Group Title: Florida Caribbean architect
Title: FloridaCaribbean architect
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00004635/00009
 Material Information
Title: FloridaCaribbean architect
Alternate Title: Florida Caribbean architect
Physical Description: v. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: American Institute of Architects -- Florida Association
Publisher: Dawson Publications,
Dawson Publications
Place of Publication: Timonium Md
Publication Date: Spring 1999
Copyright Date: 1997
Frequency: quarterly
regular
 Subjects
Subject: Architecture -- Periodicals -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Architecture -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
 Notes
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 44, no. 1 (spring 1997)-
Issuing Body: Official journal of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
General Note: Title from cover.
General Note: Issues have also theme titles.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00004635
Volume ID: VID00009
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: ltqf - AAA5904
ltuf - ACJ1464
oclc - 36846561
lccn - sn 97052000
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Th Boal'ci curl' ntly h8 $154.563 in an Unlicen d Activity Trust Funel. IA !"Iorida i working witll the Boarcl anel the Department to develop a plan for the effective use or these funcl


As of J2/3 1/ 98 the Boar I hacl a ash balance of $1.925.203.


Trel1l. lVlanausa. AlA: lVlicha I Silifr. AlA: \\layne Rosier. AlA: ancl Nlargarita Khut'. AlA. are the current architect representatives on the Boarcl.


Th re are 9.696 Florida licen ecl architects.


