AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry

Tinker Ma provided the architectural design for AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry’s L-Series Control Building. The new building is situated in the heart of an active chemical plant in close proximity to several live chemical reactors. The two-story building is blast hardened, providing plant operators a safe and comfortable place from which to work and visually observe a large portion of the plant. Completion of this project is expected the Summer of 2019.

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Resolute Forest Products

Resolute, a leader in the forest products industry, offers a diverse range of products that include market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers. EMJ Corporation teamed with Tinker Ma to complete the architectural portion of a Design-Build contract for a new Converting Building located at Resolute’s Calhoun production facility.

Tinker Ma worked alongside EMJ’s team and a metal building manufacturer to design the 230,000-square-foot tissue production building. The project required the design of nine individual dock pits to receive 13 vertical storing dock levelers. Tinker Ma coordinated with structural engineers in the design of the facility’s slab to support the large amount of equipment required in the space.

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Audia Plastics

Audia International, Inc. is one of the world’s largest plastics manufacturers focused on plastic compounding, color solutions, and distribution. Audia’s South East Expansion Plant saw over $50 million in investments toward a new manufacturing facility in the newly developed Walker County Business Park.

Tinker Ma designed the complex industrial building, which encompasses 288,750 square feet, or 6.6 acres worth of building. The pre-engineered metal building includes 16 large truck bays, two bays for distribution trains (heavy rail) to drive into the facility, Audia’s patented plastics manufacturing equipment, a research laboratory, and offices.

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Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institution Roof Replacement

Tinker Ma worked with the State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management (STREAM) and the Department of Mental Health to complete a large roof replacement at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. The main building has approximately 150,000 square feet of roof surface spread over several different levels. The majority of the existing roof was a ballasted loose membrane system.

After being presented with an analysis of several different alternatives for the new roofing system, STREAM chose to utilize a fully adhered 60 mil TPO system for the project. Work also included the replacement of all sheet metal, flashing, and copings, many of which were custom profiles. The project, which replaced insulation and protection board, also included a small amount of standing seam metal roofing, which will be utilized over portions of two outdoor courtyard areas for patients who are sensitive to sunlight.

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UTSI Infrastructure Systems Upgrades

Tinker Ma was pleased to be involved with the University of Tennessee Space Institute Upgrade Infrastructure Systems project, which included a wide variety of tasks. Specifically, we managed a series of infrastructure upgrades that included a campus-wide security system installation, additional site lighting, various paving and drainage repairs, installation of generators and re-roofing large portions of both the Main Academic Building and the Industry Student Center. These buildings were originally designed with either low or no-slope roof systems, but Tinker Ma has successfully designed new tapered insulation systems that provide for better positive drainage without making significant aesthetic modifications to the striking modernist buildings.

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Bluff Creek Residence

This private single-family home is nestled on a hillside on Signal Mountain. The site is steep and presented some unique challenges when coupled with the client’s program and wishes. Tinker Ma chose to work with the existing topography, rather than compete against it. The resulting project, indoor and outdoor spaces alike, snakes along the contours of the land. The home is relatively invisible from the street and opens up views from within to the outdoor living spaces, including a swimming pool, mountainous views, and adjacent ravine on what would normally be considered the rear of the building.

The home is split into three distinct areas. The most public space is located near the center of the building and includes a large open kitchen as well as the bulk of the living space. The kitchen is centrally located, just as the hearth would have been in indigenous buildings throughout Appalachia. The more private bedroom wing is located beyond the public space and is slightly elevated to adhere to existing topography and maintain views. The more utilitarian portion of the home includes the garage, a small shop, and a home office which doubles as guest quarters with a built-in trundle bed. This portion of the home is separated from the rest with a breezeway which captures the views beyond.

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Habitat Restore

The ReStore project focused on expanding the existing facility, while creating an attractive, functional and sustainable retail space on Habitat for Humanity’s Main Street campus. The renovation/addition project doubled the existing 3,000 sf warehouse. The design capitalized on reusing the existing structure and adding a long strip of clerestory windows that daylight the space during business hours.

In addition to reusing the existing building, which avoided sending tons of waste to the landfill and reduced the amount of raw materials needed, other sustainable strategies included daylighting, rainwater collection for landscaping and envelope performance strategies; these elements allow ReStore to operate as efficiently as possible.

It was important to Habitat that the project respond to the community. The design created a new entrance on 14th Street that helps to increase community interaction on an underutilized street as well; It’s urban edge also increases access and visibility to the area.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity and ReStore here.

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Preferring a boutique experience over the traditional liquor store, the owners of Imbibe wanted to offer an expertly curated selection of wine, spirits and beer combined with excellent service and a deep knowledge of drink.

The existing building, located in the Southside neighborhood, offered 8,500 square feet of open space with concrete floors, exposed steel trusses and an upper clerestory. With a dark gray exterior, the wood at the windows and barn door entry create a warm welcome.

The design highlights the product with an expansive perimeter wall of custom wood shelving nearly 12 feet high, complete with a library ladder for staff access. A tasting bar at the entry serves as a gathering place where patrons can sample various drinks and learn about their origin and composition. Warm wood shelving defines various other areas including a 20-tap growler bar, cold wine room, and checkout area. The design includes back of house storage, a conference room and an upper mezzanine office overlooking the space below.

Learn more about Imbibe here.

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Jax Liquor

Jax Liquor has been a downtown Chattanooga staple for more than 40 years. The owners of the iconic store decided to reinvest in their great location and capitalize on Tennessee’s evolving alcohol laws by building a new 8,000 sf facility from the ground up.

For better utilization of the lot, the design sited the new building on the corner of Market and 3rd Streets, which enhances the pedestrian experience. It also allowed to retailer to remain open during the construction. The $1.7 million project more than doubled the size of the existing building, which was demolished at the completion of the new facility to create a 23-space parking lot on the side of the building.


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High Point Climbing | Huntsville

The Huntsville High Point Climbing & Fitness will be a new, ground-up design. This 25,000 sf facility will also feature a 40-foot outdoor climbing wall and a variety of design elements specific to the Huntsville market. The gym will have weight training and cardio equipment, a yoga studio, gear shop and two party rooms. This location is scheduled to open in Summer 2019.

Learn more about High Point here.

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