Steve Ward & Associates Blog

Project Spotlight: Trinity Church International

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2016 / by Boe Slocumb posted in Project Spotlight

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Project Spotlight: Schwan Cosmetics

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2016 / by Andrew Ward posted in Project Spotlight

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Project Spotlight: Drysdale Field, Baseball Stadium

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 27, 2016 / by Steve Grube posted in Project Spotlight


Drysdale Field, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida


Replace the old premium seating at the stadium with new seating from Irwin Seating Company
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Part 1 Project Spotlight: Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, TN

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2016 / by Geoff McElrath posted in Project Spotlight

Recently, we started on our part of the multi-million dollar renovation of Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, TN. Freedom Hall is a multi-purpose facility that hosts concerts and sporting events. One of the main attractions this fall is East Tennessee State University's Buccaneer basketball.

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Project Spotlight: University of Tennessee's Clement Hall

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2016 / by Geoff McElrath posted in Project Spotlight

Clement Hall is a dormitory on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Built in 1956 the structure then accommodated 236 students. An expansion in 1963 upped its capacity to 450. Today, Clement Hall houses 698 students on 8 floors in double occupancy suites. We assisted with the remodel of this historic University of Tennessee building which was completed in 2015.

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How to Save Time on Your Next Hospital Construction Project

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2016 / by Geoff McElrath


If there’s anything you need more of during any construction project, it’s time. No matter what type of project you are working on, time is most always against you. Finding a way to decrease production time, without sacrificing quality or safety is sometimes a difficult balance to strike. Yet, we have a solution that will not only decrease construction time, but that is also budget friendly. The solution is using prefabricated hospital headwall systems in all hospital rooms.

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5 Features of the forWard® Headwall System

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 29, 2016 / by Geoff McElrath

Hospital Headwall systems are growing in popularity in the healthcare industry, and for good reason. The forWard® Headwall System is incredibly efficient to install and maintain, it aids with consistency and ease of use for hospital staff, and it offers patients a little piece of home through its custom design capabilities. All of this enhances patient care while improving the efficiency of hospital staff.

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3 Cost-Effective Ways to Keep Commercial Design Interesting

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 3, 2015 / by Geoff McElrath

Design sets the tone for any environment. The right auditorium seating changes the way concertgoers enjoy a performance or the way a community experiences a sporting event. Likewise, high-quality wall panel systems unify style, structure, and brand identity in key spaces such as corporate, education, and healthcare facilities.

Before implementing a design, however, it’s imperative to understand how that vision fits into the client’s needs and the intended use of space. Choosing materials that are cost-efficient, sustainable, and that allow for maximum utility will ensure a result that is perfectly integrated.

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Designing Medical Facilities that Improve the Patient Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2015 / by Andrew Ward

When designing and constructing any scientific, medical, or educational establishment, it’s important to achieve a balance between practical layout, streamlined usability, and great aesthetics. If done correctly, these elements will come together to create a truly effective space.

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Bleachers and Platform Seating: Does it Have to Be All or Nothing?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2015 / by Geoff McElrath


During the summer of 2014, Steve Ward & Associates worked with the Greenback School in Greenback, TN, to create a seating solution for the school’s gym and auditorium. The proposed options needed to be not only cost-effective but serve the varied needs of these multi-use spaces while conserving square footage for maximum utility as well. Working alongside the architect overseeing this project, SWA was able to devise a plan that combined different types of seating to perfectly suit these areas without blowing apart the budget.

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