HuntonBrady Architects has grown along with Central Florida, and we give back to the community we serve. We encourage our employees to volunteer their time and talents to help disadvantaged children, families and individuals in our community. Many employees use our Volunteer & Community Service benefit, which allows for paid time off each year for charitable work. Together we are making a positive difference in our community.
We are working with Central Care Mission, an Orlando residential drug and alcohol program that helps men through recovery while living in a therapeutic Christian community. We were invited to design a flexible, multi-purpose building on their campus to serve as a gathering space for worship, dining, education, recreation and community events. Our design takes advantage of the Mission’s location on picturesque Lake Mann.
The one-story, 4,000 sf structure is sited for maximum views of the Lake from the building’s porch, a modern interpretation of the Florida porch. Its deep overhang protects the glass concourse from direct solar exposure in the summer while allowing indirect natural light inside the building year-round. Many other aspects of the building were designed with energy conservation in mind, including a sloped roof that captures and conserves abundant rainwater in above ground cisterns for use in vegetable garden plots. Inside, the building features classroom, office space, a multi-purpose room with stage, and a state-of-the-art kitchen for culinary education. HuntonBrady Architects is donating all architectural services for this important project.
Inspiration in Form
We designed the Garden of Miracles sculptures at Adventist University of Health Science in Orlando. Situated outside the new graduate building, the artwork is in keeping with the University’s emphasis on faith and wellness. The sculptures are inspired by the seven miracles of Jesus depicted in the Gospel of John. Seven pathways lead visitors toward separate multi-colored abstract glass sculptures 4′ x 10′ in size. A series of rhythmical cast concrete benches allow for rest at each sculpture. Their modern, colorful forms promote hope and optimism in an idyllic setting. The artwork can also be seen from Florida Hospital Orlando and the Orlando Museum of Art across the lake.
The Kitchen House
We’ve teamed with Midtown Architecture Studio to design The Kitchen House culinary center at Orlando Junior Academy. The building will house the school’s nationally renowned Edible Schoolyard project. OJA is a Christian, Seventh Day Adventist School located in College Park. When complete, the school will be a model for integrated healthy lifestyle curriculum served inside with the Kitchen House and outside in their robust vegetable garden. The design of the house is a modern interpretation of Florida vernacular architecture. A long, shaded veranda acts as a front porch and invites communal gatherings. Inside the kitchen house we combined wood, metal and glass finishes for a modern and inviting space. The double-height ceiling adds drama and allows visitors to view activities from a loft-like area upstairs, which also houses sleeping quarters for visiting chefs.
The environmentally sustainable 3,000 sf, $700,000 project will include kitchen classroom space for OJA’s Nutritional Science Lab, which integrates math and science into the cultural appreciation of nutritious and delicious food. Four cooking stations will set the stage for chef-instructors who will help instructors teach nutrition and scientific concepts through the preparation of local fresh food. The project is not without noteworthy supporters. Celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant in College Park and Sarah Cahill, raw food movement advocate, have lent their time and talent to the Kitchen House. The school’s program was featured on Emeril’s Florida Cooking Channel, and will share its experience with community students through after-school cooking and garden clubs.
65 Days to Do Good
Our employees celebrated HuntonBrady Architects’ 65th anniversary in 2012 by performing 65 charitable acts of kindness and community service across Central Florida, including sewing dolls for domestic abuse survivors, building a home in the Dominican Republic, and packing summer lunches for children.
UCF College of Medicine Full Tuition Scholarship
Dr. Debra German, Dean of the new University of Central Florida College of Medicine, pledged full four-year scholarships for all members of the charter class of the medical school we designed as a cornerstone of a growing medical city in Lake Nona. HuntonBrady Architects was proud to co-sponsored a full tuition medical school scholarship to Katherine Ferdstadt, M.D., who graduated with the class of 2013.
Pet Rescue by Judy
We were happy to help Pet Rescue by Judy move into new digs in Sanford through their Save the Tails campaign. Our employees volunteered time to complete construction drawings and manage the project, which consisted ofa 6,000 SF rescue and adoption center and a 3,000 SF low-cost spay and neuter clinic. The second phase will be a new 4,000 SF veterinary clinic for the organization which we also designed, seen here. Our employees also organized a pet supply drive to provide much needed food, toys, beds and more to the animals that Judy saves and places in forever homes.