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Department of Corrections (DOC) :
Lat la t year an ]A Florida Boarcl member brought it to our attention that the Department of Corr tions was marketing de ign/builcl services to local and state government agencies. In a full col I' brochure. the DOC offered
lesign!builcl services for fecleral agencies. state agencies. county agencies. an I local municipalities. Services includecl elesign and constru tion of office buildings. interiol' renovations and build outs. parks. roaels. et
AlA Florida quickly initiatecl a legislative errort to
urtail tllis infring ment upon the practic of private ector professional Following m eLings witll DOC staff and key legislators. the ASSOCiation elrafted a bill for filing by Senator Virginia Browl1-Waite (R-BrooksviLle) anel Repl' sentaLive Ken LiWefield (R-Dad City). Thi I gi laLion. Senate Bill
932. cleart prohibits the DOC from coml eting with the private ectOl~
With enator Brown-Waite leaeling tile way. this bill was onsielereel quickly by the Senate and was pas eel by the House later in the session. The bill has been approved by th Go el'llor.
Florida Building Code:
With the unified code erfol'!. continuing. 13\\lnakers consielered a "glitch bill" ele igned to remedy small area of con ern \\~thin th enabLing legislation.
While a number of conllwersial i'su s remain to 1
aclell'e secl (SUCl
as local amendments anci exemptions). legislators were askeel to refrain from I'aisino these i sues at thi time. DespiLe the intention l keep the bill non-contro ersial. the Ilouse anel tile Senate entered into a elisagreement that I reventccl passage of the bill.
The Florida Building Commission continues to meet monthly to clevelop a draft of the proposed unifl el code. With the first elraft no\\' publi hed ( Ileck out www.clca. tate.fl.lls/nlceVlbc).th Commis ion is holcling a serie of public hearings for input on til cocle. AlA Floricla has been actively involved in this process with Karl Thorne. F'A1A. serving on the Commission an(1 Larry Schneiclel~ ALA. heading up a team of AlA archiLects s l'Ving on variolls Techni al Mvisory Committee.
s we h ad towarcls the 2000 se sion we expect the most controvel'sial clebate to arise. There is much di agreement over the is ue of local amendments and statewiel applical)ility. A numI)er of interests have also expre sed an intention to seek exemption from the code requirements. We \vill continue to work losely with Senator Clary (Llle enate leader on this issue) to nsure that our voice is heard in the I bat
Professional Regulation/Continuing Education :
The Legislature also pa edlegislaLion by DBPR relating to the compliance \vit,h ontinuing education requirements. The bill (SB 190/ HB 2017) requires that by the year 2000 the Department monitor 100 percent of I I'ofe sional license for ompliance with the cOl1linuing ducation requirement . UncleI' tile legislation. the Department will b given tile di cretion of contracting \\;th a private vendor to pro\'iele the monitoring of complianc
\Vhil we under tand the Departmenl's il1len
Lions. th re i sam concern that th additional
costs may b passed along to lie ,nsees. Th bill al~o call for some funliing to ome frolll the CUITent live dollar a scssment for the unlicensed activity tl'ust runcl. Given our concerns in thi' area. AlA Floriela \\ ill b working \\'ith the Depal'tment aml lhe Legislature in Ilope of refining tllis initiative.
Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA):
After consulting \\~Lll AlA Floricla I aclel '. representative of th Slate Uni ersit~ System pur
ued a slight aclju tm nt to procurement requirements relatecl to the CCN talute. Specift ally. til y pl'Oposecilanguage staling tllat. "fOl' purpose of a university president' contracting authority. a 'continuing contract' shall be a contract for professional services ul1Cler the provisions of s. 287.055 for projects for which the con lI'uction cost do not exceed $1million or for stucl acti~ty for whi h the fee does not exceecl $100.000." The purpose of this propo al was to a count For innation as it relates to the pre\~ous statutol')' limits. AlA F'lorida \\'as not opposed to these adjustments and the languag pas ed a part of CS/I-IB 1933.
Other Issues:
Tilroughout the ses. ion AlA F'lmicla was involved in dozens of issues relaLing to tort reform. buikling in pector licensure. engineeling prarli e. chool con truction and more. Many thanks to like Huey andllis team. anel theAlA Florida leaclership. for their hard work on lIlis n]J1'iacl of issu
\\~li le the session ma) be 0\' COllI' cycle of leislative acthit) begin an \\ In th ne:-.t t\\O
months we will be evaluating lh outcom' of th se sion and PI' paring for 2000. Th .Al'\ Florirla leadership is commiLl >cI to mailllaining our proacti\'e mom ntunl. To tlli end. \\'e ncourage you to talk to your chapter r('pre'entalivcs about issu s alTE'cting yow' practicc. 1\Ir\ Florida isynur \oice in F'IOIi(la' Capitol-we need your inpul.
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Ever wond I' who we're talking about when we refer to "AIA Plorida representatives"? Your membership helps upport one of the most effective lobbying teams in Tallahas ee. "'Vith the trong support of individual architect ancl AIA Ploricla I a lership. these are th people that rep res nt your interests in Tallahass
J. Michael Huey, Hon. AlA
POl' the past 25 years Mike \-Iuey has serv d as legal counsel. I gi lative lobbyi t ancl advisor to AIA Plorida. A Pre iclent of the firm of \-Iuey. Guilday. & Tucker. P.A.. Mr. Huey has established himself a one of the most effective and respected lobbyist in Florida. Earli r this year. Mr. \-Iuey was honored v.~th the Honorary AIA designation in recogniti n of his years of service to Florida's architects.
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Robin Nystl'Om joined tile Hue tirm just over a year ago. s a former Chief of Staff for the Ploricla Senate ancl General Counsel for the Florida Department of Commerce. Robin brings a great deal of regulatory and political experience to our legislative [forts.
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A familiar face to AIA members. Chri has been with the \-Iuey firm for the past 5 year. Cilri is involved throughout the year in development of our legislative agencla ancl facilitating campaign support for k y legislators. Prior to joining the tirm. Cilris s rved as Director of til Plorida Medical As ociation Political Action Committee.
John Andrew Smith
Th mo t recent addition to the Huey firm. Jolln Andrew i a wellknown figure in the Plorida legislature. Por the past 18 year John Andrew servecl as Staff Director of the S nate Ways and Means Committee. Often referred to as the "4 I st Senator". John ndrew \\'a regarded as the foremost authority on Plorida's budgetary proces
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AIA Florida has retained the mo t resp ct d lohbyists in TaJiahas ee. Nonetheless. our success is dependent upon your in olvement. s Tip 0' eil said, 'All politics is \0 a\". This r main true toda;,. lour grass1'00ts involvement in communicating with legislators and UPPol'Ling our agenda i the foundation of our u ces Take the Lim LO get invol ed Leday.
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ravages of time was discovered. After calculating the cost for restoration the city decided that a new structure would take tile place of the old one.
Because tile Ritz had become a significant community landmark. a program was set to retain the orioinal architecturally-significant corner facade. The d sign is a composite of Mediterranean. Art Deco and Egyptian Revival styles. fondly referred to by those clo e to the project as Egyptian-inspired Art Deco. In F'loriela. Art Deco buildings are most often founel in communities that continued to grow despite the collapse of the speculative land boom in 1926. The Ritz. constructed in 1929 was part of a

trend in mo\~e palace construction that sought to promote a feeling of fantasy and escapism through architecture. It served for more than thirty years as a primary movie house for African Americans in downtown Jacksonville.
The demolition phase began after the removal of the original Ritz neon
ign. Only two wall of the exterior facade on the northwest corner remained. The walls \ ere supported by braces until the n w steel structure was built and tied into the existing walls. One of the requirements for the project was that the original facade be th main entrance to the complex. This Boor plan places the theater acro s from the main entrance creating a elynamic sweeping triangular lobby that provides access to both the theater and theexhibition hall.

