31 OCTOBER 2017
Astrodome Conservancy, Harris County tentatively planning a Dome bash
A party to honor the Astrodome's history is tentatively set for April 9, 2018. The party itself won't be in the Dome, but fans can wait in line to walk inside for a few minutes. A massive $105 million renovation project that would raise the floor of the Dome two levels and put thousands of parking spaces underneath could begin as early as next summer. Kirksey Architecture is working on the design to retrofit the Astrodome.
12 OCTOBER 2017
Second Baptist Church - Cypress wins a 2017 Solomon Award
Worship Facilities (WfX) Network
Second Baptist Church - Cypress won a 2017 Solomon design award. Designed by Kirksey Architecture, the growing campus features a technology-rich, state-of-the-art church that includes worship in the round to give all church-goers great views from any angle. The design was inspired by Texas vernacular, incorporating natural limestone and exposed wood.
28 SEPTEMBER 2017
Report Urges Houston to Incentivize "Green Infrastructure"
NPR Houston Public Media
Kirksey's Director of EcoServices and LEED Fellow, Julie Hendricks, spoke at a press conference on behalf of AIA Houston hosted by Environment Texas and the Galveston Bay Foundation. The topic was a new report from Environment Texas that ranks Houston fourth out of five Texas cities in storm water management and urges cities to place priority on green infrastructure.
19 SEPTEMBER 2017
Reeling from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Architects Focus on Rebuilding and Resiliency
As summer 2017 drew to a close, for the first time in 166 years of weather records, two Category 4 Atlantic hurricanes hit the United States in the same season—just 16 days apart. “We’ve been preaching sustainability and resiliency for years,” says Catherine Callaway, board president of AIA Houston and senior associate at local firm Kirksey. “Now that there are new ears willing to listen, I think we have a great opportunity to talk about better ways to build and develop land.”
05 SEPTEMBER 2017
Facility Focus: Houston Community College Stafford Workforce Training Center
College Planning & Management Magazine
Over the past year, the Houston Community College System (HCCS) has consolidated 23 campuses into 14 "Centers of Excellence" to focus not only on academics, but also workforce training. Retiring baby boomers mean the creation of nearly one million new manufacturing jobs over the next several years. The new HCC Southwest Workforce Training Center in Stafford, Texas, brings new career opportunities to these communities through skilled training in construction, manufacturing and the service industry.
23 AUGUST 2017
Developer: Luxury condo building "will look like it's been there forever"
Pelican Builders begins testing the market today for a condominium building near River Oaks with units priced as high as $2.6 million. The Kirksey-designed building is meant to appeal to downsizing River Oaks residents, the developer said.
14 AUGUST 2017
Photo Tour: Legacy Community Health
Healthcare Design Magazine
Joel Kalmin, Legacy Community Health's director of facility design, along with Kirksey Architecture and D.E. Harvey Builders, spent three months planning the building's interior and exterior spaces, using products with a creative mindset to design an inviting and nurturing facility for the Fifth Ward.
14 AUGUST 2017
New Office Project for Apache in Midland Breaks Ground
Designed by Kirksey, the new office project in Midland for Houston-based oil and gas exploration firm Apache Corp. has broken ground with Adolfson & Peterson Construction at the helm. The three-story building is adjacent to the company's existing offices, and estimated completion is first quarter of 2018.
10 AUGUST 2017
Photos: Churches Expand with Population Boom Northwest of Houston
Houston Business Journal
With residential growth booming, Houston's First Baptist Church expanded in Cypress near the Bridgeland community. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the new Cypress campus designed by Kirksey and constructed by Tellepsen.
14 JULY 2017
The George Hotel sets August opening in College Station
College Station's Century Square mixed-used development will get a second hotel with the opening of The George in August. The hotel was designed by Kirksey and Munoz + Albin architects with interiors by Mayfield and Ragni Studio.