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First Two Weeks


Hello Employee 004 (formally known as Intern 001) speaking,

Well today I just finished my second week as an actual employee at Form and Function Architecture, and both weeks have been pretty eventful. Although the job does involve getting stamped with the Form and Function Logo,

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I did get to attend a meeting at the Julian F. Keith about fire codes and fencing issues. Later that week I returned with Emili to measure window heights and finalize fencing plans. I then had to put the measurements and plans onto the program Revit, which I have been slowly adapting to.

I also got to use Revit with The Hop , so that they have the room to produce more ice cream (YUM!).

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Earlier today, I got to see the progress on The Smokey Park Supper Club, and although the building has a ways to go, it still has to be one of the most unique restaurants I have seen.

Also, there are several projects that are making serious headway. For example, Estes is nearing completion for the addition of bathrooms in the PEP wing, Asia Wrap is nearing completion as well, and Stf Precision broke ground this past week. The Flight in Downtown Hendersonville is currently being renovated for a new restaurant, Postero.

 

stf               Postero

Two of our Residential Projects are also in their construction phases. Watch the construction of the Toth Residence from Merrimon or 53 Roberts by one of my favorite places, White Duck Taco.

53 Roberts   Toth Residence

 


Protecting your roots


As part of a retrospective that AIA Asheville (www.aiaasheville.org) has been assembling for the last couple of months, we were ecstatic to search through some of the old drawings from the Pack Place Library from the great grandfather of most local firms, 6 Associates….who also did houses, something we never knew. Hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

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Wrought iron entry gate design for the DiSanto Residence in Morganton, NC

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6Associates logo from 1968

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6A was the 75th firm licensed in the State of NC

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Old and New School


Here’s a great example of how we blend old school/hand sketching techniques, which communicates a big picture idea softly to a client, with new 3D BIM modeling techniques showing incredible detail – down to the Winter Solstice sun angle in drawing 5/G001.

SKMBT_C35213110718130    Carriker Pool_Central


Green Design & Development Still has to Make Someone Money


An awesome client of ours (in fact, our clients are pretty much all awesome) passed this article along:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/your-money/seeking-investments-that-are-profitable-and-a-little-bit-green.html?hp&_r=0

It seems to echo a trend we are noticing in the Asheville area of land developers realizing that a little bit of green design/construction is worth their green money. Our awesome client above talks about viewing money as another renewable resource and, if managed smartly, really does start to change how you can think about large scale development.

 

Keep an eye out for a couple of projects we’re working on with these forward-thinking developers that truly display a sense of stewardship – both environmentally and fiscally.

 


Days like today call for operable Architecture


Operable windows…I hope your building has them today! If yes, proceed to “Option A.” If no, proceed to “Option B” (catch the nerdy choose-your-own-adventure book reference?)

Option A – Open those suckers up!

Option B – Throw first available object through that window.

While you’re doing either, use this handy reference to determine which type of windows you actually have. Us…we’re blessed with double hungs.


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