On the Boards: William Joe Rish Recreational Park

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Architecture in Real Life, HDG Design and Architecture, On The Board | Comments Off on On the Boards: William Joe Rish Recreational Park

Eighteen months ago our firm competed and was selected to be the architects of record for new improvements at William J. Rish Park Recreational Park, on St. Joe Peninsula, Florida. Most readers may ask what the significance is to this specific park project. Or why, as architects, we consider it such a relevant design project. Well at least for Florida, William (Billy) Joe Rish Recreational Park is the only park in the state specifically designed for persons with disabilities. For more information regarding this park and amenities please click...

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Beginning My Journey to Sustainability

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in About HDG, Sustainability | Comments Off on Beginning My Journey to Sustainability

Beginning My Journey to Sustainability

Born in the waning years of the Baby Boom and growing up during the oil embargo of the 1970’s; I witnessed the long lines at the gas pumps and instances of the subsequent violence stemming from the fear. So, if asked I would have told you that transportation was the sector that consumed the largest amount of energy and emitted the most carbon in the US. Much to my surprise it’s not transportation but the building sector by far. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), as reported in 2015, when compared to industry...

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Proud Sponsor of “10 Buildings That Changed America” on WFSU-TV

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Historical Architecture | Comments Off on Proud Sponsor of “10 Buildings That Changed America” on WFSU-TV

Proud Sponsor of “10 Buildings That Changed America” on WFSU-TV

Have you ever thought about the way architecture has influenced our country? When you consider the history of our country do you think about where these moments of change took place? That is exactly what PBS did in the upcoming show, “Ten Buildings that Changed America.”  They explore the buildings that truly changed the way we live, work, and play in our country and the story behind the architecture. The Ten Buildings that Changed America are: Virginia State Capitol Trinity Church Wainwright Building Robie House Highland Park...

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What Is Sustainability And Why Does It Matter?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in Sustainability | Comments Off on What Is Sustainability And Why Does It Matter?

What Is Sustainability And Why Does It Matter?

What is sustainability? Why does it matter? Over the course of the next few weeks we will explore the definitions and principles of sustainability, the difference between green building and sustainability and explore the rating systems of sustainable buildings. This series of blog posts coincide with my course work for a Master’s in Sustainable Design at University of Florida. After 20 years practicing architecture I continue to be fascinated by the way design and architecture affect everyday living and the long term viability and...

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5 Benefits of Designing Your Office With A Commercial Architect in Tallahassee

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Making Design Decisions | Comments Off on 5 Benefits of Designing Your Office With A Commercial Architect in Tallahassee

When designing a new office or planning a build out, it is tempting to go for an easy quick-fix solution. There are, however, several advantages to asking a commercial architect to deal with the project at hand. The top five advantages of using these professionals consist of their expertise in the following areas: 1. A Commercial Architect Knows the Tiny Steps and the Big Picture After your initial consultation – during which the architect will determine the specifics of your requirements and define the features, functionality, purpose...

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13 Reasons to Hire an Architect for a Building Project

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Making Design Decisions | Comments Off on 13 Reasons to Hire an Architect for a Building Project

13 Reasons to Hire an Architect for a Building Project

There are many reasons why you should consider hiring an architect for a building project of any kind. You certainly need to choose this option if you are building your dream home or a new office building. Hiring an architect for a project of any kind, from home remodeling to an office expansion, is your most reliable option. 13 ways an architect can help make your building project a success:  They can conceptualize and put your best ideas into a form that you can visualize so that you’ll have solid plans to present to your contractors and...

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6 Trends in Architectural Design

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Architecture and Design Trends | Comments Off on 6 Trends in Architectural Design

6 Trends in Architectural Design

Efficiency is a major element in upcoming architectural design trends. Spaces are becoming more environmentally friendly to make use of available materials, floor plans are increasingly open in design, and rooms are becoming multifunctional. Lets take a look at 6 architectural design trends that you will want to take note of: 1. Multifunctional design Buildings which serve multiple purses maximizing the efficiency of the space. One example would include using glass rooftops which not only serve as solar lighting but are built to contain rain...

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10 Questions To Ask Your Architect Before You Begin A Commercial Build Out

Posted by on Oct 10, 2012 in Making Design Decisions | Comments Off on 10 Questions To Ask Your Architect Before You Begin A Commercial Build Out

10 Questions To Ask Your Architect Before You Begin A Commercial Build Out

A commercial build-out is a huge financial commitment. You want to make sure that you are working with a qualified architect and have clear expectations of the project. Here are some tips to help you choose the best architect for your business’ unique needs. 1. What kind of insurance do you carry? An under-insured professional can cause a financial disaster. Check your state’s minimum requirements for licensed architects and go with someone who carries more than the minimum. 2. May I speak to your colleagues? Don’t neglect...

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4 Questions to Ask Your Tallahassee Architect about Green Building Products

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Design Tools and Resources, Sustainability | Comments Off on 4 Questions to Ask Your Tallahassee Architect about Green Building Products

4 Questions to Ask Your Tallahassee Architect about Green Building Products

Green building and sustainability are keywords you probably hear on a weekly basis. Journalists look into the sustainable practices of corporations, cities create communities based on the principles of green living and architects like us embrace the opportunity to design buildings and living spaces that preserve and protect natural resources. We want to empower all member of our community to consider sustainability when building or remodeling their living and/or work spaces. So, today we list 4 Questions to ask your architect…even if...

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Tomorrow is World Architecture Day

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Architecture and Design Trends, Architecture in Real Life, Community Involvement | Comments Off on Tomorrow is World Architecture Day

Tomorrow is World Architecture Day

World Architecture Day is tomorrow, Monday, October 1, 2012 in London. Sponsored by WorldArchitectureNews.com, World Architecture Day is designed to celebrate design and architectural excellence across the globe. There are 6 main sessions covering: Education for Tomorrow Healthcare Design Civic Buildings Urban Regeneration Commercial Residential The final keynote of the day will be the Launch of World Cities Network. For those of us unable to attend they are streaming live all day via Radio WAN and Twitter....

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