The design of the new building pl'Ovided for both the theater and museum to be built together as one structure. This allows for efficient elual u e of pubuc and support areas. As a new structure. the buiJ ling is able to integrate CW1'ent standards for perfol1lung arts as well as the latest in theatrical and allelio teCllJ10logy.

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vehi ular Lraftic and creaLe a pedestrian plaza. It has I)een enhanced with ne\\' lighling. landscaping. pavers anel benches.
A grand op ning for the RiLZ is lated for Septemb 1'. Already th theater ha enjoyed its share of attention. In
larch. 500 people gaLhered to celebrate as Lhe building wa bles ed by obel Peace Prize winner. Archbishop De mond Tutu.
PQH principal and project designer. Ricardo Quinones. AlA. feels a real sense of pride in having l1elpecl the LaVilla community achieve its goal of revitalization. Espe ially importanL to him are th kind words he recei ed in a leLter written to him by Catherine Tower. the grancldaughter of N.H. Witschen, who originally contra Led to build the Ritz in 1929 on land the family had owned for 100 years. "My mother. Catherine Wits hen Sear and I wanL La express to you just how tasteful ancl attractive th new building is. We certainly support progres when the past is preservecl through style. memori es and traclitions."

Florida Caribbean Architect Spring 1999 17


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117e upper level balcony and r8lsed platforms al/oU' for structural componencs 10 be l'isuallJ e.lpressed.

and colol'-coded to indicate its impOltance. The new stl'ucWl'al components were visually expressed in a fortllright manner. By exposing and defining these el ments the viewing public is treatecl to an hibit of stl'llctw'al forces.
In a similar manner the mechanical ystems were made visual exhibits themselves. also color-coded to inclicate their importance. The result is a celebration of th integration of the various elements-lighting. mechanical equipment, power clistribution and life sa f ty systems.
This building which recalls fond memories for Illany of Ocala's citizens has been given a new life for a new generation of youngsters. The Discovery Science e nter has created a viabl focal point of interest in the downtown area.
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A growing number of IA members across the tat ar investing theil' time. talents and ideas in reshaping their local communitie as well. Rath I' than simply waiting For RFPs. thes proFessionals ar a tiv ly seeking opportunities La contribute by working with civic leaelers in the formative tages of urban. environmental and community planning. Helping to revitalize neighborhoods. re-enel'gize aging Cities. and plan for ['e ponsible growth is a natural role for architects. We have a tremendous amount to offer in t rills of problem-solving skills and the al iliLy to see the big picture. Being a p3l'tner in design at the civi level allows us to better under tand the core values of our communities and tile relative forces tllat influence decision' It also
et the stage For stronger design opportunities at the project level. wh I' we can apply this knowledg ancl contribute by creating beautiful and el1\1rOnmentally sensitive faciliti In fact. archite ts \\ 110 have jumpeel into the planning fray finel that the personal and professional rewards are great I' than they ever anticipated-in term of gaining valuable ontacts, understanding underlying i ue tl
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Itimatcly they find thai their intimate involvement comes f1111 circle-tilat if they inve t in til ir community. the community will inv tin Ihrl11.
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DBPR Agreement, Department of Corrections Bill highlight Legislative Accomplishments
On April 30th ~Ile Florida LegislaLUre ended the ]999 regular legislative session. IATJth n W~I elected Governor Jeb Busl
taking the lead. the legislature took up a number of Ilighly publicized proposals. "\~lile tort reform and school vouchers grabbed the IleacUines, the legislature considered dozens or legislative proposals that were of interest to AlA FIOl'ida.
Leel by AlA Florida PreSident Debra Lupton, AlA, and Vice Presid m Enrique Woodroffe, AlA. the Legislative and Regulatory Alfairs Commi sion set an aggressive agenda for 1999. Rather than sit back and wait for issues to al'ise, the Commission made an early commitment to taking a proactive approach to the legislative process. As a result. the A sociation emerecl the es ion with several bills having b en filed at our request and political momentum having been established for our agenda. The end result was a successful session that will benefit aUFlorida archite ts.
Attach d is a summary of some of the key issues that were aelelmsseel. "~lile many of these issues have been reported in OLlr weekly Frielay Fax (see page
10). we provide a complete summary here. As always. we encourage you to contact the AlA Florida headqu8lters if you have any questions regareling any of these issues.
BOAID Administrative Privatization:
Prior La the start of th ession. AlA Florida drafted legislation to privatiz the aelminiSLl'ativ services of tIle Board of Architecture and Interior De ign (BOAJD). This legi lation wa proml ted by in reased conc rns about the level of service being provided by tile Board office and th Departm nt. Tilanks to the early upport 01' Senator Charles
lal'y, AlA, (R-Destin) anel Repre entative Jeff Miller, (R-Pensacola), bills w re tiled in both th House and Senate on behalf 01' AlA Florida.
Pl'ior La a legislative hearing, AlA Florida r presentaLives met ,vith the Governor's office and DBPR Secretary Cymllia Hen lerson La cliscu s this proposal. Mlile both were sensitive La our concerns, they appealeel La us for a one-year period La address these issues internally and eli cuss the merit of privatization. We were encomageel by their commitm nt, but intent on a more formal approach to our concerns. In the encl. the A sociation entered into a formal Memorandum of Agreement with the Department (see page 10). The agreement calls for the Department to wOl'k elir ctly with representatives of the Association La improve upon the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory pl'ocess.
Over the past six weeks we have had multiple meetings with tIle ecretary anel key members of the Department staff regar ling thi initiative. At all levels they have shown a commitment to effecting real change and establishing a mol' "customer service" ol'iented approach to their responsibilities. You shoulcl begin La notice cllanges as the voice mail system is eliminated and the Boarel and theDepartment become more responsive to your inquiries. In th event that you encounter elifficulties in dealing with the Department 0 1' the Board, you are encouraged to contact the AlA Florida heaclquarter .
Later this year, AlA Florida I' presentatives wiU join Senator Clary and Representative Miller in reviewing tile effecLivene s of this agreemenL. In the event tilat the situation ilas not improved, we ,\~II move forward witil a privatization effort during tile 2000 seSSion.

