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The Importance of Collaborative Spaces in Education Design

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 6, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath

I’ve heard many people talking about “classrooms of the future,” but is the future really so far away? In today’s age where there is an immediate availability of information and global communication at the touch of a button, is it really that forward thinking to design collaborative educational spaces? Technology has changed our world and subsequently, has changed the way we educate and learn.

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Project Spotlight: Golisano Children’s Hospital

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 19, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath

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What is Custom Millwork?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 11, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath

Welcome to Custom Millwork 101! Custom millwork, or architectural millwork, is defined as “ready-made millwork as obtained from the mill, especially fabricated to meet the specifications for a particular job, as distinguished from standard or stock items or sizes” (McGraw-Hill, 2003).”

Today we are going to break this down; what does this mean exactly and how does it help me? But before we do this, let’s first talk about standard product offerings.

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What is a National-IPA Contract?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath

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Using Marlite to Bring WOW to Your Next Project

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath posted in Marlite

A few weeks ago, I walked into a recently renovated hospital and only one word popped into my head, “Wow!”. That got me thinking; what are truly the “wow factors” that make a project spectacular? As designers, architects, general contractors and facilitators of commercial spaces, we are all looking for the perfect flare to take our projects to the next level and provide superior customer satisfaction. A product that has recently been in the spotlight due to its’ ability to do just this is Marlite wall systems. 

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STEVENSWOOD: The Look and Feel of Real Wood Without the Cost.

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2017 / by Geoff McElrath


Love the look of wood but afraid it will hurt your pocketbook? Many organizations in the healthcare, education and other commercial spaces are in the same boat. We are all under a fiscal crunch to some extent to obtain the best results at the lowest possible cost.

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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 posted in healthcare, headwall


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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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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