Rising up to challenges with architect Bob Hall

by Kris Kosaka, TBBW

From an early age, Bob Hall was happiest “making stuff.”

The son of a sheet-metal worker and a schoolteacher, Hall admits he always gravitated toward the creative. “My mom was artistic and poetic, and my dad was great with building things. We always had a garage full of tools and building materials. I took a drafting class in high school and had started experimenting with pattern drafting. My father had several books of sheet metal patterns, which are like patterns for clothing, only they’re patterns to make things out of metal. I made everything from a ship’s funnel to a simple can. I loved the whole process and would repeat the patterns to create elaborate models as a kid.”

A lot has changed since then but Hall, the president, CEO and director of architecture for Curts Gaines Hall Jones Architects, is still happiest when creating. Born in Tampa’s first suburb, Seminole Heights, Hall moved with his family to the “boonies” of Brandon at age 10. Going from craftsman-style bungalows in the shadow of gothic Hillsborough High School, Hall traded one brand of Tampa beauty for another: “I learned a whole other side of Florida, building forts, fishing and nature.”

His work as an architect reflects these dual attractions of Florida. CGHJ Architects has built a reputation for large-scale, complex projects of mixed-use up and down the West Coast and beyond. They’re also known for many other Southwest Florida award-winning high-rise projects, as well as adapting and restoring historic Tampa landmarks such as the Cuban Club, or the Florida Brewery, at the direction of his long-time business partners Stephanie Gaines and Charles Jones.

Hall’s academic path to architecture started with courses at what was St. Petersburg Junior College in the 1970s, with a direct transfer program to the University of Florida. He credits his first mentor, professor SPJC Donald Bergsma, with providing a strong foundation for growth. “He was such an inspirational teacher that his students came out with a great knowledge of drawing techniques, shade, shadow, color, three-dimensional thinking and all types of skills you learn in early design school. It prepared me to go straight to the upper-division of undergrad at Florida.”

Another mentor would guide Hall’s career, Gerald Curts, the founding president in 1975 for the Tampa firm, the Design Advocates. Hall worked under Curts during school breaks, and after graduation worked full-time, before pursuing his master’s in architecture for full licensure. “I was tired of being a struggling student, eager to design and earn a paycheck,” Hall says. “The firm was a fun, young, growing group of designers. We did all kinds of work, so I learned by doing, really, as a journeyman architect.” Eventually he returned to UF, completing his credentials before heading home. Now fully licensed, Hall and his colleague, Stephanie Gaines, were made partners with Curts, and the firm changed its name to Curts Gaines Hall in 1992, with Chuck Jones added as a partner a few years later.

Hall is quick to credit Curts for the firm’s success. “Gerry is a generation older than the rest of us, and he was so influential, not only to us but to dozens of local architects. He was so giving in allowing young, aspiring, smart people to have ownership in the company and to grow that ownership.”

Hall admits the partnership changed his perspective, instilling in him a strong sense of responsibility and introducing him to the business side of creative work. For Hall, it only made the process more enjoyable: “Design is always challenging no matter what, and often the more restrictions and constraints you have, the more fun it is. It’s easy if your client says, ‘Here’s a blank sheet of paper, do whatever you want, no matter the cost,’ but that’s rarely, if ever, the case. What’s fun and challenging is to fit within a strict set of parameters and still create an interesting project.”

Hall successfully faced one such challenge recently when CGHJ took on the design for Altura, the luxury condominiums planned near the intersection of Bayshore and Bay to Bay boulevards in Tampa under the direction of The Ronto Group. As Hall explains, “Development, in general, has become more difficult, as most of the good land is taken or inappropriate. We see a lot of smaller sites that are more complicated to develop. Ronto saw an opportunity that a less savvy developer would miss.”

Hall relished the special challenges of Altura. “It wasn’t simply Ronto’s specifications we had to satisfy as there were entitlements from the prior zoning. It’s both a science and an art to create the perfect design within your various restrictions,” Hall says.

With spacious floor plans, private elevators and a rooftop pool area featuring glass railings, a clubroom, cabana and spa, all with bay-to-bay, panoramic views, the Altura project exceeds expectations.

Hall now acts as a mentor to younger architects, concluding, “despite all our success, we’ve weathered many challenges as a firm. But the tough times were also a steel-forging opportunity. It taught us the value of having work, and of cultivating talented people to stay and grow alongside you.”

A Penthouse Experience Like No Other

And so the excitement builds. You exit from your own private elevator foyer into your penthouse. Upon opening the door, flicking the light switch has no need. Massive windows fill your front-to-back floorplan with natural light. Ahhh, welcome home.