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The Board office ilas eigilt stafr people.


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FAPAC Reorganizes
The AlA P'lorida Boarcl of Directors
rf'cenL~ confirm d Martha C sery Taylor. AlA as Chair of the P'lorida Architects Political ction Committee (P'AP C). in e her appointmen Ms. Taylor ha set out to build upon til
uccess of th PAC in support of candidates that are supportive of the AlA P'loricla agenda.
Taylor is joined by a Board that balances experience with tile enthu iasm of new volunteers to these important rfoltS. The 1999-2000 Board of Directors is as follows:
!'vlarLila Cesery TaylOl~ AlA; Jacksonville, Chair Ivan Johnson. Ill, AlA: Tallahas
D. BerLl1ett Shuman. AlA: P'loriela orthwest Stephen Giaratano. AlA: Ft. Lauder lale Enrique WoodrofFe. AlA; Tampa Bay Craig Kirkwood. AlA: Orlando Juan A. Crespi, AlA: Miami Richard J. Logan. AlA: Palm B ah Nlike Huey. Hon. AlA. Legislative Counsel Gal'Y B. Hoyt. AlA: P'loriela Gulf Coast Peter W Jone AlA: In !ian River Lynclon T. Pollock. AlA: F'lorida Southwest D bra Lupton. AlA. Ex-O fficio
R. Scott Shalley. CAE, Ex-Officio
POl' more information on 110W you can help with FAPAC activities. contact Marth a Cesery Taylor, AlA. at 904.393.9033.

