Works In Progress
Eco River Education Center
The ECO River Education Center is a 6,500 square foot building renovation and addition owned and operated by the City of Rome, Georgia. Located on the Oostanaula River near the confluence of the Etowah and the Coosa Rivers, the original building was a historic pump house dating from 1893.
The Education Center will focus on local water resources to teach people of all ages about water conservation. The center is designed to provide a versatility of spaces to accommodate a variety of functions. It will contain an assortment of interactive exhibits, a large classroom space, and history and photo exhibits to demonstrate the rich history of Rome. It will also have a sizable aquarium and several smaller aquaria to showcase several different types of aquatic life native to the region.
ECO River Education Center is a LEED-NC registered project, targeting silver level certification. As such, the building itself will serve as an educational exhibit to promote the values of sustainability.
Mellow Mushroom Restaurant
Warner Robins, GA
The Mellow Mushroom Warner Robins restaurant is a free standing, 6500 s.f. facility designed to evoke the imagery of a live
music concert in a sports arena. The building is organized with a "U" shaped solid mass surrounding an open volume
arena. The functional back of house and support elements are included in the solid ring around the open volume much like
concessions at a concert.
The large center volume is the dining room. It opens at one end to a patio and stage where live bands will perform against a natural setting and open sky. The exterior and landscaping of the restaurant takes its clues from the owners favorite outdoor venue, Red Rock. Album covers clad the walls, banners, trusses, brick and metal skin complete the interpretation of a stadium.
Atlanta Community ToolBank Addition and Renovation
The Atlanta Community ToolBank, a non-profit corporation, supports other non-profit groups and community organizations through collaborative home repair and tool lending programs. As their organization has grown, so has the need for a building that embodies their corporate values, provides adequate space for future growth, and provides space for interaction with the local community.
The design approach is one that expresses the agency’s corporate values through environmental sustainability features, fosters an appropriate scale for the residential context, and incorporates community inclusion through public meeting space and educational components. The design maintains much of the existing building, which will be renovated to address infrastructure and programmatic requirements. The abundant use of natural light, the collection of rainwater for irrigation, and the green roof systems all provide educational tools for the community and contribute to the goal of minimum LEED Gold certification.
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Recent Speaking Engagements
2008 Lake Hartwell Retreat
Corporate outing made a big splash. Over the weekend of Sptember 5 through 7, Gerding Collaborative retreated to Lake Hartwell for a little R & R. Despite the lower water levels, we still managed ro have a great time skiing, tubing, and swimming hilw staying lakeside in a friend's cabin. Thanks Dan and Linda for being such generous and thoughtful hosts.
2007 Christmas Party