Tonic Design Partner Appointed to Raleigh Appearance Commission

The Raleigh City Council has appointed architect Katherine Hogan, AIA, co-owner KH_headshotof Tonic Design, to the Raleigh Appearance Commission.

The City Council established The Appearance Commission in 1973 to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations regarding the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the City of Raleigh. The commission consists of 15 members, the majority of whom have special training or experience in architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, city planning, or related design fields. Members serve for two years before they must be reappointed by the City Council.

The Appearance Commission also appoints standing committees for special design-related outreach and education efforts such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards, which recognize outstanding new contributions to the city’s character, environment, and appearance.

Hogan and her partner and co-owner at Tonic Design, Vincent Petrarca, have been the recipients of the Sir Walter Awards four times, most recently for renovating/renewing the building at 1700 Glenwood Avenue that now houses Form & Function, the building owners’ retail shop.

The Commission meets twice a month in the Council Chamber of the Raleigh Municipal Building. The meetings are open to the public.

For more information on the Raleigh Appearance Commission, go to www.raleighnc.gov.

For more information on Katherine Hogan, AIA, visit www.tonic-design.com.

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Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Joins Clark Nexsen, PC

 

WCU Health & Human Sciences Building by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee. Photo by Mark Herboth.
WCU Health & Human Sciences Building by Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee. Photo by Mark Herboth.

The merger will provide key benefits for both firms and their clients.

March 28, 2013 – Clark Nexsen, PC, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is pleased to announce that the architecture firm Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L) of Raleigh and Asheville, NC, has officially joined Clark Nexsen.

As a result of this merger, Clark Nexsen will be comprised of a 550-plus, multi-discipline staff including architects, engineers (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and fire protection), interior designers, landscape architects, planners, and other support personnel. The combined staff represents decades of expertise in educational, Department of Defense, government, corporate, cultural, industrial, recreational, commercial, healthcare, K-12, and environmentally sustainable design and engineering.

For Clark Nexsen, the merger allows the 93-year-old, internationally renowned A/E firm to confirm and enhance its pursuit of design excellence through PBC+L’s reputation for award-winning architectural projects. PBC+L has received 35 American Institute of Architects (AIA) design awards in just the last 10 years.

For PBC+L, a 68-year-old company that was ranked 15th in Architect magazine’s “Top 50 Firms in the Nation” in 2012, joining Clark Nexsen dramatically broadens the firm’s geographic reach, offers the opportunity to secure nationally significant projects, and provides top-tier in-house engineering services to current and future clients.

“Clients and staff from both firms will experience positive change as a result of the merger,“ said Christopher Stone, PE, F.NSPE, FASCE, president of Clark Nexsen. “In addition to a far deeper level of design services, our clients and our staffs will benefit from our combined engineering, operations, resources, and infrastructure.”

Jeffrey Lee, FAIA, a principal with Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, added: “At the center of this decision is our common desire to underscore our commitment to design excellence and to offer clients an architecture and engineering firm recognized for exceptional, high performance design and professional services.”

A revised website representing the merger is forthcoming. Until then, for more information on Clark Nexsen and PBC+L, visit their current websites and social media platforms:

 

Clark Nexsen, PC

Website: www.clarknexsen.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ClarkNexsen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/clarknexsen

Linked-In: http://www.linkedin.com/company/clark-nexsen

 

PBC+L

Website: http://www.pbclarchitecture.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pearce.brinkley.cease.lee

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pbclarch

Linked-In: http://www.linkedin.com/company/pearce-brinkley-cease-lee

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/b1uep1ate/pearce-brinkley-cease-lee/

RHA Howell’s CAP/C Program Partners with Shaw University’s Social Work Department

To secure internship placements for students.

December 13, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Bridges, RHA Howell’s Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP/C), has announced its new partnership with the Shaw University Department of Social Work’s internship program.

Bridges is honored to partner with such an outstanding university and looks forward to continue this relationship into future,” said John Gibbons, program director.

The program allows Social Work students to interact with clients of the agency or organization where they’re placed, to provide coordination of family support, and to learn about community resources.

Students in the program work a minimum of 16 hours per week in the field agency to which they’re assigned, 240 hours per semester for a total of 480 hours.

