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Winter Park Architectural Firm Helping the Nation Help Its Vets

Okay, we’re categorizing this story under “Out of Orlando” but also in “Residents Done Good” because it features a Winter Park architectural firm doing big things for a good cause!

RLF – a Winter Park-based architecture, engineering and interior design firm – served as architect-engineer for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center that recently opened in North Chicago, Illinois. The RLF team designed the facility’s centerpiece, a $130 million, 209,945-square-foot medical facility for veterans and active military duty.

This is the nation’s first fully integrated Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense medical facility, helping VA and Navy personnel to work side-by-side to provide seamless care to approximately 118,000 veterans, active-duty military and recruits, military family members and military retirees.

It is named after Captain James A. Lovell, a retired naval officer and NASA astronaut who made several trips into space on the Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 missions. Following the Apollo 13 mission, Lovell became the first man to journey twice to the moon. Wow!

“I am greatly honored and deeply humbled to have my name associated with this institution,” said Lovell during the dedication ceremony that took place earlier this last month. “I have always felt that the welfare of our veterans and active-duty personnel is an essential ingredient in providing a strong military, and that it is imperative to take care of those who have served our country in the past.”

“The successful completion of the Health Care Center ushers in a new era in federal healthcare which required an enormous amount of planning and teamwork on the part of all the participants,” said Robert Yohe, RLF principal in charge of the project. “But in the end, we’ve created a world class facility where both active and retired military personnel, dependants and veterans will receive excellent health care. We’re proud to have contributed to that.”

We love the fact that a Central Florida firm has played such a major part in helping America take care of some of its most respected and valued members of society: veterans and active military personnel!

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75-year-old Architecture Firm Honored!

Congratulations to RLF, a Winter Park architecture, engineering and interior design firm, for being selected to receive the 2010 AIA Florida Firm of the Year award. This award is given by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and recognizes outstanding achievement in design, community services, education, and services to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm.
“We are truly humbled by this honor,” said Ronald Lowry, RLF Chairman. “We place great importance on establishing enduring relationships with our clients, and this award validates the hard work our team has put into developing innovative, practical and successful solutions for our clients and their communities.”
The AIA Florida/Caribbean Honor & Design Awards Program is Florida’s most prestigious award program for architecture. In response, RLF will be featured in the fall edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect magazine. (Pretty cool, huh?)

During the past year, RLF has received many accolades for its ongoing commitment to its clients and the community. In March, the company won the prestigious Orlando Firm of the Year Award at AIA Orlando’s 2010 Awards Gala. During the celebration dinner, AIA Orlando also announced that RLF’s project for the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center located at Lake Nona’s “Medical City” received the highly esteemed Merit Award.

These awards come on the heels of RLF’s 75th anniversary celebration (yes, I said 75 years!), during which the City of Winter Park recognized RLF for its dedication to community projects and local charities, including Heart of Florida United Way, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and Great Oaks Village Children’s Center.

Way to go, RLF!

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