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CSA Architect Jedd Heap, AIA, LEED AP Interviewed in SRQ Magazine

Posted on Wed, Nov 06, 2013

Interview with Architect Jedd W. Heap, AIA, LEED AP by Lexy Khelia, SRQ Media Group.

Every building tells a story and Jedd Heap is one of our storytellers. Inspired by community and architecture, he began studying this field at the University of Florida and has yet to stop pursuing
his passion. Having found inspiration in the perfect pair of creative design and local interaction that Carlson Studio Architecture offers, Heap now serves as the firm's architect, in addition to acting as a member and leader within many levels of the American Institute of Architects (AlA).

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CSA Designed Apostolic Church breaks ground in Estero, FL

Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2013

August 25th, 2013 - The Apostolic Church of Estero broke ground Sunday at their new construction site just south of Ft Myers Florida. Both Carlson Studio Architecture and CORE Construction were represented at the ceremony.

The Apostolic Church project consists of a 300 person Sanctuary, a 2,800 sf Fellowship Hall and kitchen, four Sunday School classrooms, and a nursery. An oversized entry foyer was designed to serve as a secondary sanctuary, while a large exterior covered area has been provided for outside dinning off the Fellowship Hall.

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TB Rays' hire CSA/PRA to develop Interior Design & Sustainability Guidelines

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Carlson Studio Architecture and Plunkett Raysich Architects are pleased announce the latest project, Design Guidelines Development for the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field!

The CSA/PRA team will develop written and illustrated Design Guidelines suitable to be used as a guide for future interior remodeling and renovations inside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Our scope will include developing several grade levels of finishes, depending on the level of fan experience desired, into the illustrated manual. As part of the project, key team members will investigate the fan experience at both the Ray’s home stadium and other ballparks around the country. All recommendations will be filtered through sustainable design criteria, such as low environmental impact, energy conservation, water conservation, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. Both CSA’s & PRA’s expertise in sustainable design will help the Ray’s deliver a wonderful & healthy fan experience in the future.

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Carlson Studio Architecture of Sarasota and Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP of Milwaukee WI and Sarasota, have formed a strategic partnership, which builds upon the unique industry expertise found in each firm: healthcare, primary and secondary education, higher education, long-term care, religious architecture, and multi-family housing. The alliance harnesses the talents of both firms, allowing each to expand and enhance their service to clients and prospects. The combined resources of the two organizations operate from CSA’s studio in downtown Sarasota, providing expanded capacity to deliver larger and more complex projects throughout Florida and beyond.

Carlson Studio's project featured on cover of TECTUM's 2013 Catalog!

Posted on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

Carlson Studio's LEED Gold Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center has been featured on the cover of world renowned product manufacture Tectum's 2013 catalog.

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"Keeping a Lid on Noise for Over 60 Years

Whether you require wall panels, ceiling panels, or an acoustical roof deck, Tectum Inc. has the right product for your noise problem. Our reputation for acoustical solutions in the commercial and institutional construction industries is well respected. With over 60 years experience in reducing noise worldwide, Tectum Inc. specializes in acoustic panels that are both abuse and impact resistant.

Easy to work with and install, Tectum panels and systems are cost effective and require little maintenance. They are available in natural, white or custom-painted finishes, and are field-paintable up to six times.

Tectum products are cementitious wood fiber acoustical panels composed of aspen wood fibers. All of our products carry a Class A/1 interior finish rating for flame and smoke. In addition, all Tectum products are "green" because they are manufactured using only renewable wood and other sustainable raw materials."



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Posted on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

This Saturday, June 29, our community will celebrate the life of a very special person by dedicating a unique memorial in her memory. Friends, family and the public are invited to celebrate the life of Leanna Knopik, with the dedication of Leanna’s Way, at the Center for Building Hope, 5481 Communications Parkway in Lakewood Ranch. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

A bright, shining high school student, Leanna died last summer after bravely battling myocarditis, a rare viral infection of the heart. Just 16 years old, Leanna excelled in her studies at Riverview High School, was actively involved with Sarasota Crew, attained her black belt certification in Tai Kwan Do, and was very involved with her church youth group and Young Life. Her passing was sudden and yet it drew our community together in a loving and spiritual way.
Since her death, Leanna’s parents, Steve and Beth Knopik, with the support of their friends, felt a need to create a legacy in Leanna’s name to inspire others and honor their daughter. “Leanna touched thousands of people with her story of bravery and faith,” said Beth.
One way to do that was to create a structure named ‘Leanna’s Way’, a contemplative walk and observation tower, located on the campus for the Center for Building Hope, where her mother is a board member. The tower is nestled among native vegetation, overlooking 600 acres of pristine Florida landscape. The idea is for ‘Leanna’s Way’ to be a place for prayer, meditation and renewal within its peaceful natural surroundings.
A group of Sarasota’s most talented architects, builders, engineers and designers offered their time and talent to help realize their inspiration. Fundraising for the project was led by local restaurateur, Michael Klauber, and his wife, Terri, who worked tirelessly until $150,000 was raised to complete the Knopik’s vision for their daughter’s legacy. 

