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Meet Our CEO and President, Robbie Ferris!

Robbie Ferris has wanted to be in this industry ever since he was a little boy. When he was young, the dream started when he wanted to build a house for superman. Ever since then designing innovative buildings that are ahead of their time has been his passion. In this video, Robbie is at Sandy Grove Middle School, one of the first energy positive schools SfL+a Architects and Firstfloor worked on. Today it is considered one of the most energy efficient buildings ... Read more

Sfl+a Architects Named Southeast Design Firm of the Year

ENR editors choose SfL+a Architects as the Southeast Design Firm of the Year for their efforts and achievements related to transforming the model for K-12 design and construction. Stay tuned for more information about this award, current projects, and our sustainability story in the upcoming May print edition. To read the full article, click here. Read more

SfL+a supports Build Better Schools Movement

Join us, let's #BuildBetterSchools Many of our public-school buildings in rural North Carolina are run down and outdated due to lack of funding. Child safety, well-being, and overall health can be severely affected. The Build Better Schools movement was created to provide awareness about this issue and share real life examples of proven solutions. A lot of the problems we currently face with our public school system can by resolved by building an energy positive building through a public private partnership. Building schools ... Read more

Sandy Grove Middle School featured in WRAL News!

Sandy Grove Middle School, the Nation's Most Energy Efficient school, has recently been featured in WRAL News. Get a quick tour of the school by watching the video, and hearing from our very own, Robbie Ferris. Then read the full article on the highly innovative school, how it helps save taxpayers money, as well as what to expect next. Read full article here. Read more

Upcoming City Gateway featured in Triangle Business Journal!

Plans, renderings unveiled for 10-story downtown Raleigh building project - with Exploris School Written by Amanda Hoyle, ¬†from Triangle Business Journal Check out one of our latest projects, and the Triangle's First Energy Positive building, City Gateway. Amanda Hoyle, from Triangle Business Journal talks about the development of the project, who's involved, and highlights key features of the first of it's kind building. The article also includes exclusive renderings of the future building, expected to be completed by winter 2018. Excerpt from Article: A group ... Read more

Sandy Grove Middle School Recognized as Zero Energy Building

SfL+a Architects has announced that Sandy Grove Middle School in Hoke County has been recognized as a verified zero energy building by New Buildings Institute. Sandy Grove Middle School is now a verified zero energy building that benefits from reduced energy use through onsite renewable energy sources. The school is the first energy-positive, LEED Platinum registered, leased public school in North Carolina. The 74,000-sq. ft. energy-positive facility is designed to return more energy to the grid than it consumes. The facility is projected ... Read more

Sandy Grove wins National Best Award from ENR!

Sandy Grove Middle School received an ENR National Best Award in the K-12 Educational Project Category! We were thrilled to find out that Sandy Grove received a 2013 Best Project award from ENR Southeast in the K-12 Educational Project Category. So you can imagine the even greater excitement at finding out that we also received the National Award for 2013 Best Project! You can check out all of the amazing projects which received awards here. But make sure you check ... Read more

Sandy Grove Featured for ENR Best Projects

Sandy Grove's Award for 2013 Best Project in the K12 Category by ENR Southeast was featured recently in the Triangle Business Journal! The article highlights the three North Carolina buildings that were awarded Best Project by ENR Southeast including the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at N.C. State and the Facebook Data Center in Forest City. Check out the whole article here Check out Sandy Grove's project sheet here Check out the original award from ENR Southeast here Read more

Franklin Street Parking Deck Receives Award of Excellence!

We're proud to say that our Franklin Street Parking Deck project located in Fayetteville, NC has received an Award for Architectural Achievement from the International Parking Institute! The project was also featured in the December issue of Concrete International along with the other seven recipients of various categories of awards, each of which are intended to highlight positive effects for the neighborhood and community. Checkout the issue of Concrete International below Reprinted courtesy of the American Concrete Institute Check out the Franklin Street Parking ... Read more

Sandy Grove Middle School Raises the Bar for Sustainability

Sandy Grove Middle School is published in the latest edition of the North Carolina Construction news! Possibly the most detailed article to date on Sandy Grove, this excellent article features information from many of our subcontractors on the project that contributed to the energy efficiency in the school. If you're curious about how we made it to Energy Positive and more information on the systems we have in place in the school, this article is a must-read! Check out the article ... Read more
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