St. Landry Parish Visitor Center Doubles Up at Awards Podium

St. Landry Parish Visitors' Center

Just as they were settling into their seats Doug and Mike had to get up not once, but twice to the podium to receive design awards. It was a nerve-wracking experience since the top awards are announced last, but well worth the wait.

Claiming one of the two top awards selected from a competitive field of 71 projects across the state, the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center in Opelousas received an AIA Louisiana Honor Award at the annual Design Conference held recently in Lafayette. To top off the night, the project was also awarded the Members’ Choice Award by the AIA membership. This marks only the third time that a project has received both top honors in the AIA Louisiana awards program history.

The projects design roots began with the commitment to jointly develop landscape and building concepts side-by-side from the outset. Through a continuous collaboration with Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects and Eddie Cazayoux of EnvironMental Design, the site was envisioned as a singular integrated concept where the interweaving of building and landscape enhances the visitor experience. As a testament to this concept, the implemented sustainable building strategies and natural resource management principles are communicated by the Visitor Center staff along with the promotion of cultural and ecological tourism.

We can’t thank our clients at the St. Landry Tourist Commission enough for their vision to do something different and their support of our design team’s effort. A special thanks go out to the Director of Tourism, Celeste Gomez, for her perseverance in seeing the project through from inception to completion. Additional thanks go out to our MEP engineers, M&E Consulting Inc. and the contractor, Ratcliff Construction for producing an exceptionally well-crafted building.

New to the ABW Fold

Andrew Pharis has joined the staff of ABW for the summer as an intern. Andrew recently completed his second year in the architecture program at LSU. Go, Tigers!

A Pineville native, one of Andrew’s hobbies is theatre: performing, singing, and as a set designer/builder. He recounts a story of when he ventured into Silver Dollar Pawn Shop (of “Cajun Pawn-Stars” fame) looking for thirty ceramic pigs for use as props. As it turned out, Silver Dollar had plenty of pigs and was glad to get rid of some of them.

Andrew is very involved in AIAS, the student chapter of the American Institute of Architects, serving as chapter president. He will attend the AIAS Grassroots leadership conference in Washington, D.C. in July.

Andrew has already proven to be a capable and cheerful worker. He has shown the necessary skills to be productive and make real contributions over the summer. ABW is fortunate to have his talents with us for the summer.

Hello / Goodbye

We are excited to announce the birth of a little girl, Reagan Leigh, on May 8th 2012 to parents Stephen and Christal Workman and big brother Stihl.

After three years with the Ashe Broussard Weinzettle team, we bid a joyful farewell to our dear friend Christal Workman. After the birth of her second child, Christal decided to take a break from the architectural grind to focus her energy on her children, but we still intend on having her join us for lunch occasionally. We will miss the spirit and energy Christal brought to our office, but wish her family all the joy and happiness they can stand.

Visitor Center Wins INDesign Gold Medal Award

The St. Landry Parish Visitor Center was honored as the top design in architecture by The INDEPENDENT WEEKLY magazine at their annual INDesign Awards. The judges highlighted the successful integration of building and site which makes us feel pretty good about all the hard work and ambition contributed from our design team along with our collaborators Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects and Eddie Cazayoux of Environmental Design.
The Visitor Center is located just north of Opelousas, so the next time you’re on I-49 please drop by and get a great tour from the very friendly staff (and newly minted architecture advocates).
Please visit The Independent Magazine’s site for the full story.
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Shelly Gets Licensed!

We’re happy to announce that Shelly Strange, AIA, has completed the rigorous Architecture Registration Exam and has recently received her architectural license to practice from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Since joining the firm in 2007 upon graduating from Louisiana Tech University, Shelly has made significant contributions to the design quality of our firm and is resolute in improving and helping manage the technical proficiency of our staff. In addition to her considerable production capabilities, Shelly has a strong background in 3D modeling and rendering as well as a wide range of digital presentation skills.

Shelly has increasingly taken on a more active role in project management, continuing the pattern of continuing to challenge herself to become a more complete designer.

