Sunday, September 19, 2010 5:30:25 PM
For history buffs and preservationists from all over the world, Higher Cincinnati is a treasure trove for the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the legacy and challenges that exist today. Wednesday via Sunday, the Frank Lloyd Wright Constructing Conservancy will hold its annual conference on the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Downtown, and tour the three local homes created by Wright, too as his Westcott Home in Springfield and several other contemporary homes and buildings. Registration for individual tours and education sessions is now open, as space allows.
This is the first time the conference has come to Cincinnati.
"Every city that hosts a Wright conference has a bit various story to tell," says Janet Groeber, co-chair for the conference and co-owner from the Wright-designed Boulter Home in Clifton. "When Wright aficionados come right here, they're going to see him in a much more contemporary way."
Although the 1907 Westcott Home, for instance, is an early instance of Wright's Prairie-style, the Tonkens Home in Amberley Village, constructed in 1955, is one of Wright's earlier concrete block houses, explains Janet Halstead, executive director from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
The conference will focus on discussing the impact of modifications to Wright-designed homes or their atmosphere, and the subjective nature of "preservation."
Because Wright's organic fashion often included built-in features and incorporated the exterior atmosphere, the architectural integrity of his designs can be threatened by homeowner updates or urban expansion.
"It's an open-ended question," Groeber says. There's no one answer."
Within the case with the Westcott House, some preservationists believe a row of vacant houses that sit behind it and had been constructed prior to the home ought to be rehabbed instead of torn down "because they supply context so we understand what was right here and what came later," Groeber says.
Some updates aren't so questionable. A carport on the Boswell Home, which was created by Wright but not added until 2000, shows how historically sensitive additions can complement the original structure, Halstead says.
Participants will also go to houses by other architects from Wright's era as well as current contemporary buildings, including:
Campus buildings at the University of Cincinnati that exhibit environmentally friendly practices utilized by Wright and other "organic" architects.
The Lowrie Home in Clifton, usually considered the initial "modern" residence in Cincinnati.
The Schneider House in Amberley Village, which was started by Richard Neutra and completed by Woodie Garber.
Rush Creek Village in Worthington, a community of 49 single-family homes that is believed to be the largest "organically designed" subdivision within the country.
Source: Cincinnati News
Sunday, September 19, 2010 5:27:54 PM
Wouldn't it be fantastic for you and your family to live in one of the very best inexpensive suburbs in America?
Nicely, you might be there if you lived in Atoka, Tenn., simply because Bloomberg Businessweek magazine recently rated Atoka as one of the very best Inexpensive Suburbs in America after evaluating the town on a number of factors such as its impressive schools, minimal living expenses, a low crime rate and an easy commute to nearby Millington, Covington and Memphis.
"The individuals who move up here completely adore it," said builder Tony Terhune about living in Atoka where his company, Apex House Builders, has been busy building high quality houses for households eager to live the good life offered in Atoka. "They adore the high quality schools, low property taxes, our Apex-built houses, and also the location that provides you a small city, hometown feeling even though big-city amenities are near by."
Those same people are the ones who've purchased a new home from Apex Home Builders in the growing Templeton Farms neighborhood exactly where eight family-size houses are presently available with prices starting in the minimal 200K range.
"Yes, we have a model home available for viewing, but our model home isn't like the ones constructed by other builders," Terhune mentioned. "Our model house is constructed just like all of our standard homes -- with all with the amenities included."
Some of those facilities that come regular in an Apex-built house consist of a large landscaped lot, a whirlpool tub along with a walk-in shower with tile surrounds within the natural stone-floored master suite, carpeted bedrooms and nail-down hardwood floors in the dining space, residing space and study, customized crown moldings and nine-foot ceilings downstairs, a low-maintenance brick-and-stone French Nation exterior, and an impressive entry and foyer.
