About Hicks Nation Architects

First American Office Building

Located in Bull Run Subdivision off Thomasville Road, this three story, 55,000 s.f. office building serves as the district office for First American Title Insurance Company. The design includes open office space for the majority of the employees with adjacent private office space for managers and directors. A two story Atrium welcomes visitors to the facility. Employees enjoy a 2,820 s.f. dining facility with adjacent kitchen. A 60 seat tired meeting room equipped with state of the art audio/visual equipment provides space for training and regional meetings. Energy efficient mechanical equipment was installed which is controlled by a central computer system balancing the heating and cooling as required. Lighting is also computer controlled allowing the levels to fluctuate with the amount of daylight present in each space.

Large store front glazing bays were designed to allow maximum day lighting within the facility. These bays were surrounded by synthetic stucco wall creating a colonnade making the facility visible from Thomasville Road. The project was completed as a design-build project with Mad Dog Design & Construction Co. for a cost of 7.3 million.

Challenger Learning Center

Designed for the Florida Board of Regents, with Florida A & M Univesity and Florida State University as users, this facility is sized and furnished to provide services for the public as well as scheduled visits of school children, to experience on IMAX Theater, A space station simulation (Challenger Center) as well as a state of the art Planetarium.

With two floors totaling approximately 30,000 s.f. & Sited on a major corner of Kleman Plaza, this facility reveals it’s functions and displays to the exterior for public interaction, discovery and experience.

Science being the major message of this facility, it is organized behind a traditional arcade of shop-fronts, with high-bay spaces allowing large-scale exhibits and artifacts of the space and science “world”.

Work on this space developed into a revision of the master plan of Kleman Plaza to confirm many of the goals of the city encouraging the Plaza to be an inviting public space for all to experience. 

FEA United Association Headquarters

Located in downtown Tallahassee, this four story, office building serves as the  state headquarters for the Florida Education Association.
The facility contains 31,000 s.f. and houses the state director and staff for the association representing teachers throughout the state. A 2,000 s.f conference room is located on the second floor, while an atrium between the third and fourth floors opens to cleretsory windows running the length of the building.
The first floor contains a parking garage and print shop with a monumental stair to the second floor reception area. The second through fourth floor house office & support space.
The building design reflects the users desire for a traditional, stable image, combined with a look towards the future.