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    Congratulations!

    Tanner Preservation Alliance the 2016 Annette Anderson Award Winner!

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    Design

    Developed a schematic design for Tellico Village Library. CDC Volunteer Architect Gregor Smee was awarded the project, construction completed during 2012. Thanks to Smee+Busby Architecture for photograph.

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    Transformation

    Renovations and enhancements to existing Philadelphia Tennessee public park. Community goal is to entice community use of this underutilized public park.

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    Adaptive

    Oakwood Elementary School is being renovated into an Assisted Living Facility. We documented the existing building conditions, obtained pricing for stabilization, and facilitated a public input meeting.

    Project Update: Theatre Knoxville Downtown

    Our client Theatre Knoxville Downtown was recently highlighted by Inside of Knoxville. ETCDC has created a conceptual floor plan and renderings for their expansion within the existing Carmichael Auto Repair Building.

    For more information, please visit the webpage.

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    June 8th: Return of the ETCDC Summer Block Party!

    Fryer Talk: watch for details coming soon!

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    Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Change Center

    The Overcoming Believers Church created the Change Center organization to provide alternative recreational opportunities for inner-city youth. The church had acquired a large industrial building with more than twice the space needed for church activities. The East Tennessee Community Design Center was requested to develop a proposal for a multi-use facility that included a skating rink, climbing wall, arcade, and program capabilities with concessions and support spaces.

    Architectural Advisors: Damon Falconnier and Graham Fox

    To view design plans and more images of the event, please visit The Change Center Album on our Facebook page. For more information about the Change Center’s mission, visit their webpage or watch their video below.

     

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    gift a tagGift-A-Tag

    Looking for a special gift this year? Check out the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Gift-A-Tag Program. In Tennessee, drivers can purchase certain* Specialty License Plates in place of the normally issued state license plate. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these plates supports the organization featured so it’s a great opportunity to support the cause you care about most.

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    2016 Awards Gala

    We hope everyone had a great time at our annual awards gala this year!

    We’ve posted an entire album of photos [click here]

    See the program pamphlet with descriptions of each of our award winners [click here]

    Faris Eid: 2016 Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award

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    This year we honored Faris Eid with the Bruce McCarty Community Impact Award for demonstrating a commitment to building a better future for this region. See more about Faris in the latest Shopper News [click here] and Knox News [click here]

    Tanner Preservation Alliance: 2016 Annette Anderson Award

    This year we honored Tanner Preservation Alliance with the Annette Anderson award. Granted annually to an ETCDC client who has demonstrated a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place . See more about Tanner Preservation Alliance [click here] and [click here] to see Tanner School listed on the “Endangered 8” by East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

    Special Thanks to Our Event Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor: Regal Entertainment Group

    TIS Insurance Services

    Denark Construction

    LHP Capital, LLC

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    Updated Volunteer Selection Process

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center is able to provide low/no-cost design services to non-profit and community-based organizations because of generous pro bono assistance from area design and development professionals. Without their help, we could not accomplish our mission. Professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, real estate development and construction, who express their willingness to volunteer, will be notified of available projects based upon their self-defined areas of expertise.

    We have updated our volunteer selection document and streamlined the process so that people can easily get in touch with us. All the information is now hosted on our website to be accessed by anyone interested. Please visit our Volunteer page for links to the documents.

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    ETCDC Highlighted in PBS Video

    The East Tennessee Community Design Center has been an advocate for great community design for decades. We’re celebrating #communitydesignday by sharing a special PBS video now viewable online. “Good Design: A Half-Century of the Community Design Center” highlights our unique history as an organization founded in the middle of the civil rights and urban renewal movements. You’ll hear from founding members Bruce McCarty, Gideon Fryer, and John Walker as well as testimonies from local community members and designers. A special thanks to East Tennessee PBS for this production and to our faithful supporters over the years. 

    [Click Here to View PBS Video]

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    The  East Tennessee Community Design Center organizes people, researches ideas, and identifies resources to facilitate positive change in the region.

    Ijams Nature Center – Long Term Visioning session

    ETCDC provides architectural, planning, and engineering services to encourage community development efforts. We award grants of service to nonprofit groups and community organizations in East Tennessee for projects that will serve the public at large. Professionals, including pro bono volunteers, offer technical services so that nonprofits and community groups can benefit from their expertise at little or no cost. This helps fill a much-needed gap for those who are seeking grants or funding for a project by providing the conceptual design services that will create the vision, the plan, and the inspiration needed to fuel the process.

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    Often, we are called upon to help restore, renovate or recommend reuse of an existing structure, park, or neighborhood area, and we also use design to solve social problems, such as how design can reduce crime or neighborhood traffic. We bring together professionals who contribute design and engineering services to solve practical and aesthetic problems and who partner with groups who want to make a community a better place to live and work.