And Apex puts the emphasis on inexpensive family living with its big gathering area highlighted with a spacious hearth room and gourmet-type kitchen packed with features like granite countertops, custom-built cabinets, double customized sinks, a 36-inch, five-burner gas cooktop with pot filler, Whirlpool appliances and tumbled marble backsplashes.
"When you purchase an Apex-built house, it is as near to building a custom home as you are able to get," Terhune points out. "Most households who purchase from us feel like they have purchased a custom house, but at a turnkey cost."
And having a quality-built Apex Home in Templeton Farms, you are able to have your option of a one- or two-story residence with two-and-one-half or three bathrooms, three or four bedrooms, and with residing spaces ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet.Source: Commercial Appeal
Sunday, September 19, 2010 5:13:43 PM
So, the homebuilding and genuine estate markets are still within the doldrums, banks have reined in lending and a lot of individuals aren’t in a financial position to construct a new home right now.
But that doesn’t mean this year’s upcoming Town & Country New Home Tour holds no interest, says Maurine Holle, spokeswoman for the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, tour organizer.
Despite canceling this year’s Parade of Homes because of monetary constraints on builders, the association decided to expand its scattered-site tour of new homes, Holle says.
The new wrinkle: Including stops at 17 area companies that offer home improvement supplies or services.
“It’s a brand-new idea,” she says. “What we’re envisioning for this show is that since not everybody is in the market to build new, although some are, a lot of people are looking to remodel to stay where they’re at.
“They’re wanting to update their current home or get it ready to sell when the market turns around. This gives them an opportunity to see what’s out there.”
Holle says the home improvement companies will have their showrooms listed within the tour booklet and be open during tour hours as well as their regular business hours during tour weeks.
But some will not be open on Sundays, she notes.
The tour will take place noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 and 3.
Among the vendors are companies specializing in cabinetry, flooring, lighting, roofing and siding, closet systems, home décor and appliances.
Many companies are offering tour-goers sales or other promotions, Holle says.
Kevin Hunter, president of Windows, Doors & More, says the tour gives the company a chance to get prospects into its showroom at 1121 W. Washington Center Road.
“When people go to these shows they go to get ideas,” he says, adding that his company focuses on sales to individual homeowners rather than builders.
The showroom features five home replicas that display high-end products that may not be used in builders’ model homes, he says.
And, tourgoers can become acquainted with the “more” part of the company, which includes remodeling services, kitchen cabinetry, tile and siding.
“We love to have individuals stop in and see it all, he says, acknowledging remodeling has been a bright spot in current housing market.
Jay Shipley, Home Builders Association president, says the vendors are unsung heroes of home tours because they provide products and put finishing touches on builders’ new homes.
“It’s fitting they get some additional recognition,” he says.
Holle says the tour features 21 homes and six villas plus two subdivisions with open lots.
“Almost all the houses are brand new and haven’t been within the show before. We’ve got lots of new inventory to look at,” Holle says.
Area builders have been selling through their existing inventory to fight the slump, and have built new models so they have something to show to customers, she says Country Style House Plans.
Participating builders are Bob Buescher Homes, Carriage Place Homes, colonial Homes, D&D Signature Homes, Delagrange Homes, Granite Ridge Builders by Tony Reincke, GRD Group, Heller Homes, Lancia Homes, Maggos Builders, Quality Crafted Homes, Star Homes by Delagrange and Richhart, and Windsor Homes by Jeff Gilmore.Source: Journal Gazette
Sunday, September 19, 2010 5:10:16 PM
When Dr. Franklin Clark decided to put up a three-story workplace building off Village Generate, he opted to spend a little extra on features typically required for companies that do company using the Department of Protection.
That way, he'd be ready when contractors came calling - in need of area rapidly - due to BRAC.
But recently, Clark's company has been leasing the constructing area to medical tenants. Clark now says "there's a extremely good probability" that by the time the building is full, there won't be considered a single protection company in it.
