December 5 2013
You may not be able to see him in this YouTube clip, but you can be sure that Michael Speck is making a joyful noise in this sample of what you’ll experience if you attend Christmas at Covenant on December 15th.
Covenant’s 75-voice choir, along with the Nashville String Machine, will perform a variety of carols on December 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, located on 33 Burton Hills Boulevard. More info here. Don’t miss it!
November 15 2013
We’re growing the JJCA team again…
Ok – we’re definitely not saying Ed George is old, but you could say that JJCA is old hat to Ed, who is rejoining JJCA after spending a few years in sunny California and locally with another firm. Ed worked at JJCA from 1999 to 2010 and we’re truly glad to have him back with us. We’re wondering if he has further perfected his bowling game over the last couple of years.
And another new addition to the team is Travis Parker. Travis graduated from Mississippi State University. He has been living in the downtown Nashville area for a couple years and has prior experience with two local architecture firms. Travis enjoys watching SEC and Saints football (whodat!), painting, and exploring all the things Nashville has to offer.
Welcome Ed and Travis!
November 15 2013
Fulfilling our mission of creating special places means delivering high quality products and service. And that requires discipline, rigor, and good training.
One of our clients recently said that you should never lead a retreat, only an advance! But sometimes you have to spend a little time away from the day-to-day business in order to truly advance. That’s what we recently did at our 2013 JJCA retreat, a few days spent in the woods to sharpen our focus, advance our skills, and reconnect as a team, particularly as we’ve added several new folks over the past year.
We used a quote from Vince Lombardi’s first team meeting with the Green Bay Packers to set the tone about our approach to quality:
“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.”
During our retreat, we reviewed every major aspect of our practice, sharing how we approach drawings – CAD and REVIT, specs, communications, Lean Delivery, experience economy, etc. We also developed a curriculum for further training and improvement throughout the year.
But it wasn’t all work. We spent a little time taking in the fall scenery, playing games and just rocking on the porch.
November 5 2013
As architects, we have a great appreciation for all art, but we have a particular affinity for art designed to “live” in a natural setting, just as the buildings we design are intended to do. That’s why we find the “Out of the Box” exhibit, currently on display now through October 2014 at the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, to be a fascinating exhibition.
JJCA principal David Johnson, advisory board member for the museum, is a big fan of this sculpture, entitled “Dreams of Flying, 2011.” We’re wondering if it’s getting ready to land on the wicked witch of the west or heading to OZ! Either way, it is just one of the 10 innovative sculptures on display as part of “Out of the box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition” celebrating the museum’s 10th anniversary.
November 1 2013
Fall is conference time for JJCA! Over the past month or so, we’ve made our way out west for conferences in Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. We used our “vision test” to get conference participants in the mindset to talk about the latest trends in healthcare design.
Stephanie Pielich represented JJCA at the Wyoming Hospital Association’s conference in Sheridan, Wyoming in September. She says a lot of people had fun trying to find words in our vision chart – and winning a few prizes along the way. But she says it was a little tough to compete with the booth beside JJCA’s, which was a demonstration for a potty chair that elevated and could transport. We won’t even try to respond to that one Stephanie!
Linda Mark managed the booth at the Montana Hospital Association conference, also in September. In addition to the vision test, Linda’s icebreaker to gather some great input from attendees was to ask them to tell her one thing they love, or maybe don’t love so much, about the facility they currently work in. Linda says that’s a great way to learn more about specific challenges community hospitals face as it relates to facility design.
Steven Reutter represented JJCA at the October conference in Nebraska and says turn out this year was even better than last year. JJCA was a break sponsor at this year’s conference, where we not only did a little vision testing but also gave away an Apple TV. Congratulations to our winner, Jim Goulet, from Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, Nebraska.
With more than two decades of experience in designing community hospitals, we’re able to see eye-to-eye with the many hospitals we partner with across the country, like West Park in Cody, Wyoming, North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, Montana, and Phelps Memorial Hospital in Holdrege, Nebraska. We understand the unique issues rural facilities face, such as working on tight budgets, designing for flexibility, and creating efficient adjacencies that are optimal for staff members who must wear multiple hats.