ASID Georgia named tvsdesign the recipient of two Design Excellence Awards on May 4. Fiserv’s Client Experience Center took home Gold in the “Best Singular Room” category, and LPL Financial’s Ft. Mill, S.C. campus won Bronze in the “Contract Corporate- over 75,000 SF” category. View photos from each project in the slideshows below. Congratulations to our workplace and commercial office teams! (more…)
Our company raised the bar this year at our annual United Way Week with a total of $13,144.35 in donations, a solid step above our $10k goal. (more…)
A distinct peal from a bell tower can become a hallmark sound for a church and its surrounding community, but creating a bell tower that is architecturally iconographic becomes a visual representation of that church’s past, present and future.
Tom Ventulett, one of our founding members, just completed one such bell tower for the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta. The church has a history of service to the Atlanta community, beginning that service as a haven for orphaned children after the Civil War.
“In 1872, as Atlanta had begun to recover from the devastation of the Civil War, signs of prosperity, which would become the hallmark of its future, became evident. The railroad became the source of an eventual booming economy. Growth also brought challenges. The women widowed and the children orphaned by the war were struggling – and Episcopalians responded with great concern. In 1872 the Rev. W.B. Elliott, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, designated the church’s Easter offering to found a mission Sunday school for “the poor of the northern suburb.” With the help of a gift of land by Mrs. Richard Peters and building funds by Mrs. George Walker, the little Mission of Holy Innocents’ had its beginning at the corner of Ponce de Leon and Juniper Streets with the erection of a chapel-classroom.”
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Out of a survey of 1,500 travellers, 66% answered that having free internet access at hotels strongly informs their decision to stay there.
Tech amenities are one of the most important factors in choosing a hotel these days, so technology that is fast, easy to use with apps and services integrated
into the brand and potential services are a must. Creating opportunities for hotel guests to stay longer and enjoy the space creates more sales opportunities for your hotel. By integrating your lobby layout, you can also create room for vendors (because who doesn’t love a great coffee shop within their hotel?) to serve the needs of your guests. Not only will this make your guests feel taken care of, it can also increase revenue.
A sit-down with the tvsdesign architect behind the landmark
Here in the South, there’s nothing quite as revered and reveled in as college football. From the season’s opening weekend to bowl game time, thousands of fans across the country are firing up the grill, decking out in their team’s gear and watching the big game with family and friends. For many college football fans, it’s a community experience that we look forward to each Autumn.
The newest Atlanta landmark, College Football Hall of Fame, pays homage to the legacy and tradition of college football and certainly inspires the nostalgia that accompanies a love of the Good Game. Within its first year of opening, the Hall of Fame has seen enormous success, welcoming visitors from all across the country through its doors and hosting countless events on its indoor football field. It’s a truly unique space, built to convert from day play time to black tie at night. With so much to see and do in this space, the best authority on the must-see spots would be the Man with the Plan (or project architect) Kevin Gordon, one of our principals at tvsdesign. I recently sat down with him to talk about his three favorite site features: the building entrance, Game Day Theatre and the indoor football field.
When guests first walk through the doors of the College Football Hall of Fame, they enter the facility to the sounds and site of a team of football players digitally running their way into the building alongside them. Visitors are immediately immersed in the college football experience, especially after registering your Fan Pass (ticket) at the end of the entrance tunnel. The impressive helmet wall, with the helmets of every college football team represented, is programmed to light up with your team’s helmet after registering your Fan Pass. “The RFID technology located in each Fan Pass signals to the screens and exhibits around you, displaying your team when you’re near. It is a custom experience for each visitor, no matter where they’re from, and it’s a really welcoming feature and has been widely embraced by Hall of Fame visitors,” said Gordon. The RFID chip technology located in the Fan Pass is responsive throughout the facility. Screens and exhibits will light up with your team’s highlights as well as using it as a scavenger hunt-type tracker for earning points and learning trivia throughout the space.
Game Day Theatre
The 140-seat Game Day Theatre at College Football Hall of Fame is no ordinary theatre. Guests are treated to an ultra-high definition experience while watching the film “The Game of Your Life” as narrated by former college football players and coaches. “The film is great on its own, but the extreme horizontal viewing lends itself to the experience of viewing it, making the movie highly immersive. We wanted visitors to feel like they’re on the field with the players on the screen, hearing the sounds of the sport and the roar of the crowd. We’re really proud of the technology that went into making the theatre such an immersive experience,” said Gordon. ESPN hosted an exclusive screening of their five-part series Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream at the Game Day Theatre, which was attended by Snoop Dogg.
The Football Field
The 45-yard indoor football field is the most interactive attraction at the Hall of Fame. Visitors can run classic drills on the field with staff just like their favorite players. But when the Hall of Fame closes to visitors for the day, it’s frequently opening its doors again hours later to host events on the field. “We designed a meeting and event venue that happens to also have a major daytime function,” said Gordon. “The indoor football field is meant to easily transform into a banquet space.” The Hall of Fame has hosted over 250 corporate, civic and private events with a guest count of anywhere from 150 to 3,500 attendees.
