Project Updates

Sage Lodge Opens in Montana

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Sage Lodge, a new resort and ecotourism destination located in Montana’s Paradise Valley, opened its doors on Monday, July 16.

Located along the Yellowstone River just 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Sage Lodge is expected to become an international destination offering visitors an authentic Montana outdoor experience, and access to some of the world’s best fly fishing and recreational opportunities. Through a partnership with Sage, a world-class manufacturer of fly fishing rods and equipment, Sage Lodge offers guests the very best in fly fishing and outdoor experiences.

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From the inception of the planning process, the project team has envisioned Sage Lodge as a place to authentically connect people to these wild and unique lands.” 

-ELM Partner Steve Lovett

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ELM helped to lead the project’s planning and design efforts, working together with the client and consultant team with an emphasis on treading lightly, preserving and enhancing the native meadow grasslands, and integrating lodge buildings, accommodations, a spa and other recreational amenities intelligently and creatively into the site’s 1,400 acres. The results of these efforts are designed to leave a perpetual legacy, forever honoring the region’s distinctive landscapes and dramatic natural geography.

“From the inception of the planning process, the project team has envisioned Sage Lodge as a place to authentically connect people to these wild and unique lands,” said ELM founding partner Steve Lovett.

“The plan orients and immerses visitors into the dramatic natural scale of the region known as the Paradise Valley. Special attention was paid to sight lines and commanding views of the 10,915-foot Emigrant Peak to the south.”

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The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the United States, and outdoor enthusiasts have long recognized the Paradise Valley region of Montana as home to some of the world’s best fly fishing and other outdoor pursuits. The design of Sage Lodge celebrates the four-season beauty of this beautiful place, featuring a spa and onsite restaurant alongside its 34 lodge guestrooms and four freestanding cabins. 

ELM worked with the client and development team that includes: Joshua Green Corporation, Touchstone Corporation, and Columbia HospitalityJensen / Fey is the architect of record for the lodge and spa.

How ELM is Helping Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach Adapt to Growth and Better Serve the Community

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ELM is leading master planning and design efforts for the renovation and facility expansion of Christ Episcopal Church (Christ Church) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Guided in concept and scope to meet the needs of Christ Church’s mission and strategic focus, the project encompasses the planning and design of nearly 42,000 square feet of renovation and new construction. ELM led the design process to most effectively incorporate Christ Church’s desired priorities of environmental awareness, design flexibility and versatility and supporting new and emerging programs. This has been achieved together with the Church’s commitment to be good neighbors by not increasing its footprint or acquiring new property.

 
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The project scope includes renovation of aging existing structures, and construction of new facilities to better accommodate new and existing church ministries and community needs. The ELM team centered improvements to the neighborhood church around three strategic focus areas, including addressing the needs of current members, future members, and becoming a pacesetting Episcopal Church.

The existing Christian Family Center will be renovated and repurposed as the new home of the Christ Church Preschool and Early Learning Program, which will accommodate 280 students in 15 classrooms, and include exterior improvements to more safely and efficiently facilitate student drop-off and pickup, a secure outdoor playground area and the latest in technology to address current and potential future program and administrative needs.

 
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ELM designed a new 19,800 sq. ft. Formation and Arts building with classroom, meeting, training, administration, practice and performance spaces to create an inspiring, functional and versatile location for church and community member activities.

The existing administration building will be renovated to house the new Connections Center, which will provide a welcoming space for clergy, staff, visitors, parishioners and volunteers. Additionally, the existing Cooper Chapel has been newly redesigned, and will be expanded to create a more versatile location for worship and small church-related events.

 
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In addition to architectural and major campus layout modifications, ELM’s multidisciplinary design team has designed an enhanced landscape plan to improve wayfinding and create connections between the various buildings. Additions include a garden courtyard throughout the length of the campus, creating a beautiful organizing element within the church campus, and an outdoor gathering area adjacent to the new chapel and the memorial garden.

ELM’s design phase is coming to conclusion next month. Groundbreaking and construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2018, with an estimated completion in January 2020.

 

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Women's Center of Jacksonville Celebrates Ribbon-Cutting

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The Women's Center of Jacksonville, a nonprofit founded in 1995 to provide for unmet needs of women in the community, celebrated a ribbon-cutting and open house of the new J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver S.A.F.E. Center, located at 5300 Emerson Street in Jacksonville.

The ELM team helped to enhance and improve the existing building to better allow the organization to serve the community, with the goal of making the facility a model S.A.F.E. center for other Florida counties and nationwide.

 
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Renovations to the healthcare building include improved functionality, finish enhancements, and modernization of fixtures, finishes and equipment to create a better environment for both patients and staff. A new space plan required reconfiguration of interior partition walls, and replacements of various systems inside the building. 

Sarasota Observer: Cove Sculpting an Art Form at Waterside at Lakewood Ranch

ELM partner Steve Lovett recently spoke with the Observer about the unique design opportunities presented by the original site at LakeHouse Cove, one of the newest developments in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch.

Read the full article below!


