Carlson Studio Project featured in Washington DC exhibit

Posted by Thu, May 23, 2013

Tags: LEED, Sustainable, Jedd Heap, aia, architect, sun-n-fun

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 by Tue, May 14, 2013

Tags: Jedd Heap, jedd, aia

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 by Tue, May 07, 2013

Tags: Sarasota housing authority, aia, Michael Carlson

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.


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

Posted by Wed, Oct 17, 2012

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

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.

Designed by local architecture firm Carlson Studio Architecture, the Lifestyle Center features an indoor pool, aerobics room, and extensive exercise facilities. Sustainably designed, the project captures rainwater, uses the pool for cooling, and uses local materials. Architecturally it has been heralded as a new landmark with it’s soaring curved wood beams and innovative steel ‘V’ shaped column.

All are welcome to attended the tour and reception, please rsvp @

Event info:

October 25th, 2012

6pm – 8pm

Sun N Fun

7125 Fruitville Rd

Sarasota, Florida, USA 34240

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Carlson Studio and Sarasota County highlighted as local leaders in sustainability by the AIA

Posted by Tue, Apr 10, 2012

Tags: green, LEED, sarasota, aia, sustainability, leader

Local Leaders in Sustainability: Green Incentive Trends is a joint effort with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to help local government officials incentivize green construction in their communities. State and local government green building incentives range from options that are virtually cost-free to those that involve more investment. The most attractive incentives are tax incentives, density/floor area ratio bonuses, and expedited permitting. The findings show that communities should select incentives based on their financial situation and desired impact on the construction industry. The simpler the policy, the more likely it is to be implemented successfully.

This Local Leaders report focuses on five key areas of green incentives: financial costs, oversight structure, local political and cultural environment, limits to power, and industry engagement. Green Incentive Trends analyzes initiatives instituted by localities across the country in recent years to provide in-depth best practice examples and a focused analysis on strategies that work well for different communities. The report also highlights innovative green architecture and interviews with the architects and local officials that are making it possible. Green building market transformation is accelerating, and these incentives are useful tools to help communities shift toward a sustainable future.

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Carlson Studio Architecture’s Jedd W. Heap Earns Florida License

Posted by Fri, Aug 05, 2011

Tags: LEED AP, Jedd Heap, aia, architect, project architect, license

Carlson Studio Architecture (CSA), a Florida-based sustainable design firm, proudly announces that Jedd W. Heap, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, earned his Architecture License from Florida’s Board of Architecture and Interior Design, as well as the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).

Heap, a project manager at CSA since 2007, has more than 13 years of professional design experience. He has managed several LEED-certified projects including the recently completed Cancer Support Community and Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery’s new office. He is currently overseeing the construction of his latest design, the LEED-Gold-seeking Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center.

In 1998 Jedd graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in architectural design and after gaining several years of valued work experience he earned is master’s degree in architecture at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Heap serves on the Manatee County 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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Posted by Mon, Nov 29, 2010

Tags: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, lakewood ranch, LEED, sarasota, healthy building, healthcare, jedd, award, aia, heap, LEED-CI, plastic surgery

The beautiful offices of Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery & Skin Care and Lakewood Ranch Family Medicine have earned the LEED Certification.  This is the first private physician’s office and medical spa in the state of Florida to be LEED certified.   In honor of this, Drs Joshua and Andrea Kreithen will host a party and LEED certification ceremony on Tuesday, December 7, from 4 until 7 pm. The office is located at 6310 Health Park Way, Suite #110 behind the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

The office space is recognized for energy use, lighting, water and material use. The medical practices have also incorporated a variety of sustainable strategies in their everyday practices. Ultimately, LEED certified facilities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to an overall healthier environment.

Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP of Carlson Studio Architecture, based in Sarasota, served as the architect for the project. The company is a recognized leader in green building design in Florida. They were able to incorporate natural light, renewable resources and overall healthy design to create a space that is pleasant, calm, healthy and relaxing.

“Utilizing as many sustainable building practices as possible, our goal was to make our office a beautiful place that promotes a healthier environment,”  states Joshua Kreithen, MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. “We use energy, water and other natural resources more efficiently, in turn reducing our impact on the environment while creating a sense of health, serenity and well-being.” “It was an easy decision for us to ‘go green.’ We know that a LEED certified area is healthier for our clients and our staff. It’s the right thing to do.”

The LEED ceremony will take place at 4 pm. Immediately following, there will be a party for the public. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. There will be demonstrations of services and products available at the health care facility.

U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 155,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013.


The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

For more information, visit

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Carlson Studio Architecture has been asked present their body of work to the Tampa Bay AIA Chapter

Posted by Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Tags: green, carlson, LEED, Michael, sarasota, studio, jedd, aia, tampa, heap

Michael Carlson, AIA, LEED AP & Jedd W. Heap, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP will present several of the firms LEED certified projects and discuss the philosophies behind each project's design and environmental integration.

Carlson Studio Architecture is a Sarasota-based, full service architecture firm, committed to design excellence, comprehensive project delivery and personal attention to each project. The firm is a regional leader in sustainable design and LEED projects.

Sustainability is a key principal we apply to all of our projects. The integrated design approach that we utilize in all our work allows us to provide high quality, high performance buildings for our clients. We look at our buildings as part of the greater "whole system." Everything is part of one Whole System.


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Carlson Studio's Jedd Heap Wins State AIA Award

Posted by Thu, Jun 04, 2009

Tags: architecture, award, aia, Announcements, associate

The American Institute of Architects for the state of Florida has awarded Jedd Heap, Associate AIA, LEED AP of Carlson Studio Architecture the Associate Member Individual Honor Award. The annual award recognizes one individual in the state who demonstrates exceptional leadership, active involvement and service to the organization and profession. Heap will receive his Honor Award in July during the AIA State Convention in Tampa.

Heap has been an active AIA member since 2002 and is also a LEED Accredited Professional. There were a number of Heap's accomplishments that contributed to him being deserving of the award including initiating a mentoring program between students and professionals, increasing membership, revitalizing and improving programs to better meet member concerns, creating community recognition events for the chapter, producing the annual Emerging Professional's conference that resulted in record-breaking attendance, and volunteering his time and professional design skills in support of several non-profit agencies.