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800 Block: Honor Award

The Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on the recommendation of an independent jury and through its Board of Directors is pleased to confer this Honor Award to CPZ Architects, Inc. for the design of 800 Block. ...

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CPZ Architects: Architecture Firm of the Year 2022

The Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on the recommendation of an independent jury and through its Board of Directors is pleased to confer this Architecture Firm of the Year to CPZ Architects, Inc. This award recognizes a firm in Broward County that displays excellence in design, mentorship of architects, community service and support to AIA Fort Lauderdale. ...

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Joseph Barry: Member Honor Award

The Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on the recommendation of an independent jury and through itsBoard of Directors is pleased to confer this Member Honor Award to Joseph J. Barry, AIA. This award recognizes a member who, by their interest, participation, and concern, has promoted and contributed to the dignity and value of AIA Ft. Lauderdale and the architectural profession. ...

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Fire Stations: The Ultimate Work & Live Design Challenge 

Why do we design so many fire stations? It’s the challenge of it.  Fire stations are multi-faceted. Of course, a fire station is a garage for apparatus like ambulances, fire engines, ladder trucks, and sometimes boats and other vehicles. Oxygen tanks, turnout gear, and toolsmust be safely stored and maintained on the premises. A fire station operates as a professional workplace. Fire chiefs, lieutenants, and support staff need offices. Conference and meeting rooms. Training spaces. Sophisticated communications and emergency response systems.  Firefighters live, sleep, and eat at the station during their shifts. That means dormitories, locker rooms, and restrooms to accommodate a growing and diversifying force. Commercial kitchens and dining areas. Places tostudy, work out, and relax. A fire station is an anchor within a community. It is a safe place with trusted and trained professionals to meet the needs of the public. Many fire stations are designed to withstand hurricanes and remain open...

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People + Architecture at Work in Port Everglades

We’re working with Port Everglades to design a new Public Works facility. The new facility will bring together all the divisions and trades currently spread across Port Everglades, including the people and the equipment, into a central location. This consolidation will improve management and operational efficiency and effectiveness. The initial design brings the trades together by unifying the most fundamental element: its people. Through interviews with staff, the trades are organized on a structural grid based on critical adjacencies. With a people-first approach, the design facilitates communication, connection, and community among Public Works. And the main architectural element that pulls each of the two divisions together is the Central Mall. The Central Mall serves as the spine of the building, creating ample space for employees to gather and interact, eat, and enjoy other amenities. With two large clerestories to filter light from either side, it’s a break room that abandons the “room.”...

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Building Information Modeling | CPZ Process

At CPZ Architects we value Building Information Modeling (BIM) combining our architectural design with that of our consultants including structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing bringing them together into a single, holistic digital experience.  BIM is not just a 3D model rather a document database that improves project management and coordination from the planning stage through design, build, and operation and maintenance:   Improves iterative design, team collaboration, and reduces potential for error. BIM helps us more seamlessly coordinate with our consultants, contractors, and sub-contractors. It allows us to see potential conflicts before they have an impact on construction costs and timelines.  Immerses clients in the design more meaningfully before construction begins.    Not only does BIM help save our clients money through a more optimized workflow environment, using BIM softwares like Revit and rendering softwares like Lumion and Twinmotion we are able to give our clients a more comprehensive vision of their project. This allows...

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AIA Gold Medal Service Award

Chris Zimmerman, founder of CPZ Architects, was awarded the AIA Gold Medal Service Award. It is the highest award that AIA Fort Lauderdale bestows. The Gold Medal Service award recognizes Chris's long-term accomplishments in AIA and Broward County's community, and a distinguished career. Chris received the award on Friday, at the Chapter's drive-in style Annual Design Awards Program.   ...

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Midgard: Relationships are the foundation of great design

Architecture is rooted in great design, yes, but it’s more.  Client relationships are the foundation of our great designs. We’ve been working with the Midgard Group for more than a decade, crafting refreshing designs that drive their success. Our partnership with Midgard is based on open communication and transparency, accountability, and trust.  We’re proud of our relationship with Midgard, and the enduring and sustainable designs we provide them....

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Doral Glades Park: Florida Water Star Award

The Doral Glades Park was just awarded the Florida Water Star Award.  We designed the new 25-acre park, which includes a nature center with exhibit, meeting, classroom, lab, and office spaces; an amphitheater and outdoor stage; kayak and boat ramp and pier; picnic and restroom pavilions; nature trails; tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts; and a multipurpose field. The park also includes wetland areas.  Our design utilized water conservation measures in the nature center, water-conscious native landscaping, and wetlands protection.  We’re thrilled to be recognized for our part in protecting Florida’s water resources....

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Station #8: Busiest fire-rescue department in Broward County

Construction is underway at Fort Lauderdale Fire & Rescue Station #8. Fort Lauderdale has the largest and busiest municipal fire-rescue department in Broward County, responding to 50,000 calls a year.  Located across from Croissant Park, the 1-story, 3-bay facility will be home to 2 Advanced Life Support Units-- Rescue 8 and Engine 8. The building is designed to meet Florida Green Building Coalition Standards. Stay tuned for updates on this project! ...

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