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Completion of APDS Cavalier Stadium

We are so excited to declare the Augusta Prep Cavalier Stadium officially complete! Thank you to everyone who worked on the project with us, and especially to the Augusta Prep Booster Club who sponsored the building of the stadium. We love how the building turned out, and we know the students and athletes will love it too (you can see their reactions at the first home game at Augusta Prep’s website!)

Here’s photos of some of the construction along the way:

Again, congratulations on your new stadium, Augusta Prep! We look forward to future projects with the school.

Chrylser Showroom

Milton Ruben Chrysler’s New Store

For the past few years, Studio 3 has been working on a four-phase project to renovate and update the Milton Ruben Chrysler store in Augusta, GA. We began in 2009 with improvements to the service station and waiting areas, and since, have completed an entire interior and exterior facade renovation. The new store has been completed this past week, and we are so excited to join with Milton Ruben to reveal the new facility. The new space includes luxurious customer waiting lounges, as well as a large collaborative sales and showroom floor. The service area has been updated, and a new service entrance was built to allow better traffic throughout the dealership. Here a few Before/After pictures that show you the rendering we designed for the new facility, with the final layout of the store:

Studio 3 has worked with Milton Ruben for many years, designing the new Milton Ruben Chevrolet before beginning this Chrysler dealership project. If you want to see more pictures of the completed Milton Ruben buildings, you can see it under our Portfolio -> Shop tab, or just click this link: http://s3dg.com/portfolio/milton-ruben-car-dealership/

 

Have you been to the new store and seen it in person? Leave us a comment, and tell us what you think!

 

Toyota Entrance

Varco Pruden Hall of Fame Winner

Congratulations to R.W. Allen, LLC!

R.W. Allen, LLC, has worked with us on numerous building projects, and we always recommend them to clients, because of their dedication to excellence, efficiency, and client happiness. We have worked together with them as general contractors for our design projects, as well as clients, when we renovated their downtown office a few years ago.

R.W. Allen has been recognized for their work on one of our recent projects, Bob Richards Toyota, for demonstrating building excellence in the pre-engineered metal building industry. Not only are we excited to see one of our most used contractors in the news, but we are also proud to see one of our designs recognized for building excellence.

The renovation of Bob Richards Toyota tripled the size of the pre-existing building to just over 32,000 sq.ft. The exterior of the facility is composed of stucco, large expanses of glass, and paneling, all in the signature white, red, and black Toyota color scheme. An existing covered drop-off area was enclosed and expanded to provide a protected Service Reception space for new customers.

The interior of the building was completely rebuilt to achieve a new floor plan. It was decorated in pristine white and light gray color scheme, with porcelain tile and painted sheetrock walls. The final product provides a gleaming appearance to new customers.

Check out some pictures below of Bob Richards Toyota, which was completed in May of 2012.

 

Read more about the award at R.W. Allen’s website: http://www.rwallen.com/

 

Studio 3's own Jim Webb accepts Preservation award for his work at the Henry-Cohen house

Historic Augusta Preservation Award

Let’s all give a round of applause to one of our principal architects, Jim Webb, for his 2012 Preservation Award, given by the Historic Augusta Foundation in return for his work with Mark Donahue on the Henry-Cohen House!

The house was originally built in circa 1853 in the Italianale style of architecture an Augusta banker, Isaac Cohen. However, as time went on and downtown Augusta grew around the house, it slowly deteriorated and by early 2012, it was condemned and facing eventual demolition. Enter Mark Donahue, of Peach Contractors. He invested in the house, and with Jim’s help, transformed the building from a house, falling apart and frozen in time, to a certified historic rehabilitation project with six apartments, allowing local citizens to live in a house both steeped in Augusta history and flush with modern amenities. Located on Greene St, the house welcomes visitors driving into downtown Augusta and defines its push to revitalize and celebrate the history in every downtown building.

Check out the pictures below, or go to the Historic Augusta website to read the whole Spring newsletter, which includes the list of other Preservation Award winners, and stay tuned for Before/After photos of the Henry-Cohen house!

All of our thanks to Historic Augusta for this prestigious award and recognition! We are so excited to participate in the rebuilding of our beautiful and historic town!

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Augusta Prep Stadium Project

Augusta Prep officially breaks ground on stadium project | Columbia County News-Times.

Columbia County News-Times recognizes the official groundbreaking for Studio 3’s recent project with Augusta Prep to build the new Cavalier Stadium, to house Prep’s growing athletic program.The stadium is set to be completed for the first Prep football game of the season, vs. Holy Spirit Preparatory School.

Click the link above to read more about the groundbreaking ceremony, and check out the pictures included to see some of our renderings, which show what the stadium will look like when building is complete!

Photo Credit: Michael Graves & Associates

Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing

IT has become fashionable in many architectural circles to declare the death of drawing. What has happened to our profession, and our art, to cause the supposed end of our most powerful means of conceptualizing and representing architecture?

The computer, of course. With its tremendous ability to organize and present data, the computer is transforming every aspect of how architects work, from sketching their first impressions of an idea to creating complex construction documents for contractors. For centuries, the noun “digit” (from the Latin “digitus”) has been defined as “finger,” but now its adjectival form, “digital,” relates to data. Are our hands becoming obsolete as creative tools? Are they being replaced by machines? And where does that leave the architectural creative process?

Today architects typically use computer-aided design software with names like AutoCAD and Revit, a tool for “building information modeling.” Buildings are no longer just designed visually and spatially; they are “computed” via interconnected databases.

I’ve been practicing architecture since 1964, and my office is not immune. Like most architects, we routinely use these and other software programs, especially for construction documents, but also for developing designs and making presentations. There’s nothing inherently problematic about that, as long as it’s not just that.

Architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets. Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express the interaction of our minds, eyes and hands. This last statement is absolutely crucial to the difference between those who draw to conceptualize architecture and those who use the computer.

Of course, in some sense drawing can’t be dead: there is a vast market for the original work of respected architects. I have had several one-man shows in galleries and museums in New York and elsewhere, and my drawings can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt.

But can the value of drawings be simply that of a collector’s artifact or a pretty picture? No. I have a real purpose in making each drawing, either to remember something or to study something. Each one is part of a process and not an end in itself. I’m personally fascinated not just by what architects choose to draw but also by what they choose not to draw.

For decades I have argued that architectural drawing can be divided into three types, which I call the “referential sketch,” the “preparatory study” and the “definitive drawing.” The definitive drawing, the final and most developed of the three, is almost universally produced on the computer nowadays, and that is appropriate. But what about the other two? What is their value in the creative process? What can they teach us?

The referential sketch serves as a visual diary, a record of an architect’s discovery. It can be as simple as a shorthand notation of a design concept or can describe details of a larger composition. It might not even be a drawing that relates to a building or any time in history. It’s not likely to represent “reality,” but rather to capture an idea.

These sketches are thus inherently fragmentary and selective. When I draw something, I remember it. The drawing is a reminder of the idea that caused me to record it in the first place. That visceral connection, that thought process, cannot be replicated by a computer.

The second type of drawing, the preparatory study, is typically part of a progression of drawings that elaborate a design. Like the referential sketch, it may not reflect a linear process. (I find computer-aided design much more linear.) I personally like to draw on translucent yellow tracing paper, which allows me to layer one drawing on top of another, building on what I’ve drawn before and, again, creating a personal, emotional connection with the work.

(Source: Michael Graves, NY Times)