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EwingCole Named 6th Annual Healthcare Interior Design Best of Competition Winner

EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, is pleased to be named Best of Competition winner of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 2017 Healthcare Interior Design Competition. This competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. EwingCole was recognized for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Brandywine Valley Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center.

“Designing unique and welcoming healthcare spaces can be a challenge, and EwingCole’s design team rose to the occasion by creating an innovative space for healing that feels intuitive, warm, and inspired while maintaining simplicity and elegance,” said IIDA executive vice president and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP.

The jury panel reviewing this year’s competition included Carol Doering, IIDA, AAHID, CID, LEED AP, healthcare lead, IA Interior Architects; Lisa Herriott, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, interior designer, project manager, UW Medicine | Harborview Medical Center; and Tiana Lemons, IIDA, NCIDQ, EDAC, healthcare studio leader, orcutt | winslow.

“The Brandywine Valley Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center feels inviting and playful, yet restrained, appealing to patients of all ages—a difficult balance to achieve in a healthcare setting,” said Herriott on behalf of the jury.

The Best of Competition winner was announced and all winners were celebrated during a special reception in the IDEA Studio at IIDA Headquarters in Chicago on November 6, 2017.

EwingCole Hires Regional Director

Timothy (Tim) F. Winstead, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as the regional director in Raleigh, North Carolina. Winstead will support EwingCole’s presence in North Carolina and nationally.  His expertise in both the science & technology and academic markets aligns with key practices fueling the firm’s overall growth.

“We are delighted to add someone of Tim’s caliber to the firm,” said Jared Loos, Chief Executive Officer. “I am confident that his strategic ability will enhance our design practice and maximize market revenue while maintaining client partnerships and developing new business opportunities throughout the area.”

With over 30 years of professional experience, Tim previously worked for the Hillier Group in Princeton, NJ, the Freelon Group in Durham, NC and was most recently a principal at Hanbury in Raleigh.  His previous clients include DuPont Pharmaceutical Company, Duke University, Johnson & Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Merck, North Carolina State University, Novartis, University of North Carolina, and Yale University.

Tim graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor of architecture and environmental design. He is an active member in the American Institute of Architects and a LEED accredited professional.


CRG and Clayco to Develop, Design and Build Pfizer R&D and Process Development Facility

CRG is providing turnkey build-to-suit services to complete the new BioPlace for Pfizer in Chesterfield, Missouri. CRG is collaborating with Clayco, the design-builder on the project, for this world-class office and laboratory space.  As one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, Pfizer has entrusted CRG and Clayco to deliver a facility that reflects its highest standards for excellence, quality, safety and value.

The dual-purpose structure will be comprised of 285,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. The design partnership of Forum Studio and Ewing Cole merged the expertise and talents of both firms where the unique combination of both research and development labs combined with office and meeting spaces creates one of the most progressive facilities in the pharma industry. The architecture, landscape design, engineering, interior and lab/process was also designed by Forum and EwingCole.

The new campus will be owned by Pfizer and will bring together more than 450 employees who currently work at multiple locations that the company leases in the St. Louis area. Pfizer expects to hire an additional 80 employees over the coming years to support research at the site. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2019.

“Our team came together quickly; the great chemistry was easy to see and the results we’re achieving are proof that true integration within a develop-design-build project can outshine more traditional methods of delivery,” said Kirk Warden, Clayco executive vice president and partner. “The collaboration between developers, designers, builders, engineers and the many owner groups is leading to a state-of-the-art facility that will offer the St. Louis Pfizer family […]

Kitchen 21 – Set to Open May 21


Originally completed in 1924, the nautical themed Childs Restaurants is a New York City designated landmark on the Coney Island Boardwalk. The building has been restored to house Kitchen 21 – a new, five-in-one restaurant designed by EwingCole. Read More Here and Here.


EwingCole Adds Director of Operations to Irvine Office

EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms, announced that Joseph Castner, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP has joined the firm as the Irvine Director of Operations. Castner will play a key role in team coordination, staff development, and financial performance for the Irvine office.

“We are delighted to add Joe to the leadership team,” said Michael Lehman, managing principal of EwingCole’s west coast healthcare practice. “He is well-versed in the culture of a multi-disciplinary firm and his ability to provide leadership at the operational level will offer added value for our clients.”

With over 30 years of professional experience, Joe previously worked for SOM in Chicago, New York, and London and was most recently a principal and managing director at Jacobs/KlingStubbins’ in Washington, DC.  His previous clients include Boston Properties, Lockheed Martin, Skanska Development, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Broadgate Estates in London.

