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CMH Welcomes Audrey

It’s time to meet a new face! Join us in welcoming our summer intern, Audrey Phillpott!

 

Audrey is an upcoming 3rd Year Architecture Student at the University of Florida. She is new to Birmingham, so we offer a warm welcome, excited to get the chance to work with her this summer. A founder of FLOAT, Florida League of Architecture Things, last semester Audrey helped to design and build an interactive installation on campus to promote positive mental health among students. Check out the Q&A below to get to know her!

 

Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from North Florida but have spent a majority of my life growing up in Auburn, AL (War Eagle!!).

What do like most about school?

Living in Gainesville is one of the best parts about UF. Its just big enough to escape the college atmosphere for a little, but small enough that you always know where you are. My favorite thing about Gainesville is profusely sweating while walking a quarter of a mile across campus due to the humidity. Its like a free sauna every afternoon.  

Tell us about your family!

My mom graduated from Auburn University and my dad graduated from Florida, luckily the two schools rarely play each other in football so very few household rivalries have occurred. I also have two sisters. My older sister graduated from THE Ohio State University this past May and my little sister is about to go into her senior year of high school.

What’s your hidden talent?

I can (poorly) sing every word of every song off Taylor Swift’s debut album.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to go running in my free time, I don’t mind running in the city but I prefer trails. My favorite place I’ve run was in the Pisgah National Forrest in North Carolina. The views are incredible from the top of the mountains!

What is your favorite TV show?

My favorite TV show changes all the time. I usually jump from something more serious like Criminal Minds to something more lighthearted like Hart of Dixie. Sometimes I venture out and watch something classic like Friends or Full House, it just depends on the mood of the day.

What do you like most about CMH?

Everyone at CMH has been so warm and welcoming since I walked into the office.  I was intimidated walking into the building my first day but, as soon as I walked into CMH’s office I felt more relaxed and comfortable.

 


 

We are so excited to have Audrey at CMH.  We hope she gets a chance to explore Birmingham and the may running trails in our area during the Summer.

 

Audrey before becoming a Florida Gator.

 

Studio Class Presentation

 

On-site construction visit

 

Hootie and the Blowfish Concert

 

Audrey and her dad finishing a half iron-man (Way to go!)

Welcome Back Bradford!

It’s time to welcome back a familiar face to CMH!

Join us in welcoming back our summer intern, Bradford Moore!

 

Bradford is a Birmingham native and a fourth-year architecture student at Auburn University, returning to CMH Architects, Inc. to join us for another summer internship. She held a student internship position here last summer, and says she is excited to be back for another summer before returning to Auburn in the fall. Bradford recently returned from Rome, Italy, where she studied abroad with Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction.

 

What was your favorite part about studying abroad?

My favorite part about studying abroad was having the opportunity to travel, being exposed to new cultures and seeing works of architecture that I had previously learned about. During four months abroad I was able to travel around Europe and even parts of Asia; visiting Dubai, UAE and New Delhi, India. I am fortunate to have gotten these opportunities, and each experience is one I will never forget.

What do you look forward to most in your fourth year at Auburn University?

I recently was named an Ambassador of Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design, and Construction. In my fourth year, I look forward to being a representative of the CADC to the best of my ability and being more involved within my college.

 Where is your happy place?

Even after travelling all over the world, my happy place rests here in my hometown of Birmingham, AL. I love being home and spending time with my friends and family. I am a family girl through and through, and I don’t know what I’d ever do without them.

 Tell us more about your family!

The Moore household is never boring! Everyone always has something going on, but we are, somehow, always able to come together for family dinners filled with laughter. They are my biggest supporters in every new adventure I decide to take on. My parents are both from Birmingham originally, making it easy to get together with our entire extended family on a regular basis. I also have two sisters: Mary Katherine,22, and Emily, 15. My older sister Mary Katherine, just graduated from Alabama and is getting her MBA before applying to med school. Emily is on dance team at Mountain Brook and never fails to make us laugh. We are so proud of both of them.

What is your favorite TV Show?

If you know me then you definitely know that my all-time favorite TV show is Friends! It never fails to put me in a good mood, and it is easy to play in the background during long hours in the studio. However, I am currently watching Gilmore Girls for the first time, and it is a close second.

What is your hidden talent?

I don’t think that many people know this, but for 17 years I was a competitive dancer in addition to being on dance team for my school for 6 years. I miss dancing and wish it was still a part of my life. However, if you’re looking for a more quirky hidden talent… I can wiggle my ears!

What is your favorite thing 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.

