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Calling all worms!

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Events, People
Bookworms, that is.. In case you did not know, September is Library Card Sign-up Month according to the American Library Association. With everyone going back to school this month, it is the perfect time to get a library card at your local library to keep your brain up to snuff! Whether you are headed back to elementary school, college or are already done with school, the library is the perfect place to find books to study, or books just for fun. For me, this fall is the first time since pre-school that I am not headed back to school. It’s a weird feeling! But, even though I am done with school, that does not mean I am done with books. As of last Friday, I am a proud owner of a Virginia Beach Public Library Card! All I needed was a picture ID, proof of Virginia Beach residency, and in less than five minutes I was all signed up and on my way to pick out my next read! As a child, one of my favorite memories was the day my mom came home with a canvas bag for my sister and me to decorate and then fill with all of our favorite books at our local library. That memory has stuck with me and continues to be one of my favorite things to do even today! But, the books that I am
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Construction Hours

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Design
While our office is undergoing construction, HBA will be observing the following business hours: Monday through Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm Friday: 8:00am-12:00pm
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Hug Your Hound Day

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People
September 8 marked "Hug Your Hound Day", and here at HBA, we love our Hounds. They make us human, lessen the blow of a long day, and teach us kindness. In no particular order, I present to you: The HBA Hounds. Bambi Carl & Grace Cassie Emma & Cooper Ellie Taylor, Kya, Pebbles, Katie, Colby & Bear Lucy Katie & Penny Lexi Sadie Taffy Tiki Ringo, Jonathan, Ed, Kelly & Lennon
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Office Renovation Soup to Nuts (but remember to brush your teeth)

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Design, Wisdom (Lessons Learned)
Ok, it’s story time.  This is a story about a dentist office renovation that is very close to my heart (and teeth).  Since I am still relatively new on the architecture scene, this little renovation was the first project that I managed from soup to nuts: from initial design meetings with the client to final walkthroughs and inspections, I was there for it all.  Here are a few of the valuable life/architecture lessons that I learned along the way: Listen to your client, and I mean REALLY listen.  In a dental office, functionality is King and the best way to ensure maximum efficiency of the finished product is to meet often with the client to make sure all their needs are met.  As designers, we tend to get crazy sometimes, but a valuable skill is the ability to check one’s ego at the door, scale back a design, and really consider what will work best for the client. Be flexible.  When the General Contractor calls you and says there is a pesky column hiding in the wall and you can’t put the window where you want to, this is no cause for panic.  Simply put on your problem-solving hat and get to work.  This is what they pay us the big bucks for: being able to come up
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