Archive for August, 2016

Meet our New Hire: Justin Burkholder

Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 23, 2016) – Time for another introduction to one of our new hires!  This week, help us in welcoming, Justin Burkholder, our Intern Architect and IT director into the CMH family!  He works diligently and balances responsibilities in two different realms of the office, and we are immensely grateful for him.  He took a moment out of his busy schedule to answer some questions about himself below. Check it out!

How old are you? 26 years old, born in 1990.

Where are you originally from? Well, I was born in Germany when my parents were stationed there in the Army. But for most of my life I grew up in Warner Robins, GA, just south of Macon.

Are you from a big or small family? It started out small with just my sister and I, but when my parents got divorced in 2000 both of my parents remarried. Currently, I have two step brothers, two step sisters, and my real sister. Most of my extended family live elsewhere in the US, California and Colorado mostly.

Where did you study? Being from Georgia after graduating high school, I applied to University of Florida, Clemson University, and Auburn University. After I got the acceptance letter from Auburn, I knew there was nowhere else I would like to study, mainly because it is one of the only accredited architecture programs in the south east. After my freshman year, I took one look at the bill and decided I was not going to pay that much again. For the next year I paused my studies, got a job at Chick-fil-a in Auburn, and made sure I jumped through the hoops that got my residency in Alabama and eligibility for instate tuition. I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design after 5 years (the program is 5 years).

How did you become interested in architecture? A combination of growing up with boxes and boxes of Legos and my enjoying solving problems. That is also why I love IT, so being in a position where I get to do both is great. I still buy Lego sets every once in a while.

When were you hired at CMH? I was hired at the beginning of December in 2015, about 4-5 months after graduating. I interviewed with a few smaller firms than CMH during that summer before getting the job posting from my previous thesis professor. I was hired just before my 6 months grace period for my student loans, so I was pretty excited to start at CMH.

What do you like about CMH? The small atmosphere of the firm, but not so small as to be stretched thin between various tasks. I’m in a position at CMH where I get to do two things I love: architecture and IT.

Thanks, Justin, and welcome to CMH!

Energen Renovation

Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 19, 2016) – Happy Friday! The spotlight before the weekend is the Energen Renovation. Completed in ’05, Energen required additional office expansion space in an existing building adjoining their headquarters which was renovated on a fast track schedule to include offices, support spaces and open office areas.

Junior League of Birmingham

Birmingham, Ala. (Aug. 16, 2016) – Time for a throwback project! Completed in ’88, the Junior League of Birmingham is a one-story office building incorporating a 500-seat auditorium, meeting and conference rooms, work areas, banquet kitchen, gift shop, and offices. The central focus of the building is a large axial lobby with a 20-foot high vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows.

Meet our New Hire: Katherine Looney

Birmingham, Ala. (August 2, 2016) – Time for another introduction to one of the newest members of the CMH family!  We are delighted to acquaint you with our very bright and hard-working interior design intern: Katherine Looney.  She took some time to write about herself and her life below. Take a peek!

“I started working at CMH on February 22 of this year.  I am 24 years old (25 in August), and from Decatur, AL!  I studied interior design rather than architecture; however, I became interested in design in general when I realized how much of an impact the space around me had on my mood and feelings.  My parents built our family house when I was around 3 years old, but I remember going to the muddy site and seeing the house in progress which was exciting.  It really is crazy though how much the space you inhabit impacts everything from your health to your mood to your productivity level, and that is where my main interest in architecture and design comes from.  I graduated from Auburn University in 2014, and studied abroad in Italy for three months the summer of 2010. That experience had such a great impact on my life… being able to immerse myself in a new culture, and getting to experience a culture older than our country (not to mention food and wine!) was amazing.

Justin Burkholder, who works at CMH as well, and I have been together almost six years now (It will be 6 years as of September 1st). I enjoy getting outside and taking Baxter (my 4 year-old dog) for walks, meditating and doing yoga, as well as practicing calligraphy and doing generally crafty/artsy things.  My favorite band/music changes all the time but I am currently obsessed with Post Modern Jukebox.  They do covers of popular songs in old styles such as 20s swing or 40s/50s doo-wop – it’s great!  The thing that I like the most about living in Birmingham is that there is so much to do – places like Red Mountain Park are a great get-away on the weekends. Only complaint I have is that there are no Krogers (sorry Publix)!  So far my favorite thing about working at CMH is that it feels like a family… being a smaller firm helps you to create relationships with everyone you are working with on a daily basis.”

Welcome to the CMH community, Katherine!