Archive for May, 2016

CMH Celebrates 35 Years – Iss. 3, The 90s

Birmingham, Ala. (May 24, 2016) – The first McDonald’s opens in Moscow. Smoking is banned on all domestic flights. Driving Miss Daisy won the Oscar for Best Picture. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded 249 million U.S. citizens. The Americans with Disabilities Act became law. The first known web page was written. Operation Desert Storm begins with air strikes against Iraq, and Michael Bolton’s “How am I Supposed to Live Without You?” hits #1 on the pop charts.

In the ‘90s, enclosed malls and department stores were dominating the retail market. In the period from 1990 to 1995 CMH designed 12 malls and 23 department stores in 11 states.

In 1997, the face of retail architecture changed dramatically with the advent of what we now call the Lifestyle Center, an open-air upscale shopping environment. The Summit in Birmingham, a CMH design, which opened that year was one of the first such shopping venues in the country. Other Lifestyle Centers such as The Avenue projects, which CMH designed as well, followed The Summit as the preferred upscale shopping experience. The advent of Lifestyle Centers signaled the decline of enclosed malls.

In addition to retail developments, CMH designed numerous corporate, educational and institutional projects in the ‘90s, check out some of them here!

Roger Sparks, Artist and Architect

Birmingham, Ala. (May 19, 2016) – Roger Sparks, one of the CMH family, is both an artist and an architect.  He and his wife, Rosie, who is a full-time artist, have started a side family business, Sparks Design.  Through their work they try to share their delight in the natural & imagined elements of the visual world.  Rosie creates original mixed media jewelry from a variety of materials, including opaque and frosted shrink plastics, assorted beads and crystals, and silver-plated findings and chains.  Roger illustrates a vast array of scenes, creatures, and objects using tiny dots of various sizes and colors, a style of painting otherwise known as pointillism.  Rosie turns these images into night-lights, Christmas ornaments, prints, greeting cards and mobiles using shrink plastic & paper.  Roger has won several design competitions including an Architectural study grant that allowed him to travel in Europe, Asia & Africa. He has received purchase prizes for his art work, and also had it exhibited in several art museums.

Cross Church – Fayetteville

Birmingham, Ala. (May 9, 2016) – CMH has designed a 57,300 square foot new church facility that will include 900 seats in the sanctuary for Cross Church.  It will also contain 10 preschool rooms, children’s worship rooms, a student worship room, administration space, and a large lobby that will also serve as overflow seating when needed.

Construction is set to begin this summer with Milestone Construction Company out of Springdale, Arkansas serving as the contractor. Located in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas, the project is less than 3 miles from the University of Arkansas campus.

Mt. Laurel Home wins Gold

Birmingham, Ala. (May 3, 2016) – One of the homes that CMH’s own Michael O’Kelley designed in Mt. Laurel won a Gold Award for its category this week in the Greater Birmingham Parade of Homes.  It was also first runner-up overall.  See more images on our Facebook!