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CSA and PSH Healthcare Consultant join forces to design Hospice projects

Peter S. Horstman (PSH), a leader in Hospice design in Florida, and Carlson Studio Architecture, one of the state’s leading green design firms, have joined together to deliver state of the art hospice design throughout Florida.  The combination or Mr. Horstman’s 10 years of experience in the design of over a dozen hospice projects and Carlson Studio’s 15 year history of award winning and sustainable design throughout Florida,  create a winning group of professionals with expertise, creativity, and rock solid project delivery.

PSH/Carlson Studio Architecture has the experience to provide a complete range of design services for your hospice related projects:

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Topics: carlson, wellness, LEED, healthcare, hospice, horstman

Sarasota Magazine deams Cancer Support Community "Instant Landmark"

In the recent Chariety Register issue of Sarasota Magazine, the Cancer Support Community's new home was described as an Instant Landmark.

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Topics: green, usgbc, wellness, cancer, LEED, Sustainable, sarasota, healthcare, architect

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


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.

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


Each year, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce takes time to appreciate local businesses that have made a positive impact on our community throughout the year, either through architectural enhancements or community action and contributions. The annual Industry Appreciation Awards program is an important component of the Chamber’s business retention activities and we encourage your participation.

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Topics: green, Residential, healthy building, healthcare, award, kashi, multi-family

Bridge of Hope: LWR structure symbolizes support for families fighting cancer


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Topics: green, carlson, usgbc, lakewood ranch, LEED, Michael, sarasota, healthcare, community center, award

Operation Soothing: LWR Plastic Surgery's Green Office in Maddux

Lakewood Ranch Plastic Surgery has been showcased in the May 2010 issue of Maddux Business Report. The article features the Sustainable & Architectural features of the project.  Article below or click image for PDF version.

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Topics: green, carlson, usgbc, LEED, sarasota, healthy building, healthcare, jedd, heap


After almost a years of delay, The Wellness Community of SW Florida has begun the vertical phase of construction. Follow along with the construction as it progresses with our slide show of images. The slide show will be updated every two weeks.

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Topics: green, LEED, healthy building, healthcare

LEED Registered Project Featured at Global Design Forum

Johnette Isham, founder of Isham + Associates, Inc., recently presented the Wellness Community of SWFL's new LEED Gold-registered facility at the Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in Cleveland. The facility was designed by Carlson Studio Architecture.  More than 600 leading executives, designers, academic experts, civil society leaders and government policy makers are expected to attend. The forum addressed the use of design thinking to accelerate business innovation and positive change. Her presentation described the use of Appreciative Inquiry, evidence-based design and sustainability in the development of "Building Hope," The Wellness Community Southwest Florida's new green facility for free psychosocial care for people affected by cancer and will be featured in the Innovations in Healthcare section of the forum.

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Topics: LEED, healthy building, healthcare

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