The first intern from Shaw, Salima Hines, began at the Bridges program in September. Manina McNeil, assistant professor and coordinator of field education at Shaw, worked with the RHA Bridges staff to get Hines the internship opportunity.

RHA Howell is a statewide, non-profit organization that that has been working with children and adults with disabilities for nearly 40 years. The RHA Bridges program provides the “bridge” between families and services they need, working with the Department of Social Services, the Division of Medical Assistance, physicians, therapists, and in-home care providers.

Bridges also provides CAP/C services for medically fragile children through age 21. For more information visit www.rhabridges.com.

For more information on Shaw University’s Social Work department, contact Manina McNeill at 919-333-4652.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for nearly 40 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, go to www.rhahowell.org.

Paul Hobgood Joins Triangle Modernist Houses’ Advisory Council

Paul Hobgood

To assist the non-profit with its ongoing mission.

November 30, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Paul Hobgood, a design associate in the award-winning architectural firm Kenneth E Hobgood Architects in Raleigh, has been selected to serve on Triangle Modernist Houses’ 2012 Advisory Council.

TMH is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to preserve and promote Modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website is now the largest educational and historical archive for Modernist residential design in America.

Selected from a cross-section of the design community, Advisory Council members support and improve TMH’s programming, including popular house tours, architecture movies, trips, presentations, and many other events.

Paul Hobgood graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Design in 2008 with a Masters in Architecture. He was a finalist for the Kamphoefner Honor Fellowship, an annual award that recognizes the College’s outstanding Master of Architecture student. He has worked at Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects since 2004, and has served as a design architect on a number of the firm’s modern, award-winning projects since then.

“I’m excited about serving on the Advisory Council for two reasons,” Hobgood said. “One, it’s an opportunity to further enhance a resource – TMH — that spotlights the Triangle’s rich history as it pertains to modernist homes and architects, since I’ve spent most of my life in and around modernist architecture. Two, I have a genuine sense of pride when it comes to the Triangle. I’m also intrigued by the broad spectrum of interests and specialties that comprise this year’s Advisory Council. It should make for a spirited debate/process.”

The 16-member Advisory Council meets twice a year at the modern Durham home of TMH founder and board chair George Smart.

“The Advisory Council is part focus group, part brain trust,” said Smart. “The members’ experience and insights into design and preservation have helped us create so many popular events over the years that our website is now up to 40,000-plus views a month. I’m looking forward to the innovations that will no doubt come from the 2010 Advisory Council.”

For more information on TMH, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

For more information on Paul Hobgood and Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects, visit www.kennethhobgood.com.

About Kenneth E. Hobgood, Architects:

Kenneth Hobgood, FAIA, founded Kenneth E Hobgood, Architects in Raleigh, NC, in 1992. Since then, the firm has received 39 design awards from the American Institute of Architects North Carolina chapter and its work has been published and exhibited in the United States, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany. In 1997, Kenneth Hobgood as awarded the Kamphoefner Prize from North Carolina State University’s College of Design for “consistent integrity and devotion to the development of modern architecture” in North Carolina. He has served as a visiting critic at Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, and the University of Kentucky, and as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University since 1988. For more information visit www.kennethhobgood.com.

Green Hill Center Invites Jason Craighead To Join Winter Show

Raleigh artist will feature three works in Greensboro’s premiere art exhibit. 

Struggle For Comfort, mixed media on canvas, 50x by 60h

November 28, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, located in Greensboro, has invited Raleigh artist Jason Craighead to show and sell his work during the 2011 Winter Show, Greensboro’s premiere art exhibition, from December 4 – January 15.

Jason Craighead is a recognized leader in the North Carolina art scene. His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the Southeastern United States, and it is included in many private and public collections throughout the United States and internationally.

Green Hill Center is one of North Carolina’s preeminent contemporary visual art centers, celebrating the state’s art and culture. This is first time Craighead has participate in the invitation-only Winter Show of 100 artists from across the state, although he has been a part of other events at the Center.

“Having participated last year in Drawing Revisited show and knowing Edie Carpenter and the other staff members there, I have so much appreciation for what they do at the Green Hill Center,” the artist said. “It’s a great venue and a great educational

That Last Fandango, mixed media on paper, 22w by 30h

resource. I’m flattered to be asked to participate, with a group of artists I have great respect for as well.”