Over 3,500 square feet of luxury with a new view at every turn and every time. Looking east: Sunrises over Hillsborough Bay. Then west: Sunsets over South Tampa Bay. Looking up: Eleven-foot ceilings? I must be dreaming. Five bedrooms. Two terraces and a balcony. Every inch of this place, thoughtfully appointed by top interior designers. But this is no time for distractions. Friends are waiting at the rooftop pool.

The atmosphere is unlike anything yet on Bayshore Boulevard. The entire roof—complete with cabanas, bar, grills, pool and jacuzzi. Simply put, it’s the ideal spot to plan a night on the town, above everything South Tampa offers. Such is life, here at Altura Bayshore.

Panoramic Living

When you look out from Altura Bayshore, you see more than sunrise-to-sunset views. You’re above Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa’s hot spot for recreation and leisure. Hillsborough Bay, Hyde Park, downtown, your next favorite bar or cafe—you see them all from the best seat in the city—starting from the low $1M.

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As our sales gallery remains open by appointment only, we encourage you to experience South Tampa’s premier luxury tower from the comfort of your own home.

The new Bayshore lifestyle comes to life inside our easy-to-use virtual tours. Take a stroll through four different residences, experience endless views, and find your next hangout spot near the rooftop pool, bar or cabanas.

Our sales associates are happy to answer questions about your dream home while you sit back, relax and plan your great escape to an atmosphere beyond compare. View the tours now, and call for more information.

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Our Response to COVID-19

The Altura Bayshore staff is committed to serving you during this unprecedented time. Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, we want you to know we are prioritizing safety at our sales gallery.

Our on-site sales gallery remains open, but only by appointment. We are following all recommended safety procedures so that you can continue to learn more about South Tampa’s premier luxury tower, Altura Bayshore.

We are keeping our gallery sanitized at all times, and practicing social distancing by greeting you with smiles, instead of handshakes.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please refrain from visiting the gallery if you are sick or experiencing related symptoms. Instead, we recommend visiting AlturaBayshore.com to view virtual tours, floorplans and more.

If you have any questions you can find the contact information for our two Sales Associates on our team page. They will be happy to speak with you by phone or private appointment.

Sincerely,
The Altura Bayshore Team

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Introducing Penthouse 1

Introducing Penthouse 1

With 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, a den (optional 5th bedroom) and 3,794 total square feet, Penthouse 1 brings an abundance of space and unmatched refinement. Not to mention stunning views of Bayshore Boulevard, Hillsborough Bay, Hyde Park and Downtown.

There are only 2 penthouses left, so don’t miss your chance to be closest to the Altura rooftop deck and its unrivaled amenities.

Altura at a glance

  • 67 residences & 6 penthouses

  • Your own sunrise, sunset and water views

  • From the low $1m

  • 2,176 to 3,575 AC sq. ft.

  • Unprecedented rooftop experience

  • Only 4 residences or 3 penthouses per floor

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Representing Altura

Two elite agents from Smith & Associates Real Estate, Krista Maddox and Lisa O’Connor, work from the Altura Sales Gallery and are available for private broker appointments.

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Krista Maddox

A third-generation Tampa native, Krista Maddox brings more than 15 years of experience in high-end residential real estate and has deep ties to the local community.

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Lisa O’Connor

Lisa O’Connor comes to Smith & Associates from the Atlanta region, where she led a successful real estate practice with firms such as Coldwell Banker Residential, Intown Expert Realty and The Condo Store.

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Altura Bayshore Grand Opening Weekend

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With only 4 residences per floor, each having it’s own private elevator foyer, Altura Bayshore redefines coming home. The intimate vibe is matched only by your front-to-back floorplan revealing your own sunrise, sunset, and water views.

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Altura Bayshore Valentine themed Open House

Sunday, February 9th | 1:00 – 4:00
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It’s time to break out the chocolates, desserts and most definitely champagne for the Altura Bayshore Valentine themed Open House. Join the Smith & Associates team for a fun, decadent afternoon, and learn why the rest of South Tampa will soon be gazing skyward.

What the fun is about

  •  67 residences & 6 penthouses
  • From the low $1m to $2.9m
  • 2,176 to 3,575 AC sq. ft.
  • Unprecedented rooftop experience
  • Only 4 residences or 3 penthouses per floor
  • Private elevator foyer for each residence
  • Your own sunrise, sunset and water views

On-site Sales Gallery now open
Stop in today

Representing Altura

Two elite agents from Smith & Associates Real Estate, Krista Maddox and Lisa O’Connor, work from the Altura Sales Gallery and are available for private broker appointments.

