Grizzly Prep: Complete and In Use!

Calvary and Grizz Prep share excitement in the use of this new facility!!

The complete renovation of two existing buildings on Calvary's downtown campus was a joint effort between Calvary Episcopal Church and Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory School in order to add 5th grade students to the Grizz Prep academic achievement program.  (Please take time to learn about this wonderful program here:  http://www.grizzliesprep.org/)

About the Renovation:  Exposure to dynamic natural light in each space is a driving concept throughout the design.  As existing buildings often do, this pair of buildings provided plenty to work with, including irregularly placed windows on its east elevation and a portion of a brick wall which was in so much disrepair it needed to be removed entirely.  The irregular windows remain to provide great dynamic light and view, and the deteriorated brick was removed and replaced with steel and glass to become the new entrance.  The multiple layers of glazed grids bring light and views deep into the new classroom building and reinforce a visual connection with adjacent architecture of the Calvary campus.

Work in Progress: Grizzlies Prep Expansion

In the Central Business District of downtown Memphis, we are transforming two adjacent buildings on Jefferson Avenue into a 4-classroom annex building for Memphis Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School.  The repair and renovation of these buildings will allow Grizzlies Prep to add a fifth grade to their sixth-eighth grade program, and as the building is owned by Calvary Episcopal Church, this renovation also initiates the Calvary Campus Improvement Plan and places Calvary and Grizzlies Prep at the forefront in ongoing efforts by Calvary to eliminate blight on their block. 

From the Archives: East Memphis Infill

Simple forms were intentionally chosen for this new residence design in order for it to fit into a neighborhood-in-transition from late 1940's ranch style architecture to an architecture of large-mass two story volumes and complex roof profiles. 

Important design considerations include: an abundance of natural light, an open plan, fenestration arranged to take advantage of light, views, and access within the building's site.  

Work in Progress: Shotgun House

Here are a few things one finds when renovating a 1910 house.  The mass of the heavy timber floor construction and the quality and character of basic lumber are impressive...

... so are the 8 full pages of full color comics in 1958's Commercial Appeal and Chicago Tribune!

An early part of the renovation includes returning the construction to its original building form. 

Work recently completed: East Memphis Hilton Bistro

Today was a great day to stop by the Hilton Bistro for a coffee!   John Pruett Architects worked closely with Adrian Caradine Contract Design, Inc. to create an active bistro space that links the hotel's main lobby with the tower.  The renovations to the building shell has transformed an essentially unused balcony into an outdoor dining terrace that can be enjoyed through all four seasons.

Work in Progress: Ontario, Toronto Hotel Rebranding

The hotel rebranding project in Ontario is set to begin construction this summer. 

The Concept Board images reflect inspirations behind forms and materials chosen for the rebranding of Toronto's Doubletree Hilton.  Recessed LED lighting passes thru reveals around natural materials, random but regular divisions in the wall panels provide a subtle texture - These elements create unique rhythm and ambiance around the hotel's renovated main entrance porte cochere.

 Working drawings for the Reflected Ceiling Plan, Sections, Exterior Elevations at the Porte Cochere Entrance and the Hotel Feature Wall.  Light, natural materials, random but regular patterns all became important features within the construction.

Working drawings for the Reflected Ceiling Plan, Sections, Exterior Elevations at the Porte Cochere Entrance and the Hotel Feature Wall.  Light, natural materials, random but regular patterns all became important features within the construction.