Craighead will have three pieces in the Winter Show: a 50w by 60h work on canvas entitled “Struggle for Comfort” and two 22w by 30h works on paper entitled “This Distance” and “That Last Fandango.”

The Winter Show opens Saturday, December 3, with the Collector’s Choice gala fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Gala-goers have an advance opportunity to purchase pieces in the exhibition before they are available to the public. The Show opens to the public on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 5pm.

The Green Hill Center is located at 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro, NC 27401-2819. (Phone: 336-333-7460). For more information, go to www.greenhillcenter.org.

For more information on Jason Craighead, visit www.jasoncraighead.com.

This Distance, mixed media on paper, 22w by 30h

About Jason Craighead:

Jason Craighead has been a professional artist and an active participant in the Raleigh arts community for many years. He is a member of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and chairman of its Art, Education and Collections Committee. He has donated many paintings to charitable art auctions, including the annual Art Papers Auction in Atlanta, and his paintings consistently bring in some of the highest bids. He serves regularly as a juror for art shows throughout North Carolina. He is represented by Flanders Gallery in Raleigh, NC, Broadhurst Gallery in Pinehurst, NC, and Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, GA. For more information: www.jasoncraighead.com.

 

Umicore Building Products Holds Open House in New Headquarters

November 15, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Umicore Building Products USA, manufacturer of VMZINC® architectural zinc, held an open house together with its parent company Umicore USA in its new North American headquarters at 3600 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 1.

Umicore invited site managers from North America as well as corporate executives from global European headquarters to the open house, along with customers, clients, and other companies with whom Umicore does business.

UBP North American President Norbert Schneider and Daniel Nicely, Associate AIA and Director of Market Development, welcomed 150 guests as they toured the company’s new 15,000-square-foot headquarters.

Other company VIPS in attendance included Ravila Gupta, President of Umicore USA; Martine Verluyten, Former Chief Financial Officer of Umicore; LudoVandervelden, Chief Financial Officer of Umicore; and Denis Goffaux, Chief Technology Office of Umicore.

Catering Works catered the event.

For more information on Umicore Building Products and VMZINC, visit www.vmzinc-us.com.

About Umicore Building Products USA, Inc.

Umicore is a world-leading producer of architectural zinc. For over 160 years Umicore has been providing innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc., is based in Raleigh, NC. For additional information, visit www.vmzinc-us.com.

VMZinc Territory Manager Appointed To Expert Forum Panel

To answer questions about metal roofing and installation.

Melissa Dolak-Keller

October 17, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Melissa Dolak-Keller, a territory manager for Umicore Building Products USA, the manufacturer of VMZINC®, has been appointed to the Metal Roofing Alliance’s Ask-The-Expert Forum panel.

Ask-The-Expert is a forum for exchanging information concerning residential metal roofing, including general material and metal roofing installation questions. Architects, contractors, and installers post metal roofing questions and members of the panel of contributors provide the answers.

Dolak-Keller is one of Umicore Building Product’s territory managers for the Northeastern states and Texas, along with Alex Pittman and Bryan Ninneman. She has been with the company for five years in a variety of roles, and is now responsible for meeting with architects and installers, giving presentations on metal roofing and reviewing details.

“Melissa is a valuable member of our team and an excellent source for zinc envelope information,” said Daniel Nicely, Director of Market Development for Umicore Building Products USA. “She has a wide variety of experience working with architects and installers on various types of projects all over the United States, and understands the residential market very well.  We are proud of her association with the MRA and the Ask-The-Expert Forum.”

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) was formed in 1998 by a small group of metal roofing manufacturers to educate consumers about the benefits of metal roofing. The Ask-The-Expert Forum is located on MRA’s website at www.metalroofing.com/v2/forums.

For more information on Umicore Building Products and VMZINC, visit www.vmzinc-us.com.

About Umicore Building Products USA, Inc.

Umicore is a world-leading producer of architectural zinc. For over 160 years Umicore has been providing innovative solutions for building owners, architects and contractors. Umicore has offices and representatives all over the world. In the United States, Umicore Building Products USA, Inc., is based in Raleigh, NC. For additional information, visit www.vmzinc-us.com.