Congress set a Sept. 15, 2011, deadline for the relocation of Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command from Atlanta to FT Bragg. But with much less than a year to go, questions stay about how several anticipated protection skilled tradesmen - and new work opportunities - will comply with.
"They are coming. But they are taking smaller area in buildings," Clark mentioned. "I don't think it's going to be as large as people thought it was going to become."
Other people say the company influx nonetheless stands to become large, but it's just too soon for it.
"I think they are definitely coming, and I think that if you believe they're not, you are missing the boat," mentioned Larry Walsh, who's creating the mixed-use Patriot Playground off Andrews Road.
An $8 million building beneath construction there will probably be headquarters for The Logistics Co., the Fayetteville-grown, military-focused business that Walsh co-founded and leads as president and CEO.
Walsh will lease the downstairs of TLC's constructing to others and has ideas for as several as three much more workplace structures in Patriot Playground. But he's in no rush to fill them, he says. Out-of-town skilled tradesmen won't do any substantial local staffing till Forces Command has departed Atlanta and settled into its new building on FT Bragg, Walsh said.
"Right now, should you arrive, you are here supporting an empty building," Walsh mentioned. "So it's all timing."
The Cape Fear region is not the only region exactly where - five years after the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure law hit builders' radar screens - there is nonetheless an element of wait-and-see.
Harford County, Md., is house towards the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground, which is anticipated to gain roughly 8,200 military jobs and many protection contracting careers simply because of the same round of BRAC that is reshaping the FT Bragg area.
As with Fayetteville, concerns stay in Maryland, said Joe Bradley, a broker with Manekin LLC in Columbia, Md.
"Probably what you're witnessing, which is to a particular extent what we're seeing, is that the defense contractors are just not jumping in and shifting the whole organization," Bradley said. "I believe what they're doing, rather than taking one large bite, is taking two or three small bites."
The key for a relocating contractor will probably be to "get their flag in the floor," Bradley mentioned.
"Once they do that and they get the lay of the land, so to speak, they'll expand," Bradley mentioned. "At least in conversations I've had with contractors, that is what they're saying."
As with Fayetteville, there are those that say some jumped the gun close to Aberdeen Proving Ground.
"When BRAC was announced, everyone wanted to go and construct up in Harford County, ..." Bradley mentioned. "They had been looking at each cornfield close to."
If every project discussed during that rush had been to become constructed, he mentioned, there could be the danger of saturation. More likely, nevertheless, some will by no means get off the floor.
"There are a handful of projects that are realistic tasks," Bradley said.
He counts among those the Water's Edge Corporate Campus, a $75 million mixed-use undertaking that Manekin is co-developing.
This yr, Manekin began construction on its fourth midrise constructing in Water's Edge for which it landed ManTech International as the first tenant. Other military-related names within the park include Booz Allen Hamilton, which last year signed a lease for about 35,000 square ft. That expanded its total presence at Water's Edge to more than 65,000 square feet.
In Fayetteville, Booz Allen is leasing just a fraction of that quantity of area within the former Wachovia building at Morganton and Sycamore Dairy roads.
"They did not consider a lot of space, but I'm glad to possess them," mentioned the building's owner, Joe Riddle. "I'm lucky."
About 30 Booz Allen employees report there. In February, the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce mentioned Booz Allen would ultimately bring about 270 much more jobs to Fayetteville to serve the new commands at FT Bragg.
Riddle is pleased to possess Booz Allen and some smaller military skilled tradesmen as tenants in the building, which had spare room when Wachovia and other businesses moved out. Riddle did not have defense skilled tradesmen in mind when he constructed the constructing, but he has thought about renaming it with a army theme.
Riddle is hopeful that the promise of BRAC picks up speed. Something requirements to occur, he said, to rectify what he sees as a common overbuilding of workplace space in the city.
Numerous new office structures that weren't designed particularly for military skilled tradesmen have sat empty for a yr or longer.
