EMO is a unique design practice providing architecture, design/build and planning services in an integrated studio focused on delivering efficient and intuitive projects to our client. Entering our fourth decade of practice, our firm works towards cultivating a pragmatic and multifaceted design approach that redefines architectural components to creatively highlight the activities within them. The firm places high value on collaborative efforts; both the internal studio culture and external teamwork in the effort to provide innovative and unparalleled design solutions.
The design process was the result of a collaborative effort led by the University’s Planning Task Force and the Master Planning Team. The Master Plan Update incorporated ideas generated through the series of on-site meetings and workshops held with students, faculty, staff, and the community. EMO collaborated with these groups to elicit their ideas and perceptions of the University’s existing campus conditions, its future needs, and to gain insight on their vision for the future of the University. The planning strategy was to plan for future facilities as a means to enhance student life and to create a sense of place that will serve to socially and spatially define the campus.
The restoration process of the Fort Coombs Armory located in Franklin County has been nothing short of a exciting design challenge. EMO received the opportunity to provide design/build services to a multi-generational architectural landmark. The project began with analytical research paired with the careful restoration of previously designed architectural elements to modernized the structure from a safety and usability standpoint but simultaneously protected the nostalgic persona the armory has curated over the last century. Restorations include structural and electrical deficiencies as well as exterior restoration of the 117 year old existing windows and doors.
EMO’s award-winning design of this tennis facility includes 12 lighted competition tennis courts, seating for nearly 3,000 spectators, an elevated viewing deck, locker room and training room facilities, coaching offices, a player’s lounge, a 96-seat Patio Club, court side seating for team boosters, and a special adjacent hospitality room. The project won EMO two National Design Awards - the United States Tennis Association’s annual award for the Outstanding Tennis Facility, and the Court of the Year National Design Award presented by Tennis Industry Magazine.
LAKE CITY & SOUTH BAY
EMO was engaged by the state of Florida on what would become one of the most successful corrections projects in recent history, a $42.6 million project for the Lake City and South Bay Correctional Facilities. While both facilities were located on remote sites in Florida, the double project was planned, designed and constructed on-time, under budget and with no change orders -- unusual accomplishments for two concurrently managed projects. From the start, the EMO team initiated aggressive project schedules for the Lake City and South Bay facilities.
"While both facilities were located on remote sites in Florida, the double project was planned, designed and constructed on-time, under budget and with no change orders -- unusual accomplishments for two concurrently managed projects."
Both projects concluded exactly as intended and outlined in the original project schedule, despite frequent severe weather and an active hurricane season. In fact, three of the fifteen seasonal hurricanes passed directly through the project sites while under construction, but the EMO team was able to adhere to their aggressive project schedules. EMO negotiated significant reductions in the original guaranteed maximum price (GMP). A combined $2.6 million savings was achieved for these two projects, an amount almost unheard for projects of this size and complexity.