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August 2006
In this issue of Full Circle, we’ll explore two related trends that are poised to revolutionize how architects meet the needs of their clients.

Improving the Process of Designing and Constructing Buildings

The practice of architecture is on the threshold of a paradigm shift the likes of which the industry has never seen. “Technological evolution coupled with owner demand for better, faster, less costly construction projects and more effective processes are driving change in the construction industry in general and architecture practice in particular,” according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The catalysts of this impending change are the concept of integrated practice and the emergence of Building Information Models (BIM) technology. 
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Urban Elementary School
Hector Torres-Oyola, AIA, Associate

Hector Torres-Oyola, AIA, has 22 years of experience in project management and design and holds a Master in Arts degree in architecture and environmental design from the University of Puerto Rico at San Juan. Since joining the firm in 2004, he has worked almost exclusively as project manager for the $100 million Orlando International Airport Airsides 1&3 Expansion project.   
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  • CTH+A has designed pro bono a prototype store for Goodwill Industries of Central Florida that supports the organization’s new initiative to eliminate its 20-year practice of subleasing store locations.
  • CTH+A and Clancy & Theys Construction Company have been selected to provide design/build services for the Lake Mary Community Center and Winter Garden City Hall
  • The City of Clermont has selected CTH+A to provide planning and architectural service for a new community center and improvements to city hall.
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The Contract Includes Design of a Ground-Breaking New Fire Station Prototype

The City of Port Orange, Fla. has selected C.T. Hsu + Associates to provide architectural services for police and fire related projects that represent an estimated $20 million in renovations and new construction. The projects include an innovative new fire station prototype that will incorporate wellness and urgent care centers into the traditional fire station design.
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Fire Station Prototype Design for Orange County
Fire Station Prototype Designed for Orange County


  • The Florida legislature has approved a measure that authorizes the Board of Architecture and Interior Design to adopt rules for responsible supervising control.
  • The U.S. Conference of Mayors has adopted a resolution for the immediate energy reduction of all new and renovated buildings to half the national average for that building type with increased reductions of 10 percent every five years.
  • The Board of Architecture and Interior Design has approved rules on the electronic sealing and signing of plans by an architect using Professional's Electronic Data Delivery System (PEDDS) software.

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  • CTH+A has been named AIA Florida’s 2006 Firm of the Year. This coveted statewide honor recognizes outstanding achievement in design, community services, education, and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm.
  • The 2006 AIA Orlando Awards for Design Excellence took place on April 28. The firm received an Honorable Mention in the Educational Category for the Valencia Community College Criminal Justice Institute.
  • C.T. Hsu participated in a University of Central Florida-led mission to the United Kingdom in late June.
  • Tim McNicholas has been appointed to the City of Orlando’s Public Art Advisory Board.
  • Intern Architect Lucille Ynosencio has been awarded a full scholarship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue her master’s degree in architecture.
  • Two of the firm’s projects were included in Orlando Business Journal’s list of Central Florida’s largest construction projects completed in 2005 (ranked by square feet).

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