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The LightRails in Downtown Birmingham

Downtown Birmingham, Ala. (March 28, 2017) – We love Birmingham! The LightRails are an art installment under the 18th street viaduct by San Antonio artist, Bill Fitzgibbons. Not only does it being light up an area often deserted at nighttime, but it also brings vibrant color, character, and life to our roadways.

Progress at Cedar Point

Lake Martin, Ala. (March 13, 2017) – Progress is happening at Cedar Point Lake Martin, and we couldn’t be more elated. Our Mayfly cabin shown above is being built!

Details and amenities of the cabin include:

  • Single level 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • 2159 sq. feet of conditioned space plus 305 sq. feet of porches & decks
  • Spacious great room with vaulted ceiling, open to the dining and kitchen area
  • Use of natural materials
  • Low maintenance landscape
  • Seawall, pier and waterfront features included
  • Designed for easy living and entertaining
  • Woodburning fireplace
  • Lakeside screened porch and open deck

Find more info here.

The Little Family, Not So Little Anymore!

A huge congrats to CMH team member, Jeramie Little and his wife, Emily, on the new additions to their family! Quentin Henry and Eli James were born on February 20th. Congrats on the beautiful twin boys, Littles!

Congrats to Katherine and Justin!

A huge congratulations to Justin Burkholder and Katherine Looney on their recent engagement! We couldn’t be more elated for the both of you.

Riverchase Renovation

As part of an overall renovation of the Riverchase Galleria, CMH developed a phased renovation of the mall concourses, center court, restrooms, and parking decks. This beautiful image shows the innovative fabric design at work in the cavernous, skylighted food court. It adds tons of “color and interest” to the space.

The parking deck renovations include aesthetic and lighting upgrades and replacement/upgrade of existing stairs ‐ all phased to meet City code requirements and the mall’s holiday schedules. Improvements are carefully coordinated with mall activities. Use of 3D surveying was used to augment poor existing building drawings. SketchUp modeling of Food Court and Revit Modeling of drainage system for building was performed.

Employee Spotlight: Steve Kinney

Before we close our books on the first week of 2017 and ride off into the weekend sunset, let’s take a moment to meet one of the newest members of the CMH family, Steve Kinney. He is a multi-talented and invaluable asset to the firm (you have probably spied his photography gracing our blog and social media previously). We are ecstatic to have Steve working with us. Please take a moment to help us welcome him to the CMH community!

When were you hired?
My first day of work was 8/15/16

Where you are originally from?
I was born in Pennsylvania, came to Birmingham when my father was transferred to ACIPCO in the late 60’s.

How did you become interested in architecture?
Really not certain. I liked to draw, but wasn’t an artist. Buildings and structures were intriguing, puzzles in a sense. Architecture allows me draw and work out design puzzles.

Where did you study?
Auburn University.

Favorite places that you have traveled?
My favorite place to visit is Italy, have been several times and want to go several more. The UK was our recent trip. Being able to read signs and understand the language was a pleasant travel change. The place I’d like to go next would be out west to photograph the desert landscapes and textures, maybe find a few abandoned places and things along the way.

Did you have a big or small family growing up?
Small Family.

Are you married?
Currently engaged to Kathy Hagood, no date to tie the knot at this time. We knew each other in high school briefly many years ago and accidentally met 3 plus years ago in a hiking group..

Do you have a family?
I have 2 sons, 23 and 20.

What do you like doing in your free time?
Anytime a chance presents itself, I like to take camera in hand and find something to photograph. Weekends trips are always an adventure. So many photographs taken to find that one or two that’s special.

Favorite music/band/singer?
No true favorites, I like a variety of music.

What do you like about living in Birmingham?
It’s a small large city.

What do you like about CMH?
The overall culture of the firm. The professionalism of the people, the quality and variety of the projects.

Where can we find you outside of the office?
In the last year and half, we (Kathy and I) have started doing art festivals around the state and Georgia. Displaying and selling our photography. It’s fun, but as we always remind ourselves, “don’t give up your day job.” Our photography goes under “Angels and Relics”. We like photographing old things and visiting historic cemeteries. Although I find myself photographing other things as well. Our photography can be found here. There are links off that site to our respective web pages.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Steve, and welcome to the family! If you want to see more of his beautiful photography, check it out here!

Happy New Year from CMH

Holiday Luncheon

A snap from our Holiday Luncheon this past Friday at the delightful and delectable FOODBAR. We are feeling very festive and also immensely grateful for our awesome CMH family this joyful season. Happy Holidays from everyone at CMH! 

Happy Thanksgiving from CMH!

A stunning image of the fall-scape surrounding our office captured by one of our newest employees, Steve Kinney. The CMH family is wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! Travel safe, enjoy your family & friends, and eat well. See you next week!

Lunch and Learn with CEAS

Birmingham, Ala. (Nov. 18, 2016) – We had a great and very educational Lunch and Learn this week with Creative Engineered Architectural Systems! In the photo Mike Tillman and Blake Nelson are showing how tensile structures work with a demonstration by CEAS.