Thursday, May 30, 2013

NCSU students learn directly from MHAworks’ by working side by side

MHAworks, SEEDS and Wilson Construction with NCSU students

In an effort to cultivate the impressionable minds of the next generation of architects, MHAworks invested both time and effort through their participation in a higher education practicum program for Masters students of North Carolina State University School of Architecture .

MHAworks’ President Michael Hining and Project Manager Jared Martinson took four students in the masters program under their proverbial wing and involved them in MHAworks’ renovation to SEEDS, a local community center and garden. The students followed the progression and performed a case study on the project. This was a unique opportunity for the students to gain real-world knowledge, ranging from the preliminary design to the aggregation of construction documents to the construction administration phase.

At the end of the semester, NCSU Student Emily Faber reflected, “This project has given us insight into the professional practice of architecture by depicting a real world client-architect relationship as well as the interaction between the architect and the various project constituents. Observing this process taught us all of the correct ways to be successful architects, and we genuinely look forward to the success of the SEEDS project. Much like this academic program, MHAworks and SEEDS are focused on building for future generations.”

MHAworks is partnered with Durham Public Schools, Durham Tech and NC State to cultivate several ventures that aim to enhance education possibilities for youth and provide avenues for them to become further integrated in the AEC industry. Founded in 1988, MHAworks is a commercial architectural firm serving clients from offices in Durham and Greenville, North Carolina. With a staff of 29 professionals, MHAworks provides planning, architecture and interior design. Find out more about MHAworks at

SEEDS is a non-profit educational community garden that teaches respect for life, for the earth & for each other through gardening & growing food.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

JobLinks Career Center worked for MHAworks!

Angela Phinx interviewed in the MHAworks Office

 A little over a month ago, we brought Angela Phinx onto our team through the Durham Workforce Development Boards' career center, JobLinks. We were incredibly pleased with the system and with Angela.

To find out more about JobLinks, check out this video.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Sarah Shook & The Devil at DDI's Summer Concert Series!

Sarah Shook & the Devil

If you'd like to have some toe-tapping entertainment for the evening, head down to the CCB Plaza tonight at 7:30 pm for DDI's Find Your Cool Summer Concert series, of which we are very proud sponsors.

Tonight features Sarah Shook & the Devil - we'll see you there!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Jaymes and Charlie serve it up for charity!

Charlie Tennant and Jaymes Carter
In a picture-perfect display of finesse and athleticism, Project Designers Jaymes Carter and Charlie Tennant took their skills to the court and competed in the 2013 Charles House Tennis Benefit. The third annual benefit raised over $25,000 for the Eldercare Homes of the Charles House.

Jaymes gets some serious air on the court

Thanks for competing Jaymes and Charlie. You guys did great!

Charlie shows his determination

 Photo credit to Eddie Price Photography. Visit his website at or click here to see more pictures of the Charles House Tennis Benefit.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Check out DDI's Summer Concert Series!

If you find yourself with naught to do on a sultry Thursday evening, we suggest you make your way over to the CCB Plaza for the Downtown Durham Inc. Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series. Every Thursday from 7 – 8:30 pm at 201 N. Corcoran Street, DDI will be featuring local bands and artists in a variety of genres (basically everything under the sun, from gypsy jazz to blues to Americana rockabilly to west African).  Here’s the summer’s lineup:

Jo Gore & The Alternative (Soul) – May 9
Onyx Club Boys (Gypsy Jazz) – May 16
Sarah Shook & The Devil (Rockabilly) – May 23
Virgins Family Band (Pop) – May 30
The Pinkerton Raid (Pop/Americana) – June 6
Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos (Blues) – June 13
Dark Water Rising (Rock) – June 20
Orquesta GarDel (Salsa) – June 27
Cyril Lance Collective Arkestra (Blues) - July 11
Jonathan Byrd (Americana) – July 18
Birds & Arrows (Alternafolk) – July 25
The Fair and the Four (Americana) – August 1
Khalat Africa featuring Diali Cissokho (West African) – August 8

See you out there!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MHAworks hires a new Project Designer

MHAworks has brought Jason Hite, a new Project Designer, onto our team. Jason brings a passion for architecture that is driven by its ability to enhance and unify various communities. Jason's previous experience in healthcare architecture provided a solid foundation for the diversity of work he  encounters at MHAworks. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Jason Hite moved to Charlotte to pursue his Master of Architecture at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Welcome to the team, Jason!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Grand Opening

MHAworks recently completed renovations to East Carolina University's brand new Office of Faculty Excellence and the University Writing Center. ECU faculty and staff attended the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday to commemorate this renovated space.

MHAworks completed the design in April of 2013. The Office of Faculty Excellence holds the faculty training and recruitment resource offices. The University Writing Center supports student writing development through one-on-one tutorial interactions and peer response groups.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Thank you, Bill!

We want to take a moment to thank Bill Kalkhof for everything he's done for Durham. Although we know he's not going anywhere, he will be sorely missed as the leader of Downtown Durham, Inc. His creative contributions to the rehabilitation of Durham have taken this city from a blip on the national radar to a growing hotspot for new developments, businesses, entrepreneurs, community advocates and foodies alike.

Thank you for everything you've done, Bill. We look forward to seeing what you're up to next!