Celebrate Architecture 2012 – “An Architecture of Engagement”

More than 300 architects, designers, and students from across the state gathered in Baton Rouge at the Shaw Center once again for the 13th annual Celebrate Architecture Design Symposium.  Built around the theme “An Architecture of Engagement” four distinguished architects including Adam Yarinsky of Architecture Research Office from New York, Will Bruder of Will Bruder + Partners from Phoenix, and Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon of Howeler + Yoon Architecture from Boston, shared the collective work of their respective firms in the morning and followed with an in-depth review of the triumphs and challenges experienced during the production of a single project in the afternoon session. At the encouragement of Will Bruder, we capped off this year’s event by pulling up a few chairs to the stage and enjoyed listening to the impromptu dialogue among the speakers and the audience.

Our very own Doug Ashe organized the event and served as the moderator (13 years running!) and Mike Nichols designed the event media and marketing materials on behalf of AIA Louisiana.

As a direct result of the financial success of Celebrate Architecture, AIA Louisiana was able to establish its annual AIA Louisiana Traveling Fellowship, a $5,000 travel/study abroad award available to 3rd and 4th year students at Louisiana schools of architecture. With the continued success of Celebrate Architecture we are now able to award two fellowships each year. Additionally, AIA Louisiana makes an annual $500 contribution to each of the five AIAS chapters in the state.
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ABW/EDR Team Awarded ULM Master Plan

The joint venture team of Ashe Broussard Weinzettle and Eskew Dumez Ripple was chosen by the University of Louisiana Monroe, from among a distinguished field of planning firms to develop a Campus Facilities Master Plan.

The goal of the multi-year plan will be to provide a complete assessment of existing campus facilities and infrastructure, analyze current academic and non-academic space utilization and adjacencies; and through stakeholder participation, establish a long term road map in support of growth, security, clarity, and efficiency for the university.

Introducing Rab Wallace

Our very own Amy Hickman Wallace extended this message to us as she introduced her latest design, “It is with great anticipation we introduce our second son, Robert Bruce Wallace, aka ‘Rab’, (which is Scottish for Rob), born on November 29, 2011. Our red-headed Rab has been a fun addition to our family.”

We all look forward to Amy’s return to the “tranquility” of our office; although we can’t promise that she won’t hear an occasional whine or two over the phone.

Celebrate Architecture 2011 – “Uncovering the Potential”

The Shaw Center in Baton Rouge was host to more than 300 Louisiana architects, designers, and students to gather for the 12th annual Celebrate Architecture design symposium.  Unified around the theme “Uncovering the Potential” five distinguished architects including David Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki of Lewis.Tsuramaki.Lewis from New York, Doug Stockman and Dan Maginn of El Dorado from Kansas City, and Kevin Daly of Daly Genik Architects from Santa Monica, shared the collective work of their respective firms in the morning and followed in the afternoon with an in-depth review of a single project from each firm that began from a difficult or underutilized site that required an inventive solution to realize the potential of the eventual design solution. The compelling projects presented were well-received by the AIA Louisiana membership and the event served as a great opportunity for real dialogue among colleagues.

Our very own Doug Ashe served as moderator and continues to organize the event on behalf of AIA Louisiana. Mike Nichols designed the event media, marketing materials, and coordinated the production of the presentations.

As a direct result of the financial success of Celebrate Architecture, AIA Louisiana was able to establish its annual AIA Louisiana Traveling Fellowship, a $5,000 travel/study abroad award available to 3rd and 4th year students at Louisiana schools of architecture. With the continued success of Celebrate Architecture we are now able to award two fellowships each year. Additionally, AIA Louisiana makes an annual $500 contribution to each of the five AIAS chapters in the state.

FULL SPEAKER LIST

ABW Selected to Design Calvary Worship Center

Following a competitive interview process among several regional design firms, the team of Ashe Broussard Weinzettle Architects and Jeffery Carbo Landscape Architects has been selected to design the new 1,600 seat Worship Center for Calvary Baptist Church on their existing campus located on Jackson Street.

In addition to a new and larger worship space, the campus addition will feature a choral rehearsal suite, video studio, audio studio, broadcast mixing studio, satellite bookstore, and an expansive lobby between the new Worship Center and existing Sanctuary.