STEEL ALMOST COMPLETE!
NCA&T Student Center Again Recognized for Design Excellence
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
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
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'
LINK HERE: " Why We Need the Library: A Case for a Bond
NCA&T Student Center Begins Construction!
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"
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!
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
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!
LAKE HOUSE PROJECT AGAIN RECOGNIZED FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE
BOB LEADS GRADUATE STUDIO AT NCSU'S COLLEGE OF DESIGN
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.
ALPHARETTA LIBRARY OPENS TO PUBLIC!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
VINES ARCHITECTURE SELECTED AS A DESIGNER FOR NEW ESTADIO NACIONAL de NICARAGUA
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.
VINES Architecture Will Lead the Design of the New 165,000SF Rocky Mount Downtown Community Center
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
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.
OUR NEW 3D PRINTER!
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.