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  Tom Hughes - President Thank you for taking a moment to witness the launch of our first digital newsletter. We are calling it PERSPECTIVE. Yes, we’re trying to play off the multiple meaning of the word. We’re going to showcase some of our work and we’ll be including some images - through renderings, drawings, and photos - meant to convey something about our work and how it is experienced.  

We have the privilege of working with a diverse client base on a wide variety of projects, and – after 23 years – we believe that we have information and views to share that are both interesting and useful. We want to share our perspectives – our thoughts, insights, and views - on the opportunities we’ve been given to contribute to the built world we all inhabit.


We’ll admit up front that it’s a personal perspective. We have a family of gifted and hard-working folks at Thomas H. Hughes Architecture, P.C. who sweat the details for our clients. We’re hoping that the newsletter will allow you to get to know them better.


So, again, we welcome you to our perspective. We hope that you like our first issue enough to watch for us again in a few months. If you are familiar with a perspective drawing, you know that you can anticipate the image getting larger and more detailed as you move closer to the source. We anticipate similar results in future editions of this newsletter.

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First Steps in the Design Process First Steps
  Our process of kicking off a new e-newsletter parallels much of the architectural work at Thomas H. Hughes Architecture, P.C. The “end product” (in this case the newsletter on your screen) is the culmination of a process that includes a multi-step information-gathering and decision-making process.  

It turns out that we rarely get projects where everything is already figured out. Most times there seem to be a multitude of “solutions” and our work is to find the one that does the best job of meeting the base criteria while weighing a myriad of other considerations; initial and life cycle costs, aesthetics, circulation patterns, views, accessibility, sun angles, symbolic meanings, ease of future expansion and alteration - dozens of factors.


Perhaps it is partly due to current economic conditions, but our recent workload suggests that many owners considering projects are placing a lot of emphasis on these initial feasibility studies and master plans in order to develop the optimum design solution. We are pleased to highlight some of that work in this first issue.

  Speas Elementary School Renderings (Click to Enlarge)  
  School - breaking ground - under construction  



In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of endings and beginnings and is depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions. The name “January” comes to us from this character, falling as it does at the juncture between two years.


The firm's Project Architect David Kessler, AIA is responsible for a new school project with a certain Janus-like attribute, bridging between an existing 52-year-old facility and future buildings that will replace the original. The new addition to Speas Elementary School in Winston-Salem adds a new kitchen, cafeteria, and media center which are all desperately needed to better serve the students. David notes, “The renovations for the existing building provide better environmental controls, improves circulation and accessibility, enlarges administrative space for the school staff, and offers a prominent new entry. Site improvements include separating bus and automobile traffic and increased stacking area for parental pick-up and drop-off of students.”


The improvements within the original building should extend the life of the building until funds become available to allow for its replacement. At that point, a new facility will be constructed as an attachment to the opposite side of the new design. Once that work is completed, the old section will be demolished, and the site reworked to create the appropriate playground, parking and bus circulation areas. In other words, the project now under construction will become the hinge around which the entire campus will eventually flip.


It is a great example of work that looks forward!


speas elementary school
winston-salem, nc

WS/FC Schools

project manager:
Chris Radesi, WS/FCS

project architect:
David Kessler, AIA


Many of our church projects begin with a master plan. This one began with a commission to provide two!

Cool Springs Baptist in Sanford occupies a tract of land bisected by a road. The parcel east of the road has been given over to a cemetery. The piece on the west is surrounded by a neighborhood and is bounded by a small lake. On this tract are three buildings. The oldest is a small wood framed sanctuary that the congregation has outgrown and wishes to replace. There is also a fellowship hall and administrative office building and a two story education building. The two buildings that are to remain are skewed at an odd relation to each other and placed such that the floor line of the first building falls between the elevation of the two floors of the other.

The church knew that it was interested in having a new building that connected the remaining buildings, but wasn’t sure if the new sanctuary should be placed atop the original’s footprint or near the lake. After interviewing numerous firms, they hired Thomas H. Hughes Architecture, P.C. and charged us to show how this complex question might be answered at each location.

The schematic studies proved pivotal in helping the congregation to agree on one location. The second option placed the sanctuary nearer the street - a factor that made it a nearly unanimous choice. Now, based on that decision, the firm is finalizing construction drawings for this 40,000 square foot addition which will add a 500-seat sanctuary, a large lobby, an elevator to make the entire building accessible, nine new classrooms, a choir rehearsal space and additional parking.

    Cool Springs Baptist - Master Planning  

cool springs
baptist church

sanford, nc

project manager:
Bobby Gilmore

project architect:
Barry Parks, AIA, NCARB

Cool Springs Baptist Church - Master Plan Option 1 (Click to Enlarge) Cool Springs Baptist Church - Master Plan Option 2 (Click to Enlarge) Cool Springs Baptist Church Rendering (Click to Enlarge)
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