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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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Chris Zimmerman: Government Service 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 Government Service Award to Chris P. Zimmerman, AIA. This award is given to an AIA Ft Lauderdale Architect who, by their interest, activity and concern for the profession of architecture, shall have advanced the cause of good design and planning, and/or contributed to the dignity and value of the architectural profession as an elected or appointed or employed government official/employee. ...

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Fire Station No. 80 featured in Fire Chief Magazine

2011 Stationstyle Design Awards: Career Notable Positioned at the north end of the Public Safety Complex allows for separate and efficient vehicular flow. Gates automatically open by vehi­cle transponders. Concrete aprons extend front and rear. The main entry canopy and watch office pro­vides controlled access. The com­munity room can be reconfigured into three additional dorm rooms. Dorm rooms are situated along three separate straight corridors, allowing quick apparatus bay access. The second apparatus bay is extend­ed for longer apparatus and has four-fold glass doors. Center trench drains, electrical drops, non-slip quartz epoxy and masonry block surfaces with a durable paint finish were used. A cross-ventilation fan under the north stair tower pulls air from louvers in the opposite clere­story wall. Support spaces along to north include decontamination, restroom, driver/engineer room, oxygen cascade room, medical sup­ply storage, bunker gear storage, gym, and laundry room, reducing noise to the living quarters. A deep three-compartment...

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