A number of defense contractors already are scattered around town, mentioned Fred Papa, who was hired this summer time by the BRAC Regional Task Force as an economic and business developer. He sees much potential and says the wheels of progress might start moving much more quickly using the next round of Army contracts.
"I've talked with two major protection contractors within the past two weeks who're just flushing out the region, seeing what's available," mentioned Papa, whose work consists of recruiting businesses towards the multicounty region.
One of the two contractors, which he declined to name, employs about 65 people within the area, he said. The company is talking about ultimately having 300 to 350 individuals, he mentioned.
"They're taking a look at space in a few of the structures and a few of the parks which are now under construction," Papa mentioned. "Or they may just build their personal structures."
Adding much more uncertainty are tightened investing directives from Protection Secretary Robert Gates, who wants to discover $100 billion in savings in the subsequent five years.
Pentagon spending cuts are unlikely to possess broad impact particularly on a contractor's decision about whether to follow a customer to Fort Bragg, mentioned Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president of a trade group, the Expert Services Council in Arlington, Va.
A larger issue may be Fayetteville's proximity to Atlanta. Much of the work in the companies world can be done from anywhere, Chvotkin mentioned.
"It doesn't matter as long as you're not talking about crossing numerous time zones. And also the generate from Atlanta to Fort Bragg is not a large deal," he mentioned. "It could be a various situation if the work was transitioning from, say, San Antonio to Bragg."
There was no mention of defense budget cuts or long-distance commuting in October 2008 when dignitaries broke floor on the All American Military Business Playground off Santa Fe Generate. That day, U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge likened it to the groundbreaking for Analysis Triangle Playground.
Two many years later, the only constructing on the 200-plus-acre website is the Partnership for Protection Innovation's high-tech lab.
Park developer Dohn Broadwell Sr. mentioned there continues to be some "tire kicking" from defense skilled tradesmen, however it could consider years to totally develop the playground.
"This extremely nicely may be considered a 20-year build-out," Broadwell mentioned.
All American Military Business Playground is slated to cover a lot much more land than Flexibility Middle in Spring Lake, another playground exactly where developers intend to recruit contractors.
"So clearly, his build-out would take longer than ours," said Rocky Keim, managing partner from the Gentry Group, which negotiated the purchase of land from the town of Spring Lake for Flexibility Center.
Keim said Flexibility Middle could be 80 % to 90 percent leased inside five years of whenever the ball gets rolling. The nearly 37-acre park will be on East Manchester Road.
Spring Lake officials have expressed concern recently that they haven't observed much more progress at Flexibility Middle. The Board of Aldermen plans to discuss the matter further at a workshop later this month.
Keim most likely will share with city officials his concerns that Wake County is presenting formidable competition for skilled tradesmen. And he'll tell them about how the timing of contractor motion hasn't transpired the way some expected.
Keim said he has not seen any "significant contractor interest" in relocating from other cities prior to the actual transfer of Forces Command.
"I'm learning I should not have been surprised by that. But I'm," Keim mentioned.
"I would have thought these companies could be forecasting the transfer of their primary customer base and setting up for that," he mentioned. "But I think now that this will probably be a follow-up."
The real movement will occur when contracts are administered out of FT Bragg, he mentioned.
That's particularly true for 40- or 50-employee operations that are more nimble than the protection giants and can choose up and move quickly, he said.
The major players probably will consider a various tack and settle into city in steps, said Walsh from the Logistics Co.
"Let's say we've got 12,000 sq. ft of office area left open," he mentioned. "That will accommodate what they require for their initial anchor team. They arrive in and lease that for 24 months or whatever until they see just. What their real needs are heading to be."
As for exactly where they'll place down roots, if and when they determine to broaden beyond a little footprint?
"It's anybody's guess right now," Walsh said. "Some individuals are heading to become awful happy. Some are heading to become extremely disappointed."Source: Fay Observer