We have a project update on the new San Marco Panera. See the link here.
JacksonvilleEnvision Design + Engineering
4446-1A San Marco Blvd. Suite 406
Jacksonville, FL 32207
I took my boys to Birmingham over spring break. We had a great time exploring, hiking, eating, and touring. Birmingham is an amazing city with friendly people, a hip but very family friendly vibe, great food, natural beauty, charming architecture, and a cool urban university. UAB was the primary reason for our visit. Our eldest son is considering UAB for its music and science/engineering/pre-med programs. As usual, we stayed at the Aloft hotel in Homewood. It’s centrally located in the Homewood core, surrounded by mixed use developments, just “over the mountain” from Birmingham.
Our stay included a long visit to Railroad Park, busy with families and students exercising and lingering in the beautiful sunset. Doug did an article on Railroad Park for MetroJacksonville a few years ago. Since then, Birmingham has built a new minor league baseball stadium next to Railroad Park with the intent of bringing the Birmingham Barons back to the core from the Hoover suburb. It worked! New businesses are coming in to the area, creating a connection from booming UAB to the park.
We took a trip to Oak Mountain State Park for an afternoon of hiking to Peavine Falls.
Jacob loved the urban campus, the city of Birmingham, the mountains and their promised adventures, so I think UAB is at the top of his list. Not to mention the 1997 Van Cliburn Piano Competition’s silver medalist, Yakov Kasman, as professor and artist in residence at UAB’s piano program. I wouldn’t mind;)
So long as the scholarships follow.
Renovations of Balis Park are complete. This transformation happened surprisingly fast by city infrastructure improvement standards. It took only 1.5 years from idea conception to completion! The original idea was spawned by the realization that the roundabout north of the square would become clogged with traffic at the intersection of San Marco and Atlantic Boulevard. This dilemma allowed an opportunity to address the other problems in San Marco Square, specifically an automobile dominant design in a pedestrian area. Eliminating the intersection and creating a central park with one way traffic improved flow and increased parking and pedestrian safety, and created much need green space.
Since the completion of the park, the economy in San Marco, as in most of Jacksonville, has seen a boon. No more empty storefronts, better flow for traffic, increased parking, bike racks, and a fun gathering space for all to enjoy. We are proud to have been a part of this community project and look forward to enjoying the space in the beauty of Jacksonville’s springtime.
No, this is not an interior design blog; it’s an engineering business website. But who can resist a good before and after? I was wanting more drama in my foyer. The plan? New paint, new lighting, new artwork, and a showstopper stair runner.
While perusing Pinterest, I fell head over heels for Stark’s antelope. Being Stark, though, I knew it would be pricey, so I searched for alternatives. I plodded along, researching many brands and price points of antelope- Stark, Glen Eden, Couristan, Karastan, and Kane carpet to fill this bland space. All the brands had beautiful options, but sometimes there is no substitute. I really wanted the original.
I chose the Stark AX, which is 80% wool and 20% synthetic for added durability. I wasn’t loving the feel or the higher pile of the synthetics and while the 100% wool was beautiful, Frank at Carpet Concepts recommended the blend.
I am slow to make financial commitments. It took me months to bite the bullet and go with the Stark Antelope AX. Seriously. In the time I was mulling over carpet Doug decided he needed a new car, researched cars, scoured the country for what he wanted, and after one failed inspection, found another car, flew to Texas, and brought home this.
Back to carpet. It was installed this week, and I love my new antelope stair runner! It adds pizazz without screaming for attention.
New paint (love the white walls with a slightly darker trim), new vintage lighting (below), and my sweet runner! I’m still on the hunt for greenery and artwork to finish the space. But I am patient. Clearly.
Ark Nova is the world’s first inflatable concert venue and a doppelgänger for a very large plum. Created by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and sculptor Anish Kapoor, (no stranger to crazy structures, inflatable or otherwise) the bulbous purple creation takes just two hours to blow up, and fits enough wooden benches (made from tsunami-damaged cedar trees) to seat 500 guests.
Aside from being sturdier and more portable than the average tent, the monster plum—or Italian brandy-soaked cherries, perhaps—is also said to have superior sound quality and will make its debut at Japan’s Lucerne Music Festival, which will visit several earthquake- and tsunami-affected areas around the country. And while it’s true that this interior shot (↓) does show a pretty amazing concert space, anyone whose ever spent the night on an Air mattress should know better than to outright trust the claims of anything inflatable. (Article and images via Curbed.com)
Sometimes we say too much. Simplicity rules.
We all understand this, right?
In case you were planning to take your wheelchair or baby stroller on the escalator.
On the metro, don’t do this:
And my favorite, restroom doors in a Barcelona tapas bar.