Construction on the new Urbanite Theatre is coming along well and we're all looking forward to the next party later this month to tour the shell of the space. We should have roof trusses and a roof deck up by the end of the month!
Co-directors Summer Wallace and Brandon Ragan have been doing a great job of getting the word out in the local media. Here are a few links in case you missed one:
Urbanite in the Press
SNN: New Theater Under Construction in Downtown Sarasota
Herald Tribune: Urbanite Theatre leaders slowly building support for new venture
Bradenton Times: FSU/Asolo Conservatory Grads Break Ground on New Local Theater Space
WSRQ - The Mezz: September 20th 2014 (Segment at 33:12)
I love to see past projects I've worked on show up on a realtor's website. As the project architect, I already know every nook and cranny of these houses, but I enjoy seeing how the interior has changed, or been redecorated, and I get a thrill at the thought of someone else making it their own in the future. Imagine my surprise this morning to find not one, but two of them on MichaelSaunders.com ! One is listed at almost $11 Million and the other at almost $7 Million... and they are literally 3 minutes away from each other on Siesta Key.
Clients with a double-width lot wanted a simple outdoor trellis space to enjoy shady afternoons. I sought to design a space that provided a clean solution that doesn't compete with the existing structure and without the "frills" usually associated with the notion of a trellis. In order to avoid the typical cross-bracing diagonals and the multiple layers of framing members resting one on top of the other, my structural engineer and I worked carefully through the details in order to create two simple planes stepping down from the house to the site.
Schematic design renderings:
Construction progress photos:
The concrete sink was poured after samples were made. We went with a warmer color that works well with the natural light and cypress trim.
The formwork for the concrete sink is taking shape now. The "negative space" of the sink was made as a box, then needed to be patched and sanded to create a smooth form. The shape is being laid out on an enormous piece of glass to provide a smooth surface when it is released from the mould.
The existing master bathroom of this modest mid-century modern on Siesta Key needed an update.
Collaborating with a concrete specialist, we are providing custom millwork with a countertop in which the lavatory will be formed into the top.Read More