Davenport Fire Station No. 2 Breaks Ground

On June the 15th 2019, the City of Davenport Florida broke ground on the construction of Fire Station No. 2, a building designed by Parlier + Crews Architects. The structure will be a much needed addition to the city’s main Fire Station. It will be located on the current Public Works property which is on the west side of the existing rail line that runs through the town. With the main station on the east side of the tracks and with the large amount of growth that Davenport is experiencing, it was determined that having the new Fire Station would bring a new level of safety to the west side residents in the event of an emergency while the rail line is occupied by a long freight train blocking road crossings. The new building is designed to be expanded in the future. Construction services are being performed by Mid-South Contractors and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

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High Design in Small Town America

For those of us who either live in or grew up in a small town, the following article shows that innovative design can truly happen anywhere as long as the community is behind it.

Driving along Alabama’s State Route 61 is like a journey through the land that time forgot. Past catfish ponds and rolling pastures, the highway pauses for a moment where it swells to form downtown Newbern (population 189), a rustic collection of warehouses and storefronts from the turn of the last century. But over the last couple of decades, Rural Studio, Auburn University’s design-build program, which is based here, has left its mark, erecting a fire station and other structures. For its latest endeavor, the school has transformed a diminutive masonry bank building into a modern, 1,600-square-foot library—Newbern’s first—that maintains the local down-home spirit while providing an inviting community resource.

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Small Changes with BIG Impacts

In touring offices for facility planning projects that I work on, one thing I see in nearly every office is unused space. Sometimes this is an empty office, other times it’s a space that’s too small to be used as an office or one that’s inconveniently located (perhaps tucked away in a remote corner). These spaces often sit empty for months or even years, accumulating the usual office litter – outdated computer accessories, storage boxes, even old files that should have been shredded years ago. If you have a room like this, one of the easiest things you can do is to repurpose it as a space that can be used by multiple people in your office. Here are several easy and inexpensive options for office makeovers.

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Solar Power...things to consider!

When you're ready to invest in solar, keep all of these steps in mind to design the best roof possible

Energy use and production is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in the US, as well as one of the costliest expenses for businesses and households. To improve efficiency of resources, many building owners have developed an interest in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Rooftop solar installations can provide long-term economic and environmental benefits for building owners, and future tax breaks, technological advances in solar panels, and caps on carbon production may further increase the return on investment (ROI) for renewable energy sources.

At the same time, certain variables make it difficult to generalize on immediate returns. The viability of systems varies greatly, depending on the cost of electricity at the installation site, as does the price that state utility regulators set for the re-purchase of excess renewable power generated by the installation. The cost of installation itself can also vary, depending on the capacity of the roof to support panels.

Due to this uncertainty about the present-day economics behind panels, clients may be more interested in reserving space for a later installation. Whichever they prefer, here are eight factors to consider when designing a solar-ready roof.

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Designing for Health

Meeting the WELL Building Standard means fully incorporating health into the design process

When it comes to using design to improve public health, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and Boeman Design couldn’t be more similar.

Little, a mid-sized architectural firm, and Boeman Design, a husband-wife team in Chicago, are both using healthy building design as a market differentiator. Both have clients interested in healthy building design as a way to increase employee productivity, recruitment, and retention. And both work on projects that feature new design techniques as catalysts for improving the health of people all over the world.

So it was natural for the two organizations to pursue WELL Certification on their projects. “We got in on the ground floor of the healthy building movement because we strongly believe that designing for human sustainability provides a more holistic approach to architecture,” says Carol Rickard-Brideau, AIA, partner and workplace global practice leader at Little. Rickard-Brideau started doing research into how architecture intersected with the field of human neurobiology more than a decade ago.

At a conference where she was giving a presentation, someone told her of a new standard focused exclusively on the health and well-being of people in the built environment—the WELL Building Standard™, which was pioneered by Delos. Today, WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI) and third-party certified by GBCI. She soon met with Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of Delos, and was part of the first cohort of architects that participated in the WELL Building Standard training at the Cleveland Clinic. “It was a lucky happenstance,” she says.

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You know your streets are crowded when...

Here is a clever (and probably very expensive) solution to traffic congestion as envisioned in China.

A model of a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) debuted at the ongoing 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. TEB is a purely homegrown invention of China. Its passenger compartment rises far above other vehicles on the road, allowing cars to pass underneath, which will largely increase the utilization of road space.

Davenport Public Works - Under Construction

P+C Architects would like to share one of our new projects that is now under construction in the city of Davenport, FL.  The project is for their new Public Works Facility and it is scheduled to be completed by Fall of this year (2016).

The photograph below shows the project in an early construction phase with most of the structural steel framing in place.

This rendering shows what the finished product will look like when construction is complete.

Public Fitness

While enjoying the Community Playground in Winter Park, FL the other day with my family, I came across something that I thought was really interesting and it speaks to a community's commitment to providing opportunities for all citizens to live a healthier lifestyle.  What the city has provided is an area along a walking/jogging path to perform various exercises similar to what you would find in a gym.

I am sure that we have all seen these before in our own communities, but I have never seen them installed with such quality and with as many options.  As you can see in the photos (which are not of Community Playground.  The ones I took were not as good as what I found on the internet), all the exercise machines are made with high grade steel and don't require much maintenance.  Also, they do not have the added complication of weights that need to be adjusted.  It is all resistance training (some of the machines have the option to adjust resistance).