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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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West Palm Beach Fire Station #4: Enduring and sustainable community design

West Palm Beach’s Fire Station #4 is sited at the gateway of one of West Palm Beach’s historical communities. Our sensitivity to the district’s history led us to a Spanish Mission style. We engaged not only the City as our client, but also residents to ensure the station met the community’s needs.  The final design seamlessly blends into the historical neighborhood’s aesthetic, is an example of enduring architecture that can withstand a Category 5 hurricane and serve as an emergency storm shelter, sustainable design that garnered LEED Silver certification, and the recipient of an Excellence in Achievement industry award. And, of course, a new home for Station #4’s emergency responders. ...

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CHRIS ZIMMERMAN, PRESIDENT, AIA

As founder and principal of CPZ Architects, Chris P. Zimmerman, AIA, began his professional career working for the City of Fort Lauderdale as a City Architect. Within his duration of ten dedicated years at the city and alongside his mentors and co-workers, Chris reconstructed the Department of Architectural Design as well as became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). His membership and continuing involvement in the AIA would eventually lead him to his role as President of the AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter in 2014. Chris joined Scharf & Associates in 1996 where he became Vice President to the firm. Some of his projects included the Broward County Convention Center, Terminal 21 Port Everglades, Hollywood Fire Station 71, and Coconut Creek Community Center.Chris founded CPZ Architects in 2002 and serves as Principal. With a staff of ten employees, CPZ Architects' has worked with many local municipalities such as,...

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