Studio Four Design Founding Member to Retire

Mike Keller announces retirement after 15 years with Knoxville-based top architecture and design firm

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – March 1, 2018 – Studio Four Design, a top architecture and design firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, announces the retirement of founding partner Mike Keller.

Keller is retiring March 1,  after 15 years at Studio Four Design. He helped found the architecture and design firm in 2002 and has since served as CFO and vice president.

“Mike was a founding partner of our team, and his leadership has been instrumental in creating our unique brand and culture,” said Stacy Cox, President of Studio Four Design. “His vast experience and knowledge in planning and design has helped shape our company and accomplish its goals since 2002.”

As Studio Four Design has grown and matured as a company, Keller made the decision to retire early. He will, however, still make himself available as a part-time consultant and designer, continuing to share his more than 27 years of experience in architectural design and planning with the company.

“Mike has been such a fantastic mentor for all of our team members, new and seasoned alike,” Cox said. “We will miss his regular presence, but he has empowered all of us to move forward by continually imparting his knowledge and experience. We wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement.”

Keller is a Baltimore native and 1990 University of Tennessee graduate. He and his wife, Kendall, moved back to Knoxville in 1993 after a short period in Atlanta.

To learn more about Studio Four Design, 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 principle 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.

 

 

Newport Utilities Lobby Comes to Life with the Help of Studio Four Design

 

Leading Knoxville architecture firm redesigned and created a new customer-friendly lobby area for Newport Utilities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 2, 2018 – Studio Four Design, a top Knoxville-based architecture and design firm, helped bring to life a new customer-focused, interactive lobby area for Newport Utilities, in Newport, Tennessee.

The lobby was redesigned to put a spotlight on the Newport Utilities’ new offering of premise fiber optic cable broadband services. Previously, the lobby reflected a traditional utilities business, but now it’s an interactive experience center where customers can see and feel the superior performance of fiber broadband in data delivery, television viewing, and telephone service.

“The vision for this project was to improve the customer experience of visitors to our facility as we introduce fiber-optic broadband services to our community,” said Glenn Ray, general manager for Newport Utilities. “We were looking for a new, innovative way to interact with our customers, and Studio Four Design delivered that for us. The new high-tech lobby is engaging for our visitors and has freed up our customer service team to handle billing, utility service, and outage issues. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

Studio Four Design’s philosophy behind the design is to provide a more welcoming environment for utility customers as they enter the building, introduce interactive kiosks to visitors, and allow customer service team members to focus more attention on patrons who have billing or outage questions.

The new lobby area features:

  • Interactive Television Display – The focal point of the experience area is the interactive television display that will be used for customer demonstrations and learning. A set of four television screens work together to form a large touch screen surface, and with the addition of a controller, can also work independently to display multiple messages.
  • Customer Service Workstations – The customer experience area incorporates two work stations for customer service representatives to complete customer orders. There is ample counter space to accommodate displays and product brochures, and the counters are a comfortable height for resting one’s arms. The area has sufficient storage cabinets and shelves to keep a convenient inventory of supplies to facilitate customer/agent interaction.
  • Promotional Display – A large screen television adjacent to the interactive television provides an appealing display for videos, presentations or programming content for customer service and marketing purposes.

“The interior design of any business or facility has a major impact on the customer experience of visitors and how employees interact with customers,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “So when it comes to running a successful business, the design of your building and the interior space really matter. Our focus was on achieving the primary objectives of Newport Utilities through the creative and thoughtful design of its lobby area.”

 

About Newport Utilities

Newport Utilities (NU) is a utility located in East Tennessee that provides electric, water, and wastewater services to citizens and businesses of Cocke County, Tennessee and surrounding areas. NU is a TVA power distributor that delivers electricity to approximately 21,500 customers in its 600 square mile service area. NU supplies quality water to more than 11,500 customers with over 4 million gallons of average flow each day. NU also serves wastewater services to approximately 4,450 customers using the most modern treatment techniques. NU has embarked on a FTTH deployment project and will soon offer the triple-play of fiber broadband services—internet access, video, and voice—to its electric customers. For more information, visit www.newportutilities.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 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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Studio Four Design Exec Completes Prestigious Goldman Sachs Business Program

Stacy Cox, president of Knoxville-based architecture firm, recently graduated from the highly selective Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses National Program designed and created to provide small business owners critical skills and networking to help grow their companies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 7, 2017 – Stacy Cox, president and director of business development for Studio Four Design, a top Knoxville-based architecture and design firm, recently graduated from the prestigious and intensive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses National Program.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses was developed to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. With 33 sites across the United States and United Kingdom, 10,000 Small Businesses has served over 8,000 small business owners. The program has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for alumni of the program.