Krista Maddox - Smith & Associates Realtor

Krista Maddox

A third-generation Tampa native, Krista Maddox brings more than 15 years of experience in high-end residential real estate and has deep ties to the local community.

Lisa O'Connor - Smith & Associates Realtor

Lisa O’Connor

Lisa O’Connor comes to Smith & Associates from the Atlanta region, where she led a successful real estate practice with firms such as Coldwell Banker Residential, Intown Expert Realty and The Condo Store.

Don’t keep the Altura news all to yourself.
Forward and share with those you know.

22 STORIES TO AN ATMOSPHERE BEYOND COMPARE
FROM THE LOW $1M TO $2.9M

For additional materials or to meet with an agent, stop by our on-site Sales Gallery.
2910 West Barcelona Street
Tampa, Florida
813-492-2420

Altura is in the air

Altura is in the air

It’s time to break out the chocolates, desserts and most definitely champagne for the Altura Bayshore Valentine themed Open House. Join the Smith & Associates team for a fun, decadent afternoon, and learn why the rest of South Tampa will soon be gazing skyward.

What the fun is about

  •  67 residences & 6 penthouses
  • From the low $1m to $2.9m
  • 2,176 to 3,575 AC sq. ft.
  • Unprecedented rooftop experience
  • Only 4 residences or 3 penthouses per floor
  • Private elevator foyer for each residence
  • Your own sunrise, sunset and water views

On-site Sales Gallery now open Stop in today

Representing Altura

Two elite agents from Smith & Associates Real Estate, Krista Maddox and Lisa O’Connor, work from the Altura Sales Gallery and are available for private broker appointments.

Krista Maddox - Smith & Associates Realtor

Krista Maddox

A third-generation Tampa native, Krista Maddox brings more than 15 years of experience in high-end residential real estate and has deep ties to the local community.

Lisa O'Connor - Smith & Associates Realtor

Lisa O’Connor

Lisa O’Connor comes to Smith & Associates from the Atlanta region, where she led a successful real estate practice with firms such as Coldwell Banker Residential, Intown Expert Realty and The Condo Store.

Don’t keep the Altura news all to yourself.
Forward and share with those you know.

22 STORIES TO AN ATMOSPHERE BEYOND COMPARE
FROM THE LOW $1M TO $2.9M

For additional materials or to meet with an agent, stop by our on-site Sales Gallery.
2910 West Barcelona Street
Tampa, Florida
813-492-2420

Convenience at its finest

At Altura Bayshore, your home and escape are one in the same – especially if you live in one of our 4th level residences. The sooner you act, the better your chances of enjoying your own extra terrace space and unparalleled convenience to Altura’s 4th level amenity deck. And if you happen to be a dog owner, you might just win Parent of the Year!

4th level amenities

  • Fitness center with bay views and a mix of cardio, strength and functional movement equipment
  • Pickleball courts
  • Bocce courts
  • Synthetic turf putting green
  • Dog park with shade pavilion
  • Half-court basketball
  • Terrace with fire pit and social seating areas
  • Large bar area with tables and bar stools
  • BBQ grill areas
  • Decorative paver deck with planting areas
  • Guest suites

Representing Altura

Two elite agents from Smith & Associates Real Estate, Krista Maddox and Lisa O’Connor, work from the Altura Sales Gallery and are available for private broker appointments.

Krista Maddox - Smith & Associates RealtorKrista Maddox

A third-generation Tampa native, Krista Maddox brings more than 15 years of experience in high-end residential real estate and has deep ties to the local community.

Lisa O'Connor - Smith & Associates RealtorLisa O’Connor

Lisa O’Connor comes to Smith & Associates from the Atlanta region, where she led a successful real estate practice with firms such as Coldwell Banker Residential, Intown Expert Realty and The Condo Store.

Don’t keep the Altura news all to yourself.
Forward and share with those you know.

22 STORIES TO AN ATMOSPHERE BEYOND COMPARE
FROM THE LOW $1M TO $2.9M

For additional materials or to meet with an agent, stop by our on-site Sales Gallery.
2910 West Barcelona Street
Tampa, Florida
813-492-2420

CONTACT ALTURA BAYSHORE TODAY

The Altura Bayshore staff is committed to serving you during this unprecedented time. We remain available by appointment to meet with you at our on-site sales gallery. If you have any questions our Sales Executive, Krista Maddox, will be happy to speak with you, please reach out to her by using the info below.
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