WJA works with nonprofit CASA to triple capacity

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 6, 2015)—On June 30, Wannemacher Jensen Architects (WJA) celebrated the opening of its latest project – a new domestic violence shelter for St. Petersburg nonprofit CASA.

The $12 million project – Victoria Place – triples capacity to provide emergency housing and services to families escaping violence. (CASA – Community Action Stops Abuse – provides a safe haven for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Learn more about CASA here.)

“We worked closely with CASA to help design a holistic atmosphere: One focus was to create a safe environment – not just one that is safe but that also really feels safe,” said WJA’s Tara Wood. “Privacy is another focus, while also creating opportunities for social interaction, collaboration, and camaraderie.”

Read more about the project here.


Dunedin Fire Station 61

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This new 7,500 sf Fire Station was built adjacent to the site of the existing outdated Fire Station. The site lies within a residential neighborhood and is situated within a City Park.

Program requirements include three apparatus bays plus one additional glass-enclosed half-bay to display the City’s vintage Fire Truck. The office area includes a training room, reception, control center, mechanical and electrical services. The living quarters consist of eight dormitories, individual unisex bathrooms, a fitness room, and a large day room with kitchen and dining. An outdoor patio and grill area provides an extension of the day room. Maintenance free exterior materials, low or no maintenance interior finishes, plenty of natural light and an attractive façade facing the residential street all contribute to this Station’s curb appeal.

Winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award.



Tampa Bay Times: Architects Engineer a Comeback as Construction Revives

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As the economy rebounds and projects put on hold move back into play, Wannemacher Jensen Architects experienced their most successful year yet – increasing staff from 7 to 12 and doubling revenue to more than $3 million.

Principals Lisa Wannemacher and Jason Jensen share the latest with the Tampa Bay Times for this Business section cover. Read the full article HERE.


Largo Community Center Racks Up Awards

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The Largo Community Center is a 30,000+ sq foot, LEED certified building that features three sprung-floor studio rooms, a center-stage ballroom with wooden floors, commercial kitchen, fitness room, art studio, card room, outdoor patio and gazebo, lounge and more.

Designed by Wannemacher Jensen the Community Center won statewide Horizon Award for new municipal utility construction in the $6 million-to-$15 million category.

The Largo Community Center is the first LEED platinum (highest LEED rating) public access building in Florida. In recognition of the certification, two plaques will be mounted in the building.

Within the category that includes commercial and governmental buildings, it is only the sixth award recipient in Florida and only the 410th project in the world to receive this designation.

The city obtained federal government energy conservation grants to acquire a system that generates 17 percent of the building’s electrical needs from the sun.

Read more at Tampa Bay Newspapers.

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