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New Pensacola YMCA spurs downtown revitalization, earns architecture award

“Any community that has a strong Y is a stronger community,” said Bill Seedes, executive director of the Bear Levin Studer YMCA in Pensacola, Fla.

A bold statement, but one that proves more accurate each day since the new downtown Pensacola Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA opened its doors. The $16 million, 52,000-square-foot building was recently honored by the American Institute of Architecture Northwest Florida Chapter with a Merit Award of Excellence for New Work.

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RS&H’s New Buildings Design-Build Practitioner Brings More Than Experience

Accomplished architect and senior design-build (D/B) practitioner Rob Smedley joined RS&H this February, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience on diverse projects for both public and private clients. As a member of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), serving as both National and Florida Region Membership Chair, he also carries a substantial amount of industry clout with him.Continue Reading →

The Stuff Buildings Are Made Of

Whether you’re depositing a check at the bank or getting a checkup at the doctor’s office, the design of the space is impacting your daily experiences. But what makes a design “good” or even “great”?

RS&H has designed a wide variety of buildings, including the transformation of a welding lab into a culinary arts facility and the design of a progressive healthcare research center. Some of these are even award-winning designs. But, with each unique building, our process of listening, collaborating, and quality-checking remains consistent.

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New Culinary Arts Facility Brings Flavor to Downtown Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville recently opened the doors to its new 5,400-square-foot Culinary Arts and Hospitality facility, located at its downtown campus. While the space is new, the structure itself didn’t start as a blank canvas.

In fact, RS&H designed the facility from what was previously a welding lab.

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New Cancer Center to Drive Medical Tourism in North Florida

As the proverb goes, “two heads are better than one.” Or, in this instance, two healthcare conglomerates are better than one. As organizations continue to look for solutions to provide higher quality care to more patients, at a more efficient rate, a familiar model is to combine one group’s strengths with another. And thus, the birth of a unique partnership between the highly regarded Mayo Clinic and St. Vincent’s HealthCare, resulting in the Mayo Cancer Center at St. Vincent’s Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida.

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