VPS Architecture employees raised money during the month of April by wearing denim on each Friday in exhcange for a $5.00 donation to Holly’s House. Holly’s House brings services to victims of child abuse and prevention programs to area youths and adults. A BIG thank you to everyone at VPS for supporting this very important non-profit organization.
– April 27, 2012
Evansville Living Magazine recently published the favorites of the city – 43 top picks by readers and editors of Evansville Living.
Mike Shoulders and VPS Architecture are the favorite Architect/Architect Firm. No doubt the architectural contributions of Mike Shoulders, CEO of VPS Architecture, will remain significant for decades, if not centuries, here in Evansville. Readers recognized Shoulders as Best Architect for his design achievements, including the Old National Bancorp Headquarters, the Centre, and North High School and Middle School.
– January 24, 2012
– December 16, 2011
FLOYD CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL WAS AWARDED THE 2011 ARCHITECTURAL PORTFOLIO AWARD
Floyd Central High School’s renovation / addition project included a 3 phases building plan to bring this facility up to current standards and to accommodate population growth.
The main entrance was relocated to provide a secure entry point to the school which directs visitors to an atrium leading to all areas of the building. New administration offices were built to allow for much needed space for counselors and administrators.
Included was a complete rework of the academic areas to join junior/senior high areas together and increase classroom size from a 740 square foot average to a 900+ square foot average. Additions of classrooms, band, and orchestra areas allow for spaces that were outgrown.
Natural Daylighting was installed throughout. Ceilings were raised and sections of the roof were removed to reveal skylights throughout the halls. A hallway, dubbed the spine, filled with light from a line of windows is the new commons area, which connects the academic wings to the arts and physical education areas. Windows were installed in classrooms bringing more natural light into the building.
Seven additional science labs were created within the building to meet academic requirements. The new library and media center offers up-to-date technology in the use of computers for student projects and research. Public use spaces were established off of the spine to allow for secure after hours access by the public. The goal to bring Floyd High School into the 21st Century was accomplished
– November 22, 2011
Friday, September 16, at The Schuster Center in Dayton, OH Scott C. Veazey was awarded the prestigious Edward D. Pierre Award. Below is a synopsis of the award.
Given annually, the Edward D. Pierre Awarded is named in honor of Edward D. Pierre, FAIA (1890-1977). He was a crusader for the welfare of children, decent housing for all, peace and progressive urban planning. He was honored repeatedly for his outstanding service to the architectural profession and the public. Born in Fort Wayne May 22, 1890, he received his BS in architecture from the Institute of Technology in 1915 after studying one year at Valparaiso University. He worked for the office of Albert Kahn in Detroit three years before serving in the Army Corps for Engineers in World War I. Following the war, Pierre established a private practice in Indianapolis and associated with George Caleb Wright from 1926-1944. He was the head of his own firm from 1944 until he retired.
– September 22, 2011
Indiana Architect Scott Veazey Installed as President of National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Washington, DC—Architect Scott C. Veazey, AIA, NCARB, of Evansville, IN, was installed as president/chair of the board of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) at its 92nd Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, DC in June. For more than 25 years, Veazey has volunteered his time and expertise to Council committees, task forces, and initiatives. He was first elected to the NCARB Board of Directors by the Mid-Central Conference (which represents the jurisdictions of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin) as regional director in 2005. He has since served as NCARB secretary, treasurer, second vice president, and most recently first vice president/president-elect.Over the past two years, Veazey has chaired the NCARB CEO Transition Task Force and CEO Search Committee that prepared for and selected the next CEO for the Council. Over the years he has also co-chaired the Intern Devel-opment Program (IDP) Coordinating Committee and served as a Board liaison to the Committee on the IDP, the Member Board Executive Committee, and the Committee on Professional Conduct.Veazey has also been heavily involved with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), the multi-division test developed by NCARB and taken by all candidates seeking architectural registration in the United States. He first began on the ARE Design Grading Committee in 1993, and served for several years on other on ARE committees including as chair of the ARE Grading Subcommittee from 2002-2004.In 2010, Veazey was awarded the Council’s highest honor, the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, for his significant contributions to benefit the architectural profession and to the protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Veazey’s commitment to the profession goes beyond his work with NCARB. He served as a member of the Indiana Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects for 15 years, and was chair of the board from 1993-1994 and from 1997-1999.For more than 30 years, Veazey has been affiliated with VPS Architecture, where he currently is chief operating of-ficer. Located in Evansville, IN, the firm is a regional leader in the design of learning environments. As managing partner, Veazey has worked on a wide range of projects, including public education facilities, libraries, churches, and financial institutions.Veazey earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is regis-tered to practice in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio.
