Centerstone of Florida Open Its Remodel of the Crisis Center

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Centerstone of Florida’s Crisis Center was held in June 21, 2017, and a select group of people were invited for the occassion to take a preview of the additional wing.  Many thanks to Centerstone for entrusting us with this endeavor and for allowing us to be a part of their efforts to expand their services to the community!


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Centerstone of Florida: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Expansion Unit

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It was a privilege to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Centerstone of Florida for the opening of the psychiatric unit expansion.  In attendance included the CEO of Centerstone of Florida, Mary Quiz, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, state Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, and a representative for state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.

We would like to thank Centerstone of Florida for the opportunity to work on this project!

Follow this link to view the article on the Brandenton Herald about the event:

RePurpose: Furnitures That Tell A Story

Repurposing items or materials that have served their original purpose does not have to mean covering up its wear and tear.  As a matter of fact, maintaining their original character is one way to add another layer of design complexity and history.  Here in our office, we have a couple of repurposed projects that still display much of their original use.  In a way, they don’t just merely serve their current function; they also tell a story.

At the top of the image is salvaged wood from the late 1800’s repurposed as a bench in our conference room. Still evident are holes from the wood nails used to anchor it and indicative of the construction method of the time.  At the bottom are glass samples collected over the years from previous projects, repurposed as glass accent panels.  On the glass panels are labels with information of the projects we worked on.  They not only serve as decorative and functional pieces, but also reflective of work we have done over the years.

We are working on adding some more pieces soon to add to our collection of repurposed furnitures and accent pieces.  Please check back soon for updates!

LifeStream Behavioral Center’s Drop-In Center Opens Its Doors

We began work in 2014 on LifeStream Behavioral Center’s Open Door Drop-In Center in Eustis, Florida. On January 28, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate its opening. We are grateful and proud of our work for Lifestream over the years, and shall strive to continue providing excellent service to our clients.


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University of Tampa – H.B. Plant Hall – Fletcher Lounge

Shumake Architecture’s continued assistance in the efforts to preserve the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall (Formerly Tampa Bay Hotel) includes Fletcher Lounge. Over the years, this area of the building has served many functions and events, and maintaining its glorious design true to its history is important in not only preserving history but also maintaining its usability.

Preserving History: University of Tampa- Plant Hall (Formerly “Tampa Bay Hotel”)

blog_UTplanthall_20Shumake Architecture has been involved in the continual effort to restore and preserve the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall (formerly “Tampa Bay Hotel”).  In 2014, we were given the task to survey the entire building to help with planned improvement projects for the building and to check for any deterioration or damage that needs attention.  Built between 1888 and 1891 by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant, the building covers 6 acres and spans a quarter mile long.*  It was one of the eight hotels built to anchor Mr. Plant’s rail line.  However, the elite hotel was closed in 1930 as tourism suffered from the Great Depression.*  Currently, the building is mainly used for classroom and administrative purposes, but the entire south wing houses the Henry B. Plant Museum.

Our work started with the painstaking task of surveying the entire structure, starting from the basement.  Structural problems were discovered from our survey, including the music room floor, which we re-designed in conjunction with the preservation committee.  Our survey also made way for other work to be done, such as improving the mechanical system of the building.  Portions of the building’s HVAC system had components designed for residential use, making them impractical for Plant Hall.  Our redesign of the mechanical system made for a more energy efficient and permanent solution for the building.

The task of preserving a historic building such as Plant Hall is not only important for the university, but also for the city of Tampa, which considers it one of its architectural crown jewels.  We are proud to have been a part of this undertaking, and we hope to continue our great relationship with the University of Tampa for many more years to come.


University of Tampa Athletics Building – Most Energy Efficient New Facility on Campus

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The Schoomaker ROTC and Athletics Building is the most energy efficient new facility on campus to date and was achieved through proper integration of all building components including:

-Energy star reflective roof.
-Polyisocyanurate wall (R-value three times greater than code required) and roof (R-30) insulation does not degrade due to age or humidity.
-Double glazed, low-e coated glazing system.
-Frosted exterior glass to increase natural light levels inside the locker rooms while maintaining privacy.
-Occupancy sensors in all offices and most major spaces.
-Rooftop solar collectors largely meet hot water requirements.
-Automatic controls and low volume water fixtures.