Studio Four Design Team Wins Solomon Award for Church Design

Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm’s work on the Grace Baptist Church student ministry facility recognized by Worship Facilities Network with 2017 Solomon Award 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 24, 2017 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, that specializes in worship facilities, was awarded a 2017 Solomon Award for design by the Worship Facilities Network for their work on the Grace Baptist Church student ministry building in Knoxville. The announcement was made at the WFX Conference & Expo in Dallas, Oct. 11.

The award was presented in the category of Church Design – Youth and Children’s Spaces for facilities with 301 to 800 seats. The Grace Baptist Church project was begun in 2016 and completed earlier this year.

Grace Baptist leaders wanted the new environment to be relational and fun for the youth of their church. These ideas became key concepts for the design and construction team of Studio Four Design. They needed the new building to complement the transitional style and materials of the existing church campus buildings, but also to be uniquely its own to reflect the brand and identity of Grace Student Ministries.

“Expansion is a challenge for any church,” said Stacy Cox, President of Studio Four Design. “The leadership of Grace and their Student Ministry team had a strong vision, and it was our privilege to bring that vision to life. Our team did a great job of giving the new facility a look and feel that complimented the existing church, but at the same time, we were able to give it a generational vibe to resonate with the students who would enjoy spending time in the new space.”

The centerpiece of this facility is a new student auditorium. It provides room for more than 700 students in their mid-week service and is designed for a flexible arrangement of seating. Built at a cost of $3.5 million, Merit Construction was able to deliver this project on time and within the budget constraints of the church while working within a site in the center of an active church and Grace Christian Academy K-12 school, which is also located on the campus.

Studio Four Design previously won a Solomon Award in 2016 for their work on the Northstar Church South Knoxville campus expansion.

“The team at Studio Four Design is honored and humbled by winning another Solomon Award,” said Cox. “We cherish our relationships with churches like Grace Baptist and Northstar. It’s our passion to provide the very best environments for them through good architectural design which allows their facilities to be more effective tools for ministry.”

To learn more about other projects that Studio Four Design has been involved in, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

 About the Solomon Awards

The Worship Facilities Solomon Awards recognizes churches and their partners for excellence in facilities design, building expansion or remodeling, operation excellence, innovative use, and technical production. To learn more, visit http://worshipfacilities.com/article/solomon_awards_winners_for_2017_announced_at_wfx/wfx.

 About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Oak Ridge Turns to Studio Four Design for 2 Major Projects

Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm’s expertise pivotal in helping the city of Oak Ridge plan and build two new projects to help youth and seniors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 17, 2017 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been working with the City of Oak Ridge on two new projects to improve the quality of life for its citizens: a preschool facility and a senior center. The Oak Ridge City Council voted Oct. 9 on a resolution authorizing agreements with Studio Four Design to fund and move forward with both projects.

The resolution authorized contracts between the City of Oak Ridge and Studio Four Design for architectural, interior design and consulting engineering services for the new preschool building and the new senior center building. The projects are to be supported by more than $1 million in initial bond funding.

The Oak Ridge preschool is a 40,000 square foot project in the Scarboro Park area of the community and is budgeted for $10 million. The new $2.9 million, 11,000 square foot senior center will be built near the civic center area of Oak Ridge. Both projects are slated to break ground in May of 2018 with completion dates in 2019.

“It has been a pleasure working on these projects with Oak Ridge city officials and the people of the community,” said Jacene Phillips, senior project manager for Studio Four Design. “Studio Four has been working on this since the latter stages of site selection for both projects. We have presented concepts and updates at public meetings over the last several months, and we have enjoyed leading the discussions. We look forward to breaking ground and seeing the concepts become reality for the members of the community.”

The Oak Ridge preschool and senior center projects have been in development for several years, and city officials are now ready to move forward with the approved designs for both facilities.

“Jacene and the Studio Four Design team have worked diligently with City Council, city staff and the community on these projects,” said Mark Watson, Oak Ridge city manager. “We are looking forward to bringing these long-discussed facilities to fruition for our community. With continued leadership and creative energy of Studio Four Design, Oak Ridge citizens will be able to enjoy these facilities soon and well into the future.”

To learn more about other projects that Studio Four Design has been involved in, visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

 About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Studio Four Design Hires Erin Metelka as Interior Designer

Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm continues growth, adds new interior designer to team

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Aug. 30, 2017 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has hired Erin Metelka as an interior designer.

