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Dawning of a new Day at Reelfoot Lake: A new Interpretive Visitors Center designed by Lee Askew

By Brown Burnett Reelfoot Lake State Park is “hopping” and they have numbers to prove it.  “In 2012 we had 758 programs that 28,464 people attended,” said Alisha Weber, the park’s manager. “In 2013 we had 1,252 programs with more than 70,000 attending, and now we’re already ahead of last year’s pace.” The number of pontoon cruises has doubled since last year, she continues, as has camping. Gift shop revenue has quadrupled. This past May, the park produced 286 programs and serviced... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 7/2/14
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Taste of Caribe: A Great Party (with an even greater purpose)

The offices of ANF Architects were transformed into an Cuban island paradise in July, with imported cigars, fine rum and a very interesting array of Caribbean cuisine.     Bret Rodriguez, a member of the Bacardi family and the International Children's Heart Foundation (ICHF) board of directors president, personally supervised a huge ice luge that featured an assortment of Barcardi flavored rums.      Dr. Alejandro Cuenca of Joya de Nicaragua, the... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 6/30/14
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ANF's Custom Branded Planroom by Memphis Reprographics - A Great Management Tool

ANF's Custom Branded Virtual Planroom offers an intuitive and efficient web-based tool to manage and distribute project documents, all while continuing to exemplify the ANF Brand.  It is the perfect solution for document distribution, document management, and web-based document storage of architectural plans and project documents.  The Planroom allows for faster response from users; making it easy to access project data, without the burden of installing software or registering for a... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 6/6/14
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Creating Environments Used For Innovation

by Tava Frazier Recently we've been lucky enough to assist clients with creating centers for innovation.  These spaces are meant for short term use (one week to several months) and serve to provide a creative environment for special projects.   A lot of thought goes into creating this type of space.  Making it fun and appealing is easy, making it functional is another story.  Special consideration should go into addressing acoustics, providing a flexible lighting... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 6/2/14
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30 years at ANF Architects, by Jim Wilkins

(The following blog is derived from excerpts taken from Jim Wilkins "prepared remarks" given at the luncheon celebrating his 30th anniversary with the firm.  Enjoy!) 30 years at ANF Architects, a.k.a. Lee Askew III Architects, a.k.a. Askew Nixon Ferguson & Wolfe Architects, a.k.a. Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects  May, 1984.  I was 21, in college at Memphis St., and looking for a job.  Theresa saw a posting at Christian Brothers College for a summer intern position... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 5/16/14
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Teacher Town USA

Teacher Town USA is up and running!  Teacher Town USA will focus particular attention on retaining, developing, and recruiting talented teachers to serve “priority schools,’’ meaning those that rank in the bottom five percent in Tennessee in terms of student achievement. ANF is excited to see the dream come to fruition.  For Teacher Town USA, ANF was asked to create an edgy exciting collaborative workplace to be used by multiple nonprofit organizations from across the USA with... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 5/9/14
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Innovative Solar Tubes used at the Uclub Athletic Building

By Lee Askew  The University Club of Memphis recently engaged ANF Architects to renovate its Athletic Building and to improve the aesthetics of the lower areas, which until recently, have had little or no natural light.  To solve this problem ANF made two important changes:  raise the ceilings on the lower level and add Solar Tubes to bring natural light into the lower level.  Now nearing completion, the difference in the look and feel of the lower area, mostly the... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 4/29/14
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The Office as a Place of Wonder

by Lee Askew Architects are all about space, especially the space they occupy.  Notable architects often have notable offices, places which excite the general public when they visit.  The offices of ANF Architects in Memphis are no exception and have become a center of community activity by being used for a wide variety of civic, social and business functions.  These events have not only helped our community in many ways, but have also had an impact on our firm.    ... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 4/16/14
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High-tech style used for I-40 welcome center

By Thomas Bailey Jr. in the Memphis Commercial Appeal Monday, March 17, 2014 Asked to design a West Tennessee welcome center surrounded by thousands of solar panels, Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects looked to the future for inspiration. “One thought I had from the beginning is that the building should embrace the technology of the solar farm itself,” said project designer Louis Pounders. The West Tennessee Solar Farm sits along I-40 in Haywood County, less than 40 miles northeast of... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 3/17/14
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ANF: A Green Office

By Mark Sehnert In 2013, this office recycled roughly ten tons of office paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum. I should know, having taken most of it to the recycling center myself. I have the weight slips and Bengay receipts to prove it. Once a year, we purge our Interiors library and donate out-of-date samples to IIDA’s Zero Landfill project for use by school children, teachers, college students and non-profits. Personally, and without prior written consent from my wife, I rescued... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 2/10/14
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Uniquely Memphis

An Exhilarating Exploration of Memphis Friday, September 20 - Thursday, November 14, 2013 ANF's Bill Nixon and Law School Dean, Peter Letsou discuss the University of Memphis' Law School located in the historic Custom House and Post Office building in downtown Memphis... Read the full newsletter. Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 2/3/14
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Lord of the Lunch & Learns

by Brian Martinelli For those of you who may not be familiar with the “Lunch & Learn” process, we have product representatives who come to the office during our lunch hour and feed us for free, in exchange for getting their product in front of us for our consideration in future projects.  Tasked with organizing ANF’s Lunch & Learn program seven years ago, I play liaison between the firm and the presenter to schedule and coordinate these lunches. As the program organizer, I... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 1/10/14
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It's An ANF Halloween!

This year for Halloween we couldn't resist the urge to have a little fun. Awards were given for Best Costume, Funniest Costume and Creepiest Costume (see if you can tell who won what). We also had a pumpkin painting contest with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention with prizes for the winners. Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 11/4/13
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St. Louis Catholic School sees new Jr. High Addition

By Rebecca Conrad   Maybe it was divine inspiration, but I will concede that it all started with this sketch from Msgr. John McArthur emailed to me on a sheet of yellow legal paper.  Before this sketch, we had been planning for the new addition to be behind the existing school. It was that following March of 2012 that ground was broken for the construction of a new 2-story Junior High Wing on St. Louis’ East Memphis campus, the first phase of a multi-phased... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 9/6/13
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Major Renovations at ANF Office

The summer of 2013 is turning out to be a good one for improvements here at ANF Architects. If you have attended a meeting, art show or other event here recently, you may have noticed how good the building looks now.  This is due to a 2 phase enhancement and renovation project that was initiated in May.  The first phase involved the exterior of 1500 Union.  It included a new (warm gray) paint scheme on the brick (see photo) along with the painting of all the wood trim, hand... Read More
Posted by Eli Cloud at 7/1/13
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