Triangle Modernist Houses Receives 2011 Anthemion Award

Capital Area Preservation recognizes contribution to historic preservation.

September 26, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) —  Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), the non-profit organization that documents, preserves, and promotes modernist residential design from the 1950s to today, has received a 2011 Anthemion Award from Capital Area Preservation, Inc. (CAP), Wake County North Carolina’s non-profit historic preservation organization.

CAP presents its Anthemion Awards annually to recognize and encourage outstanding historic preservation efforts in Wake County. Award winners have all made noticeable contributions to the preservation of Wake County’s architectural landscape.

Founded by George Smart in 2007, Triangle Modernist Houses.com is the website and archive for Triangle Modernist Archives, Inc., a non-profit, 501C3, non-traditional historic preservation organization. The TMH website’s archive features hundreds of modernist houses, from the 1950s to today, as well as profiles of the architects who designed them, video and audio files of interviews and lectures by modernist architects, and a free listing of modernist houses on the market.

Today, TMH maintains the largest single archive of modernist residential design in the nation and has become a national resource for the preservation, protection, and appreciation of residential modernist architectural.

TMH also features special archives on Pioneering WomenArchitects and Pioneering Black Architects in North Carolina.

Earlier this year, TMH received an Advocacy Award from Preservation Durham. The organization has also received a Sir Walter Raleigh Award from the City of Raleigh, an Award of Merit from the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill, a Gertrude S. Carraway Award from Preservation North Carolina, and a national Paul E. Buchanan Award from the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

TMH hosts a array of home tours and other events to support its mission. For more information visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

About Triangle Modernist Houses:

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is an award-winning 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting modernist residential design. The award-winning website is now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America. TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year. For more information: www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also maintains an active community on Facebook.

Modern, Green Playhouse Designed To Inspire Imagination

Frank Harmon Architect PA participates in Playhouse Parade fundraiser, auction. 

Color scheme, elevations

September 20, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) — Award-winning architect Frank Harmon, FAIA, believes “the best toy is one that allows the greatest freedom. Lego is a good example, a child under a table with a tablecloth surrounding her is another, and nothing is better than a muddy stream.” That’s why the custom-built playhouse his firm has designed for the upcoming Playhouse Parade in Raleigh is about creating spaces that will inspire a child’s imagination.

The Playhouse Parade is a collaboration among the City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation Department, Cameron Village Shopping Center, the Triangle Builders Guild, and a variety of designers, architects, businesses, and individuals to raise funds for the Sassafras All Children’s Playground, a new playground in Laurel Hills that will be accessible for children with special needs.

Frank Harmon’s design team is well-known for modern, sustainable and regionally appropriate

Exterior under construction

architecture, and this playhouse – like the Dog House the firm designed in 2005 to raise funds for Triangle Beagle Rescue of North Carolina — is no exception.

In modern architecture, form follows function. But in the playhouse, form follows play — to allow children’s imagination the greatest freedom.

Rather than designing a themed playhouse — a pirate ship or a firehouse, for example — Harmon’s playhouse “lets a child use his or her imagination,” he says, “from tea parties to puppet shows and even making mud-pies.”

The tall, narrow structure features a covered porch/stage, a lower-level playroom with two windows, and a loft level with a balcony or ”Juliet” window. On the first level, behind the ladder that rises to the loft, is the “kitchen,” where a shelf with buckets sits ready for mud-pie making. Sliding shutters at both lower windows open for puppet shows but close to keep out rain — and imaginary forces attacking a fort. The

Interior showing upper level loft.

large main door at the front of the playhouse can be thrown open for stage productions. In its closed position, a smaller door-within-a door allows children to enter and exit, and a “peep hole” window above the small door allows sun light in and serves as a “spy portal.” A planter in front of the porch/stage invites children to grow flowers and vegetables.

“How important is it,” Harmon asks, “for children to learn where a tomato comes from?”

In keeping with the principals of green, or sustainable, design, the structure is composed of locally available materials: painted wood (plywood and 2x4s and 2x2s), metal (galvanized pipe), and translucent corrugated polycarbonate for the roof. The windows provide natural ventilation and lighting, and the deep roof overhang protects the interior from the hot summer sun.

