January 2014
CTH+A wishes you a healthy and prosperous New Year.   In this issue of Full Circle, we focus on how our future is looking brighter for our sunshine state.



Much like the graduation anthem of the 1980s, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades", 2014 is poised to be a Ray-Ban kind of year for the Sunshine state and Central Florida region.


In Florida

The outlook for Florida is brighter than it has been in years, reports Florida Trend, despite concerns about the impact of the Federal Affordable Care Act on small businesses and uncertainty over what effects the renewal of the payroll tax will have on spending.


This optimism is echoed by data that reveals nearly 90 percent of Florida's small business owners are planning for growth in 2014. According to a statewide survey by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and the Florida Chamber Foundation, of those small business with plans to grow, 30 percent plan to hire new employees, 27 percent will expand their product lines and 19 percent expect to make capital improvements.


Statewide and in Central Florida, the construction sector is expected to have the strongest average growth in the coming years at 9.2%, according to a Florida economic forecast published in October by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness. This sector's growth is followed by professional and business services (3.4%); trade, transportation and utilities (2.6%); education and health services (2.1%) and leisure and hospitality (1.8%). In addition, the annual average growth in housing starts will be 30.3% through 2016.   (Read More...)   




C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) opened its doors in Orlando, Fla. in 1984. Three decades later, the firm has earned respect and esteem: as one of Central Florida's leading businesses, as an awarding winning firm and as dedicated community servants. The firm's work has enriched the quality of life in the Central Florida region professionally, culturally and economically.


CTH+A Founder and President C.T. Hsu, FAIA recently reflected on the upcoming milestone, "It is hard to believe that the firm has been in existence for 30 years. In 1984, when I started the business, Florida had the 7th highest population in the U.S. Today, Florida is surpassing New York as the third largest state." Here is a regional snapshot of then and now:  

  • The population of the four-county Metro Orlando region in 1984 was approximately 940,000; 1.3 million less than today's 2.2 million and less than the current population of Orange County alone.
  • The City of Orlando's population in 1984 was 142,851. Currently, it is 249,925. The city's land area in 1984 was 60.98 square miles compared to 111.7 square miles today.
  • The University of Central Florida was established in 1963. Enrollment in the fall of 1984 was 15,853. Today, it is the nation's second-largest university by enrollment with 59,740 students.
  • In 1984, construction began on Florida Mall. It opened in 1986 and at 1.8 million square feet, is one of the largest single story malls in the U.S.
EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World opened on October 1, 1982 just two years before CTH+A opened its doors. It was Disney's second theme park in Florida covering 260 acres of land and becoming the largest theme park in the world.   (Read More...)
Kelly White, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,
Project Architect   


Kelly White has 15 years' experience in the architectural industry working for private architectural firms. Kelly's professional architectural portfolio includes healthcare, criminal justice, arts and entertainment, and government administration facility projects throughout the State of Florida. She is a registered architect and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). During her tenure at CTH+A, she has managed several projects for clients including Goodwill Industries, the Department of Veteran Affairs and Orange County.


Kelly was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and shortly thereafter, her family moved to Ocala, Florida where she was raised. Kelly's father was a civil engineer who owned his own civil engineering firm in Ocala. She was inspired by her father to draw and was interested in becoming an architect so she could design buildings for others.  (Read More...)


C.T. Hsu + Associates (CTH+A) facilitated a two-day Charrette to provide professional architectural services for the establishment of an urban prototype school strategy for Osceola County. The process started by researching and developing relevant documentation as well as evaluating all existing school prototypes currently being used by the District. These findings were presented during two work sessions with participants from the School District of Osceola County, Osceola County and the City of Kissimmee. The goal of this two-day Charrette was to jointly discuss strategies for reaching the mutual objective to better integrate schools into more densely populated communities within the Comprehensive Plan's Urban Growth Boundary.  (Read More...)    



Florida Educational Facilities Planners' Association (FEFPA) presented C.T. Hsu + Associates with the first place award for Edgewater High School at the 2013 Architectural Showcase Awards program held in Jacksonville at the FEFPA 2013 Winter Conference.  

This is the second award presented to the firm for this 408,100 SF expansion and renovation project located in the historic College Park community of Orlando. The project previously received the Award of Design Excellence in 2012 from the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Orlando).   (Read More...) 



