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CRM – Construction Management Now Serving Florida Areas

CRM – Construction Management Now Serving Florida AreasSouth Carolina-based general contracting firm CRM – Construction Management (CRM-CM) is excited to announce its services are now available in Brevard County, Florida in addition to South Carolina and North Carolina. This furthers the company’s mission to start with strong roots and deliver a plethora of residential and commercial services.

Frank Wickstead Provides Hands-On Experience to Georgia Tech Students

Frank Wickstead Provides Hands-On Experience to Georgia Tech Students

Photo courtesy of Justin Chan Photography.

Jones Pierce Studios Project Delivery Director Frank Wickstead shares his 20 years of expertise as an architect and building performance consultant to his classroom in the Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech as a Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) adjunct professor. In this capacity, Wickstead works with a group of highly intelligent individuals who will become the next generation of home builders.

Classes taught in the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design focus on real-world learning and offering students a chance to learn hands-on. Funded by The Kendeda Fund, the building is the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast.

SLS offers programs that allow students to dig deeper into sustainable communities education and practices, and stay involved over multiple years. SLSL Signature Programs include Sustainable Cities Minor, Innovating for Social Impact, Internship Program, Events and Workshops, Linked Courses and RCE Greater Atlanta.

Each semester, Wickstead partners with a nonprofit on behalf of the SLS course, such as Habitat for Humanity, Invest Atlanta, Westside Future Fund and Star-C. Wickstead’s current SLS course focuses on Ethics Policy Trends in Real Estate Development. Specifically, the course addresses the pendulum swing between quality, safety and profitability and where builders land on that spectrum. Students meet with attorneys, tradespeople, and nonprofits that are doing it correctly and successfully, which allows them to see how far-reaching smart development can go, so they can learn about the potential problems with building inexpensively.

“We deal with real-world design and construction problems,” Wickstead said. “This keeps it fresh and current. I am as much a student as I am a teacher.”

Wickstead’s Georgia Tech class has multiple hands-on experiences packed into the semester, including working with Habitat for Humanity to frame a house in a day. This follows the in-class framing lecture.

“The students will have the opportunity to construct the least-expensive building framing package in Atlanta,” Wickstead said. “This shows them what is possible and gives them job-site experience.”

Partnering with the Westside Future Fund, Georgia Tech student teams are currently designing three homes to fit on the fund’s three most challenging home sites. This immersive project requires each team to design a home that fits the lot, meets zoning requirements, fits neighborhood architectural requirements and complies with EarthCraft House standards. Additionally, the homes must be priced to sell to potential Atlanta homebuyers with a 60% average median income.

The final class deliverable is a book with a worksheet and plans that each Georgia Tech student team presents to the Board of the Westside Future Fund as if they were applying for approval to build the home.

“Hopefully, a local builder will build these three homes, or a student team will be inspired to go for it,” Wickstead said.

When it pertains to building a sustainable home for clients, Wickstead believes sustainability is a balanced approach for the best structure and ROI, ultimately spending a budget where it can offer the least amount of maintenance and utility costs, exceptional indoor air quality and a comfortable overall environment.

To learn more about residential and commercial services offered by Jones Pierce Studios, including custom homes and sustainable remodels, visit www.JonesPierce.com. Visit www.serve-learn-sustain.gatech.edu for more information regarding SLS at Georgia Tech.

Jones Pierce Studios of Atlanta Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020

Jones Pierce Studios of Atlanta Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020Jones Pierce Studios of Atlanta has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Design on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The custom design and construction management firm was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active homebuilding, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

Land_opt2A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We are thrilled to be recognized in the Best of Houzz Awards for the third consecutive year,” Frank Wickstead, project delivery director for Jones Pierce Studios, said. “We are a team of creative puzzle solvers who use design/build to create unique spaces tailored to your business needs or lifestyle.”

