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It’s all about the process.

Seeing the design process from start to finish is one of the  most rewarding things about architecture. Check out this sketch and finished product of the feature stair for the North American Mission Board.

Meet Madge!

The CMH family is expanding again! We are happy to introduce you to our newest Graduate Architect, Madge Ellis! Madge interned with us last summer, and we are thrilled to welcome her back after graduating from Auburn University in May. Check out the write-up she did below!

“It’s so good to be back! After interning with CMH last summer, I was ecstatic to hear that I would be returning to the firm that poured into me. June 4 was my first day of starting my big girl job. Currently, I’m 23 years old, but will turn 24 in August. I’m from Sylacauga, AL, home of the whitest marble and Blue Bell ice cream!

Studying architecture was a no-brainer for me. My entire life has been centered around doing things with my hands. Playing piano, painting, reviving old furniture, building, and cooking all involve creating beautiful things with your hands. For me, architecture is no different. Designing space that was functional, beautiful, thoughtful, and well-crafted was my main focus throughout architecture school. During my 3rd year, I studied at Rural Studio which was easily the most incredible thing I have ever been a part of. The people of Hale County will always hold a large piece of my heart. My 5th year thesis was a whimsical yet rigorous exploration of architecture and fashion. I am humbled to say that my thesis book, Fashion + Architecture: of the Body received an award for Best Thesis Research from Auburn University.

When I’m not in the office, most of my time is spent with my 8-month-old Irish Wolfhound rescue pup, Winston. He tags along for my brewery excursions and hikes. Winston even hangs out while I work on my side hobby, Hyde & Seam, a little business that is a collective of handmade and vintage goods, leather products, and clothing. My music taste is all over the place, but I’ve got to say that Fleetwood Mac is by far my favorite. They are coming to Birmingham in February for their farewell tour, and my family got tickets! You can catch me there fangirling to the extreme over Stevie Nicks. (What a woman.)

Living in Birmingham is already an adventure. I have only been here for a couple weeks, but I have thoroughly enjoyed finding new places to explore and trying all kinds of new food. The best part, however, is being able to walk down the block from my house to Saw’s Juke Joint! The worst part? That there isn’t an ice cream parlor in walking distance!

CMH has been such a joy to work for already. It was awesome to come back to work and pick right back up on the relationships formed last summer. Not only am I doing average graduate architect duties, but I am delighted to also focus on the firm’s marketing! Stay tuned for all the exciting things that will be coming soon!”

Southern Museum of Flight

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Currently on the boards is the Southern Museum of Flight. The new location will be situated along the Barber Motorsport Parkway in Leeds, AL.

 

Meet our summer intern, Bradford!

It’s time to meet another new face! Join us in welcoming our summer intern, Bradford Moore! Bradford is an upcoming 3rd Year Architecture Student at Auburn University. She is a Birmingham native, and we are lucky to have the chance to work with her this summer. As a 2nd year student, she was named Alabama Forestry Associations’s Wood Comp. 2018 winner! She will begin her 3rd year at Auburn University this fall, and is excited to study abroad in Rome during the Spring 2019 semester. Check out the Q&A below to get to know Bradford!

Q&A

Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from Birmingham — Mountain Brook specifically!

What got you interested in architecture?

My entire life I have always been interested in art and design. This interest further developed as I got older and began to travel more with my family. Seeing history and art displayed through structure in a variety of cultures grew my interest in architecture specifically. When I began to heavily consider going to Auburn, seeing their Architecture program finalized my decision to major in Architecture.

Are you participating in any architecture programs during your 3rd year? 

I look forward to studying abroad in Rome, Italy with Auburn’s School of Architecture next Spring.

What do you like most about CMH?

What I like most about CMH is the people that surround me on a daily basis. Not only were they welcoming and willing to help me learn, but I have the opportunity to work with every person in the firm. There is no strong divide, and each person is equally as involved.

Favorite places that you have traveled?

A few of my favorite places that I’ve traveled have been Salzburg, Austria; Newport, RI, USA; Maui, HI, USA, and Playa Conchal, Costa Rica.

Did you have a big or small family growing up?

I have two sisters, and I’m the middle child. Outside of that I have a pretty large extended family, and we come together for every holiday. Both of my parents are from here, so nearly all of my family lives here as well, making it easy to gather as often as possible. I have loved growing up with a large family and being very close to both my extended and immediate family. I come home from college as often as possible because I’m always missing my sisters and parents.

What do you like doing in your free time?

In my free time I love spending time with my friends and family. I am always busy, so any bit of free time I get is dedicated to them.

I am also in a sorority at Auburn, Alpha Chi Omega. I am on Alpha Chi’s Council, building relationships through working with our philanthropy and as a choreographer for Auburn University Panhellenic’s Greek Sing.

Favorite thing to do in Birmingham?

My favorite thing to do in Birmingham is a toss up between two things. During Christmas time, my family has a tradition of going to the Alabama Theater to watch a Christmas movie. We have never missed a year. The beauty of the Alabama Theater makes it all the more special. My second favorite thing to do is simply going to Mountain Brook Creamery to get a scoop of ice cream. It’s our local ice cream shop, and going there makes me feel like a little kid again!

Favorite thing about being in school at Auburn University?

I love the Auburn community. The town is so welcoming, helping students to feel at home when often far away from home. I was able to find some lifelong friends that I am forever thankful for.

Tell us about your Wood Comp. Project!

I was humbled by being named Alabama Forestry Association’s Wood Comp. 2018 winner. This year’s assignment was to design a multipurpose pavilion on the western side of campus, strongly incorporating wood into the design. My design was inspired by the existing placement of the trees on the site, looking to effectively frame the landscape rather than change it. I was also inspired by Japanese architecture and the intricate, stacked joints commonly found in it. I placed stacked, wooden screens throughout the structure, framing different views as one journeys through the pavilion.

What do you like to do when you aren’t in the office?

When I’m not in the office and since I am in my home town of Birmingham for the summer, you can likely find me spending time with my family. I’m a family girl through and through, and I’m soaking up all the family time I can get while I am home.

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!