AlA Florida/DBPR Memorandum
11Il~10R,INDLII UI' L"I DERSTI \JDI~C
BE'IWEEN
TIlE I 8PIIR'I'~IENT OF BU, INESS tlNIl PR()Fll~SION/I I RECUI 'l'ION
f\NO
THE FLORlI)tI 'ISSOCIIITION OF THE IIMIIRIr./I~ INSTITUTE OF RCHITllCI'S
TillS ~'Ef\IORL\NI)U~ 1 OF' UNOERS'I'J\\DING C'\h.:mnrandum") is made and ~ntl"red into bt'l\\ (,CIi the tale or "'Iolida Dcptll'lmenr of Business ancl PI'of 'slonal R~ulatJon nhe OBPR") (mel tile Plol'J(la \ssociation of the American InstHlile of ~rcllilect~ ('tllr /IW).
Tilt:' purpose of [he \lemorandlll1l is to Illslitulf' H joint projec~ hE'lwccn tilt? AlA (lnd tile OI3PR. The goal of this joint effo['t IS lO pl'Ovide fOl' the efficienl and cffeclhe operJtion OfU1C BUflI'd uf Architrclur(' ilnd ImeriOl' O(~si {:!11 (BOAIO). The DBPR commit,S to \\ orking with the AlI\ on this on{:!Olllg PI'OCCSS Or ('\'alu~ning tile sen iCt'S that are pl'O\'i(l('d by lhe Depal't menl In SUPPOl't of tile BOAID. TIl(' DBPR and the '\IA will wOl'k LOgrthcl' to institute changes that 31'C ncccssar) to me 1 tile gO The prolecl shall foclIs un lhe rollowing al'eas of operation:
AdminislI'alive Services. The DBPR and the AlA shalll'evie\\ issues relating lO tile responsiveness and effective
ness of tile BOAJD including, hut notlimiled to, telephone accessihility nnd processill{.! of inquiries from licensees
and other membel'S of the pul)lic. This review shall also include an analysis or the license application I 'e\~ewand
approval pl'ocess.
COlllllluni ations, The DBPR Hnd the :\IA shall review the curren~ communications and infOl'malion provided b~
tile 1301\10. Tllis l'eview sllall includE' ('I{'rlronic commlilliccilions, nc\\'sleuel'S. al1cl Olher information pl'ovided lO
tile lIcensees and lilt: puhlic.
CO lllpl:1in t,s ancl ln" e.... Li~:Jli(1ns,The DBPR 3n c! the AlA shall review thcCUI'1'Clll process for I'eceipt, Investigation,
and disposition of complaints r'elaling 10 law and ['llle \ inlolions. Tlli~ I'('viow Sh;) 11 illvolve anal~'sis of the per
SOil or pcrson(s) accountable. the mel hod of asslgnmenl of wor"-and pl'iol'itization or cases. COllll1lllllic[tllon or
the status of Ihe [naUer witl! the complainan~ and Illc ('osVhenelit of the currenl pro('ess.

In C;1Cll of Ulcse m'cas of review. the OBPR ~nd the AI}\ shall Il1(JKC rCCOlllfncndaLions ror Improving uponltrc effiCiency or operations ancl Ihe effectiveness of tile r'egultltOl'Y Pl'DcesS. Wl1enevcl' possible, til(" Department shall implement changes as deemed appl'opriate to meet til(' goal of this project
The DBPR ancl 1h(' r\,IA will CSL.1hIiSh a team of D('parunenl. emplo)ees ancll'egislcl'cci arcllit CCl$ \\ho will wOI'k togelher to consider and implement cllanges lO Cllrrent policy. Peyton f'el'l'ington, Directol: Division o( Prorcssions, and R. Scott Sllalte~, Executive Vice PI'eSide[lt of the AI;\ will develop tllis team <1[lel include other incli\'icluals as is nceded 1.0 meeL lhe goal of ~his pl'ojecl. The DBPR will pl'oviclc biweekly upd31es to eCI'Ctal'Y Henderson on the stat.us or the jOinl effort. In addition. pCliodic reporlS and a linal report, will be provideclto Senator Charles Clary ami Representative Jeff Miller wiLh the linal l'epOl't delivered no Imer than Novcmber 30, 1999.
wnll TIIEIR SIGNNI' RE tile DBPR {rncllile ALA agree to the p['0\1sions of tilis )'lemorandulll.
DONE AND AGREED Ihis da)' of ___. 1999.
ynlhi3 Henclerson, Secrelat1 R. SCOll Shalley, ~xeClIli\'c Vic, Preside nt DCpnrllllcnl of Business [lncl Professional Flol'ida A&"ociOliun of tile Amel'ican InslillllC of R<:ulalion A['chit ClS

