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Design challenge: Creating a facility that symbolizes Hope

Posted by Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Tags: green, architecture, lakewood ranch, wellness

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

The Cancer Support Community (formerly known as The Wellness Community) wanted a new facility that would be a place of healing and a beacon of Hope to those affected by cancer.  How does architecture convey a sense of Hope to the buildings user?

Cancer Support Community Architecture

The design solution for the 11,000 SF facility was to create two structures connected together by a large arch that creates a covered courtyard.  The prominent arch stretching across the facility serves as an inspiring design element but also offers a compelling story of history and hope.  Known as the “Bridge of Hope”, the arch connects the 2 pavilions and is a tangible testament of hope to all who enter.  The abstract form allows for interpretation about what the symbol represents to each individual.  

The arch is a traditional architectural design element signifying strength and permanence.  The shape of this particular arch is much like a rainbow in the landscape.  The rainbow is a timeless symbol of hope (think Noah). Visitors gain an empowering sense of comfort from the structural strength when walking beneath the arch.  The arch is supported by 8 pillars that are old Florida hard wood Pine tree trunks, from trees that were several hundred years old and were originally harvested over 100 years ago when Florida was first harvested for its timber.  During transport down Florida’s rivers, logs would frequently be lost along the way and sink to the bottom of the Suwannee River.  This environment actually preserved the timber until it could be reclaimed recently for this project.  These tree trunks were stripped of their bark, but left a bit rugged and scared, in their natural state.  They stand at the entry and in the courtyard as if they were old friends, there to provide a since of comfort and longevity.

The arch structure above the tree trunk columns is constructed of laminate wood beams and tongue-and-groove decking, both of which are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood.

The Bridge of Hope clearly defines the main entry of the facility so users are comfortably orientated when they arrive at the facility.  While the arch for does dominate the image of the facility, the rest of the building is scaled down to be welcoming and easily approachable.  It is more of a residential scale with simple one-story forms and familiar, simple pitched-roof shapes.  The project is designed to avoid any sort of medical or institutional feel and is instead full of friendly warm materials and spaces to provide the user a peaceful and comfortable environment that reminds them of home.

The facility sits in the natural landscape adjacent to a wetland preserve.  The “Bridge of Hope” stands as a symbol for all who work in and visit the Cancer Support Community.

This article appears in SRQ magazine’s March 2011 issue titled “Design Dossier".

Function of the building: Healing Center to deliver optimum care in the areas of psychological and social support to people affected by cancer – those with the disease as well as their loved ones and caregivers.  

Written by: Michael Carlson, LEED AP, Carlson Studio Architecture 

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

Posted by Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Tags: green, carlson, baseball, partnership, tampa bay, rays, pra

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.

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

Posted by Tue, Mar 05, 2013

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

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. 

Approximately 10,000 people receive services from the 17 not-for-profits on our campus. It is important to realize that some of these agencies could not perform the services they do if not for the opportunities provided by the Center. The agencies pay no rent, which saves their resources, allowing them to concentrate on delivering services.

It is also important to know that The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center does not benefit from The Season of Sharing, or receive federal, state, city or county funding. Visit their website, www.gs-humanservices.org.

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Carlson Studio selected to design the Glasser-Schoenbaum Children's Clinic

Posted by Thu, Feb 28, 2013

Tags: green, clinic, health, modern

Carlson Studio Architceture has been choosen to design the newest addtion to the Glasser-Schoenbaum Health and Human Services campus. The new "Sally and Sam Shaprio Babies & Children's Medical Center" is a 12,000 SF clinic that will treat over 60 under privliged children each day. The facility will be run the Sarasota County Health department and feature health care for newborns to teenagers, plans also include to add a new Family Practice provider that can treat the parents of the children when they help.

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Sun N Fun Featured in SRQ Magazine

Posted by Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Tags: green, sarasota, LEED AP, pool, fitness, Jedd Heap, gold LEED

Sun N Fun's Lifestyle Wellness Building made a splash this month when it was featured in the Janruary 2013 issue of SRQ Magazine. The project earned LEED-NC Gold last year and has been featured in both local and national publications.

