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October 2012
In this issue of Full Circle, we focus on the sustainable building design options being used for buildings in Florida.
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SUSTAINABLE BUILDING DESIGN OPTIONS: USGBC, Green Globes and Florida Green Building Coalition    

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For most people, the environmental impact of buildings is startling. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, in the United States, commercial and residential buildings consume close to 40% of our total energy, 70% of our electricity, 40% of our raw materials, and 12% of fresh water supplies. They also account for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions and generate 136 million tons of construction and demolition waste. In the recent past, architects and engineers have designed buildings with an increased awareness of these environmental concerns. These efforts have grown into a field within the building design community called sustainable design. Designing a sustainable building requires close cooperation between the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client throughout all stages of a project. Although new technologies are emerging to complement current practices in creating more sustainable structures, the common objective is to design buildings to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using energy, water, and other resources; protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity; and reducing waste, pollution, and environmental degradation.  (Read more...)

GEICO PARKING GARAGE - An International Recognized Project


Geico Garage 1 - Feature Project 

In June 2012, C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) was recognized by The International Parking Institute (IPI) with the Award of Excellence in Architectural Achievement for the Geico Garage in downtown Orlando. Along with the neighboring Amway Center, the Geico Parking Garage has become part of the southern gateway to downtown Orlando from Interstate 4 due to its magnitude, presence, and function. (Read more...)

OSCEOLA HIGH SCHOOL - A Modernized, State-of-the-Art Educational Facility

OHS 1 - Featured Project 

CTH+A has been working with the School District of Osceola County (SDOC) since 2003 on this $24,000,000, multi-year, multi-phased renovation and expansion project for Osceola High School, which is the one of eight high schools in Osceola County.   Osceola High School serves nearly 2,400 students and provides over 2,350 student stations. It is known as the Home of the Kowboys, and as the home of the distinguished "Double AA Scholar's Program".(Read more...)


Kristine Kurek Melanson, Senior Marketing Manager 

Kristine Melanson headshotKristine Kurek Melanson is an experienced professional services marketer with over 17 years of experience in marketing, business development, public relations, and event planning and coordination. She has been with the C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) Team for over two years managing the firms marketing pursuits. Kristine was born and raised in the City of Fort Pierce, Florida. Staying close to home, she attended and graduated from Indian River State College with an Associates of Arts degree in Business Administration, and later moved to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida (UCF). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the UCF College of Business with a degree in Marketing.   (Read more...)

Geico Garage 2 - Featured Project The International Parking Institute (IPI) presented C.T. Hsu + Associates with the Award of Excellence in Architectural Achievement for the Geico Garage in downtown Orlando. The award was presented at the 2012 International Parking Institutes' Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona on June 12, 2012. Other project team members recognized include: PCL Construction Services, Walker Parking Consultants, and the City of Orlando. (Read more...)
Bob Graham Award - Firm NewsThe Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida) selected Mayor Buddy Dyer as the recipient of the 2012 Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award. This award is given to an individual citizen, public official, or member of an allied profession who is not an architect, and who by their interest, activity, and concern for the profession of architecture, shall have advanced the cause of good design and planning and/or contributed to the dignity and value of the architectural profession.  (Read more...)

LCS EHES - Firm News Lake County Schools (LCS) has selected C.T. Hsu + Associates, P.A. (CTH+A) for the campus-wide design services including renovations, remodeling, and additions to the existing campus of Eustis Height Elementary School. The updated facility is anticipated to house 820 student stations with a total budget of $16,125,000.


Holden Heights - Firm News Orange County Government has selected C.T. Hsu + Associates to provide architectural and engineering design services for the new Holden Heights Community Center project located in Orlando's established Holden Heights Neighborhood. The new 12,000 square foot Community Center will replace a smaller existing neighborhood facility that is scheduled to be demolished with the eventual widening of the I-4 corridor. (Read more...)

St. Cloud Logo - Firm News The City of St. Cloud recently selected CTH+A for a continuing professional architectural service contract for up to five years. CTH+A will be the prime architectural consultant, providing a range of A/E consulting services including: programming, preliminary design services, evaluation of buildings, preliminary specifications, construction documentation, feasibility studies, cost estimating, utility coordination, cost estimates, bidding assistance, and construction administration services.


University Ctr - Firm News Climate Change and Renewable Energy Tour- Staff members from CTH+A recently guided an international group from the World Affairs Council through the Valencia College / UCF University Center project. The program focused on multi-regional climate change initiatives and the use of renewable energy. Seven participants from Asia, India and Africa attended the program. At the inviatation of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The program was arranged by the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID Washington). (Read more...)



Dr. Phillips High School Comprehensive Needs Project- CTH+A recently completed design services for renovations and expansions to the 350,000 square feet campus in the Dr. Phillips area of Orange County. (Read more...) 


Orange County Fire Station No. 84 - CTH+A provided architectural design services for Fire Station 84 in Orange County. (Read more...)


Cypress Creek High School Comprehensive Needs Project - CTH+A is providing architectural and engineering services for the Orange County Public Schools' Cypress Creek High School Comprehensive Needs Project. (Read more...)

Clermont Community Center Project - This will be anew 11,000 GSF Community Center located in historical downtown Clermont. 
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Holden Heights Community Center Project - CTH+A was selected to provide architectural and engineering design services for the new Holden Heights Community Center. (Read more...)


Goodwill Industries Retail Stores - CTH+A is currently in the bidding phase for the new 12,000 SF Clermont Retail Store, and in the permitting phase for the 12,000 SF Waterford Lakes Retail Store. (Read more...)


Eustis Heights Elementary School Project - CTH+A is providing campus-wide design services including renovations, remodeling, and additions to the existing campus of Eustis Height Elementary School.  (Read more...)


Tess headshot Engelhardt has 17 years experience in the architectural / engineering industry working for private sector firms. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Everest University and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Lourdes College in the Philippines.



Nathan Butler The Delegates to the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects State Convention in Palm Beach elected Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP, to serve as the 2013 AIA Florida President-elect and 2014 State President. Nathan is a past president of AIA Orlando, and has actively served on the AIA Florida Board since 2005. (Read more...)

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