CONTRIBUTOR Kimberly McDonald


Spending time in nature is important to all of us here at Form & Function, so naturally we found working with the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Inc. (FOHCG Inc.) very rewarding.

“The FOHCG Inc. works with the community to manage the Hominy Creek Greenway in order to maintain its wild nature, preserve its rich history, and to connect the HCG to the French Broad River, future greenways, and downtown Asheville”.  – FOHCG Inc. Mission

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Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway asked us to design a simple building on the greenway to be used for teaching space as well as storage. With a grant from Buncombe County, FOHCG Inc. Board of Trustees was able to construct the building with the help of Dave Fortner and lots of volunteers.

It’s amazing what a group of volunteers can do when putting resources and hands together as a team. Thank you everyone involved for making this act of teamwork possible.

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Introducing Number 005.


Hello everybody.

I’m the newest member of the office. They call me Number 005, the fifth person to work for Form & Function, but you can call me Kimberly.  I graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Entrepreneurship.  So, at F&F I’ll be focused on the gut, the heart, to me the most important part of the building, the interior.

The Interior Design program at ASU focused mostly on commercial design, but residential design was not left out. I have always felt a pull towards residential design but the key to creating smart commercial design is to give the space a personal feel, its own identity. An identity people can connect with. My senior year at ASU my final project lasted the whole year. We were allowed complete freedom to create whatever we wanted to create.  I designed an elementary school by renovating an old mill building.

Click link below to check out my senior project in the link below: Berryhill Elementary School

http://issuu.com/kimberlyinez/docs/berryhillelementaryschool_d73bbb8c385e3a/1

Lobby Rendering:

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Classroom Rendering:

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On my first day, as soon as I walked in and was shown my desk Emili, the project manager, spent the next 2 hours with me getting down to the nitty-gritty details about the designs in progress and the buildings under construction. Right away I was a part of the team, someone who was connected in to the firm. Like the concept of Berryhill Elementary School, Evolving is Learning, I know I’m going to learn so much here and grow from that knowledge.

If you want to truly get to know F&F, then learning through me probably is the best way because that’s what I’ve done the first few months on the job. Form & Function is a small firm with just the four of us working hard for our clients. We have a very open office where we can pop around, for me, ask questions, and check out what others are working on. We laugh all day long but take our work very seriously. All around, I laughed and learned a lot in these few months of working at F&F.

Random Facts I learned about my coworkers this week:

Arlen:

-is obsessed with coffee way more than anyone else I know.

-wants a pet pig and platypus.

Emili:

-used to be on a Rollar Derby team that had its own reality T.V. show!

-had a canyon in her back yard growing up.

Myles:

-has names for his scarves- Scarfie and Brownie.

-has calves so big it looks like there is an iphone 6+ in his leg, because he cycles. (and because he’s strong ~ myles {yep, i got the master login for everything})