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” Vice President of Industry Marketing Jones Pierce Studios of Atlanta Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020for Houzz Liza Hausman said. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”

Follow Jones Pierce Studios on Houzz at www.Houzz.com/pro/jonespierce/jones-pierce-architects. Visit www.JonesPierce.com to learn more about the firm’s available residential and commercial services.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates its Award-Winning Model Homes

Crosby Design Group Celebrates its Award-Winning Model HomesInterior design firm Crosby Design Group is proud to serve as a leader in the design industry by delivering award-winning model homes throughout the Southeast. Established by Jennifer Crosby in 2000 Crosby Design Group will celebrate 20 years of business in January 2020.

Crosby Design Group is a full-service interior design firm that focuses on multifamily, commercial, hospitality, 55+ and student housing projects out of its Midtown Atlanta studio. Comprehensive services from Crosby Design Group include exterior and interior finish selections, Revit /AutoCAD construction documents, 3D renderings and furniture merchandising and procurement, to name a few. Exterior streetscape design is also an expertise of Crosby Design Group as well as creating included features and upgrade collections for every project.

“Crosby Design group can create furniture packages for amenities or model homes anywhere in the country,” Crosby said.

The newly renovated residential studio offers a convenient space for home builder groups to showcase finish selections. The Group’s professional interior designers work onsite with builders atCrosby Design Group Celebrates its Award-Winning Model Homes their communities or at the residential design studio to facilitate all interior and exterior finish selections, record all information through a proven process and send to the field to be constructed once approved by a homeowner.

The residential design studio in Roswell is lead by design veteran and Vice President of Design and Strategic Planning Debbie Naftel, who oversees all residential and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) projects.

Based in Atlanta, Crosby Design Group currently serves clients in all regions across the country including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The firm merchandises model homes for national and local home builders and developers, with the capability to travel and work anywhere in the United States.

The Crosby Design Group team is comprised of experienced professional design consultants to provide interior design services for developers, home builders and custom homeowners. The award-winning team understands the entire design process and works with each client to adapt to project-specific needs.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates its Award-Winning Model HomesBoth Crosby Design Group studios offer full turnkey award-winning merchandising for community amenities and model homes. Crosby Design Group also launched a second company in 2015, Crosby Décor Solutions, that strictly is a full furniture procurement company. Also owned by Jennifer Crosby, the new company creates concepts, designs furniture specs, presents them to owners, procures furniture orders and receives, warehouses and installs FF&E projects regardless if it is a Crosby Design Group design.

Home builders have the opportunity to visit the Crosby Design Group studio, located at 155b Cherry Way in Roswell, to view exterior finish samples of brick, stone, shingles, siding and trim and interior finish samples of, but not limited to, cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, tile and flooring.

To see one of the latest interior design projects that also recently won a Gold OBIE Award, visit www.ResidenceAtStudioPlex.com. To take a virtual tour of the Stacks on Main Nashville model, recognized with a national award for Best Model, visit www.CrosbyDesginGroup.com/stacks-on-main.

To learn more about Crosby Design Group including the firm’s available services and latest projects, visit www.CrosbyDesignGroup.com.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel Penthouse

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel PenthouseFull-service interior design firm Crosby Design Group recently completed the full renovation design of the penthouse suite at Loews Atlanta Hotel, a sleek Midtown Atlanta skyscraper. Notable appointments of the 2,800-square-foot penthouse include a 12-foot scalloped brick ceilings, concrete and stone, two-sided water vapor fireplace,

Additional features include a steam shower in the owner’s suite, full morning bar with ice maker in owner’s closet, 18th-century, 8-foot solid walnut double doors with custom HVAC grills to hide hallway access to HVAC closet, electric vapor added on glass owner’s suite door to shift between transparent and opaque for privacy, a private office with glazed glass wall and glass barn doors that all lead to floor-to-ceiling windows with an amazing panoramic view that a piece of the skyline as an extension to this home!

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel Penthouse“Plenty of penthouses have city views but this $3M penthouse offers stunning views both inside and out,” Crosby Design Group President & CEO Jennifer Crosby said.

