STEEL ALMOST COMPLETE!

2016/08/21

Construction Continues on the A&T Student Center!


NCA&T Student Center Again Recognized for Design Excellence

2016/04/25

2016 AIA Triangle Awards Gala

We were honored to accept the award from internationally recognized architect, Marlon Blackwell, FAIA.  The award was the second award for design excellence for the Student Center  and the 7th award for design and preservation for VINES Architecture in the past 2 years.

BOB INVITED TO SERVE ON JURY FOR AIA MEMPHIS DESIGN AWARDS

2016/04/25

Bob was invited to serve as a critic for the 2016 design awards for AIA Memphis. The winning projects were recognized at the 2016 Celebration of Architecture Gala on April 23 at the Tower Room in Memphis, TN.

Deese Tower Dedication

2016/03/29

Congratulations to NCA&T on 125 Years of Excellence in Higher Education!

The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Wille A. and Carl C. Deese Tower at NCA&T State University was held on Thursday, March 24, 2016, on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of A&T and to recognize the Deese Family for their significant contributions to the University community.  The tower was made possible through the generosity of distinguished alum, Willie A Deese ('77), who supported the vision of an "iconic centerpiece for the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University". We at VINES Architecture see the tower as an enduring symbol of tradition and optimism and we  were honored to have been recognized at the ceremony for our contributions to the campus through design.  Distinguished guests and speakers included NC Congressmen, Dean Emeritus, Dr. Quiester Craig, Chancellor Dr. Harold Martin, UNC System President Margaret Spellings, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, Andrew M. Perkins, Jr.

Durham Library Featured in 'Bull City Rising'

2016/03/29

Editorial by former Editor of INDY, Lisa Sorg, Voices Support for the Library Project!

LINK HERE: " Why We Need the Library: A Case for a Bond

NCA&T Student Center Begins Construction!

2016/03/29

The 150,000 SF, AIA Award Winning Project has broken ground.

After over 500 sheets of drawings, the NCA&T State University New Student Center took its first step toward reality when it broke ground in early February.  VINES Architecture served as designer/architect of record and will be leading the full-time Construction Administration effort,  working with one of the top, internationally recognized construction and construction management companies, Balfour-Beatty.  http://www.balfourbeatty.com/

"Durham County Looks to Create Library of the Future"

2016/03/29

Main Library Featured in the Herald Sun

We are passionate about working on meaningful projects in the public realm and we view public participation and community engagement as a critical component in the success of visionary, optimistic civic architecture.  With the design for the New Main Library in Downtown Durham, VINES Architecture has led over 20 community, user and stakeholder sessions during the programming and initial design phase .  We welcome dialog with the community and we happy to have this participatory  process and the preliminary concepts for the Downtown Library featured as Editor's Choice in The Herald Sun!

JACOB BURKE JOINS DESIGN TEAM AT VINES!

2016/01/26

Jacob Burke joins us from the office of noted architect, Frank Harmon, FAIA

His project experience ranges from the Prairie Ridge Chimney Swift Tower for the Museum of Life and Science to the Carolyn and Maurice Lebauer Park in downtown Greensboro, NC. The latter, due for completion Spring 2016, will be a 3 1/2 acre destination park and will become the heart of a new cultural arts district for the Greensboro area.  Other notable projects included the renovation and adaptation of the 1890s era textile mill located in Star, NC for the non-profit organization Central Park NC, the Huberman-Bromer Mountain Retreat located in the Uwharrie National Forest, and the Seven Sisters Residence, a low impact, sustainable coastal home located on St. Helena Island, SC. 

NCA+T STUDENT CENTER FEATURED IN INTERNATIONAL PLANNING JOURNAL

2016/01/25

SHAPING COMMUNITY: Recreating Connectivity on Campus through Student Life

PLACES is a peer reviewed journal of the Society of College and University Planning, an international body that explore the integration of strategic and physical planning for higher education.  The article was the result of VINES collaboration with Matt Herman (the Chicago director of Buro Happold) on the $90M NCA&T Student Center.  The London based Buro Happold provides advanced engineering integration and was instrumental in leading the high performance standards of the targeted LEED Gold Center.   The featured article was a collaboration between Matt Herman, PE,  Bob Thomas, AIA and Yosh Asato, a San Francisco based editor.

CAMPUS TOWER NEARS COMPLETION!

2016/01/25

The 86 ft Structure is Expected to Be Dedicated in Early March!


LAKE HOUSE PROJECT AGAIN RECOGNIZED FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE

2016/01/25

Project Its Receives Second Design Award of 2015

LINK TO JURY COMMENTS:


VINES Architecture was honored to be presented the design award at the American Institute of Architects State Design Conference, which was held at the 21C Museum in September.  Bob, Jolie and Jeff attended the ceremony to receive the award from a distinguished jury from Washington D.C.  This was our 6th AIA award for design and preservation in the past two years.  