Sarasota County Observer: Cove Sculpting an Art Form  at Waterside at Lakewood Ranch

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Published by the Sarasota East County Observer
By: Jay Heater, Managing Editor

ELM architects take on serious body of work on the water at Homes by Towne's LakeHouse Cove.

Architect Steve Lovett and his team at ELM (Ervin, Lovett and Miller) had arrived at Waterside at Lakewood Ranch to get their artistic juices flowing.

The Jacksonville firm had been hired by Homes by Towne to build a clubhouse, pool area and boathouse, shape the shoreline of Kingfisher Lake and design a trail system, among other amenities, for the LakeHouse Cove project.

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LakeHouse Cove Site

Now it was time to check out the raw materials just west of Lorraine Road.

"The first time we visited, we knew it was special," said Lovett, who is the lead designer for the project. "We got there about 30 minutes before sunset. We saw the scale of the water and how it is connective. In this case, it was a real lake, a serious body of water about a third of a mile wide and a mile long. Most communities don't offer this kind of opportunity."

Lovett stood at the side of the lake and started to brainstorm. They imagined a pedestrian promenade along the lake, a pool area which would open to a terrific lake view, beautiful landscapes and a functional boathouse for kayaks and canoes.

"We knew this was special," Lovett said. "We watched the sun set and we were thinking, 'We will be back.' It was so naturally beautiful."

But while it was naturally beautiful, a straight-line waterfront wasn't so attractive. ELM figured out a plan to "manipulate" the shoreline of Kingfisher Lake to dig out a cove that formed a semicircle into the area directly in front of the clubhouse with the boathouse and pool area on either side.

 Rendering of the proposed lakefront amenity center (courtesy of Homes by Towne).

Rendering of the proposed lakefront amenity center (courtesy of Homes by Towne).

"We wanted to bring the lake into the community," Lovett said. "When you arrive here, you will be looking down the length of the pool, and you will look across and see this really large lake. It's marvelous, a really special setting."

While ELM had to redesign the lakefront, Lovett said all the best attractions weren't man-made.

"The best design is what you find in existing nature," he said. "You have birds and wildlife and we wanted to capitalize on all of that on a grand scale. That's the beauty of what we do. It can be fun and inspiring, and this is such a nice community." 

He said it was just a matter of celebrating the water and the lake. He also noted "the wonderful trees on the property, and interesting vegetation.

Ground has been broken on the project and Lovett estimated work on the clubhouse and other amenities would be finished late in 2018 although Homes by Towne Vice President Kitt Kearney said it is more likely early to mid 2019.

Homes by Towne has three model homes open in Waterside at Lakewood Ranch and another opening late in April. The community's amenities will be on Kingfisher Lake, but houses will be built on Lake Mallard. Kingfisher Lake also will border the new downtown area, Waterside Place, so those at LakeHouse Cove will be connected by water to the hub. Kearney said a water taxi is planned to take the community's residents to Waterside Place.

The community has planned 391 homes at build out. Prices start at $399,000.

Industry West Opens in San Marco Square

 
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One of the most prominent buildings in the historic San Marco Square in Jacksonville, Fla. has received a dramatic renovation as Industry West, a progressive e-commerce furniture company, moves into its new  headquarters and studio designed by ELM.

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Entry and private offices.

 Industry West retail storefront.

Industry West retail storefront.

Previously occupied by Stellers Gallery for nearly three decades, the building at 1407 Atlantic Blvd. has undergone significant interior and exterior changes that express its historic character, while also reflecting the fresh and contemporary aesthetic of Industry West’s product offerings. Founded in 2011, Industry West is a leader in modern, high-quality furnishings for both commercial and residential applications.

 Central meeting room.

Central meeting room.

The renovation of the 4,300 sq. ft. historic San Marco Square building included eliminating most of the interior walls, exposing and emphasizing the original ceiling structure and opening up the floor plan to accommodate Industry West’s sales team, design consultants, customer service representatives and senior leadership in a flexible and inspired environment for employees, clients and visitors.

 Industry West employee workspaces and entry to outdoor patio lounge.

Industry West employee workspaces and entry to outdoor patio lounge.

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Outdoor patio lounge.

14-foot tall glass windows were installed in the storefront to display a rotating selection of items from the company’s catalog and provide interior spaces with natural light. The space is anchored by a central meeting room, and features private offices and flexible workspaces for employees, as well as a lounge toward the rear of the building.

 Retail storefront facing San Marco Square. 

Retail storefront facing San Marco Square. 

 Industry West exterior storefront.

Industry West exterior storefront.

The renovation of Industry West was recently featured on Officelovin', a website considered the "premium resource for office design inspiration." See additional photos from the article here.

ELM-designed LakeHouse Cove poised to begin construction in Lakewood Ranch

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller is providing architectural, landscape architectural and planning services for LakeHouse Cove, one of the first communities in the new Waterside District of Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota County.

