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Michael Carlson, AIA selected to Chair Sarasota Housing Authority

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.

   
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Topics: Sarasota housing authority, aia, Michael Carlson

Two Carlson Studio projects win USGBC Gulfcoast chapter awards!

LEEDership Award Winners Celebrate!
St. Petersburg, FL --- The U.S. Green Building Council - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosted its third annual LEEDership Awards on October  23rd, 2012, recognizing and honoring those outstanding projects, inspirational businesses, dedicated individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are ‘LEEDing the Way’ to a more sustainable built environment on the Gulf Coast of Florida and beyond.

Alexis Muellner, Editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, emceed the evening at the beautiful Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. The event included a Networking/Cocktail Hour in the Gardens, delicious appetizers and the Awards Ceremony to conclude the evening.

Mayor Bill Foster graciously accepted the award for Municipality of the Year on behalf of the City of St. Petersburg, and many other green building leaders were in attendance to celebrate the projects that were nominated and won awards at the event.

Over 100 attendees celebrated the successes of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the US Green Building Council over the past year.

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Topics: usgbc, Jedd Heap, award, LEED-CI, Michael Carlson, plastic surgery

Local AIA chapter features CSA's Sun N Fun project at annual meeting

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to tour Sarasota’s newest LEED Gold building, Sun N Fun’s Lifestyle Wellness Center. This year the Gulfcoast AIA will be hosting free tours of the project at their annual meeting. Also in attendance will be members of the Green Drinks networking group, USGBC, CSI, and GBCX members. All are welcome to attend and enjoy cocktails & hor d’oeuvres on the pool deck.

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Topics: LEED, green building, sarasota, Jedd Heap, aia, Michael Carlson, florida

Carlson Studio to be featured on the cover of Enviromental Desgin + Construction Magazine

EDC, the official magazine for the LEED professional, is proud to announce that Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and Grace Carlson, APR, LEED Green Associate, of Carlson Studio Architecture are the winners of EDC’s “Get Exposure for Your LEED Project” contest.

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Topics: architecture, LEED, sarasota, Michael Carlson, building hope

Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center, new Landmark!

by Harold Bubil
HeraldTribune, Real Estate Editor

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Topics: green, usgbc, LEED, Sustainable, sarasota, Jedd Heap, architect, project architect, Michael Carlson

Michael Carlson discusses Green Building with Sarasota's "City Business"

Recently Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP sat down "City Business" to discuss green buiding, LEED, and the Cancer Support Community Building Hope project.

 

   
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Topics: cancer, LEED, sarasota, Michael Carlson

Sun N Fun's "Green" Lifestyle Wellness Center on SNN6

By Thomas Becnel
Herald Tribune

Sun-N-Fun, the huge RV resort east of Interstate 75, draws camping fans from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.
Wait — make that from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast.
More than 1,500 Midwestern and Canadian snowbirds visit the Sarasota park each winter. The Fruitville Road facility offers everything from tennis and golf — well, disc golf — to swimming and volleyball, shuffleboard and lawn bowling.
Now the two-time "Mega-Resort of the Year" is about to open a $5.5-million indoor pool and health club.
"We're looking forward to the gym," said JoAnn Boehlke of Ontario. "They've got something for everyone."
Boehlke is a 63-year-old retiree, which people find hard to believe, because she looks like a 43-year-old gymnast. She used to play volleyball and tennis — she won a Florida Senior Games singles title — but a rotator cuff injury sent her to the pool.

"Now I'm up to swimming half a mile," she says, "and doing water aerobics."

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Topics: green, architecture, usgbc, wellness, LEED, Sustainable, community center, pool, Jedd Heap, architect, Michael Carlson

KASHI'S "BY THE RIVER" SHARES THEIR SUCCESS

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Topics: green, architecture, wellness, Sustainable, Michael Carlson

Carlson Studio Architecture Wins 3 Awards At US Green Building Council LEEDership Awards

Sarasota’s Carlson Studio Architecture, a regional leader in sustainable design, won 3 awards at the USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter LEEDership Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in St. Petersburg. CSA received awards in the following categories:

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Topics: architecture, usgbc, Sustainable, green building, LEED AP, Jedd Heap, award, LEED-CI, Michael Carlson, Gulfcoast

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