BOB LEADS GRADUATE STUDIO AT NCSU'S COLLEGE OF DESIGN

2016/01/25

Bob has served as a Professor in Practice at the University since 2004

The graduate level integrated design studio addressed the full integration of systems, structure and building technology within the context of a conceptual design project. The vehicle project for the semester was an Education and Outreach Center for Raleigh's Contemporary Art Museum on three sites along the CSX / West St corridor in downtown Raleigh.  Final reviews were held Dec 15, 2015 from 9:00-5:00 in the Leazar Gallery.
http://camraleigh.org/

ALPHARETTA LIBRARY OPENS TO PUBLIC!

2016/01/25

VINES ARCHITECTURE Attends Community Celebration near Atlanta

The New Alpharetta Library opened to the public on July 30, 2015 with a large grand opening celebration. The project, designed by Vines Architecture and Cooper Carry, creates a vibrant new facility in the heart of the city’s walkable downtown and provides expanded services and program spaces to the residents Alpharetta, Georgia. The two-story building is designed around a central grand stair which connects the upper and lower entries and serves as the heart of the library, creating places for casual interaction, programs, and informal gatherings and display. 

DESIGNER MEREDITH SMITH JOINS VINES ARCHITECTURE

2015/11/17

Top Graduate of the NCSU College of Design Master's Program joins VINES Architecture.

We are pleased to announce that Meredith Smith has joined VINES Architecture as a designer.    Upon graduating,  Meredith received the AWARD OF DESIGN EXCELLENCE in the Master of Architecture Program, in Honor of the Emeritus Faculty of the Department of Architecture.  Much of Meredith's architectural work and research has focused on furthering an architectural response to site and place, as well as cultural, social, and political context.  One of her recent projects, 'Woodser Huts', explores methods of resilient coastal design on the North Carolina Outer Banks.  The project received significant recognition for student work, receiving both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellowship Award a d the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed in the competition. 

Meredith has been in the studio since July, working on both the Rocky Mount Community Center team and the New Main Library in Downtown Durham.

VINES ARCHITECTURE RECOGNIZED FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE BY THE American Institute of Architects

2015/05/27

We are honored to announce that the BURT LAKE HOUSE project received recognition with the highest design award for an unbuilt project from the American Institute of Architects, Triangle Chapter.  Internationally recognized architect Will Bruder, FAIA www.willbruderarchitects.com, served as jury chair and referred to the house as "The strongest project of all the submissions.  A truly inspiring project....represents work at the highest level that we should all aspire to."  We were truly humbled by the comments and inspired by Mr. Bruder's lecture.

NEW NCA&T CAMPUS TOWER SET TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION!

2015/05/27

Bids were received in May and the project came in under budget.

The NCA&T New Campus Tower was bid in May and we are happy to announce that the project came in under budget.    Construction is scheduled to begin in June with a December 2015 completion date anticipated.  VINES architecture designed the tower to complete Bluford Circle, a key campus space at the terminus of the Aggie Village Green.

VINES ARCHITECTURE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF DURHAM LITERARY FESTIVAL

2015/05/17

VINES Architecture participated in the inaugural Read Local Festival in Durham, which was organized by the Durham Library Foundation to "celebrate the written word...to bring together local writers, publishers, booksellers, libraries, designers, artists, critics, bloggers - and of course, readers!- to honor our local literary arts scene".  It was a great experience, but the highlight for us may have been that we were listed right next to MERGE Records on all of the banners!

LIBRARY PROJECT RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN WASHINGTON D.C

2015/05/08

2015 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

We are honored to announce that the Northeast Neighborhood Library in Washington D.C was recognized at the annual District of Columbia Historic Preservation Awards program.  The program took place on May 21 at the historic DAR Constitution Hall.  We worked closely the local DC  firm and architect of record, Bell Architects.

BOB INVITED TO SERVE AS A CRITIC FOR FINAL PROJECT REVIEWS AT TULANE UNIVERSITY

2015/05/03

Tulane University School of Architecture

Bob spent two days as a guest critic for graduate studio projects at the Tulane School of Architecture at the end of April.  One particularly interesting studio project worked within the framework of the recently developed New Orleans Urban Water Plan.  This comprehensive  plan seeks to reenvision the city's critical relationship with water by proposing a fully integrated landscape-urbanism strategy that unifies the critical stormwater infrastructure with the public/civic realm of the city's streets and parks.   The design project was to envision a new courthouse in a post-industrial area along the Industrial Canal. 


There was also impressive work, in both scale and execution, produced by the Tulane Urban Build Studio. http://www.tulaneurbanbuild.com/

www.livingwithwater.com/blog/urban_water_plan/reports/


"The “Dutch Dialogues” workshops are the outgrowth of extended interactions between Dutch engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, city planners and soils/hydrology experts and, primarily, their Louisiana counterparts.  David Waggonner, a local New Orleans architect, initiated this dialogue with Dale Morris, of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC, and the American Planning Association.  Waggonner’s and Morris’ efforts on behalf of “Dutch Dialogues” derive from their unwavering belief that New Orleans can survive and prosper and grow only when it gets certain fundamentals in order.  Dutch Dialogues exposes and hopefully addresses some of those fundamentals"

VINES ARCHITECTURE SELECTED AS A DESIGNER FOR NEW ESTADIO NACIONAL de NICARAGUA

2015/04/05

VINES Architecture was selected by LLANSA INGENIEROS SA as a designer for the international design-build team for the Estadio Nacional de Nicaragua.  VINES will lead the conceptual design direction for the project and will be collaborating with Gensler's sports division.  Gensler will serve as architect of record.

