Our Core Values: Go Beyond

The values that an organization prioritizes will shape how they interact, whether with each other, their clients, or the community. The first of our four Core Values at Studio Four Design is the driving force behind everything we do: Go Beyond.

Excellence requires dedication and persistence. Consider the world’s greatest champions: no one who ever achieves success and accomplishes exceptional results would tell you they’ve done it without challenges, because we live in an imperfect world.

At Studio Four Design, our first of four Core Values is “Go Beyond.” Team members are challenged to ask the question, “Am I exceeding the expectations of our clients and our company? Am I demonstrating excellence and achieving exceptional results?”

What does it take to exceed expectations? When our team begins a project with a new client, we evaluate their needs, identify their problems, and develop a plan that will accomplish what they need to propel their mission forward for the future. Sometimes that is easily achieved, and sometimes projects present a variety of challenges. Teamwork, collaboration, and good communication between our staff and the project team are critical components to successfully crossing the finish line.

Our goal in every project is to provide clients with an excellent experience from start to finish. With careful attention to detail and purposeful planning, we can achieve exceptional results. We want each of our clients to feel a high level of satisfaction at the time of completion, knowing that their project met and surpassed their greatest expectations!

“In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter—being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.” – Hank Aaron

 

 

Published on January 30, 2023 by .
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Studio Four Design Announces Opening of Voodoo Brewing Co. in Knoxville, TN

Leading Knoxville-based architecture firm announces successful completion and opening of Knoxville’s newest brewery, Voodoo Brewing Co.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – December 20, 2022 – Studio Four Design is excited to announce the successful completion and grand opening of Knoxville’s newest brewery, Voodoo Brewing Co., located in West Knoxville.

Voodoo Brewing Co. held its grand opening on December 17, 2022, in a well-attended event that offered an exciting community introduction to the new venue. Located in a former, more traditionally styled restaurant, Studio Four Design was tasked with redesigning the space to reflect the Voodoo Brewing Co. branding and the owners’ vision and unique personalities. Along with the brand’s already established color scheme, the owners were presented with the freedom to implement existing themes along with quirky graphical elements to create a one-of-a-kind space. A creative and colorful mural includes the Knoxville skyline giving a nod to the new East Tennessee location.

With the clients’ desire to reuse existing elements of the original space, Studio Four Design helped find opportunities to repurpose and integrate pieces like the shelving that was reused as signage, the original wainscoting, and the existing concrete floors. Family and friends got involved in the customization of the space by repainting doors that were procured for the new design, which are now incorporated into the décor hanging above the bar and along the wall.

A new, fully furnished commercial kitchen with modern equipment offers an efficient environment in which the staff can work as they serve customers. Because patrons have a view into the kitchen as they pick up their orders, it was critical to the owners that the space be clean, fresh, and visually appealing. An emphasis on function and layout was critical to making the most of the space and easily accommodating customers. Working closely with the owners and franchise, the design team identified a unique solution for the location of the bar, best utilizing the reimagined space to emphasize direction and provide an efficient and seamless traffic flow.

The brewery offers a European beer hall style of operation, with food and drink available, including long community tables and standard dining tables. The style is designed to create a casual, fun, community atmosphere that fosters interaction between patrons in addition to seating areas for smaller groups if desired.

The Studio Four Design team enjoyed the opportunity to work with these motivated entrepreneurs and the opportunity to delve into this creatively driven project. Designer, Vallie Noles, commented, “These were amazing clients and so proactive. They were hands-on the entire time but very trusting of our team.”

 

About Voodoo Brewing Co.

The new Voodoo Brewing Co., which opened in December 2022, is located in the popular Bearden area of Knoxville, Tennessee. The Pennsylvania-based franchise offers a European beer hall style of operation, with food and drink available, including long community tables and standard dining tables. The style is designed to create a casual, fun, community atmosphere that fosters interaction between patrons in addition to seating areas for smaller groups if desired.

 

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design based in Knoxville, Tennessee has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm in their region and beyond. Their guiding principle is Design Matters, and their goal is to exceed expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their clients, community, and the organizations they serve. Their team has gained expertise on a select variety of project types over the last twenty years including churches, higher education, restaurants, retail, corporate, manufacturing, athletic, and recreational venues. Studio Four Design takes pride in its high-energy, performance-driven culture and its collaborative approach to working with its clients, consultants, and contractors. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

Published on January 17, 2023 by .
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Studio Four Design Provides Design for New Kern’s Bakery Food Hall Tenants

Leading Knoxville-based architecture firm works with tenants in preparation for opening of new food hall in South Knoxville.

Storefront for Captain Muchachos

Pictured is the rendering of the uniquely designed stall for Captain Muchachos that will be housed in the new food hall designed by Studio Four Design.

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – November 3, 2022 – Studio Four Design is excited to play an integral role in the development and completion of the new Kern’s Bakery Food Hall, scheduled for opening in June 2023. The historic Knoxville landmark has been reimagined and the building shell designed by Johnson Architecture. Studio Four Design has been chosen by many of the new vendors to create unique, branded stalls for individual businesses to represent their food and product offerings. The newly redesigned facility is one that the owners envision as a “vibrant destination”, where visitors can come for not only a meal and shopping, but find a place of connection with their community, a convenient workspace, or a gathering space for groups.

