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August 2006

What a Year!

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Orange County Convention Center West Entrance
Orange County Convention Center West Entrance,
2006 Orange County Government Design Excellence Award of Merit


For more than 22 years, C.T. Hsu + Associates has dedicated itself to enhancing the quality of life in Central Florida through exceptionally built environments and volunteer involvement in civic, cultural and community organizations.  The collective fruits of our labor culminated this year in numerous awards and recognitions that have left us astonished and humbled.

As the year draws to a close, we’d like to celebrate some of our many milestones from 2006 with you:

Firm of the Year

The firm and its members received several awards for community service this year, the most significant of which is “Firm of the Year” from AIA Florida, recognizing outstanding achievement by an architectural firm spanning ten or more years in the areas of design, community service, education and service to the profession and the AIA.  Other awards include:

  1. “Outstanding Businessman of the Year” from the Rotary Club Orlando Chapter
  2. “Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation of the Year” presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Florida Chapter
  3. “Central Florida’s 10 Most Influential Men” from Orlando Business Journal. 
  4. “President's Award,”  presented by the AIA Orlando Chapter in recognition of exemplary service and dedication to the Chapter and the profession.
  5. Named one of the nation’s Top 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms for 2006 by management consulting and research firm Zweig White Information Services. 

The firm also earned design awards from AIA Orlando Chapter for Valencia Community College’s Criminal Justice Institute and from Orange County Government for the Orange County Convention Center West Entrance.

Valencia Criminal Justice Institute
Valencia Community College Public Safety Institute
2006 AIA
Orlando Chapter Design Excellence Honorable Mention

Our staff continued to grow and mature in 2006.  Joining the firm this year were Senior Project Manager William Walker, Project Manager Richard Mullis, Senior Construction Administrator Robert Vella and Karen Casteel, wearing two hats as office manager and assistant to the president.  Senior Project Manager Hector Torres led the firm’s implementation of integrated practice and BIM project planning by continuously identifying new technologies to improve the efficiency of our entire communication system, design and production capabilities.

In the community, we continued our Partner in Education relationship with Rock Lake Elementary School by underwriting the “Make It Take It” program that provided 4th and 5th grade students with home computers and the knowledge to use them effectively to support their educational endeavors.  Also, we are working with the school’s principal to improve the school’s look with a new landscaping design.

In 2006, our firm provided pro bono services to numerous community organizations:

  1. For Threshold, which serves the needs of Central Florida’s children and adults with autistic spectral disorders, we created a preliminary master plan to add new residential and educational component to the east Orlando campus as well as a renovation plan for their existing clinic.
  2. GoodwillFor Orlando Union Rescue Mission, we provided master planning and programming phases for its headquarters on West Washington Street in Orlando, including studying options to incorporate senior housing, rental apartments, a chapel, a new administration building and a two-story warehouse into the existing site which already provides shelter and services for needy women, children and families. 
  3. For Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, our pro bono work supported the organization’s new initiative to go beyond its traditional practice of subleasing store locations, by using Industrial Revenue Bonds to develop free-standing stores and service centers in high visibility locations that best serve the needs of Goodwill’s clients and donors.  The prototype store offers 12,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 5,000 sq. ft. of back-of-house space including areas for receiving and processing of donated items.

As we reflect with gratitude on the year that was, we also are looking ahead to the many opportunities that lie before us in 2007. 

For our firm, we will continue to develop our BIM / Integrated Practice expertise with technologies and turnkey services to help our clients and the design community best communicate needs and deliver solutions.  We also plan to expand into the healthcare design sector, bringing our architectural expertise to bear on an industry that significantly impacts the health and wellbeing of every citizen and business in Central Florida.

For the region’s architectural community, it is said, a rising tide lifts all boats.  We believe Central Florida is rich with many architectural firms that are doing great work and giving back to the community.  We would love to see the AIA Florida “Firm of the Year” award return to Orlando in the coming years, and we extend our help to share what we learned from the application process with any firm interested seeking this affirming honor.

In addition, we plan to lead what we believe is a long-overdue effort: the creation of a world-class design center for the Central Florida design and business community.

American poet Walt Whitman once said, “The strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung.”  At C.T. Hsu + Associates, we believe our greatest work remains to be done.  We can’t wait to get started!

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Tim McNicholas
C.T. Hsu, AIA
Tim McNicholas, AIA

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