Located in Managua, the stadium will create a new modern baseball facility and help to promote the sport throughout the country.  THe new facility will replace the nearly 70 year old Estadio Nacional Dennis Martinez (renamed in honor of the former Montreal Expo/ Baltimore Orioles great and native Nicaraguan). Programmatic components include luxury and owners box seating, clubhouse and locker rooms, food services areas, offices as well as dormitories for visiting teams and prospects.

VINES Architecture Will Lead the Design of the New 165,000SF Rocky Mount Downtown Community Center

2015/04/02

VINES Architecture will lead the design effort for the New Rocky Mount Downtown Community Center.  Oakley-Collier will serve as the Architect of Record with Sink Combs Dethlefs serving as the Lead Programmer / Planner.  The project will be delivered as Design-Build, with Barnhill Construction / Holt Brothers leading the pre-construction and project construction efforts.  Our collaborative design-build team was selected by the City of Rocky Mount after an extensive two round, two month interview process, which involved a total of six teams comprised of internationally recognized contractors and architects.



VINES LEADS COMMUNITY MEETINGS FOR DESIGN OF DURHAM MAIN LIBRARY

2015/03/27

On January 29th, VINES Architecture led a series of stakeholder and community meetings in Durham to receive input for the design of the Main Library in Downtown Durham.  THe design team spent 8 hours at the current library meeting with current and future patrons of the library, community leaders, neighbors, business leaders as well as key community social service providers. An article in INDY week highlighted the meetings and our discussion of the potential the library holds to re-energize this eastern edge of downtown and plays a critical role in changing the urban fabric of the neighborhood to encourage a more pedestrian centered, urban development pattern.


See INDY coverage HERE:

OUR NEW 3D PRINTER!

2015/03/03

We are excited to integrate our new 3D printer into our design process.  One of the largest and fastest printers in its commercial class, it will allow us to quickly produce design studies and prototypes from 3D digital models in-house.

NORTHEAST LIBRARY RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS IN D.C.

2014/12/14

2014 AIA DC Awards Program

We are honored to announce that the Northeast Neighborhood Library in Washington DC received an Award of Merit in Historic Resources from the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. We worked closely with local DC architect of record Bell Architects on the renovation and preservation of this important historic library in the heart of Washington DC.  Built in 1932, this Georgian Revival building is among the oldest continually operated public libraries in the District.

VINES SELECTED FOR THE UNC-G SCHOOL OF DANCE + MIDDLE COLLEGE PROJECT

2014/11/01

VINES Architecture was selected from a field of prominent North Carolina architects for the design of the UNC-G 1510 Walker Project.  This $6.7 M project will provide a new architectural vision for the UNC-G Dance Department and the recently formed UNC-G Middle College, which is a special Guilford County High School  educational environment on the campus of UNC-G.

HIGH PERFORMANCE ENVELOPE MOCK-UP COMPLETE

2014/10/27

The mockup wall for the custom metal panel envelope of the NCA&T Student Center is complete.  We worked closely with our CM (Balfour Beatty - the construction team responsible for the NC Museum of Art),  fabricators, installers, sub-contractors and engineers to develop the envelope detailing and the secondary structural details.   The panels  are 1/8" thick brake formed aluminum plate with 1.18" perforations over a modified insulated metal panel with integral clip system, which virtually eliminates thermal bridging and air barrier penetration from fastners.  We worked with a metal panel company to modify a system that is typically designed for cavity wall construction. 

VINES Architecture TWICE RECOGNIZED FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE AT AIA AWARDS CEREMONY

2014/09/28

On Saturday, September 27th, VINES Architecture was the recipient of two Design Awards at the AIA Design Conference in Charlotte. The NCA&T Student Center and the NC Civil War History Center were both recognized by the distinguished jury  of 6 noted Chicago architects and business leaders /clients.

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE FOR NEW STUDENT CENTER SWING SPACE

2014/08/06

Students Have Moved In!

The complete transformation of Moore Gym is now complete.  The project marks the first phase of the $90 M New Student Center project.  VINES Architecture designed the renovation/transformation of the 11,000 SF existing gym to serve as a temporary Student Union 'swing space' while the new center is under construction.

OUR DESIGN FOR THE NEW NC CIVIL WAR HISTORY CENTER FEATURED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE OBSERVER!

2014/03/18

"HISTORY'S FUTURE: The North Carolina Civil War History will be the First of its Kind in the US"

 An article featuring the NC Civil War History Center, designed by VINES Architecture, was featured on the front page of the Fayetteville Observer. The article highlighted the potential the new history center holds for being unique in the way it will tell the story of the Civil War in North Carolina. 

Read the full article HERE


More on Civil War History Center  HERE

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