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A renaissance is taking place in thecommunity of LaVilia in downtown
Jacksonville. PQH Architects. a Jacksonville-basecl orm. has had the
uniqueresponsibility ancl privilege of restoring a sense of community to
wllat almost became a wa teland. The constru tion of a $4.2
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terpiece of the neighborllood's $8 million revitalization effort.
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The 32.000 quare foot complex consists of a 428 seat theater for live theatrical pl'Oductions. a 2000 square foot lobby that doubles a a banquet 1
all. and 10.000 square feet of museum exhibit space.
A on of tile few l'emaining historical buillings in the LaVilla community. the Ritz Tileatre was originally slated For l'estoration. That was before the ext nsive damage don to the building by ore. water intrusion and the
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The interior walls of tile aucliLol'ium are based on the original theat r design using panels and pilasters Oanking both sides or the auditorium. Th wa ll panels are highlighted by overlapping diamond-shapecl light shields creating a diF-Fu ed light and shadow pattem on the walls.
The exterior of the building is representative of the cliver e eclectic t)~)e of architectural treatments found in the La Viiia area and directly renective of the mixtlll'e of brick ancl stucco stl'llctures of variou heights that were present on the site where the building is locat cl.
Programmatically, tile building reO cts its function on the exterior by the u e of stucco on the theater related elements ancl the use of
bl'i k in the museum and administrative areas.
The new Ritz is a place where entertainment anel eclucation collide. It is the first step in preserving tile community's past. Exhibit will include artifacts donated from area resi(Ients. The 10,000 square foot elisplay space will be divided between exhibits depicting the community of LaVilia and traveling exhibits Lhat celebrate African-Amel'ican lif The theater has a state-of-the-art stage anel ound sy tem with the capa ity to ac ommoelate Broadway-style theater pro luctions. The Ilanned performing arts middle choo!. just one block away (see page 18), will use the Theatre for rehearsals and performances.
The area is already seeing re ults from the revitalization efforts. The Jacksonville Urban League Community Development Centel~ located just across the street from the Ritz, is a new two-story building clesigneel in a historical brick vemacular by PQH Architects. It con ists of office space on the first and second Ooors with portions of the first 0001'. facing Davis Street. having commercial and retail space inclucling a restaurant. Parking is located along the west end of the block and comprises about two thirds of the block's area. Davis Street, whicll runs between the Ritz and the Urban League building. has seen improvements designed to eliminate mo t

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Project Team
Arcl1iteet: /?jnk Reynolds Dmmonel Fishel' ArclliteClS. FA. 'Ibm Reynolrls. AlA: t0m Fis/ler. AlA: Bill Brainarcl. AlA: Ro) Kenski. AlA. Jon Scot{: Mike Koppenhafer. AlA. alhan DeFoot: Sefika Hadzie: Kirk Ellis: Jennifer Wiesmgcl: AlA: Logan /?jllk Landscape: Vane) Jenkins-Flje. ASLA Civil: Agee. VOlpe ancl Associates MeclJanieal and Elec.rieal: Powell and Hinkle Fooel Service: Food Service Design Associates Plumbing: Aetech. Inc. Theatre allel Acouslical: ,IrIS EllI'ironmellls. Inc. Struetuml: H. \\1 Keister anrl Associales
The new Lavilla Middle School for the [ erforming Arts. located in a historic downto\\m Jacksonville district. has been designed to harmonize with the redevelopment and revitalization plans for this area. Rink Reynolds Diamond Fisher rcl1itects. PA. along with the Duval County chool Board. have createel courtyard and plaza spaces that are integrated into the site!building plan in
order to align with LaVilia and the
LoVilia Middle School existing Lll'ban context in both mate
rials anel layout. The clesign focuses
on an Arts Core that includes a flexi
ble auditorium and black box along
for the Performing Arts with teaching paces for the band. orche Lra. elance. drama. chorus and visual art programs. The building contains classrooms and instructional spaces for the 6th through 8th grades. a media center. anel a variety of multi-purpose rooms. Full administration an I guidance center facilities are al 0 included in this J34.000 square foot school. The LaVilla Middle School for the Performing Arts. with a con
struction cost of $J 5.000.000. is planned to accommodate its
many talented student in 2000.

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Pro/eCI. Disrolel) Science Center of Cent.ra/ Flol'ie/a Ocala. Florida ArcIJllecl ural Firm Ircllilects Design Group. Illc IIrtmer Park. Flol'le/a ProjeCI Designer' rS.A.. Reeles I. VA I.A II/EIP Engineers: eVG landenl etl Engmeers. Inc Mail/ane}. Floriela Sll'lIclural Engineel:,: PaulJ Forel and Company Orlanelo. P/omla

Located just off the town square in downtown Ocala. this adaptive rell e proj ct breathes life into a building that had be n vacant for more than !'ifte n year Architects Design Group workecl with the Cit of Ocala to preserve a vital piece of the architectural fabric of dOWnLOWll. The city's goal was La encourage bllilcling use which bring people downtown. Tile Discovery Science Center of Central
Florida. built in 1994. has attracted tens of thousands of indivicluals and
The Science of now serves as a foca l point in a mU lti-county area.
Adaptive Reuse Th e circa '1950's Art Deco style movie theater was extensively remodelecl to accommodate the Scienc Center which fea tures hands-on interactive exhibits. Th e design concept inserted a series of exhibit platforms
and connector bridges within the existing volume. These were success
fu lly integrated into the pace utilizing the existing structul'3l sy t m or

by enhancing its capabilities.