At tvsdesign, we’re proud to call College Football Hall of Fame one of our own. It’s an immersive experience that exhibits the history and legacy of a beloved sport. We hope that you’ll feel inspired to make a visit to this Atlanta landmark. Congratulations on a year of great success, College Football Hall of Fame!
For more information on the College Football Hall of Fame, visit their website here.
Every year our company holds a fundraiser for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, and this year’s United Way Week was a huge success. Our Community Outreach committee meticulously organized a series of events to achieve our goal of raising $8,000. The theme of the week was based on the movie Grease, and the week’s events ranged from the Pep Rally to kick-start the fundraiser and daily Grease trivia to a volunteer lunch and Carnival Night.
tvsdesign employees were encouraged to donate and participate in a variety of ways. Many chose to pledge a portion of their paycheck or directly donated, while also participating in Carnival Night, buying raffle tickets for a free vacation day, a silent auction and this year’s addition to UW week, the Rivalry. For the Rivalry, we set out jars with the faces of company leadership on them. The goal of the Rivalry was to create a little competition among principals and our executive team. The two principals with the highest amount of money collected in the jars by the end of the week were asked to sing a duet together in front of the company. Congratulations to Rob O’Keefe and Teresa Edmisten for winning the competition!
Overall, the week was a great reason for our team to get together and contribute to work that is so essential to the Atlanta community. Within the week, we raised nearly $11,000 and beat our initial goal of $8,000. The United Way of Greater Atlanta does so many wonderful things for this community, and we’re thankful to have been a small part of that.
This vibrant public relations firm is comprised of energetic employees who are passionate about their work. It was critical for the first impression of the space to make a bold statement reinforcing the agency’s brand.
The reception area welcomes guest and employees with a powerful geometric design move that cannot be overlooked. The reception area establishes a sleek design language that incorporates deep orange pops of color against white and black backgrounds giving the space a recognizable identity.
It was a priority to provide the client with inviting spaces that serve as incubators for collaboration, brainstorming sessions and creativity. The final design composition supports a hybrid environment of workplace tools and technology with peer interaction, communication and collaboration.
For more information on the tvsdesign Workplace studio, click here.
This manufacturer of contract carpet products relocated their Chicago showroom out of the Merchandise Mart to an adjacent 4 story century old building within the Kinzie Design Center. Selected for its loft character and daylight windows at both ends of the space, the 3,500 sf showroom is defined by sandblasted rustic brick walls and exposed wood framing.
The design team made the most of the loft setting and rustic qualities of the space. Exposed beams and brick provide texture and clean ceiling planes provide contrast and rhythm. Reclaimed wood floors are whitewashed to showcase their simplicity while providing contrast to the walls and highlighting the carpet on display. A dramatic wall of movable partitions defines zones that allow visitors to focus on individual product groups. Striking millwork islands provide additional storage and flexible spaces for display and entertaining.
Clean glass walls at the back of the space and an inset area rug provides contrast as well as a boundary for the showroom’s meeting room. The new Chicago showroom succeeds both as dynamic space and a neutral backdrop that allows the carpet to be the focal point
tvsdesign engages in a highly collaborative design process where we honor their voice, bring insight through experience, and generate inspired, creative solutions that will celebrate their products. To learn more about our Showroom expertise, click here, or visit tvsdesign.com
The Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C., the city’s first convention center hotel opened it’s doors for business on last Thursday. The $520 million hotel, which has an underground connection to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is the District’s largest hotel, with 1,175 rooms and 83 meeting spaces. Below are some images of the facility via The Washington Post.
Atlanta Hall Management, the not-for-profit operator of the College Football Hall of Fame, has opened its new offices inside the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The offices are adjacent to the new Hall of Fame facility, which is currently under construction and slated to open its doors in August.
tvsdesign created the offices to be at once nostalgic and inspiring. Elements such as the beveled entry portal, light coves and millwork are informed by collegiate typography. Large-scale custom graphics and an entry mural comprising archival photos from the museum fill a high-ceilinged space, leaving a dramatic impression. So as not to emphasize a particular team, a black and white color palette was created with accents of rustic wood and turf green.
“Our desire was to create a space that spoke of people’s love and passion for the game, while not seeming to affiliate with any particular team. That was a fun design challenge,” said Steven W. Clem, principal at tvsdesign and a 2014 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. “We also wanted to pay homage to football’s past while keeping the offices modern through updated finishes.”
tvsdesign also is the project architect for the College Football Hall of Fame, which was recently awarded Best Design from The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards as well as a Best of the Best Merit Award from the International Interior Design Association’s Georgia Chapter. When it opens this fall, the $66.5 million project will total 94,256 square feet and contain 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 45-yard indoor football field that will double as a revenue-generating event space. The Hall of Fame also will feature historic and contemporary football relics, children’s activities, interactive multimedia displays, special event and activity spaces, and an interactive Game Day Theater.
The College Football Hall of Fame and Atlanta Hall Management‘s offices are located within walking distance of the Georgia Dome, site of the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game, the SEC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. It’s also in what’s fast becoming the tourism and museum district of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park. Patrons also can find other world-class attractions nearby, including the Georgia Aquarium (also designed by tvsdesign), the World of Coca-Cola, and the soon-to-open National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The College Football Hall of Fame is scheduled to open in August in time for the 2014 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game.