Great news! Our team’s submission for the Sustainable Land Lab competition has advanced to round two. The Sustainable Land Lab competition is an initiative that was born from the Sustainable Cities conference hosted by Washington University’s Office of Sustainability. Area design teams were encouraged to propose innovative projects that transform vacant lots into assets that advance sustainability. Our talented partners Rosemann & Associates invited us to collaborate on their idea of a Chess Pocket Park. This outdoor community chess venue intends to provide a location for a local chess club which combines chess lessons, community chess mentors, community values, strategic thought, and sustainable lessons on systems and materials through club maintenance of the grounds. Our site is located at 2713 North 14th Street which is very near the Crown Square urban redevelopment area – a project on which Cole also partnered with Rosemann & Associates.
We’ll soon be busy further developing our concept for submission after the first of the year. In February the list will be narrowed to eight teams. Learn more about the Chess Pocket Park and some of the other great ideas from our fellow finalists here: http://sustainablecities.wustl.edu/land-labs-competition/submissions/
The American Tire Distributors (ATD) regional distribution center opened this month in Tucson, Arizona. This is the latest of several openings across the country over the past year as ATD expands operations in response to rapid growth. Cole worked with developer/builder BC Construction Group to bring this project to fruition along with others in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as Casper, Wyoming.
Cole provided concept planning, civil engineering, and landscape architecture for the ATD site in Tucson. Stormwater management services included detention and the design of a public water main loop. Cole also designed a sanitary sewer main extension to serve the entire planned industrial park. Access points and connections to the public roadway system were planned for proposed future development. In addition, Cole managed the relocation and mitigation of protected cacti under the City of Tucson Native Plant Preservation Ordinance.
In total, Cole has been and will be involved in over 15 American Tire Distributors projects. Next up is the ATD distribution center in Londonderry, New Hampshire. It’s on track for an early 2013 opening.
As Cole’s market presence continues to strengthen, we’re gearing up for even greater opportunity. We recently found a new home in Frisco. The office is located at the bustling Frisco Square and we’re quite pleased to be part of such a progressive community with sound future growth plans. Keep an eye out for more updates once we get fully settled. Rest assured, this move hasn’t slowed our growth as plans to add to our staff are in the works.
A project we’re quite proud of recently opened in Celina. Turquoise Firefly is a combination boutique and bar that is the first of its kind in Celina. Cole designed the parking, utilities, and landscape, but our most critical role was accelerating the schedule. Once Cole took over the project, we were able to complete the plat, site plan, and construction plans in under two months. We managed the approval process through the City and were able to obtain a certificate of occupancy in just three months.
Our portfolio of multi-family residential projects continues to expand with Singing Oaks, a 120-unit renovation project in Denton which is under construction and 50% complete. Also on the boards is Amberwood in Longview, a 78-unit new construction project. In addition, we recently joined Pinnacle Housing for the grand opening of the first multi-family project in Tyler, TX. This market is hot and we are primed to bring our experience and expertise to formulate success for future projects.
Cole has been busy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. This thriving partnership was kicked off in 2009 when we completed a Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District approved campus-wide stormwater master plan. The plan is presently used to expedite approval for future projects and has guided the development of Cole designed projects such as Brauer Hall and Green Hall. These adjoined buildings make up the School of Engineering and Applied Science complex located on the nine-acre Danforth Campus. Both projects have received LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Speaking of green, we’re working with the progressive facilities team at Washington University on the first green roof associated with their main campus. Our calculations for stormwater quantity and quality are being guided by the incorporation this green roof on a current student housing project. The terraced garden area with surrounding views will mitigate water runoff and function as a place for students to gather and relax.
Cole has also had a big role in campus connectivity, pedestrian/bicycle safety, and traffic flow. We designed 1,200 feet of new ADA accessible sidewalk for shared use by pedestrians, bicycles and emergency vehicles. As part of the project, three bike parking nodes were designed with pervious pavement in order to offset requirements for stormwater detention.
Additional work around campus includes the design of storm and sanitary sewer systems, exterior improvements, design of Best Management Practices (BMP’s), ADA accessibility design, and assistance on LEED certification coordination.
We are thoroughly enjoying our collaboration with Washington University as these and many other projects contribute to their commitment of helping students grow academically and socially. Check out our work on this state-of-the-art campus:
Keep an eye out for future WUSTL updates and others as our campus portfolio continues to expand!
Same firm – same great people – but a new Cole. The evolution of our firm is moving in such an optimistic direction, we refreshed the look and feel of our brand to make a reintroduction to the industry. Along with a name change from Cole & Associates, Inc. to Cole, our new logo has a contemporary, minimalist style that better speaks to the design centric environment in which we live. This rebranding plays a key role in positioning us as a high-design, high-talent, high-technology firm and reinforces a tangible connection with the people we serve. We feel it offers more relevance to the changing marketplace and our sophisticated client base.
Our new brand not only reflects the progressive and socially responsible nature of our business and the projects we work on, it also reveals the personality and collective spirit of Cole while differentiating us among our competitors.