Joe graduated from Columbia University in 1985 with a master of science in architecture.  He is an active member in the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.  Joe resides in Laguna Beach with his wife, Suzanne.

EwingCole Designs Renovations to The Pavilion at Villanova University






EwingCole has designed a $60,000,000 renovation to The Pavilion, home of the 2016 NCAA men’s basketball champion Villanova Wildcats. EwingCole’s renderings of the new facility were revealed on March 8, at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Big East Basketball Tournament in New York City. The renovated Pavilion is expected to begin in June 2017 and be completed for the start of the 2018-19 basketball season.

“It was important to Villanova that we celebrate the uniqueness of The Pavilion while creating an unmatched Division I basketball experience for the players and the fans,” said Bill McCullough, AIA, principal of EwingCole’s sports practice. “We worked closely with administrators, coaches, staff, and alumni to create a project that reimagines the arena into a world-class, basketball-centric facility all about fan experience.”

Upgrades to the two-story, 6,500-seat structure include a relocated main entrance, a completed concourse, and increased quality of premium offerings, seating, and amenities.  These modernizations will not only support Villanova’s men’s and women’s basketball programs but other University-wide events and programs.

According to McCullough, Villanova targeted several specific items for improvement. “Ultimately our goal was to significantly enhance fan experience, player and performer experience, and operational efficiency within the Pavilion.”

The design of The Pavilion includes relocating the main entrance. This new entry sequence, at the southwest corner of the building, will allow the majority of patrons to enter the building closer to where they arrive and take advantage of the large area south of the main arena.

“A great experience begins as soon as the fan has left their […]

EwingCole & Perkins Eastman Co-Publish New White Paper Examining The Benefits & Challenges Of Design Research

EwingCole and Perkins Eastman are pleased to announce the release of their new joint white paper “Where Are We Now?: Elevating Design Practice through Design Research,” co-authored by Emily Chmielewski, EDAC, Associate and Senior Design Researcher at Perkins Eastman, and Nicholas Watkins, Ph.D., Director of Research at EwingCole. The paper takes an in-depth look at the current state of the design research field, dissects the many challenges researchers face, and contemplates broad solutions for advancing the practice of design research for the overall betterment of the architectural design field.

In March 2016, the Perkins Eastman and EwingCole research teams, led by Chmielewski and Watkins, developed and instituted a comprehensive online survey of 29 questions, in partnership with the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). The survey was available online for three weeks and was completed by a mix of students, educators, designers, and design research professionals. The results of that survey were then presented at the 47th Annual EDRA Conference (EDRA47), in Raleigh, NC.

The survey’s questions focused on such topics as: Defining one’s role; the value and credibility of design research; research methods, knowledge sharing, and sustainability of design research in practice, among others. “Many of our respondents wear multiple hats,” says Chmielewski. “An educator will also participate in research practice, for example, and many others do not have one area of specialization. Most are conducting research in multiple sectors and on varied project types.”

At EDRA47, the teams engaged in conversation with various conference attendees about the many challenges related to conducting design research as well […]

Interior Architecture & Design, PLLC Joins EwingCole

Interior Architecture & Design, PLLC Joins EwingCole

Interior Architecture & Design (IDeA) is joining EwingCole, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering, and interior design firms. IDeA provides planning and interior architecture and interior design services to a select group of education, healthcare, institutional, workplace, and government clients. EwingCole and IDeA’s combined resources will provide research-based interior architecture design to deliver innovative, human-centered solutions to clients. “IDeA’s design team provides immediate leadership and interior architecture expertise to our new offices in Charlotte and Raleigh and the creative team provides a depth of resources for clients nationwide,” said Mark Hebden, EwingCole’s President. “We look forward to cultivating their research, which validates successful planning and design strategies, and introducing it to current and future clients.”

“EwingCole’s breadth of expertise and knowledge enhances our ability to lead our clients and support them with a wider range of services,” said Dawn Gum, IDeA’s Managing Partner. “Joining EwingCole provides the opportunity to apply our interior architecture research and design to larger projects across a broad-spectrum of building types.”

The combining of firms supports EwingCole’s goal to provide integrated design services to clients in the region, as well as allow further expansion into the southeastern United States. In addition, IDeA’s workplace research supports EwingCole’s mission to provide our clients, the community, and the environment evidence-based design excellence.