingham, Ala. (Jan. 30, 2014) – Mike Tillman joined CMH Architects April 5, 1995, beginning as a project manager handling the design of Parisian Department Stores. In his 19 years with the firm, his incredible work ethic is the driving force behind his success at CMH. “He lives a project 24 hours a day and makes it his own,” says firm President Everett Hatcher. “And he is always sketching,” Hatcher says, recalling the hardbound sketchbooks that Mike carries with him, for when inspiration strikes. “By the end of two years, you could look back through one of his beat- up books and see a neat evolution of each project through notes and really nice sketches.”

“In addition to his off-the-charts hard work at the office, Mike has also worked tirelessly on his house over the years and has created one of the most extensive rear decks you will see in Birmingham,” says firm Senior Vice President Michael O’Kelley. “Some of us have joked that it is just a little smaller than something from Swiss Family Robinson.” Mike is currently working on Saks Fifth Avenue in San Juan and serves as the firm’s Executive Vice President.

Retail Development Is Main Focus of Renowned Architectural Technology Summit

Birmingham, Ala. (Jan. 28, 2014) – At the recent Autodesk University—an annual summit held by the technology giant responsible for the groundbreaking software programs AutoCAD and Revit—an entire day of the conference was devoted to retail development, with prominent developers in attendance. Revit is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software program that creates dynamic 3D models that provide smart information in real time, such as energy analysis, land geometry, light analysis, design components, parking, and leasing, along with the coordinating cost and scheduling estimates. This time-saving and cost-efficient tool breaks down the communication barriers and enhances collaboration between the designer, architects, contractors, building owners, and other stakeholders in the construction project.

“We are pleased to see Autodesk featuring retail development in this way,” said CMH President Everett Hatcher. “The Revit technology is perfect for the complex institutional and retail projects that we work on.” CMH has used Revit in multifaceted projects, such as the recent award-winning NAVFAC, a department store on a Naval Base in Bethesda, Maryland; Fresh Food Dining, an interactive open-kitchen food court at The University of Alabama; and the DeCA Commissary, a grocery store on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. CMH BIM Studio Head Ken Helms explains, “Revit allows the design team and the contractors immediate project visualization so we can troubleshoot all ‘what-if’ scenarios and detect potential conflicts before any cost estimates, scheduling, or construction begins.”