 


 

We are very excited to Bradford back for another Summer!  Here is a brief glimpse of where she has been recently —

 

Rome, Italy

 

Venice, Italy

 

Vienna, Austria

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (War Eagle!)

 

Birmingham, Alabama (Back Home)

Blake Nelson, Senior Vice President!

We are proud to officially congratulate Blake Nelson for being promoted to Senior Vice President here at CMH! Blake has been working for us for twenty years this June, having started working for the firm after graduating from Auburn University in 1998. Also, check out the 1962 Chevrolet pickup truck Blake inherited from his grandfather! He and his son plan to restore the truck together — how neat is that? Can’t wait to see our Senior VP on the road!

 

 

Lakeside Dining

Tuscaloosa, AL – CMH is excited to announce the opening of the newly renovated Lakeside Dining Hall at the University of Alabama! Students, contractors, university employees and faculty, and other collaborators joined together on Thursday for opening day.

With 48,146 square-feet, Lakeside is now the University of Alabama’s largest dining hall with the capacity to seat 780. This renovation cost roughly $3 million and provides a renovated interactive dining hall, a new mezzanine for additional seating, and even a street taco concept that was the product of student feedback.

The contemporary food hall houses Asian-inspired dishes, gluten free and allergen options, vegetarian and vegan dishes, burgers, home-style plates, pizzas, a salad bar, and more.

The opening was a complete success, and we were thrilled to be able to play a part in this project and be there for the big day!

Ladies and gentlemen, Derek Carson!

This Thursday, we would like to spotlight our newest hire — Derek Carson! Derek was a previous employee here at CMH, and we are excited to welcome him  back to the family! Check out his Q&A, and also our Instagram Account @cmharch for Derek’s daily polls and fun facts!

 

When were you last a CMH employee, and what was your role then?

As you know… this is my second rodeo with CMH.  I left CMH (on good terms) in end of 2012.  Now that I am back, I recognize a few familiar faces as well as some new characters.    I even have the same desk and the same weird guy (Jeff Tosh) who shares my work space.

 

What have you been doing since you were last here?

Being out on my own was a rewarding experience.   I did similar design work that I did while at CMH. I now have more an appreciation for sales and marketing professionals who have to constantly chase new business. You work all the time – nights and weekends… but on the flip side you have a lot of flexibility in how you spend your time.

 

What is your current role at CMH?

I do much of the same things now as when I left – 3D renderings and graphic presentations.  My goal is improve ways we handle graphic job requests.  I also am the self-appointed “Director of Fun Times.” (see Instagram for proof of fun!)

 

Where are you originally from?

Huntsville, Alabama.  Even though I have not lived there since 2004, I still have a since of pride in all of my hometown.

 

Where did you study, and what was your degree?

I received my Bachelors of Industrial Design from Auburn University. War Eagle!

 

Tell us about your family!

Things are pretty crazy now-a-days.  I had a (1) year-old when I left CMH in 2012.  Now I have two boys – ages (4) and (7).  Both are school age and they participate sport imaginable. My wife, Jessica, sells text books and on most days makes sure I leave the house fully clothed.

 

What do you do in your free time?

Unfortunately between parenting, work, and cleaning I don’t have much free time.  Over the past few years I have fallen back in love with trail running.  It’s the only thing I will get up at 4 a.m. to do.  I have a few very long ultra-marathons coming up in a few months.

 

What’s your hidden talent?

I wish I had one!  There are some activities that I want to try in the near future.  My (7) year old son is a very good hockey player.  So I am strongly thinking about taking up hockey as sport.  They have a real good Adult hockey program in Pelham.

 

What’s your favorite thing about living in Birmingham (or the Birmingham area?)

Birmingham has come a long way since I moved here in 2004.  Its fun to go out on date night every once in a while to see what is happening in places like Avondale and Downtown.    I love the local trail systems around Birmingham – Ruffner Mountain, Oak Mountain, Moss Rock Preserve, and Red Mountain Trail.

 

What do you like most about CMH?

I am truly blessed to be able to go to work everyday and do what I enjoy.  Most folks cannot say that about their jobs.

 

Derek, we are lucky to have you! Have an awesome Thursday everyone!

Butler Plaza

Gainesville, Fla. –  Butler Plaza was named No. 8 among the Top 10 Retail Center Experiences in the nation by Chain Store Age. You can read more about the article here.

 

The Burkholders Take NeoCon!

NeoCon is a conglomeration of manufacturers, dealers, designers, architects, and media who join to enjoy over 1 million square feet of cutting-edge products and services from incredible companies who provide access to pioneering design solutions.

