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5September

Dixie Buick/GMC was originally built at this location in 1992 and was the first project designed by Christopher J. Lee Architects. Twenty years later, we were again selected to design the planned renovations required by the General Motors Buick Division to create a new image which conforms to a national branding campaign for the dealership. The renovation required the removal of selected portions of the existing building and applying distinctive black and white metal panels on the exterior façade, and replacing all of the interior materials and finishes in all “customer contact areas” with new flooring, ceilings, energy-efficient LED lighting, cabinets, furnishings and interior finishes consistent with the new Buick nationwide branded image.

Client: Dixie Buick, Inc.

Location: Fort Myers, FL

Building Size: 2-Building 27,000 SF Existing Facility Renovation

Building Type: Automotive Sales & Service Center

“As an Architect, I always consider it an honor to be chosen to provide architectural services to any repeat Client as a testimony of our ability to satisfy their needs by providing professional, quality service with positive results. At Dixie Buick, I consider it to be the ultimate statement and compliment to have been selected to again provide comprehensive architectural and interior design services for our very first Client after having served them on our first commissioned project 20 years ago.” – Christopher J. Lee, Principal Architect

31July

Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. won the distinction as one of the Top 3 Architectural Firms in Southwest Florida. We are honored to have been chosen one of the “Best of Business” and would like to thank Gulfshore Business Magazine, their readers, our clients, friends and supporters for their votes!!!

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15July

On July 13, 2013, CJL Architects won two Aurora Awards and one Grand Aurora at the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando, Florida which salutes Professionals whose work sets the standard of excellence in the Industry. Our projects receiving an Aurora Award included The Center for Specialized Surgery, and the Favalli Orthodontics & Pediatric Dental Office.

The Center for Specialized Surgery received an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora for a new ambulatory surgery center – healthcare project. The project was constructed by Stevens Construction under a Design-Build Contract with CJL Architects providing the Architectural and Interior Design services.

The Favalli Orthodontics & Pediatric Dental Office also received an Aurora Award for a healthcare project. CJL Architects provided the Architectural Design; Wegman Design Group provided Interior Design services; and the project was constructed by Stevens Construction.

The Aurora Awards is the regions most recognized and prestigious awards program which takes place annually and is open to architects, interior designers, builders, landscape architects and merchandisers who have completed projects located within a 12-state Southeastern United States region including the Eastern Caribbean.

*CJL Architects have received 4 Aurora and 2 Grand Aurora Awards for projects since 2011.

14July

chrismarkaurorasCongratulations to Stevens Construction and Christopher J. Lee Architects for winning an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora Award for the Center for Specialized Surgery!

25June

Completed in 2012, this new functionally efficient, State of Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration licensed ambulatory surgery center with 3-operating rooms and required support facilities with a covered entry and post-op patient discharge on an extremely tight site was designed to be a “landmark” for patient recognition. Designed with three distinct functional areas required for compliance in accepted healthcare standards: Public or Un-restricted; Semi-Restricted (pre/post-op recovery area); and Restricted (surgical areas) the circulation patterns and spatial relationships create operational efficiency. The “Contemporary” design style employs colorful painted Stucco forms, expressive shapes and massing, offset planes, and repetitive patterns which create diversity and continuity within the modern theme. Incorporating curved forms in both plan and elevation, and integrating layered walls and planes at varying heights extending upward break-up the apparent massing and create visual interest while expressing the essence of a modern medical/surgical facility.

BUILDING TYPE:
Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery Center

SIZE:
11,217 SF Total

CLIENT:
Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida

25October

On October 20th at the 2012 Lee Builders Association Industry Awards program, CJL Architects received 4-Merit Awards for design excellence for the following projects: Cayo de Estero Shoppes – Best Commercial Retail Project; Grace Baptist Church – Best Renovation Project; The Center for Specialized Surgery – Best Healthcare Project; and Unity of Fort Myers – Best Un-Built Design for a Church Project. In addition to these awards, The Center for Specialized Surgery also received a Summit Award as the Best Healthcare Project in the Design-Build category which CJL Architects partnered with Stevens Construction by providing Architectural and Interior Design for the project.

CJL Architects then received the top honor as the 2012 Architectural Firm of the Year recognizing excellent performance in the following categories: Achievement of Goals & Specific Practices; Client Relations; Internal Office Working Relations; Professional Certifications & Advanced Training; Community Responsibilities; and Awards.

*This is the second year in a row we have won this most prestigious award and the third such award received in the last 4 years.

