Thursday, October 26th was the Tenth Annual Bowling for Boobs! This event is hosted by Illuminations Lighting and benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta & The Common Thread for the Cure. LeVino Jones has participated each year, so we called our team “the Originals.” You’d think we’d be professional bowlers by now (but we’re not)! Architects, designers and industry product vendors brought their best bowling teams to Midtown Bowl to participate in one of three sessions with raffles in-between. Since it began 10 years ago, Bowling for Boobs has raised over $172,000 for Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. We always have a great time and look forward to the 11th annual Bowling for Boobs!
The Georgia Alliance of Interior Design Professionals (GAIDP) is a legislative coalition that ensures interior designers are given the right to practice in the state of Georgia. In June 2010, Georgia legislation was passed that allows Registered Interior Designers to prepare and stamp their own drawings to submit for permit and requires that designers continue to take responsibility for the life safety and code compliance of a space.
GAIDP hires a lobbyist to stay current with legislation that could benefit or harm the design industry. Without GAIDP, a designer’s right to practice would be at stake.
Fellow designers and industry partners, please join GAIDP and be a voice for the design industry. Visit their website to read more about the organization and become a member. The cost to be a member is $50 per year. Currently, there are approximately 4,000 Registered Interior Designers in Georgia and only a fraction of which are GAIDP supporting members.
Healthcare design includes design of any medical space, including those for animals. Currently, LeVino Jones is in the process of working on two veterinary medicine projects: North Georgia Veterinary Specialist’s Physical Rehabilitation Center and the University of Georgia Veterinary Hospital.
Having worked on their new Animal Hospital in 2011, LeVino Jones Medical Interiors is currently commissioned to provide design work for the North Georgia Veterinary Specialists’ (NGVS) new Center for Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation. Originally, the physical rehabilitation center was an in-house department in the hospital. After years of growth, they have decided to expand the rehabilitation department to be its own center.
Their “physical rehabilitation expert combines physical therapy experience from the human world with extensive training in veterinary rehabilitation to give pets in North Georgia a world-class rehabilitation experience. In fact, NGVS is one of only two practices in the entire region with this capability.” They “help pets regain optimal function after an illness or injury, and ensure they and their owners are supported throughout the entire recovery process.” Treatments include hydrotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, therapeutic cold laser, acupuncture, chiropractic care, etc.
Designing a space for animals as well as humans presents its own challenges. Odor, noise, parasite control, special equipment needs, animal care and safety, and staff wellbeing are all kept in mind during the design process. LeVino Jones is selecting materials and finishes that are antimicrobial and durable.
The new MUSC Hope Unit is a 12-million-dollar oncology unit on the top floor of MUSC’s Ashley River Tower. The unit grew from 12 beds for hematology and oncology patients to now providing 42 dedicated oncology beds which includes an area for blood and marrow transplant patients. The number one goal is to make patients as comfortable as possible and technology and amenities are tailored to meet the needs of the patients and their families. This new unit features spacious, private suites with hallway windows, flat-screen TVs, and waterfall-style shower heads as well as state-of-the-art nurse support stations for handwashing and charting. Views overlook the beautiful Ashley River allowing an abundance of natural light into the space. Family members have their own large lounge area and a family area with a shower and washing machine.
LeVino Jones served as project consultants to Design Strategies Architects for this project and specified finishes to match MUSC standards. Artwork for this project is a part of the Contemporary Carolina Collection and was coordinated by the collection curator.
Each year we look forward to a fun night of celebrating excellent design, food and friends. This year’s 37th annual ASID Design Excellence Awards were held at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works on Thursday, May 4th. Our very own “Scuber” driver, otherwise known as Alison’s husband, Scott, chauffeured us to and from the event.
LeVino Jones received both the Silver and Gold Award for the Contract Healthcare under 10,000 square feet category.
Sandy Springs Pediatrics received the Silver award in the Healthcare under 10,000 square feet category. LeVino Jones incorporated a “sophisticated treehouse” design which delights children and families and increases efficiency for patient flow and staff productivity. Click this link for more information on the project.
Eastside Medical Center/Women’s Center received the Gold award. LeVino Jones teamed up with Zanardo Architects to completely refresh the existing Labor/Delivery/Recovery and Mother/Baby rooms. Work was also done in the Waiting Area and Staff Lounge. For more information on this project, click this link
Thank you to all our clients and consultants for helping us create award-winning spaces!
During our office renovation, we designed an entry wall to feature our logo. We wanted a clean, sophisticated look that wouldn’t break the budget. ASI wood panels did just that. The Sculptural Collection features a primed MDF panel in 10 different patterns. The product is sustainable with no added urea-formaldehyde.
Visit the ASI website to see our project featured on the homepage and Sculptural Collection projects page!
K.Chavon Designs clears up the common misconception between design and decorating. Follow the link below to read the full article and see how design and decorating are quite different.
“It is said that Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. 90% of your life is spent inside of a structure that had to be designed and completed with human behavioral patterns in mind while also considering environmental factors, ergonomics, health and safety factors, building code regulations, ADA, and much more all fitting together to create a space that will “look nice” but most importantly support the well-being of several occupants in a functional manner. This means that even the finishes and furnishings that are considered for a space have to be compliant to several health and safety regulations and serve a more important purpose beyond “looking good.”
This Christmas season we volunteered at the Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center (CAC) to sort toys that would end up going to families in need. The CAC is right in our backyard and serves the people of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. They help those in need by providing food, clothing, shelter, and educational classes to teach skills required to obtain a job.
Their mission is to “bring together the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities, to provide compassionate assistance to neighbors in need by providing financial support, helping to meet basic needs and promoting self-reliance.”
Our group was able to sort through donated toys and separate them for families by age, gender,etc. We enjoyed being a small part of making a child’s Christmas brighter.
To learn more about CAC, visit their website: http://www.ourcac.org/
Each year, Specialty Tile hosts an industry night of designing and constructing an entire town made of gingerbread! This year’s theme was Gingertown London: A British Invasion. Architecture and design firms buy a plot in the town and show off their best gingerbread architecture, frosting and candy constructing skills. The $5,000 raised from the plot purchases was donated to The Lifecycle Building Center and The Covenant House.
On December 6th, the LVJ elves headed to Gingertown London at the Specialty Tile Buckhead Showroom. They filled their cups with an assortment of candies and their piping bags with frosting. The designer’s space planned and constructed “Twiggy’s Bon Bon Beauty Salon” and even included the first gummy bear customers in the salon chairs. The salon is ADA accessible, sustainable with recycling bins in place, and lit on the inside.
Two of our favorite reps, Tracy Roan with Patcraft and Maureen Gundacker with Koroseal, sponsored our plot this year. Each plot comes together to form an amazing Gingertown that gets more impressive each year! Thank you to Specialty Tile for hosting another great event!
Click the blue link to view a special Gingertown Atlanta 2016 video from Specialty Tile Products by Slidely Slideshow