Located in the New South Knoxville Waterfront District, the new Kern’s Bakery Food Hall will combine the historic and distinctive art deco elements found in the original 1931 building design with new, modern, customized details representative of each vendor. The building will house a 20-merchant food hall including full-service restaurants and unique vendors, with abundant seating and workspace located throughout. A spacious outdoor gathering and entertainment area, two rooftop patios, a dog park, and other amenities will offer space for visitors to linger and enjoy a variety of activities and entertainment.  With its close proximity to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, the downtown area, and the University of Tennessee, visitors will enjoy the easily accessible location with free onsite parking, free high-speed internet, and a nearby municipal deck connected with a planned pedestrian bridge.

Using an individualized approach, Studio Four Design is providing a customized focus on each vendor, their needs, and visions for their spaces. The defined, limited stall space means that every decision is purposeful and critical to the success of the design. As Architectural Designer Rose Gowder described, the effort is on “maximizing opportunity in each space for things like signage and inch-by-inch detail.” Whether clients desire extra prep space or want to incorporate a creative social media wall, each design is uniquely tailored to the business owner. Working with a variety of vendors, like Captain Muchachos, Hey Bear Café, Won Kitchen, and Irvey’s Ice Cream, Studio Four Design is enjoying the distinctive design process for each business to help them maximize their potential in the new location.

The Kern’s Bakery Food Hall presents the type of project that Studio Four Design is particularly passionate about – helping small business owners who have invested their resources into a dream and helping bring that to reality. The opportunity to build relationships with clients and their families is a uniquely rewarding process and privilege for the Studio Four Design team.

 

About Kern’s Bakery Food Hall

The new Kern’s Bakery Food Hall, scheduled to open in June 2023, is located in the historic Kern’s Bakery facility. Johnson Architecture developed the renovation design to transform the old facility into a newly designed, modern space to accommodate a variety of dining and specialty vendors. Studio Four Design is working with many of the new tenants to develop uniquely branded, customized stalls that represent each culinary or retail offering.

 

About Studio Four Design Inc.

Since 2002, Studio Four Design based in Knoxville, Tennessee has served as a premiere architectural and interior design firm in their region and beyond. Their guiding principle is Design Matters, and their goal is to exceed expectations to provide design solutions that positively impact their clients, community, and the organizations they serve. Their team has gained expertise on a select variety of project types over the last twenty years including churches, higher education, restaurants, retail, corporate, manufacturing, athletic, and recreational venues. Studio Four Design takes pride in its high-energy, performance-driven culture and its collaborative approach to working with its clients, consultants, and contractors. To find out more, call 865-523-5001 or visit http://studiofourdesign.com.

Published on December 13, 2022 by .
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Studio Four Design Expands Ownership

Leading Knoxville-based architecture firm adds five new shareholders to its ownership team entering its 20th year in operations in East Tennessee

 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – February 8, 2022 – Studio Four Design, a top Knoxville-based architecture firm, has added five new shareholders to its Board of Directors as it kicks off twenty years of operations in Knoxville, TN.  Joining the firm’s current President, Stacy Cox, and Vice President, Brian Nicholson as new owners are:

  • Markus Chady, Vice President & Principal
  • Melanie Sitzlar, Associate & Business Manager
  • Kim Firkins, Associate & Project Manager
  • Macy Rudell, Associate & Project Manager
  • Erin Metelka, Associate & Interior Designer

“We are thrilled to expand our ownership.” said Stacy Cox, president of Studio Four Design. “These five individuals have all demonstrated a passion for serving our clients and their teammates and have been deeply invested in our company and culture from the moment they first joined our team.  We are beyond blessed to have them invest into the company and be part of our senior leadership team.  They will help set the vision for our next 20 years and open the door for the next generation of owners to come.”

  • Markus Chady joined the firm in 2019 as a project manager advancing to Vice President and Principal. Markus is a licensed architect and provides leadership in business development and senior project management of commercial, manufacturing, and mixed-use developments.  “It is a tremendous opportunity to step into leadership with this team; fostering a really positive and high performing professional culture that is uniquely Studio Four Design.”

 

  • Melanie Sitzlar, also joined the firm in 2019 as the company’s Business Manager. “From the minute I stepped into this office and met the team, I knew this was “home”.  I’m so proud and honored to be a part of such a dedicated and creative group.”  Melanie directs the firm’s financial, human resources and corporate operations as well as marketing and business development.

 

  • Kimberlee Firkins has worked at Studio Four Design since 2014, with a short two-year absence, returning in 2019. She is now a Project Manager focusing on interior architecture projects and is currently pursuing both interior design and architectural registration.  “Studio Four Design has always had a special place in my heart and to be able to be a part of its future growth as a shareholder is such an honor.”

 

  • Macy Rudell started as a student intern in 2015 and has grown into the role of Project Manager, overseeing many of the firm’s church and ministry projects which she is passionate about. Macy is currently in the process of architectural registration. “I am thankful for all that I have learned through the mentorship of my colleagues at Studio Four Design. I have been able to grow in my career and I am looking forward this next step in a leadership position as a shareholder.”

 

  • Erin Metelka is a licensed interior designer and has been a part of the team since 2017 and provides senior design leadership on interior architecture projects. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to become an owner in such a wonderful company. Studio Four Design is everything I could have dreamed of in a company to be a part of, and I could not be more excited. I look forward to continuing growing as a professional and a as person with this team.” Erin’s creativity and talent as a designer extend over a wide variety of the firm’s projects.

 

“I believe the desire of these team members to commit themselves as owners is a true testament to the culture that has been built at the firm” said Brian Nicholson, Vice President of Studio Four Design. “This type of passion will power the firm for the years to come.”

Published on March 17, 2022 by .
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