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January 2011
In this issue of Full Circle, we focus on the venue projects and how they have changed Central Florida.
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The Orlando Magic have a beautiful new home court; fans have a terrific new events center to enjoy games, concerts and events; and the City Beautiful has added an iconic piece of architecture to its skyline. 

The Amway Center's official ribbon cutting ceremony on October 1 at 10:01 a.m. was followed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer addressing the general public in his annual State of Downtown address in the new $480 million center. He emphasized the culmination of the collective vision to bring a world-class events center and sports arena to downtown Orlando.

Downtown Venues

The Amway Center is the first completed venue project for the City of Orlando.  Back on September 29, 2006, local government and business leaders - including Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty, and Orlando Magic Chief Operating Officer Alex Martins - announced an agreement to develop a new arena in downtown Orlando, a state-of-the-art performing arts center and a face-lift for the aging Citrus Bowl. At the time, Dyer called it a "downtown version" of Disney's move to Central Florida, and Crotty said, "These facilities will make downtown - the heart of Orange County - a world-class urban center."

Economic Benefits

The Amway Center and Geico Garage's construction created hundreds of construction-industry and trade jobs for Central Florida. Viewing these venues as opportunities to positively impact the local neighborhoods, the City of Orlando committed to provide opportunities for local residents and businesses through the creation of the BLUEPRINT program, which served as a framework and model for inclusiveness and community building throughout the various levels of contracting. The Community Venues BLUEPRINT Employment Office also ensures the same inclusiveness for the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center and Citrus Bowl projects.  

The Amway Center has given the surrounding Church Street and Parramore areas an economic boost during its inaugural year of operation through hundreds of direct jobs and increased foot traffic to local restaurants and bars on game and event days. The upcoming 2012 NBA All-Star weekend alone is expected to generate an estimated $90 million for the local economy.

C.T. Hsu + Associates' Role on the Amway Center

The Amway Center was the first Orlando venues project to move forward.  International architecture firm Populous (formerly HOK Sports) was selected as the lead design firm.  C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) was selected to be an architectural consultant on the project, and was tasked with supporting Populous in the articulation of the exterior architecture. This included providing coordination, development and documentation of the event center's exterior enclosure, including all walls and roof components and assemblies for all phases. Read More....

C.T. Hsu + Associates' Role on the Geico Garage 

 When the PCL Construction Services, Inc. and CTH+A team was selected by the City of Orlando for the new Amway Center parking garage, the firms set out to design and build a structure that would be more than a typical parking garage, and one that would be a recognizable complement to the Amway Center.

The resulting signature structure - with a fifth floor pedestrian bridge to thGarage Image (800 pixels)e Amway Center - is an architecturally-significant counterpart to the Amway Center that is highly visible to those driving through the heart of downtown Orlando on I-4. It's a standout "green" architectural addition to the Orlando cityscape that sets the benchmark for sustainable design in a parking structure. It's one of a very limited few to qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council


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Jenny Alvarez, Intern Architect
Jenny Alvarez is an extremely talented Intern Architect with C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. who has been with the firm for three years. Born in Colombia, she lived there until the age of 12. After some thought and job changes, her mom decided to move to the United States and lives in Clearwater, Florida. Her mom knew education opportunities were more accessible in the United States. After high school, Jenny attended St. Petersburg College and then transferred to the University of South Florida's School of Architecture and Community Design. Read More....


         Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has selected CTH+A to provide architectural and engineering services for the Dr. Phillips High School Comprehensive Needs Project to provide improved facilities and modernize the campus.    


         OCPS has selected CTH+A to provide architectural and engineering services for the Little River Elementary School Replacement Project. 




         CTHA is serving as architect for the Seminole State College Oviedo Campus Master Plan Update Project. CTHA responsibilities will include a three-phased approach to the master plan update with research and data collection, presentation of planning alternatives, and the development of future long-range plans for the 20-year plan on the Oviedo Campus. Read More....


         Osceola High School Comprehensive Needs Project- Phase I of this three-year, multi-phased project is complete. Read More....


         Edgewater High School Comprehensive Needs Project - Phase I of this planning, design, replacement, remodeling and renovation project for one of the oldest high schools in Orlando is complete.  Read More....



         Junior Achievement of Central Florida presented C.T. Hsu, FAIA, LEED AP, with the Spirit of Achievement Award at the 2010 Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame ceremony at the Rosen Centre Hotel on November 11. Read More....


         Kristine Kurek Melansonhas joined the firm as the Senior Marketing Manager.  Melanson has 15 years of experience in marketing and business development for architecture and related firms.  Most recently, she was the marketing director for a landscape architecture firm in Orlando.  She graduated with a B.S.B.A from the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration with degree in Marketing. 


         James Coffin has joined the firm as Marketing Coordinator. Coffin has five years of experience in marketing and business development for architecture and related firms. He graduated with an English B.A. degree from Hamilton Holt at Rollins College. 


         Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP -The Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) presented C.T. Hsu + Associates Principal, Nathan Butler, AIA LEED AP, with the Presidential Award at the organization's 2010 annual convention at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra recently. Read More....

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