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Design challenge: Creating a facility that symbolizes Hope

This project was done in 2011 but the story of the design challenge is timeless!

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Topics: green, architecture, lakewood ranch, wellness

Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies & Children's Medical Center Breaks Ground

On February 23rd the Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center broke ground on their newest addtion to the campus, a 12,000 sf Children's Clinic. The clinic will be built on city owned land and run by the Sarasota County Health Deparment. 

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Topics: green, architecture, community center, City of Sarasota, architect, clinic

LEED Gold 'Sun N Fun' featured on the Cover of Modern Steel Construction

Featured on the cover of nationaly circulated Modern Steel Construction Magazine is Carlson Studio's very own Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center. An article co-writen by CSA's Jedd W. Heap, AIA, LEED AP and Hees & Assocaites owner Karl Hees, P.E., S.I., F.ASCE describes the steel and wood structural system from concept to completion. Click the link below to read more.

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Topics: architecture, carlson, usgbc, LEED, LEED AP, Jedd Heap, architect, sustainability

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'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


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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

CSA's Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery, featured in Shaw's "Design Is" brochure


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Topics: green, architecture, lakewood ranch, LEED, carpet

Carlson Studio Architecture Designs World’s 1st Floating Green Building on Nevada’s Lake Mohav

The Cottonwood Cove Marina on Lake Mohave is registered for LEED Gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s first 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 including eight previous LEED Certified projects.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, LEED, Sustainable, nevada, national, Floating, marina

Cancer Support Community Achieves LEED Gold Designation from U.S. Green Building Council

May 27, 2011     Sarasota, FL – When it opened last fall, the Cancer Support Community Florida Suncoast’s new facility turned heads with unique architectural elements like the reclaimed 150-year-old Florida pine entry pillars and environmentally-friendly building design.  The 11,142-square-foot building nestled on 2.2 acres of landscaped grounds surrounded by a nature preserve is home to a unique mission: providing free psycho-social support services to anyone affected by cancer.  Now the Sarasota nonprofit and those it serves have new cause for celebration: the building is the first health facility in Sarasota County to earn LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Topics: green, architecture, carlson, usgbc, wellness, cancer, LEED, Michael, Sustainable, sarasota, healthcare, award, florida

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