“I’ve gained a lot of insight and personal growth as a business leader from this program,” Cox said. “Learning alongside other business leaders from across the U.S. during the interactive sessions helped me to identify some pieces missing from our business tool box. It was a very intensive ten weeks of online and on-site learning, and the relationships I developed with other scholars and advisors have already proven to be invaluable to me as a business leader. My experience in this program will help our company continue to grow strategically and sharpen our skills which will ultimately result in our ability to better serve our clients and our community.”

Highlights of the program:

  • The program is offered at no cost to the business owner – every business owner selected receives a full scholarship, with tuition and travel costs funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Half of the program is taught online and there are two, four-day in-person sessions at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
  • Within six months of graduating, 69 percent of the graduates report increased revenues.
  • 48 percent of the participants added new jobs in the same six month time period after graduation.
  • The curriculum focuses on practical business skills, including negotiations, marketing, and employee management.
  • Business owners from a wide variety of industries attend and receive one-on-one business advising and learning alongside peer CEOs from across the United States.
  • Babson College, the leading university for entrepreneurship, delivers the curriculum and has documented the remarkable results of the program for its scholars.

“It was an amazing opportunity and I am blessed to have been chosen to participate in the 10KSB program,” Cox said. “Not only was this beneficial to me personally, I know this will provide positive results for Studio Four Design. Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, and it is my hope all of us in the small business community can help our local and national economies continue to prosper and create jobs into 2018 and beyond.”

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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Knoxville Dental Center Opens in Powell with the Help of Studio Four Design

Knoxville-based architecture firm designed and created the two-building complex in northwest Knoxville location with multiple dental practice spaces

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Nov. 30, 2017 –

Studio Four Design, a top Knoxville-based architecture and design firm, helped bring to life a new two-building complex for Knoxville Dental Center (KDC) off Emory Road in northwest Knoxville.

Dr. Hubbell Williams, DDS, chose Studio Four Design to develop the property and deliver a two-building complex with a two-story, 14,000 square foot building and a one-story, 7,000 square foot building with associated parking. The vision was to establish a new location for Knoxville Dental Center, as well as offer medical or office space to other businesses.

“This is our sixth location in greater Knoxville and an area we’ve wanted to move into for quite some time,” Williams said. “We were looking for a fresh design that could also be used in future projects. We chose to work with the incredibly creative people at Studio Four Design to help bring our vision to life. We are excited about the future of Knoxville Dental Center in northwest Knoxville.”

Studio Four Design’s concept was to provide open, naturally lit areas that provide a more comfortable atmosphere for patients.

Knoxville Dental Center is located on the second floor of the two story building while the one-story building houses two tenants: Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Specialists (OMSS) and Volunteer Pediatric Dentistry. The OMSS office allows for natural lighting in each of its spaces and provides a warm design for patient comfort and recoverability. Volunteer Pediatric Dentistry is a bright and colorful space, helping to make children feel comfortable while visiting the dentist.

“We asked Studio Four Design to create kid-friendly and welcoming environments,” Williams said. “We feel like they have really delivered on that vision.”

This KDC location is one of many medical practices that Studio Four Design has designed and developed over the last 15 years in the greater Knoxville area. Merit Construction built both facilities.

“We are proud of our design of this Knoxville Dental Center complex,” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “Our entire team pulled together a functional, beautiful and welcoming design under the leadership of Katie Moran. We look forward to continuing to work with KDC on the development of future locations for their practice.”

 

About Knoxville Dental Center

Knoxville Dental Center offers General, Cosmetic and Dental Implant Restoration Dental services at six locations in the greater Knoxville, Tennessee, area. With each initial visit, patients are provided a thorough oral examination, including all necessary diagnostic aids. One of our first concerns is the health of your mouth, and we also immediately address any dental emergencies. For more information, visit www.knoxvilledentalcenter.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 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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Local Leaders Discuss Church Security

WATE TV-6 ABC,  recently featured Studio Four Design’s Stacy Cox on a panel discussing what churches can do to improve security yet still maintain a welcoming worship environment. Here is a link to the story WATE