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August 2005
The Public Architects Committee of the AIA is guided by the principle that public architecture is the cornerstone of American cities and American architecture. Indeed, our nation's history and cultural heritage is reflected in the architecture of its federal buildings, according to the U.S. General Services Administration, landlord for the federal government.

The design of facilities for the public sector presents architects with some additional challenges beyond the usual codes and ordinances, predominantly requirements imposed as a part of the public process including community outreach, bidding requirements, minority participation and reporting.

In this issue of Full Circle, we'll explore some of the emerging issues and innovative solutions in public sector architecture.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

The design of public facilities - such as city halls, convention centers and police, fire and emergency operations centers - has evolved in recent years in response to the changing needs of the clients. Some of these changes involve fresh features such as the incorporation of emerging technologies. Others represent increased emphasis on certain design aspects such as security and sustainability. This article explores some areas of relatively vigorous change we have noted in the course of our service to our public sector clients.
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Kissimmee City Hall
Nathan Butler, AIA
, Senior Associate
Recipient of the AIA Orlando Chapter's 2005 Young Architect's Forum Achievement Award, Nathan Butler entered college with an interest in archaeology. However, lacking an aptitude for chemistry plus family concerns that he would struggle to make a living in some remote part of the world led him to a different course of study.
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College Park Community Center
College Park Community Center
OC Firestation 56
OC Firestation 56
Orlando Public Safety Complex
Orlando Public Safety Complex
• CTH+A recently completed the project design for the College Park Community Center, a collaborative effort by the City of Orlando and Orange County Public Schools.

• Orange County has selected CTH+A to construct Fire Stations 35, 80, 81 and 84 based on a prototype design the firm developed for the Orange County Fire and Rescue Department in September 2003.

• CTH+A has completed the project design for the City of DeLand's City Hall / Municipal Complex, and Clancy and Theys has been selected to build the project which is expected to break ground in early September.

• CTH+A is providing planning and designing services for Orlando's Public Safety Complex and recently completed a comprehensive space needs study for the complex to accommodate anticipated growth over the next 20 years.

• The Orange County School Board selected CTH+A to provide design services for Sadler Elementary School, Union Park Middle School and Lee Middle School

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International Drive, Orange County, Florida

With more than 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space, the Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest facility of its kind in the U.S. It is owned and operated by Orange County government and brings more than 200 events and an estimated 1.5 million attendees to Central Florida each year. C.T. Hsu + Associates design for a new entrance for the exhibition and convention hall earned top honors from the AIA Orlando Chapter in 2004 with an Award for Design Excellence.
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Orange County Convention Center
• Insurance Against Terrorism - Businesses are asking Congress to extend the 2002 law that makes terrorism risk insurance more widely available. It is set to expire on December 31, 2005.
• Qualifications Over Costs
- A nationwide poll of voters found that only 11 percent agreed with the viewpoint that "architects and engineers who are hired by government agencies to design and construct public buildings always should be awarded to the lowest bidder in order to save money."
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• The American Institute of Architects, Florida Chapter presented C.T. Hsu with its 2005 Hilliard T. Smith Silver Metal Award on July 30 at the organization's annual convention.
James Hughes, AIA, AICP, has been promoted to an associate with firm.

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In the next issue of Full Circle, we'll explore
new architecture and design trends in commercial real estate.

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