A Lemporary exhibit area was creaLed by extending the existing sLage and con llrrently providing access by means of a ramp clesigned integrally with the e 'hibit area. Tilis is the focal poinL of Lh Science Center and its importance is reinfor ed witll the use of color. Color is used thl'Oughout the Center to positively affect the visitor experience.
'I'll C IlLer. clesigned to eclucate anel enL rtain the area's youth. ha I to be acces ible ['or Lhe phy ically impaired. Thi' hall nge resulted in the addition of an exterior el vator element to pl'Ovide accessibility to the upper I vel balcony pace. Th builcling's tructural system. which had been enLirely concealed. wa xpo ecl
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How does one compose a review of a book not read. a movie not seen or an exhibit not vi ited? Answer-by combining imagination "~th a knowledge of the subject exhibited ancl with a little help from a review printecl in the Wasllington Post.
The subject in question is a retro
AReview:
spective exllibition on tile work of Jacobsen Exhibit Opens at the Hugh NeweU Jacobsen curl' ntlyon National Building Museum view at tile National Building John Totty, AlA Museum in Washington. D.C. The
relevancy here is tllat not only \vill Jacobsen be the juror for tllis year's AJA F'lorida "Excellence in Architecture" awards. but two of 11is houses located in Windsor, Florida are featured in the exJlibition.
Benjamin Forgey. tile reviewer for the Post, Ilad tllis description
for the IloLlses featured in tile xJlibition: "They are hauntingly
familiar. yet somehow transformed and perfected. Tiley are like
Ilouses idealized by memory or visualizecl sLlccinctly in clreams.
lingering in tile mind's eye." P !'Usa I of two books publislled on
Jacobsen's work conlirms this \~sual image as house after
hou e is pictured in pristine clarity as imag s in the landscap
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The exhibition. presenting tllis work in pll0tographs. plans and models in a cohesive whole. illustrates a bocly of work remal'kable in its consistency yet val'iecl in its inclivicluality.
The exhibition has been at'ranged by chief curator Jo epll Rosa in four chronological sections giving fail'ly equal empha is to several pel'iocls of work. Forgey felt tllis to be a bit mi leading by implJ~ng eacll division represents styli tic or pllilosophical sllifts. Rather he feels Jacobsen's architecture "has been more a matter of gradual relinement and increasing mastery tllan of raclical breaks".
Jacobsen's familial' patti of multi-part structur topped ~th
teeply pitchecl roofs is iclentilied by Ro a as stemming from a 1971 house. Wllicll Ile characteriz d as "an abstract interpretation of a tl'3ditional mel'i an domestic building form". Tile exhibition conftrms that Jacobsen continue to reline thi parti. adapting each house to its pia e on the eartll.
The retrospective exllibition continues through ugust 15 at tile National Building Museum in Washington. D.C.
Ar iliLeCLure students at Catholic Univer ity crafted the mod Is shown and most of til photographs are by Robert Lautman.



