The youthful enthusiasm of our Summer Interns sparked a special excitement within our walls as we pursued many new projects this Summer. Instrumental in the production and design concepts of many prominent new projects, their skills and talents were essential to our office. They return this Fall to the University of Virginia, Mississippi State University, and Auburn University in continued pursuit of their Architectural degrees. We extend a special thanks to our 2013 Summer Interns, and wish them all the best as they head back to School.
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.
We are proud to announce that we have been honored again with the prestigious IDP Outstanding Firm Award for 2011-2014. The following is an excerpt from our recognition letter:
“On behalf of the 2011 IDP Firm Awards Program jury, it is our pleasure to inform you that your nomination,
Seay, Seay & Litchfield, P.C., has been awarded a 2011-2014 IDP Outstanding Firm Award. The jury convened
in November to consider the submissions for this award and verified that your firm not only meets all twelve of
the mandatory criteria but goes above and beyond in Category 6: Innovation, thus making it an outstanding
environment for interns pursuing licensure.
Recipients will also be added to the awards program website and recognized in an upcoming issue of
You can see the full press release from AIA online in the AIA Pressroom.
A native of Austell, Georgia, Ben Pendergraft joins Seay, Seay & Litchfield as a fourth year student in the Architecture program at Auburn University. Recognized by the Community and Academia alike, awards include 1st place in Auburn University’s College of Design & Construction Concrete Design Competition and 3rd place in the Alabama Associated General Contractor’s TigerStorm Competition. Next year’s thesis studies take Ben to Newbern, Alabama’s Rural Studio in exploration of sustainable and creative design. We sincerely thank Ben for the immeasurable hard work, dedication, and skill he has lent SS&L throughout the Summer.
Nick Vansyoc, of Gulf Shores, joins our Team after an Architectural Study Abroad program in Italy. An outstanding fourth year student at Auburn University, he is the recipient of Seay, Seay & Litchfield’s Annual Scholarship Award. Celebrated by other merits, Nick additionally obtained the following recognitions: Frank J. Sindelar Endowed Scholarship, Auburn CADC Writing Award Honorable Mention, and Alabama Forestry Association Wood Competition Finalist. Nick will complete his thesis studies at the Urban Studio, in Birmingham, as he concurrently works to obtain his Masters in Community Planning. Nick’s design future is bright, and we and wish him the best as he journeys towards Graduation.