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VOL. 117 | NO. 178 | Friday, October 3, 2003

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Firm Partner Designs Secure Facilities

LANCE ALLAN

The Daily News

Mike Childress' work must be important, because even he cant talk about it.

Childress, a partner with architecture firm Nathan Evans Taylor Coleman Foster, designs correctional facilities.

But some of them, he cant talk about. Its not exactly one of those I could tell you but Id have to shoot you types of things, but nonetheless, he cant publicize the work.

Theres no real secret to it, but some information for (Correction Corp. of America) through (the U.S. Department of) Homeland Security is hush-hush, he said.

He added that its unfortunate that since Sept. 11, 2001, secrecy has become necessary, but he enjoys working on projects of such importance.

Its kind of cool to have some things that are on that cutting edge, he said. My niche is corrections. Its a lot more exciting than people would think.

New name. Childress has worked with Nathan Evans Taylor for 17 years, and became a partner four years ago. When the firm moves from 17 W. Pontotoc Ave. in a couple of weeks to 345-347 N. Main St. in the Pinch District, Childress name will be added to the letterhead.

The firms name will become Evans Taylor Foster Childress, following the retirement of Tom Nathan earlier this year and Charles Coleman in 2001.

Its pretty cool, Childress said of the name change. Thats what a lot of guys work to having an ownership in something.

Of course, theres a little more responsibility, more liability with the name.

Childress began working with Coleman Foster which merged with Nathan Evans Taylor in 1995 upon graduating from the University of Memphis with a degree in architectural technology.

He said the firm is a great place to work.

A good thing about the firm is the personalities, he said. Its casual, laid back were just having a good time. We really enjoy ourselves.
Staying busy. But, of course, the firm take its work seriously.

While he occasionally handles other projects, Childress spends much of his time designing correctional facilities throughout the Southeast for Nashville-based CCA.

His first such project came about seven years ago.

(CCA) keeps me busy, Childress said. Ive got several in Texas hopping right now.

Childress was born in Humboldt, Tenn., but has lived in Memphis most of his life.

I grew up in Frayser when it was cool and lived in Raleigh when it was cool to live there, he said, laughing.

New hobbies. The father of two young boys, Childress has been married for four years.

Before his first son was born two years ago, Childress could be found mostly on the golf course.

But now, he finds being a father is his full-time hobby.

Before I had boys, I played a lot of golf, but theyre my life now, he said. (Parenthood) will definitely change your life.

Theyre my focus.

 

Box:

Name: Mike Childress

Position: Partner

Company: Nathan Evans Taylor Coleman Foster

Founded: 1911

Basics: The architecture firm will change its name to Evans Taylor Foster Childress later this month.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 56 9,658
MORTGAGES 0 49 10,665
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 12 1,301
BUILDING PERMITS 0 548 21,505
BANKRUPTCIES 0 256 6,219
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 64 4,003
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 60 2,952
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 52 2,073