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This non-denominational chapel, in the construction documents phase. is located on the campus of a continuing care retirem nt community in Naples. Designed for an elder population. special consielel'3tions incluele increased spaCing between custom designed pews so that mobilit devices such as \ alkers. canes and wheelcllairs are easily accomodated. Seating capacity is appro imately 150 for aU types of events inclucling religiou services. musical concerts and private contemplation.
Firs~ Look welcomes submissions from AIA Florida members of projects t178t are under development. If you lJav a project you'd jjke featured in First Look, please send a brief narrative and camera ready aN to CatiJi Lees, Editor, Florida Caribbean ArciJitect. 104 East Jefferson Street, TallalJasee, Florida 32301.
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Timoth y McNicholas A l A
of C.T HS + Asso iates. is one of three
architects to receive this year's Univer ity of
Floricla. Departm nt of Architecture. Young
Architect's Design ward. Each year the fac
ulty chooses alumni they feel have made a sig
nificant clesign contribution to the profession
in the first 15 years of their careers.
Mc licholas has been with CTH +A since its
inception in 1984. He received a master
degree in architecture n'om Harvard and is
now a principal and partner of CTH +A.
Sheeley Arc hitects. Inc. recently l'eceivecl D sign Awards from the Lee County. BlA Parade of Homes. heeley's designs for Lennar Homes at the Legencls Golf and County Club earnedlhe firm th Superior Home. Best Overall Design. Best Livability and Be t Kitchen award
Jonat han R. TOI)pe. AlA. of Harvard Jolly Glees Topp Architects. PA .. delivered the Presid IlL'S rogram speecll. entitled. "Librarian Are From Mars: Architects re From Venus" at the 76tl1 Annual Florida Library ssociaLion Conference and Exhibition in St. Augustine May 4th -7th. the speecl1 will highlighted the differences in approach that liI)rarians and architects encounter when planning new libraries.
Ri c hard Schat'fer. AlA. anel Kimberly M. Hendricl{s. Assoc iate Al A, have joined the Orlando office of KBJ Architects. Inc. relocating from the Jacksonville office. Henclricks has been with KBJ for fi ve years and is experienced in project coordination anel production. Schaff r has over 13 years of architectural experience designing a I)roacl scope of projects. Martin J. Wander, AlA. has rejoinecl th RS&H in Jacksonville as Vice Pre id nt. Arcl1iLecture. Wancler retul'llSto the fll'm aft r a three year absenc while working in I-long Kong.


Daniel A. Summers. AlA, has been named a prin ipal in the architectural finn Barany Schmitt '-'Veaver and Partners. Inc.. which is now Barany Schmitt Summers Weaver and Partners. Inc. Summer joined the firm last spring as a project architect and director of the firm's aples' office.

Michael A. ShiJ'ley, AlA, NCARB, has been named director of design of Hellmuth. Obata + Kassabaum's Tampa office. He comes to HOK from the firm's Texas office. Shirley has 22 years of architectural experience pecializing in tecl1nical faCilities. Hm'vm'd Jolly Clees 'I'oppe Architects, P.A., has won a first place awarcl in Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council' Future of the Region Awards in the category of Cultural/Sports/RecreaLion facilities. The recognized project was tile Largo Central Park and the Largo Cultural CellLer.

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Architecture: ASocietal Responsibility
Jock Diamond, AlA
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Jack Diamond. AlA. is a Principal wit/I Rink Reynolds Diamond and Fisher Architects. Jacksonville.

From time to time it is necessary for many of us to re-evaluate why we became and why we are still. pl'8cticing architects. We must cOnLemplate the role that our profession has prepared us to play in 0llI' society and how we will be judged by our life's work as an architect.
Many of us will look with pride to the art, beauty and vision we have brought to the built environment. Others will see the melding of the art and technology into a product tilat makes them prouel anel that satisfies the need of a client. Still others will say it is ju t a way of earning a living-the more I make. the more successful I am.
I feel. however. that architects must evaluate their SOCietal responsibility and adopt an even higher' a pi ration for the profession. An aspiration that recognizes an architect's unique talents of vision and understands how our architectllI'al design work affects all aspects of a community'S life. It is often said that a politician. eleveloper or civic leader is tile "architect" of an idea. This phrase is useel to describe a leader who can envision and create a value for our society.
I believe tllat the profession of architecture and architects. as individuals. should as ume the societal roles that utilize our unique abilities. We must begin to live up to the ideals that the worel "architect" represents. An architect envisions an idea. organizes an effort. builds community consensu and. finally. brings the vision into reality. It is necessary to begin asking 0llI'selves how we a inelividuals. anel more particularly as a profession. can make a contribution to better our communities. We must lead the effort to return to how the architectural profession was recognized in the past. We must again be perceived as "master-builders".
But in oreler to lead. you must first get involved. For too many years architects have sat on the sidelines and criticized how our communities are eleteriorating while other are making aU the decisions regarding planning for where we work. live and play.
Too many of us have been caught up in "what is in it for us?" rather than "what is expecteel of us?" In the end, it is true. "to whom much is given, much is expected". We will be judged by how well we have used our design and organizational talents for the betterment of all. Fbr just as an athlete is a role model becau e of hi athletiC talents. so are we a role model for the talents Wllicll our profession represents.
As architects we hould be proud of the profession we represent and make our daily actions a credit to the profe sion. It is essential that \ e contribute to the community in which we have chosen to live. We must be continually aware that we will be judged. not by what we have ga ined from architecture. but by what w have given on behalf of our profession.
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