 Rendering courtesy of Homes by Towne

Rendering courtesy of Homes by Towne

Lakewood Ranch is an award-winning master-planned community, and is currently the third-best-selling community in the United States. LakeHouse Cove is among the first of 12 neighborhoods that will eventually comprise the Waterside district, a community in the southwestern region of Lakewood Ranch that is organized around seven lakes.

The amenity for LakeHouse Cove is positioned on one of the community’s largest lakes, with the view from the clubhouse looking across nearly a mile of open water that will be home to water-oriented activities including kayaking, canoeing and sailing. The Lake House will be the center of community’s civic activity, and it will be complemented by a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, resort-style pool, outdoor shade cabanas, fire pit, boathouse and waterfront promenade and pavilion.

ELM refined LakeHouse Cove’s overall master plan, and led the design and visioning effort with the client, Homes by Towne. The firm completed architectural and landscape architectural design of the community entry, signage, common areas, clubhouse and amenity buildings, and site amenities.

“People are naturally drawn to water, and LakeHouse Cove’s master plan connects residents to the water in a unique and interesting way,” said Steve Lovett, ELM partner and design lead for LakeHouse Cove.

“We intentionally designed the community amenity and the edge of the lake to maximize the value of this exceptional view, and to heighten the drama and interaction with the massive scale of the community’s lakes.”

Construction is currently underway, with the Lake House and primary amenities expected to open in summer of 2018.

Sage Lodge announced and coming soon: opening next summer in Montana’s Paradise Valley

Recently, one of ELM’s projects, Sage Lodge, was announced in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce and is scheduled to open during the summer of 2018.

Located along the Yellowstone River just 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, Sage Lodge will become an ecotourism destination offering visitors an authentic Montana outdoor experience, and access to some of the world’s best fly fishing and recreational opportunities.

“The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the United States,” according to ELM partner Chris Overdorf. “It’s an international destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and the Paradise Valley region offers a distinctive Montana experience, as well as some of the world’s best fly fishing."

 Views of Emigrant Peak from the interior of Sage Lodge.
From the start, the project team has envisioned Sage Lodge as a place to uniquely connect people to these wild and unique lands
— ELM founding partner Steve Lovett

“From the start, the project team has envisioned Sage Lodge as a place to uniquely connect people to these wild and unique lands,” said ELM founding partner Steve Lovett. “The plan orients and immerses visitors into the dramatic natural scale of the region known as the Paradise Valley. Special attention was paid to sight lines and commanding views of the 10,915-foot Emigrant Peak to the south.”

Treading lightly, preserving ranch lands and integrating lodge buildings, accommodations, a spa and other recreational amenities thoughtfully into the site’s 1,400 acres were intentional priorities and foundational to the design process. The results of these efforts are designed to leave a perpetual legacy, forever honoring the region’s distinctive landscapes and dramatic natural geography.

ELM worked with the client and development team that includes: Joshua Green Corporation, Touchstone Corporation, and Columbia Hospitality. Jensen / Fey is the architect of record for the lodge and spa.

See the full story below.


Joshua Green Corp. plans 50-room Sage Lodge near Yellowstone Park

October 30, 2017

By: Journal Staff

Seattle investment firm Joshua Green Corp. will open a Montana luxury lodge next summer 30 miles outside of Yellowstone National Park, in Emigrant.

Sage Lodge will sit on more than a mile of Yellowstone River waterfront.

JGC owns Sage, a manufacturer of fly-fishing equipment, and the lodge will offer guests opportunities to take fly-fishing lessons or go on guided excursions.

The resort will have 50 guest rooms, including a 34-room lodge and four standalone cabins. The property will also have a restaurant and bar, event spaces for up to 150 people, and a full-service spa.

Rooms are expected to start at $300 a night.

Touchstone Corp. is the developer. Jensen Fey is the architect, ELM is the landscape architect, and Northfork Builders is the general contractor. Degen & Degen is the interior designer. Columbia Hospitality will operate and manage the lodge.

For guests who aren't fly-fishing enthusiasts, the area offers other outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, birding, dog sledding and snowshoeing.

The resort will also have a fitness center with an outdoor workout space.

ELM sets the vision for the first major community in the Waterside District in Lakewood Ranch

ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller is the planner, architect and landscape architect for LakeHouse Cove, a new community in the new Waterside District of Lakewood Ranch. The Waterside District marks Lakewood Ranch’s first major development in Sarasota County in two decades and is situated among numerous large existing lakes which define this landscape. 

ELM drew inspiration for the LakeHouse Cove community from the magnificent scale and peaceful setting of these remarkably large bodies of water - and positioned homesites, common areas, and the primary civic and recreational amenity in spectacular settings on the water.

The ELM team was responsible for the refinement of the overall master plan; planning, architecture and landscape architectural design of the major community clubhouse and adjacent amenities; front entry design and signage; and the trails, open space and pocket parks integrated throughout the community.

Construction is currently underway on LakeHouse Cove, with the Lake House and primary amenities expected to open summer of 2018.

Lakewood Ranch is the 31,000-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida - and the 4th fastest selling community in the United States. Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 30,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and more than four million square feet of commercial property.