Metelka, a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science in interior design, brings experience from architectural firms in Memphis and Knoxville to her position with Studio Four Design.

“The best part of working with Studio Four is definitely the people,” Metelka said. “Studio Four has an amazing culture in the office that is very supportive of exploration and new ideas – respecting the different generations within the office and their work styles. I really have a familial relationship with everyone in the office.”

Metelka specializes in various aspects of interior design including health care, education, and corporate.

“Erin hit the ground running with us,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “She is a very talented designer and brings exceptional experience with her that strengthens our team. She really fits in well within our culture and has quickly become a valuable member of our team. I see a lot of potential in what she can do for our company and our clients moving forward.”

Metelka has already contributed her skills to projects at Studio Four. She is currently working on a school project for a local municipality, a new headquarters for a credit union in a nearby community and a major manufacturing facility expansion also located in East Tennessee.

“I really enjoy seeing projects progress during construction and come to life,” Metelka said. “I have been fortunate enough to use both the creative and analytical sides of my brain when working on projects. I love puzzles – so design is like dealing with a different puzzle every day.” 

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their client’s lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride and dedication in all of their projects they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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Churches Look to Rebranding Amid Decade Long Attendance Decline

WBIR-10 (NBC) recently interviewed Stacy Cox about Studio Four Design’s work at OneLife Church in Powell, Tennessee. Here is a link to the story: WBIR Story

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Which Wich® Arrives in Fountain City with the help of Leon Williams Contractors, Studio Four Design

Maryville-based commercial design-build firm and Knoxville-based architecture firm help bring Which Wich Superior Sandwiches to Fountain City

Fountain City Knoxville Which Wich designed by Studio Four DesignMARYVILLE, Tenn. – June 26, 2017 – Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches, with the help of Leon Williams Contractors, a Maryville-based commercial design-build firm, and Studio Four Design, a Knoxville-based architecture firm, has officially opened in Fountain City.

Franchise owner Jeff Hensley, along with his wife Amy and two children, are responsible for bringing the store to the area. The new location was designed by Studio Four Design with Leon Williams Contractors bringing the design to life.

“This is our fourth location in the greater Knoxville area, and a location we’ve had our eye on for quite some time,” Hensley said. “We were fortunate enough to work with the great people at Studio Four Design and Leon Williams Contractors to help bring our large variety of sandwiches and awesome milkshakes closer to residents in Fountain City and North Knoxville.”

Along with his Alcoa store that was opened in April, this marks the second Which Wich Hensley has opened in 2017.

“We worked on the Alcoa location with Jeff, and it’s been great to see his franchise business grow,” said Jimmy Hawkins, president of Leon Williams Contractors. “We’re happy to help him and his team bring Which Wich to even more Knoxville residents.”

Along with the Alcoa store, Hensley also has locations in Cedar Bluff and Oak Ridge, making the Fountain City store the fourth opened by Hensley in the greater Knoxville area.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have worked on three of Jeff’s stores in the Knox and Blount County region,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “Our entire team looks forward to working with Jeff and his family in the future as they continue to grow their business.”

About Which Wich
Which Wich® Superior Sandwiches was founded in Dallas in late 2003 by restaurant entrepreneur, Jeff Sinelli. The national sandwich franchise chain is best known for its customizable sandwiches, creative ordering system, and personalized sandwich bag. In 2014, QSR named Which Wich one of their “2014 Best Franchise Deals” and Forbes listed Which Wich as one of their 2014 “30 Best Franchises To Buy.” Which Wich is also the recipient of the 2015 Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters “Healthful Innovations” award. Which Wich currently has 500 locations open or in development in 39 states and 12 countries. For more information, visit www.whichwich.com.

About Leon Williams Contractors
An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. As a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit www.lwcontractorstn.com or call 865-982-1734.

About Studio Four Design Inc.
Since 2002, Studio Four Design has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm to the Greater Knoxville Area. Their guiding principal is Design Matters, and their goal is to go beyond expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their clients’ lives and organizations. Their team has worked on a variety of projects over the last decade that includes: churches, educational facilities, restaurants, retail buildings, athletic venues and much more. Studio Four Design takes pride in and is dedicated to all of the clients they serve. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

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