Harmon and his design team consulted with a child psychologist and several children during the design process, and built the playhouse to the scale of a three- to seven-year-old child.

“It’s real, but small,” says Courtney Evans, Harmon’s architectural intern, who spearheaded the project.

Twelve design teams are designing, building, and donating playhouses that will be displayed in Cameron Village on two Saturdays, October 8 and 15, then auctioned off on October 22 during the “Night Under

Window with sliding shutter.

The Stars Playhouse Parade Gala.” Proceeds from the auction will be used to restore the city’s one-of-a-kind playground that gives kids, no matter what their abilities, the chance to play. For more information: http://sassafrasplay.org/playhouse.

For more information on Frank Harmon Architect PA, visit www.frankharmon.com.

About Frank Harmon Architect PA

Frank Harmon Architect PA is an award-winning architectural firm that is recognized nationally as a leader in modern, innovative, sustainable and regionally appropriate design. Its competition-winning design for the AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design is currently under construction in downtown Raleigh. The firm’s work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, journals and online magazines on architecture, including ArchDaily.com, Dwell, Architectural Record, Architect and Residential Architect. The firm ranked 21st in Architecture magazine’s Top 50 firms in the nation this year and Frank Harmon, FAIA, founder and principal, was included in Residential Architect magazine’s first “RA 50: The short list of architects we love.” For more information, go to www.frankharmon.com.

Kenneth Hobgood Wins AIA NC Design Award for Modern “Tower”

Future residence is a secluded retreat within an established neighborhood. 

Architectural model of the award-winning Jones Residence II.

September 14, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – An as-yet-unbuilt residential “tower” designed by Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects in Raleigh has received a Merit Award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NC).

The winning design, “Jones Residence II,” is one of two concepts the firm has proposed for the same client and site. Located on a steep, heavily wooded site just inside the beltline in Raleigh, North Carolina, this concept is an 1800-square-foot home that balances the client’s’ desire to be part of a well-established neighborhood while yet feel as if they’re in a secluded retreat.

“The client is a young cancer researcher at Duke University,” said the firm’s principal, Kenneth Hobgood, FAIA. “The house is a retreat from the rigors and pressures of a life in medical research.”

This firm is well known for modern, progressive, minimalist design, and the Jones Residence II is no exception. The design of the house “represents a simple diagram,” Hobgood explained. “A simple cube is separated into three equal segments with a shift in the central segment.”

The house becomes, then, a three-level tower that minimizes disruption to the site. In fact, it’s footprint covers only 1.25 percent of the site and would result in the loss of only two trees.

While all three levels are simple square plans, the middle level has been shifted forward, allowing dramatic views of the site and creating outdoor balconies. This level, clad completely in glass, contains the entrance, living room, dining room and office. The main entrance is reached via a bridge that spans from a parking terrace to the living/dining level.

The lowest level includes two guest bedrooms, the upper level houses the master bedroom suite, and a continuous stair connects all three levels. So the day-to-day living in the house occurs on the two upper levels.

The design team for Jones Residence II consisted of Kenneth Hobgood, Paul Hobgood, and Patrick Hobgood.

Tom Pfeiffer, FAIA, and Craig Dykers, AIA, served as chairman of the 2011 AIA NC Design Awards jury. (Pfeifer designed the new NC Museum of Art.) Other notable architects from the New York area, where the jury met, served as jurors. The awards were presented during the AIA NC Annual Conference held this past weekend in Raleigh, NC.

For more information on Kenneth E. Hobgood Architects, visit www.kennethhobgood.com.

About Kenneth E. Hobgood, Architects:

Kenneth Hobgood, FAIA, founded Kenneth E Hobgood, Architects in Raleigh, NC, in 1992. Since then, the firm has received 39 design awards from the American Institute of Architects North Carolina chapter and its work has been published and exhibited in the United States, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany. In 1997, Kenneth Hobgood as awarded the Kamphoefner Prize from North Carolina State University’s College of Design for “consistent integrity and devotion to the development of modern architecture” in North Carolina. He has served as a visiting critic at Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, and the University of Kentucky, and as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University since 1988. For more information visit www.kennethhobgood.com.