Straight from the Studio

September 27, 2022

Delivering the Reimagined FSU Student Union

For more than 20 years, Florida State University officials, students and planners dreamed of creating a new student union facility. Master plans were developed around a new union. Studies were conducted and sketches were drawn. Even when the actual design of the new union began, few people could fully understand or appreciate the magnitude of a new facility. On August 22, those dreams became a reality as FSU officially opened its brand-new masterpiece. Frequently described now as the University’s “living room on campus,” the new Student Union recreates many of the student spaces that the former union provided, including food service, meeting rooms, ballroom space, entertainment spaces, a new bookstore, and even a new bowling alley to name a few. But what the old union specifically lacked, the new facility provides and that is space; much more of it and much better quality and functional space. “This new facility solves many of the problems that the former union exhibited. This complex is much better suited for a university the size of Florida State and is commensurate to the quality of the students, the programs offered, and the institution as a whole. We believe it is a game-changer and we are very gratified to have been involved,” ALW Principal, Cam Whitlock shared.

July 26, 2022

A Warm Welcome to Our New Project Manager, Matt Persinger!

We are excited to welcome Matt Persinger to the lively ALW studio! A licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, Matt joins our team as a Project Manager with a Master’s degree from Yale University and over 12 years of high-quality architectural experience in several U.S. regions. After stints in the IL, OR, and MS, Matt, his wife Gini, and their two kids have moved to Tallahassee to be closer to family. As an architect, his resolve that each project should elevate the experience of all who encounter the project and be executed with excellence in design and craft adds another voice to the established values of our firm! Bringing his experience and design thinking to the table, Matt is excited to grow ALW’s capacity for doing great work and for developing strong relationships in the Tallahassee community. Please join us in welcoming Matt to the team!

June 21, 2022

Groundbreaking Innovation: North Florida Innovation Labs

A groundbreaking ceremony for the North Florida Innovation Labs was held on Tuesday, June 21st to kick-off construction of the state-of-the-art multi-discipline business incubator. This facility will help further the Leon County Research & Development Authority’s mission by providing space at Innovation Park for early-stage companies to commercialize new technologies and create jobs. The 40,000 square foot building will include wet and dry labs, prototyping labs, offices, collaboration space, and more. ALW is proud to be a part of the team fostering innovation and technology in the region.

April 27, 2022

ALW Scholarship Award Winners Selected for 2022

Congratulations to FAMU architecture students Adrian Perez and Jared Weber for receiving ALW’s 2022 Ian Sommerfeldt Memorial Scholarship Award! “Adrian and Jared’s fourth year studio project was a well-rounded, thoughtfully executed design that fully incorporated innovative solutions related to designing using mass timber. Their graphic illustrations were clear, concise, gracefully composed, and elegantly told the story of their building’s design. Additionally, both the contextual adjacency diagrams and axonometric phasing massing study emphasized their knowledge in strategic planning and added support to their design intent.” – Ryan Sheplak, ALW Creative Director
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