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Ideas Brewing

Anne Sciarrone - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Good grief, it has been a long time since I've paid any attention to this space.  It's a little more than embarrassing - especially the thousands of spam comments that are showing up on the blog!  How did they get there?  [spooky] and more importantly how do I get rid of them?  

I suppose I could use the unexceptional excuse that I have been too busy to keep tabs on my website and blog.  It would be more factual to state that I'd rather draw than write copy any day.   I have also been paralyzed by the fear of committing one or all of these five Cardinal Sins of Blogging and have consequently committed #5 - Inconsistency in a big way.

Maybe it's that Halloween is in the air and a spell has been cast, but ideas are brewing...I am pretty excited about some work I have been doing around finding my voice and what that means about an eventual transformation of this site. 

In the mean time I have some things to clean up - And no more spam!  Broom parking is FULL...

On The Boards: The New Garden Hills Pool House

Anne Sciarrone - Wednesday, February 22, 2012


In a traditional eclectic style employing stone, wood siding and heavy timber detailing, the new home for the Garden Hills Neighborhood Pool provides a refreshingly updated and accessible facility.

The new building will replace an existing out-dated A-frame structure built in 1979. 

The modernized plan provides a controlled entry to the pool area through a breezeway in the center of the building.  A family restroom located outside the gate to the pool will be available to service the playground and soccer field while the pool is secure.  Modernized locker room facilities meeting the requirements of the ADA will allow for greater efficiency and ease of maintenance while providing larger dressing areas.  An enlarged concession area will service both the playground area and the pool deck.  The upper level will house employee areas and offices with views to the pool.  A mezzanine has been provided for the use of swim team meet scoring.  Also on the upper level will be a Community Room intended to be available for small meetings and parties.  A covered deck on the pool side will connect the Community Room to the pool deck.  The building design, with the large covered area outside concessions and other open air spaces will also provide for spaces for pool occupants to wait out rain delays.

We are working on this project in a design-build collaboration with The Macallan Group and hope to begin construction documents soon.  Fundraising is underway.  If you'd like to donate please contact the Garden Hills Pool and Park Association.


Muirfield Village Golf Club - Returning Home

Anne Sciarrone - Friday, June 17, 2011
I am just returning home today from a trip to the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.  

The club, founded by Jack Nicklaus and officially opened in 1974 and home to the annual Memorial Tournament, is truly an extraordinary place.

I first visited Muirfield when I started working on the design of a 12-room Lodge in 2001 and continued work there until the spring of 2007 when we completed the construction of six new Golf Villas. 

This was my first trip back in well over a year and I was reminded of how bitter-sweet the end of a project always is for me.  Each time I am able to go back to visit an old project it is truly wonderful to  see it in full bloom - people using and enjoying the spaces as intended, mature landscaping all around, and in this case signs of impeccable upkeep. 

The best part about returning, though?  It’s the chance to reunite with the people.  When a project is done, the furniture moved in and job trailers moved out, I am most grateful for the relationships that I have built along the way.  In a way going back and seeing old friends makes it feel like I am “returning home”.

A Visit to The Holy City

Anne Sciarrone - Sunday, March 13, 2011

A few weekends ago my husband and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend.  It had been a while since I was there last, and I don't ever recall visiting during the month of February, but I highly recommend visiting The Holy City this time of year! 

The Holy City?  My husband says he’s never heard of Charleston referred to by this moniker.  So I had to consult Google to be sure I didn’t make it up myself.  According to Wikipedia, “Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city's skyline, and for the fact that it was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-Catholics.”  In my search I did find other nicknames for the city including, “The City of Spires”, "The Palmetto City", and a less formal "Chuck Town".

We had a magnificent time on our own self-guided walking tours of the city (with a little help from a few iPhone apps).  Charleston’s commitment to historic preservation makes it a city with a wealth of significant architecture.  It is easy to see why tourists flood the city to take in the architectural treasures and the city’s, not to mention our country’s, history. 

It was a weekend packed with exploring galleries, fine restaurants, museums, old cemeteries and, of course, we saw more than just a few churches.

Check out my flickr account for a photo blog of a few of my favorite things from the trip. 

Is it time for your club to resurrect a Master Plan?

Anne Sciarrone - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Having had firsthand experience bringing back from the dead and breathing new life into failed Master Plans I wanted to share a case study from Club and Resort Business on how a winning master plan can transform a club’s success.  Not every club can pull off an ice rink, but it is worth considering what other  family activities you could offer and how updating your facilities could bring them alive.

As you read the article look for these key lessons from Columbia Country Club’s Master Planning experience:

    • Educate your membership.  Help them to better understand how your club amenities need to stay ahead of how the club industry is changing and how facilities make it possible to add updated programs and services
    • After making a commitment to staying fresh, come up with a big picture solution of where to be in the future. 
    • And be sure to involve an architect that has a keen understanding of clubs and the process of obtaining member approval.

Find the Club and Resort Business article here.

And,  I don't know about you, but I can't wait to try the crab cluster recipe!

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