The new year is officially underway and we are about to say goodbye to January already! We wanted to take some time to reflect on what an incredible year 2018 was for TDP with many highlights that we’d love to share. Throughout this last year TDP has continued to grow and strengthen our staff, we’ve built many new client relationships while strengthening our current client base, we accomplished our goals and set even bigger goals for 2019 and coming years. While working hard, we have not forgotten our mission at TDP, to explore our client’s vision and create quality designs, every single time, with excellence. We are so excited to see what 2019 will bring to TDP!
New Team Members
We added five new faces to the TDP family in 2018 and we have already added two new people in 2019! This brings us to a total of 17 employees! Each person has their own unique skill set and we are very lucky to have so many creative assets on our team. We look forward to continuing to grow in the future and increasing our productivity as a team. We are truly blessed by the amazing team we have!
This year we are celebrating nine strong years of business! Since we opened our doors in 2010, we have worked on a total of 1095 projects, 204 of those being in 2018! Talk about staying busy! In 2018 we took on several new clients such as Missouri University of Science and Technology, Ozark Fire Protection District, Roots Church, Heritage Bank and Ozark’s Finley Farms. We also continued and expanded our partnerships with several existing clients including Scrivener Oil Company, Big Cedar/Top of the Rock/Bass Pro Shops, O’Reilly Automotive, Dollar General, Andy’s Frozen Custard, and Air Medical Group Holdings. In addition, several major projects that we have worked on were completed in 2018, including Mitchum Jewelers, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Village Baptist Phase 1 Sanctuary Renovation (Fayetteville, NC), Coca-Cola Distribution Center & Offices (Lowell, AR), Truman House Cafe at Big Cedar Lodge and Signal Food Store South Campbell Exterior Renovation.
Check out our pictures from some of these projects below!
The Ozark Mill – Finley Farms
I’m sure you have heard about The Mill at Finley Farms. This is such an exciting project that we are thrilled and honored to be a part of! There was so much progress made in 2018, so we wanted to highlight what has happened as well as what will be happening in the near future. In the months of January and February 2018, The Mill was moved from its original foundation onto 4th Street to begin work on a new foundation. In March through September 2018, over 400 Micropiles were engineered, installed and secured 7 feet into bedrock to keep the waterproof basement from floating away in the event of a flood. Most recently in October 2018 through January 2019, the waterproof foundation was constructed and 20 inch thick concrete walls with flood doors to withstand floodwaters up to 12 feet were put in place. Stay tuned in the coming months as The Mill is scheduled to move back onto its new waterproof foundation!
Andy’s – Rogers, AR
Another project we are proud to highlight is the renovation of a former FedEx distribution center for Coca-Cola. Some of the changes and updates we made were a new layout for stock shelving, a new break room in the existing warehouse and the existing office area was refinished and repainted at the direction of the owner. We may be a little biased, but we sure love the way it turned out!
Having run out of showroom space for the current client level, owner Randy Mitchum decided to expand the store and renovate the interior showroom to update the design with a fresh and modern look. From the beginning of the design process, it was very important to Randy to honor his father, John’s, original design intent. He wanted to improve what was already there while updating the entrance and the interior to be a cutting-edge, yet welcoming, jewelry store design. This became the inspiration for the design, carrying it all the way through the project until the end of construction. The existing building is around 2,700 SF and the renovation includes approximately 1,700 SF – mainly in and around the existing showroom. In addition, another 2,800 SF of new space was added which includes a larger showroom, additional office space, a vault, a client consultation room, and guest restroom. Inside, you will find the latest technology. Together with the interior remodel, the entry is getting revamped as well – along with new back-lit LED metal signage, it will receive a unique new cladding material, a rainscreen wood system, called Machiche (Machee-chay) which is a long-lasting Brazilian hardwood. General Contractor, Construct Companies, broke ground in May wrapping up the job just in time for 2018’s holiday season.
Village Baptist Church – Fayetteville, NC
A big transformation occurred at this large church in Fayetteville, NC! As part of a massive masterplan, Phase One took place in 2018 which included renovations to the existing sanctuary. Old pews were removed to make room for new auditorium style seating. State of the art lighting and audio/visual capabilities were added making the services cutting edge and bringing Village Baptist into the 21st century. A new stage design and ceiling clouds were added as well, giving the sanctuary a modern and intimate feel during a service or special event. We’re excited to proceed with Phase Two! Stay tuned!
Ozark Fire Station No. 2
The design for Ozark Fire Protection District’s new station #2 is continuing to move forward. We’ve been working with the OFPD design committee to come up with a cutting-edge design integrated with historic elements. At the beginning of the design process, we found out that they really loved the ‘traditional’ and historical look but wanted it to be unique and up-to-date. Our focus throughout the design was to find a middle ground that incorporated the look of some of these historic elements such as brick and stone, a historic tower element, etc. but also appealed to the eye in today’s modern design age with lots of glass and steel and some wood materials to warm it up. Below are some conceptual design images. With the design committees sign-off, we have begun construction documents! Stay tuned for further developed renderings next month!
Missouri S&T Bookstore
An exciting new project kicking off in 2018 was the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s campus bookstore renovation. Located inside the Havener Center, the main student hub on campus, the S&T Store could be in a prime location for success – however, in its current location, not a lot of people know it’s tucked in a back corner – meaning there’s not a lot of foot traffic. Our job was not only to renovate and update the design and finishes but also to look at ways to direct people from the main entrance near the food court, back into the S&T Store.
The pictures below show existing conditions at the S&T Store.
Playing off the ideas of “science and technology” our design team came up with a schematic design that shows a great mix of materials – glass, metal, wood, and stone – in a modern and high-tech way. We wanted all the visitors to feel they’ve come to a school of science and technology, an idea that’s been lacking in the current S&T Store conditions. We also came up with the concept that the store extends down the connector hallway so that everyone coming through the main entrance, immediately sees the S&T Store and wants to follow the corridor down to check it out. We’re really excited to continue to develop designs for this project. Stay tuned in 2019 for more updates!
Work Hard, Play Hard
We definitely worked hard this year, but we always make time to have some fun! We consider ourselves more of a family than a group of co-workers, so we always try to make it a priority to spend some time together outside of the office. Some of the fun things we did this year included a Murder Mystery Night, a Springfield Cardinals game, making our own pasta, a Halloween costume contest, a Thanksgiving meal, and of course, our Christmas party!
Check out the pictures from some of these events!
Overall, 2018 was a fantastic year! Our team worked hard and we’re very proud of everything we accomplished. Stay tuned for 2019, because there’s definitely more exciting work and good times to come from Torgerson Design Partners! Happy New Year! Hard to believe we have entered the final year of this decade, but we are excited about what 2019 has in store!