“Terri and I, along with our children, cherish our close friendship with the Knopik family. Like so many, we were shocked by Leanna’s sudden passing, but instantly felt the tremendous legacy of love she left with our family and community.” said Michael Klauber. “We were immediately driven to help fulfill Beth’s dream and support ‘Leanna’s Way’, which is now an everlasting precious gift to so many.”
Carlson Studio Architecture designed both ‘Leanna’s Way’ and the Center of Building Hope. Principal Michael Carlson noted, “Through the realization of ‘Leanna’s Way’, the Center for Building Hope is able to fully capitalize on the benefits of nature for health and well-being. The walkway design is intended to honor Leanna’s spirit by inspiring and fostering hope for people in their time of need.”
Stantec provided site planning and engineering services, site plan drawings, permitting assistance with Sarasota County and construction surveying services. Mike Bell, senior principal of Stantec added, “I am honored to be involved with any project at the Center for Building Hope, especially when we have the in-house professional capabilities to make a difference in the project. With a teenager of my own, I understand the desire to make this a special project for the Knopiks that will share the love of Leanna with all who visit this great community asset for many years to come.”
David Young, principal of DWY Landscape Architects, developed the landscape design for both the Center for Building hope and Leanna’s Way. “We are honored to have been a part of both projects,” Young said. “We believe the natural environment provides a wonderful opportunity for spiritual reflection and healing. Our goal was to develop an inspired design for both projects where visitors can take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of gardens and nature to begin the healing process.”
Refreshments will be served during Saturday’s celebration, and attendees will be able to purchase a commemorative brick in Leanna’s honor that will soon become part of the entry to ‘Leanna’s Way’.
A poem written about Leanna will be recited to the crowd and friends, family and all who attend will be able to express their thoughts and feelings by writing “Letters of Love for Leanna” which they can then attach to the structure.
“We are deeply touched by the community’s support. The contemplation walk and observation tower, beautifully constructed of ipe’ wood, will enhance the experience offered at The Center for Building Hope. ‘Leanna’s Way’ will be a place for meditation, reflection, relaxation and to simply be,” said Beth.

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Partners in the Leanna’s Way Project include:

Willis A. Smith Construction Inc.

Carlson Studio Architecture

Stantec Inc.

DWY Landscape Architects

For more information about Leanna’s Way and the Center for Building Hope:

Center for Building Hope offers free information, programs and services to cancer patients, caregivers and family members, while connecting them with others who are undergoing a similar experience. www.centerforbuildinghope.org




Carlson Studio Project featured in Washington DC exhibit

Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013

Carlson Studio Architecture’s design of the newly completed Lifestyle and Wellness Center, located at the Sun N Fun Resort in Sarasota was featured by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  The annual exhibition is presented at AIA National’s headquarters, the American Center for Architecture, in Washington, DC. The exhibition is on display from February through April 2013, and was viewed by over 700 attendees in conjunction with the annual AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference.  The American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals sponsors this annual exhibition of architectural work, art, and designs of emerging architectural professionals across North America.  

The Lifestyle and Wellness Center, an 18,000 SF facility, was designed by Jedd Heap, AIA LEED AP, of Carlson Studio Architecture for local resort Sun N Fun. The building is comprised of a therapy spa, a 25 meter indoor pool, exercise rooms that overlook the pool from the second floor, along with an upstairs aerobics room, steam & sauna rooms, locker rooms and access to adjacent exterior spas and pools.  The project received prestigious LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2012.


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Jedd Heap, AIA has been appointed to the national AIA’s Young Architect’s Forum (YAF) Regional Director

Posted on Tue, May 14, 2013
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Architect Jedd Heap, AIA has been appointed to the national AIA’s Young Architect’s Forum (YAF) as Regional Director for the Florida Caribbean region.
The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is the voice of architects in the early stages of their career and a catalyst for change within the profession and our communities. Working closely with the AIA College of Fellows (COF), the YAF is leading the future of the profession with a focus on architects licensed less than 10 years. The national YAF AdCom is charged with encouraging the development of national and regional programs of interest to young architects and supporting the creation of YAF groups within local chapters. YAF programs, activities, and resources serve young architects by providing information and leadership; promoting excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and encouraging mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.
In addition to his new role as YAF Regional Director, Jedd has also been elected as President of the local AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter for 2013. The mission of the AIA Chapter is to lead the way in promoting the sustainable growth and enhanced quality of life for our community and the architectural profession through advocacy, engaged membership, and collaborative efforts. The chapter serves Manatee, Sarasota, Highlands, Hardee, & Desoto counties.
A project architect at Carlson Studio Architecture (CSA), a Florida-based sustainable design firm, since 2007, Jedd has more than 15 years of professional design experience. He has managed several LEED-certified projects including the recently completed Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center.
In 1998 Jedd graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in architectural design and a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Heap serves on the Manatee County 14th Ave CRA Advisory Board and has served on both the local and state boards of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2009, the Florida AIA awarded Heap the Associate Honor Award.