About NCARB The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.Visit: www.ncarb.org Twitter: www.twitter.com/ncarbFacebook: www.facebook.com/NCARB
– August 16, 2011
VPS Architecture designed and helped install the roof-top garden at Cedar Hall Elementary School along with students, parents and school officials. George Link, said the Green Grid system was new to his staff but that the process went smoothly.
A crane raised pallets full of plants to the roof and were then were placed strategically by VPS employees and volunteers from the school. The garden is designed to manage storm water runoff, reduce heat radiating from the building as well as extend the roof’s life. The garden plants vary but include species of sedum, allium and chives.
The school’s second floor hallway runs alongside the garden, which students can access easily for science classes and learning growth cycles. The garden will provide hands on learning for the students.
Link said the garden will be watered twice a week through the summer, but after that, the garden should be self-sufficient from rain water.
– July 28, 2011
In celebration and commemoration of its 50 year history in Evansville, the staff of VPS Architecture celebrated its anniversary by planting 50 cherry blossom trees at the Shirley James Interpretive Site on May 20th. VPS Architecture was founded in 1960 and was originally known as Hironimus Knapp Given Associates. Now representing the company’s third generation of leadership, VPS owners Sarah A. Schuler, AIA and George S. Link, AIA, LEED AP felt the best way to show their gratitude for community partnerships and their commitment to environmental stewardship was to grace the Shirley James site with cherry blossoms to make the entry leading into the interactive site more attractive and enjoyable for the public.
– May 25, 2011
March 7, 2011 was a day to remember for Scott Veazey. When he arrived at work he was surprised to find the walls in the hallway of the 4th floor plastered with photos of him, family and friends from all ages of his life. There were many comments from employees and visitors about these photos…To mention a few: “those were his hippie days”, “what a cute Baby he was”, “was this prom or wedding?”
After he was taken to lunch by co-workers he was surprised when he was called to the conference room for Red Velvet Cake and ice cream. Scott is always a good sport and even put the birthday crown on. And of course signed the inflatable cane that everyone signs at VPS when they have a monumental birthday.
Scott left for the day at 4:00 and thought he had been humiliated enough for the day and would enjoy a quiet dinner with his wife and son. We had different plans for Scott and friends and co-workers surprised him at Biaggi’s. (Yes, we did surprise him) We enjoyed appetizers, cake and cocktails and watched a presentation of more photos of his younger days. Congratulations Scott! We wish you many more years of good times, laughter and happiness!
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– March 29, 2011
Sunday September 19th 2010 was the rededication of the Floyd Central High School. There were 200 community members in attendance for the ceremony. George Link, the Architect on the project, was one of the speakers during the unveiling of the FCHS additions and renovation’s plaque. A guided tour of the high school followed the ceremony.
The renovations included expanding classrooms to 900 square feet to accommodate 2,200 students — present total enrollment is 1,650 students — and installing white boards, LCD projectors, Smartboard panel software, classroom performance systems known as the “clickers” and a scanner/document camera.
Windows were also installed in classrooms bringing more natural light into the building. Renovations also included a new football/track stadium and a change of the soccer fields.
In addition to the expansion, the school now has heating, cooling and lighting sensors to save on energy. In the performing arts wing, the orchestra room received a new balcony where the conductor can oversee the orchestra and bigger windows providing for the school’s more natural light goal. Lockers in the hallway are bigger to accommodate music equipment for the bands and orchestra. The choir room received all new equipment. Studio 1 is now a theater that was the former band room.
A new addition for the theater department includes a wardrobe that houses the many costumes theater students use for performances.
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– January 31, 2011