Last month, NeoCon 50 took place in Chicago, IL. CMH had the pleasure of sending our interior designer, Katherine Burkholder, and our graduate architect, Justin Burkholder (who also happens to be Katherine’s husband) to the event.

The two headed out to Chicago on Sunday before the event kicked off Monday morning. Coincidentally, Sunday was also their one-year wedding anniversary! After dealing with a delayed flight, they finally landed in Chi-Town. Given that their timeline was shortened by the delay, they stuck to their priorities: architecture and pizza. “Sunday ended up being really rainy which led to the flight delay (the lake and river cause a LOT of fog in Chicago), so we only saw the Robie House (which ended up being half under restorations) and got delicious deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s!”

Monday morning kicked-off NeoCon. NeoCon 50 was the 50th anniversary of the event, and it featured over 550 exhibitors! “Getting to see so many products in one place is both very inspiring and very overwhelming. It was a great way to see what all is out there that you may not have been aware of before, as well as seeing the latest and greatest from manufacturers we know and love.”

Post-Neocon that evening, Katherine and Justin took an architectural boat tour around the city. “It was the best part of the trip. We went up and down the Chicago River with a tour guide that had so much interesting information about all the various buildings on the river front. He told the history of Chicago and the buildings from the very beginning which was very interesting to hear.” After that, they headed to Maude’s Liquor Bar for dinner where Katherine had her favorite dish of the trip. “It was amazing. I had a Lyonnaise salad with pork belly and gnocchi with mushrooms.” Justin’s favorite dish was the “gigantic fried chicken sandwich I had at a lunch with a  product representative at Cindy’s Rooftop near Millennium Park. The waitress also gave us some interesting lessons about the building’s history, specifically when the country was under alcohol prohibition. They recently renovated the space and found many spirits in a boarded up “Speak Easy” bar in the middle of the building that would have been illegal at the time.

Sight-seeing naturally required a selfie with Cloud Gate (also known as “The Bean”) by British artist Sir Anish Kapoor. When asked what her favorite piece of architecture that she saw over the trip was, Katherine said, “I really liked the Marina Towers by Bertrand Goldberg – which are lovingly referred to as ‘the corn cob buildings.’ They may not be the most aesthetically pleasing buildings in Chicago, but they have a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ about them. They are also very efficiently designed with the lower floors being utilized for parking.” For Justin, he particularly loved 150 N Riverside. “Many locals call it ‘The Tuning Fork’ because of its shape. The site restrictions of the building required it to be built almost on top of the adjacent railroad tracks, so to maximize the amount of living and lease space, the upper floors of the building are cantilevered out on two sides of the foundation. The base of the building is only about 39 feet, but extends to almost 120 feet for the upper floors, giving it an almost 80 feet cantilever. Apparently, they had to import specialized steel from Europe to meet the engineering specifications. It’s incredible.”

Katherine and Justin attended various CEUs during NeoCon. Check out the write-ups about the ones they attended!

“Cultural Evolution Choice and Beyond”

As time moves forward and workplace culture is evolving, Cultural Evolution Choice and Beyond focused on change in larger corporate companies. The discussion was about the realization that people are more productive in their own personal ways, and that the office/cubicle is not the only place that they can/do get work done. This discussion focused on the movement to understand worker “personas” and to create working environments that are conducive to all types of workers. The idea is not about reducing office space, but rather redistributing it. Reducing private office sizes and increasing opportunities for respite and informal meetings to encourage people to get up and move from their desk to another space in the office – perhaps by a window if your desk is not located near one – and also creating transparency and accessibility with executives by not closing them off in a dark hallway. The most difficult part with this way of thinking is getting businesses and their culture to change with new design.

“Moving Beyond Open Plan”

This discussion focused on different types of working spaces and cultures over the years and their associative pros and cons: open plan, co-working, ABS (activity-based working), NCE (neighborhood choice environments), and MEMO (maker environments, mobile occupants). We then discussed how these types of environments can be tailored to suit different business needs by looking at case studies.

“Biophilic Design”

Biophilic design looked at case studies showing how embracing the connection between humans and nature within the designed environment can positively affect those inhabiting it. We also discussed various was biophilia can be incorporated into design.

“Beyond Green Walls”

Humans have evolved over thousands of years in environments that constantly change – be it audio, visual, thermal, or olfactory. This CEU discussed how we can create environments that better support human’s innate, hard-wired inclinations to be restored by subtly changing environments rather than static environments. The speakers discussed Attention Restoration Theory (which asserts that people can concentrate better after spending time in nature, or even looking at nature) and went over examples of how this theory can be incorporated into the modern built environment.

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

small night

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