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Building a House of Hope

Birch Tree Communities is dedicated to helping make a full life in the community possible for those recovering from mental illness.  Birch Tree’s Hope House 16-bed crisis unit in Benton, Arkansas had to balance necessary treatment, supervision and security needs with a healing and nurturing residential environment – all within a limited budget.  From its gabled roofs to the central courtyard, the 8,900 square foot, one -story Hope House feels decidedly non-institutional.  Elements such as garden and seating spaces, sheltered with a perforated metal privacy fence, were incorporated to offer access to outdoor spaces for therapy and for resting.  An open floor plan with views to outdoors and sight lines to the nurse’s station allows members to move comfortably through the building to shared gym and activity spaces and a seating porch, providing a sense of freedom and autonomy without sacrificing security.  A place where folks in their time of need can find serenity, comfort and above all, hope.

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Dempsey Bakery

Little Rock’s Dempsey Bakery featured in Travel and Leisure as a favorite place in Arkansas to stop for gluten-free goodies. Located in a renovated 1950’s car showroom, our client, Paula Dempsey envisioned with us the type of space for customers to visit and be excited about – and for some, it’ll be their first time in a bakery. Check out the bakery at www.dempseybakery.com.  Thanks to Steven Otis and Nancy Nolan for capturing these photos.

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Homeless Shelter Director: "There's Never Enough Space" Our House in Little Rock, AR

NBC’s Ann Curry talks to Our House residents.

No Place Like Home

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NBC’s Ann Curry talks to Our House Executive Director Georgia Mjartan.

There’s  Never Enough Space

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Quy Wins Minority Business Award, Best Hair Salon, Best Manicure/Pedicure and Finalist for Best Day Spa

A complete remodel in just four weeks! Quy’s goal was to inconvenience her customers as little as possible. Herron Horton Architects understood her vision and worked closely with Quy to make the most of her space. Bell Construction committed to a firm finish date with no excuses working long hours, seven days a week. Quy is dedicated to her customers and her staff and has been voted the number one salon and spa more often and by more people than any other place in the Little Rock area.

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In awe of Rudbeckia Maxima

The great coneflower emerges again this year! It’s such a show to see these coneflowers sprout up to 7 feet tall! The Rudbeckia maxima is a perennial native to Arkansas, Louisiana and parts of Texas. It thrives in hot, humid summers which seem to describe today and they attract butterflies, birds, provide nectar for Monarchs and Swallowtails.

We are in awe of this plant and can’t wait to watch it explode with its deep, gold flowers with black centers.

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Open Studio at 2nd Friday Art Night

Check out Jeff’s art while enjoying downtown – 2nd Friday Art Night May 13, 2011 from 5-8 PM. Located in our office / studio at 1219 spring street in downtown little rock. We will also be showing recent work from Gabriel Griffith. Mark your calender – you won’t want to miss it.

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Little Rock National Airport news

$53 million has been budgeted to bring the Little Rock Airport terminal facility into compliance with current needs and enable it to meet future ones.

Peterson, a principal of the Minneapolis firm Architecture Alliance International, has accumulated twenty-two years of experience in airport architecture and design while working on thirty-three airport projects around the world. Having grown up in Greenbrier, Arkansas, where his parents still live, Peterson has come to know the city’s airport not only through the eyes of a professional but as a passenger as well.

We’d like to hear what he has to say and see what has been designed for the airport and the Little Rock community – On Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00pm, come hear Eric Peterson present, “Vision 2020: Little Rock National Airport Transformed”.  It will be at the Arkansas Arts Center preceded by a 5:30pm reception.   Free and open to the public.

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If you never did, you should….

We’ve never built a raised garden for ourselves, so we decided to build some this past weekend.  We successfully planted one bed with sugar snap peas, golden beets, atomic red carrots, Little finger carrots, Saxa II radishes, Wild Rocket arugula, European Mesclun Salad mix, and Lettuce Rocky top mix.  We hope to have blueberries along the east and south sidewalk but need to research the varieties.

We enjoy varied outdoors spaces with different solar orientation – so, we planted the raised garden beds for the southeast exposure and can’t wait to see what sprouts. We welcome any suggestions. We’ll keep you posted on any progress.

All I can say is that it should be fun….and delicious.

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Milam Library Addition

We are currently working with the Central Arkansas Library System on an addition to the Milam Library in Perrville, Arkansas. We have included a few computer renderings of the design that is in development.  This library acts as a community center and will have additional meeting rooms, a reading garden, more space for books, a reading room, a larger children’s library section in the existing library, a genealogy research center and more staff office space.

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