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Michael Carlson, AIA selected to Chair Sarasota Housing Authority

Posted on Tue, May 07, 2013

Carlson Studio's own Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP, a leading green building design professional, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sarasota Housing Authority. Since being appointed to the Board by the mayor of Sarasota in 2010, Michael has served as the Chairman of the Development Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Board, prior to be elected chair by his fellow Board members.
“The Housing Authority is fortunate to have a local leader of Michael’s character and vision selected by his governing board peers to serve as our Chairman. I foresee Chairman Carlson leading the agency in a new direction regarding sustainability and healthy living environments for our residents and communities,” said Executive Director Bill Russell.
Carlson has been practicing architecture in Sarasota since 1986, and his firm, Carlson Studio Architecture is a leader in green building design in Florida. Since 2003, Michael has held leadership positions in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) at the local, state and regional level. He has been a LEED Accredited professional since 2003, with a specialty in Building Design & Construction (BD+C). He currently serves as the Chair of the USGBC Florida Caribbean Regional Committee, which coordinates all 8 USGBC chapters in the region.
The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) was established as a public housing authority in 1938 under Florida statute to administer federal housing assistance for low, very low and extremely low-income families. Presently SHA provides housing for over 2100 families in Sarasota, FL. SHA administers an annual budget of over $17 million with a staff of 30.


Carlson Studio Architecture announces strategic alliance

Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013

Carlson Studio Architecture of Sarasota and Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP of Milwaukee and Madison, WI, today announced the formation of a strategic partnership, which will build upon the unique industry expertise found in each firm: healthcare, education, long-term care, religious architecture, and multi-family housing.

The firms’ service offerings are complementary and they have both developed solid reputations as leaders in sustainable design. The alliance harnesses the talents of both firms, allowing each to expand and enhance their service to clients and prospects.  The combined resources of the two organizations will operate from CSA’s studio in downtown Sarasota, providing expanded capacity in order to deliver larger and more complex projects throughout Florida.

“This new partnership provides both firms the ability to grow geographically as well as support our clients’ facility design needs.”

                -David J. Raysich, Managing Partner, Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP

“This alliance will provide our clients with the resources and horsepower to accomplish their goals, no matter the size or complexity a project might present. I appreciate PRA’s commitment to the Florida market with PRA partner John Holz’s move to Sarasota.”

                -Michael R. Carlson, President, Carlson Studio Architecture

About Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP: PRA specializes in architectural planning and design of health care, long-term care, educational, corporate/commercial, manufacturing, government, civic, religious and hospitality facilities. The firm has been in business for 77 years and has a staff of 65.  Partner-in-Charge of the Sarasota Office will be John Holz, AIA, a 12 year veteran of Plunkett Raysich Architects.   John relocated to Florida in 2012 to begin developing the strategic partnership with Carlson Studio Architecture.  For more information please visit us online at www.prarch.com, on LinkedIn, Facebook or follow us on Twitter @PRAtweets.

Carlson Studio Architecture is a leader in sustainable design and LEED certified projects. Sustainability is the key principal they apply to all projects. Carlson Studio Architecture, founded 17 years ago, and is a full service design firm, committed to design excellence, comprehensive project delivery and personal attention on every project. CSA dedicated to the highest quality solutions, cost control and innovative use of technology. Principal of the firm, Michael Carlson has been practicing in Sarasota since 1986.  For more information please visit our web site at www.carlsonstudio.org

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Cottonwood Cove earns LEED Gold certification!

Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

April 10, 2013 – Sarasota, FL – The Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina on Lake Mohave made history this month by achieving LEED-NC LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s first LEED certified floating green building. This eco-friendly marina, located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside of Las Vegas, was designed by Florida’s premier green design team, Carlson Studio Architecture (CSA). CSA, based in Sarasota, was selected for this unique project because of its diverse sustainable design experience.  The project, spearheaded by the National Park Service and Forever Resorts, LLC, serves as the marina’s operations office, and is literally floating ON Lake Mohave.  This project marks the 12th LEED certified project the firm has been responsible for. 

“Using a team approach and the integrated design process, we were able to seamlessly incorporate environmentally friendly features throughout the project,” explained Project Architect Michael R. Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. “A committed ownership group, a skilled design team and conscientious contractor makes projects like this especially rewarding.”

The floating eco-friendly structure features sustainable modular construction and state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmentally responsible materials and fixtures. The modular wall and roof system is constructed of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) designed to lessen the amount of construction waste, improve the insulation value of the building and provide a tighter envelope than traditional construction. The SIPs also lowered the overall weight of the building, decreasing the load on the floating foundation system. Decking is made of a composite of rice hulls and recycled plastic, and the exterior stucco contains recycled tire particles. Use of low or no volatile organic compound materials, paints and adhesives will rid the building of the typical “new building” smell, improving the overall indoor air quality.

The project’s key green building design features include:

  • Extensive energy saving materials and systems, including high-performance insulated glass
  • High-efficient HVAC equipment

Extensive use of recycled and regionally extracted and/or manufactured materials, such as steel, drywall, metal studs, carpet, etc.

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