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Sarasota Military Academy breaks ground on a new Classroom Building

Posted by Fri, Nov 30, 2012

Tags: green, carlson, sarasota, school, high school, military

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November 29th, 2012
Sarasota, Florida

The Sarasota Military Academy broke ground today on their new 36,000 SF "Urfer Family" Classroom Building. The new building will house new classrooms, a bandroom, teachers' lounge, and new offices for the guidance department. The project was made possible by the generous donation from the Urfer Family, without whom the project would not have begun. Designed by Carlson Studio Architecture, it is the 3rd phase of a multi phase master plan created by CSA in 2005. Phase 1 a 30,000 sf gym and classroom building was completed in 2008, while Phase 2 a renovation of exsiting cafeteria and administration offices was finished 2009. Phase 3 is the largest building so far and will built be Sarasota local Fred Starling of the Starling Group.

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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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Sun N Fun Lifestyle Wellness Center, new Landmark!

Posted by Wed, Mar 14, 2012

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

by Harold Bubil
HeraldTribune, Real Estate Editor

Sarasota's newest architectural landmark brings the city's modernist tradition to an unlikely place: a resort and campground.

Recently celebrating 50 years in business, Sun-n-Fun on Fruitville Road, just east of Interstate 75, is known for its collection of mobile homes, recreational vehicles and modest buildings that serve the needs of its clients. Now it has a monumental piece of design — the newly opened, $5.5 million Indoor Pool and Wellness Center, an 18,000-square-foot structure that houses a 25-meter therapy pool, exercise rooms and locker rooms on the west side of the 147-acre campus.

"We wanted the 'wow!' factor," said Tim Deputy, Sun-n-Fun's general manager.

They — Sun-n-Fun management and the facility's owner, Royalty Resorts of England — got it with a gleaming white structure that has walls of glass and a curving roof arching from south to north, and faces the large, 50-year-old outdoor pool.

"It just brings a smile to your face because you know you are in a resort," said Tim Deputy, Sun-n-Fun's general manager. "You are not in a campground, you are in a resort, and I think it makes a quality statement.

"We like to think of ourselves as a leader" in the resort and campground industry, Deputy said. "We knew that by making that statement, it would take us that far ahead ... to what our new guests will appreciate."

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

Posted by Mon, Jan 09, 2012

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

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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KASHI'S "BY THE RIVER" SHARES THEIR SUCCESS

Posted by Fri, Dec 16, 2011

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

As we approach the closing of 2011 we wanted to share with you some of the highlights from this past year. We are delighted to report that By the River is now completely full, and we are providing affordable housing and life-enhancing programs for 41 seniors.

Our residents are building community within By the River in a multitude of ways. One building has proudly displayed the residents' photos with the banner "We are Family". Residents are encouraged to participate in community development within each building and throughout the campus. Each building selects a representative to meet with management monthly to provide input into the decision making process. Frequent community barbecues have become the norm.

We continue to expand our programs including a recent holiday craft fair where residents sold beautifully woven and crocheted items among other wares, which were all hand made by residents. Weekly classes focus on nurturing the body, mind and spirit through art, music, health lectures, yoga, breathing, and exercise. One of our residents has even taken on the role of instructor for an exercise class and fills in for the instructor of our "Living with Stress" class!

Volunteerism is encouraged with our residents. Three days per week residents help prepare food for the "Feed Everyone" program, which distributes healthy meals to needy families in Gifford. Once a month, they assist with preparing packages that contain vital medications for the sick and impoverished people of Haiti.

As our programs evolve to suit the growing needs of low-income seniors, we are also challenged with providing financial assistance to help fill in the gap as many seniors are faced with choosing between buying medication or food when they reach the end of each month. All donations make a difference and are so gratefully received. It takes only $14 a day for a senior to be housed for a full year, fed one hot meal per day, and be given the opportunity to have community and to participate in wellness-fostering programs. Your generosity can make a big difference in our ability to care for our frail, low-income seniors in an environment where they feel well and maintain their sense of independence and dignity.

Please take a few moments to read the attached card and consider how you might help the low-income seniors in our community. Thank you so very much for your time, interest and support. The staff and residents of By the River wish you and your loved ones a beautiful holiday season.
 

With Gratitude,
Durga Das Hutner
President

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