Straight from the Studio

July 17, 2017

Arive850 Student Housing Rising Quickly

Despite all the summer rain, impressive progress is being made on the Arive850 Student Housing project. The 2.7-acre site is in Tallahassee’s multi-modal transportation district. It's located within a half mile of Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium. The project consists of eight townhouse-style 3-story, 4-unit and 5-unit buildings.

June 8, 2017

Designers Visit World's Largest Office Furniture Manufacturer HQ

A group of ALW designers visited the Steelcase headquarters on June 8, in Grand Rapids, MI. Rodney Lewis, Alana Taylor, Lindsy Grosso and Breezy Adiano toured the company's facilities that are renowned for their research-focused creation of furniture and all things office environments. The largest office furniture manufacturer in the world, the company also designs and produces architectural products, textiles, wall surfaces, and ergonomic and technology tools for workspaces, education, and health care. "This was an amazing trip. We got to see firsthand all the research and technology that goes into producing the Steelcase products and understanding the depth of their research and commitment to creating furniture for the evolving workplace gave me a new appreciation for Steelcase. At ALW, we frequently select and incorporate their systems into our projects because their function truly matches their design quality” said Lindsy. The group also visited the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Meyer May House, which was bought and restored by Steelcase in 1985. It was an incredible experience to occupy a fully restored FLW residence at the small-scale intimacy of a dinner party.

June 17, 2017

Summer Design Intern Joins Our Team

This summer, we are excited to welcome Serina Valdes to the team as our Design Intern. Serina is an architecture student from Clemson University, originally from Central Florida. In her studies, she is focusing on sustainability and learning about the LEED certification process. She recently returned from a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. She spent the majority of her time taking courses in studio architecture, Barcelonian architectural history, building technology and learning the language of Catalan, but she was able to find time to venture out to see other fascinating cities in Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and France as well. Over the next three months, Serina will shadow various positions at ALW to gain insight into many aspects of the profession. She’ll assist our Principals, Project Managers, and Designers with a wide range of projects and deliverables. Welcome to the team Serina!

May 31, 2017

Extending Our Knowledge of Roofing & Waterproofing

ALW designers Sean Morgan and Ben Baylor traveled to Arkadelphia, AR to visit the Siplast Roof System Manufacturing plant. They extended their knowledge of roofing and waterproofing products, as well as the design of cutting edge envelope systems. They took a full tour of the manufacturing facility and product testing lab, and saw first-hand the time and precision involved in creating these products. Sean and Ben participated in several comprehensive classes on lightweight insulating concrete, modified bitumen roofing and PMMA waterproofing. They took away a greater understanding of what’s involved in producing quality products and how our firm can work with manufacturers and specialists to design better buildings for our clients.
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