1April

Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of construction of the Cayo de Estero Shoppes in Estero. Located on US 41, the two building, commercial retail center, totals 20,310 square feet of multi-tenant lease space targeting locally-owned “boutique-type” shops.

Intermittent use of classical-proportioned columns and decorative wall medallions; using peaked tile-roof “towers” at some of the building corners; changing the wall heights, projections and recesses; and varying the positioning of horizontal banding and decorative trim elements all help create both diversity and unified rhythm within the façade.

Accentuating storefront entries and large display widows with canvas awnings and painted metal trellises provided effective shading, thereby reducing glare and solar heat-gain through the glass, while also creating a more customer-appropriate pedestrian scale.

Surety Construction from Bonita Springs, was the General Contractor for the project.

8December

Christopher J. Lee Architects are pleased to announce that construction has begun on the new Orthopedic Specialists of Southwest Florida surgery center located at 2565 Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.

Designed to be a “landmark” for patient recognition, the “Contemporary” design style employs colorful painted stucco forms, expressive shapes and massing, offset planes, and repetitive patterns which create diversity and continuity within the modern theme. By incorporating curved forms in both plan and elevation, and integrating layered wall planes and surfaces at varying heights extending above the roof plan help to create visual interest while expressing the essence of this modern medical/surgical facility.

When completed, this 11,200 square foot State of Florida licensed ambulatory surgery center will house three (3) operating rooms with essential life-support and functional facilities. Stevens Construction from Fort Myers is the General Contractor for the project.

Located in Fort Myers since 1992, Christopher J. Lee Architects, Inc. specializes in providing quality services in commercial architecture including designs for many privately owned medical offices and dental facilities, and over 10 facility projects licensed under the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, and recently received a 2011 Lee BIA Summit Award for Best Non-Built Healthcare Design for this project.

1December

Christopher J. Lee Architects are pleased to announce that construction has been completed on the new WPTK AM Radio communications equipment and transmission facility located in Cape Coral.

Owen-Ames-Kimball of Florida was the General Contractor for the project which houses new transmission equipment for broadcasting radio communications throughout the Southwest Florida area.

Completion of this new facility marks the 4th project for this client including a similar facility for WINK-TV & WINK-FM96 Radio Transmission, as well as previous additions and renovations for the Fort Myers Broadcasting Company and Meridian Broadcasting Company at their existing studios located at 2824 Palm Beach Boulevard.

27October

Designed to be a “landmark” for patient recognition, the overall “Contemporary” design style of the building exterior incorporates the use of stone and painted Stucco in vertical planes and surfaces located around the building and accentuates the theme of the design.  Incorporating sensual curved forms in both plan and elevation, and incorporating stone walls and planes at varying heights which extend out beyond the building not only created visual interest, but also captured the essence of “Modern” Architecture with “Organic” intentions.

Positioning the waiting area in the center of the office with the Tech area immediately adjacent, the Optical Technicians can maintain visual contact with the patients and escort them into various testing rooms, work up rooms, exam rooms and/or counseling rooms and minimize both Tech and patient walking. Also, separate “pods” of examination rooms was created so two physicians could work at same time.

The main Patient Waiting Room and Optical Dispensary area features stone on full-height walls and dramatic multi-layered suspended acoustical ceilings as “floating” planes.

Integrating traditional stone and natural wood within the modern building aesthetic was an intended goal in the design concept and by placing the stone in full-height vertical planes, and not as mere “skirting” or wainscoting, allows the stone to read as textured planes in a non-traditional way and further demonstrate the balance of expressing modern technology in construction with a traditional warmth.

Design Awards:

On July 23rd, Collins Vision Medical Office was awarded an Aurora Award as well as the Grand Aurora Award for Best Commercial Construction Healthcare Facility at the 2011 Southeast Builder’s Conference Aurora Awards Design Competition in Orlando. The Aurora Awards honor the best in commercial and residential architecture in a 12-state region and entries are judged on design, quality of construction, unusual constraints, cost savings techniques and outstanding features.

Prior to being constructed, Collins Vision Medical Office was awarded a Lee Building Industry Association 2010 Summit Award for the Best Architectural Project for Healthcare in the “Un-built Design” category and on October 15, 2011 this project won the 2011 Lee Building Industry Association Summit Award for the Best Architectural Project for Healthcare.

”The resulting design has created a world-class facility within to provide world-class eye-care.” – Michael J. Collins, Jr. M.D.

Client: Michael J. Collins, Jr., MD, FACS

Location: Fort Myers, Florida

Building Type: Medical Office

Building Size: 10,457 SF

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