Located on the top 37th floor of Loews Atlanta Hotel, the penthouse suite features three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths all with custom vanities. The living room and private office share a see-through water vapor fireplace, the owner’s suite boasts a custom, reclaimed wood wall and concrete and brick ceilings with reclaimed beams add to the Manhattan Soho vibe throughout.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel PenthouseThe gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry that extends to the concrete ceiling with custom two-sided glass cabinets on either side of the stainless vent hood, marble backsplash with stainless steel grout, 4-foot single-bowl sink with dual faucets, restaurant-level wine dispenser, built-in coffee service with direct water line to extra beverage undercounter glass cooler, subzero refrigerator and freezer with cabinet panels to a Wolf 48-inch slide-in range with grilling options, waterfall quartzite countertop with 4-foot laminated edge details and fully integrated smart home technology, Lutron lighting and shade system through-out and all-controlled PH on glass wall panels in each room.

To further complement the combination of textures and materials, all structural columns, the kitchen ceiling and the fireplace are topped with skim-coat concrete to look as part of the original structure masking the sheetrock. For finishing touches, the firm shopped for the client to curate all furniture and the art collection well over $1 million. The Crosby Design Group team also added client family photos, favorite foods and magazines to truly complete the home.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel Penthouse“Jennifer [Crosby] was born with a remarkable talent, an eye for high-end design and décor,” penthouse homeowner and Rocklyn Homes President and Owner David Jenkins said. “The detail in my condo, every square inch, is amazing.

“Not very many people can see that extreme detail in their head, much less pull it off, have it installed and have it be as close to perfect as you can get it! I am very happy and very proud to have worked with Jennifer on my penthouse. No one walks in here that is not totally blown away and that’s what I wanted!”

To assist with the design-build of the renovated space, Crosby Design Group created full construction documents.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel Penthouse“We literally gutted the existing penthouse to achieve our new design,” Crosby said. “We took out existing dropped sheetrock ceilings to extend to maximum ceiling height and then add 10-inch black matte exposed ductwork to run HVAC throughout the main living areas that reinforced our design concept of a renovated Manhattan-style penthouse.

“We inset all door casings in the hallway 6 inches to eliminate obstructing the view down the gallery hallway to the owner’s suite’s focal glass door. We also removed the foyer coat closet to add a custom tree hall bench, removed the wall between the living room and office to add a two-sided, see-through water vapor fireplace creating a true architectural element in the heart of the space.

Crosby Design Group Celebrates Completion of Loews Atlanta Hotel Penthouse“Our drawings detailed all the framing needed to build including the scalloped brick living room ceiling and reclaimed beam locations and how they related to the adjacent concrete ceilings,” Crosby said.

The owner’s suite serves as the ultimate retreat with brick ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows,  a spa-like bath with walk-in steam shower featuring dual shower heads, body sprayers, two rain showerheads and two benches, a separate soaking tub and dual custom vanities that float on a reclaimed wood wall overlooking Downtown Atlanta and an expansive walk-in custom closet complete with coffee/wine bar with ice machine and custom storage with built-in watch safe.

Set in the midst of thriving Midtown Atlanta, the newly renovated penthouse blends perfectly with the latest makeover of Loews Atlanta Hotel. With its focus on commercial, multifamily/mixed-use and residential developments, Crosby Design Group created an updated space that effortlessly combines with the surrounding urban landscape.

To learn more about Crosby Design Group including the firm’s available services and latest projects, visit www.CrosbyDesignGroup.com. See the before and after pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tq0nbb5lzms2azk/AAASGC4MTcCJfaNgLHPWzQN3a?dl=0.

About Crosby Design Group
Crosby Design Group is a full-service interior design firm specializing in commercial, mixed-use, multifamily, 55+, student housing and large residential development projects. Established in 2000, the firm has remained loyal to its mission of creating inspired interiors on every project. With two office studios located in Atlanta, Crosby Design Group serves local and regional clients from initial conception, construction document production to executing their turn-key furniture procurement services. The name Crosby Design Group has become synonymous with producing creative, fresh and energy-driven interior spaces. For more information, call 404-872-9777 or visit www.CrosbyDesignGroup.com.

Crosby Design Group is looking for commercial and residential designers. If you are interested in exploring career opportunities, contact Crosby Design Group at CDG@CrosbyDesignGroup.com.