 The Goodwill Industries Waterford Lakes retail store opened its doors to the public this past summer.  CTH+A provided planning and architectural design services for the 21,000 SF facility based on a prototype design that CTH+A developed for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida in 2007. "Since the incorporation of the prototype design, Goodwill's Winter Springs, Oviedo and Merritt Island stores have consistently been among the company's highest performing sales and donation centers - a prime example that a successful business can become even stronger through the application of good design," according to Goodwill Industries.  (Read More...) 



CTH+A attended the project dedication of Orange County Fire Station No. 84 in Fort Christmas in eastern Orange County.

The dedication ceremony was attended by the local community; Mayor Teresa Jacobs; Commissioner Ted Edwards; Fire Chief Otto Drozd, III; Division Chief H. Vince Preston; Orange County staff; Orange County citizens; CTH+A staff and Mulligan Construction, Inc., the general contractor.     


CTH+A provided architectural services for the new $1.25 million, 6,948 GSF facility that was completed under budget and three months ahead of schedule. This new fire station replaces the former temporary mobile crew accommodations, providing a permanent, state-of-the-art facility to help ensure safety and protection for the Fort Christmas community and surrounding district.  (Read More...) 



On December 3, CTH+A attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the Eustis Heights Elementary School project.  The finished project will include campus-wide renovations, remodeling and additions to the existing campus of Eustis Heights Elementary School. When completed, the updated facility is anticipated to house 820 student stations. The construction manager for the project is AllState Construction, Inc. and the new campus is slated for completion in February 2015.     (Read More...)  



The Clermont Community Center opened to the public earlier this year. CTH+A provided planning and architectural services for the new 11,000 GSF facility located on historic Montrose Street directly across from the Clermont City Hall, also designed by CTH+A . The center will provide the community with a facility that can be used for weddings, conferences/meetings and events. Features include:

  • Banquet and gathering spaces able to accommodate multi- sized groups   (Read More...)

Associate and Project Manager Miguel Botello, AIA, LEED AP, is a member of Leadership Orlando Class 86.  (Leadership Orlando) largest community leadership program.  It creates opportunities to observe, interact and learn from public, private, and civic leaders across Central Florida.  This year is the 100th anniversary of Orlando, Inc., which founded the Leadership Orlando program in 1975.  William G. Oakley, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, is serving as the Class Chair, and is also a client of C.T. Hsu + Associates.  The group consists of 78 individuals who will meet throughout the year with efforts to strengthen and develop leadership skills.  (Read More...)  



Recently, CTH+A welcomed a new Senior Project Manager to the firm, Christopher Doig, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. Chris has 16 years of experience in the architectural / engineering industry working for private architectural firms in South Florida and Central Florida.  He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a Minor in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.  He is a registered architect in the State of Florida, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and is NCARB Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.    


Chris' professional architectural portfolio includes K-12 education, higher education, performing arts and assembly, and commercial projects throughout the State of Florida.   (Read More...)   




C.T. Hsu, FAIA was presented with the Liberty Award by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) (www.icuf.org) at the 24th annual Chinese American Scholar and Professionals Association of Florida (CASPAF) (www.caspaf.org) Conference on August 25th at Saint Thomas University in Miami Gardens.


Ed H. Moore, Ph.D, president of ICUF, presented C.T., with the Liberty Award for his contributions in bridging the distance between the U.S. and Taiwan by advancing higher education collaborations resulting in improved lives for everyone involved.  (Read More...)      


Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Ticket Lobby Modifications and Expansion Program
- CTH+A recently began architectural and engineering services to modify and renovate the ticket lobbies on Landside Terminal A/B at the Orlando International Airport. (Read More...) 

Holden Heights Community Center Project  - CTH+A recently completed architectural and engineering design services for the new Holden Heights Community Center to be located in Orlando's established Holden Heights neighborhood.  (Read More...)  

Goodwill Industries West Melbourne Retail Store and Job Center - CTH+A recently completed architectural design services for a new retail store and job center located in West Melbourne. (Read More...) 

Dr. Phillips High School Comprehensive Needs Project - CTH+A is providing construction administration for several phases of the comprehensive needs project based on design services the firm completed in the summer of 2012. (Read More...) 

Cypress Creek High School Comprehensive Needs Project - CTH+A recently completed architectural and engineering services for Orange County Public Schools' Cypress Creek High School Comprehensive Needs Project. (Read More...)    

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