For ten years, Seay, Seay & Litchfield has awarded a yearly endowed scholarship to one student from the College of Architecture at Auburn University for demonstrating strong performance in design studio and academic achievement. This year’s recipient is Margaret Shariett from Decatur, AL. Margaret, in her fifth year at Auburn, is also the recipient of the Alabama Architecture Foundation Scholarship. While completing her BA, she has studied at Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey and interned with Schneider & Associates in Huntsville, AL. She is currently studying at the Rural Studio in Greensboro/Newbern, AL and working on the $20K House for which the Rural Studio has been nationally recognized. The design challenge is to build two-bedroom house models that can be built by contractors anywhere in the rural South for only $20,000, including labor. We are excited to see what Margaret and her fellow students create in Hale County. Congratulations Margaret, SSL wishes you success in your final year!
In October of 2012, Seay Seay & Litchfield was recognized as the frontrunner in the Small Business Category, of the River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards. This designation acknowledges and upholds businesses which foster a climate of ethical integrity and promote ethical awareness. Seay, Seay & Litchfield Architects, celebrating its 35th anniversary, is a service-oriented Architecture firm practicing with a philosophy of Quality by Design and a charge to serve others by the Golden Rule: one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself. Manifestation of the golden rule compels SS&L to substantially contribute to the well-being of the community and the livelihoods of each other and their neighbors. Results are a firm wide effort to better the lives of clients and employees though use of the utmost ethical standards and environmentally-responsible design, diversified staffing, commitment to education within the firm and abroad, dedication to philanthropic causes, and involvement in the community. In turn, SS&L is 1 of 3 firms in the Nation recognized for its industry leading environment, which attracts our Country’s top talent to the River Region.
The AIA of Montgomery annually recognizes excellence in the architectural work of its members. In December of 2011, Platt Boyd and Jeff Bazzell were on hand to accept Seay, Seay & Litchfield’s Honorable Mention for the Stair detail at Dannelly Field’s new Composite Operations and Training Headquarters.
A double-height space with a mezzanine lines the front of Headquarters Building. Aligned with the front entry, a main stair mediates between levels, lofting from the ground to this mezzanine in a graceful swooping curve. A weighty cast-in-place concrete form receives the base of the stair, allowing its intricate steel structure to remain elevated above the ground plane.
The stair is held by a single steel tube, circular in section and curved in two degrees along its length. SS&L designed a custom cast aluminum module to interface between this tube and the treads and rail supports. While the overall swooping form mimics the movement of flight, the machined aesthetics of the module mimics plane construction itself.The industrial palette of the cast aluminum modules and stainless steel rail supports and cables is juxtaposed with the warmth of wood in the treads and handrails. Together, these balance a machine aesthetic and invitation for human interaction.