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  • 12 MAY 2022 Climate for Learning

    Two East Austin schools merge to form Norman-Sims Elementary, a new STEAM learning environment focused on discovery and community.

    Texas Architect Magazine
  • 02 MAY 2022 Long-delayed Bellaire Place project on former Chevron campus cleared to move forward
    A long-awaited mixed-use development in the city of Bellaire is moving ahead after receiving approval from city officials.
    Houston Business Journal
  • 18 APR 2022 Construction underway on MetroNational office tower in Houston
    MetroNational, the Houston-based, privately-held real estate investment, development, and management company, announced today that construction is underway for their latest Class-A office building at 9753 Katy Freeway, situated at the southwest corner of Katy Freeway and Bunker Hill. Adjacent to the reimagined Lawn at Memorial City and new luxury high-rise, The McKinley, 9753 Katy Freeway completes a new mixed-use urban development, offering tenants a vibrant and curated mix of nearby restaurants, hotels, retail and entertainment.
    REJournals
  • 07 APR 2022 First look: Trees for Houston to break ground on HQ, education center in Garden Oaks
    Trees for Houston’s new office building at 2001 W. 34th St. will somewhat fittingly be situated in Garden Oaks between the Shepherd Forest and Shady Acres areas. The new headquarters will replace Trees for Houston’s existing offices at 104 N. Greenwood St.
    Houston Business Journal
  • 24 MAR 2022 Healthcare Office Space Transformation

    The idea of a safe space took on a new meaning for Houston’s Legacy Community Health. The organization’s clinics have been a judgment-free zone for LGBTQA+ patients since 1978. Then the pandemic struck, just as the healthcare company began consolidating its administrative offices from three locales to one. Move-in was July 2021. Legacy and its partner, Kirksey Architecture, kept true to their original vision for the $1.4 million transformation of the 67,500-square-foot, three-floor headquarters. 

    Staples Worklife Magazine
  • 16 MAR 2022 A Growing Design Trend - Mass Timber

    Mass timber is going mainstream as more projects incorporate the sustainable building material for both structure and the aesthetics of wood left exposed in the interiors. As demand increases for more environmentally sensitive building practices, design teams and developers are pushing the possibilities of mass timber use in commercial, institutional and multifamily projects.

    Realty News Report
  • 08 FEB 2022 Architect Builds a Sustainable Vision
    John Kirksey created a successful architectural firm in Houston while championing environmental stewardship for the region.
    ENR Texas & Louisiana
  • 13 JAN 2022 At the Car Park
    The Lyric Centre Garage shows that, while often considered a necessary urban evil, the design of a parking garage can positively impact the city that surrounds it.
    Texas Architect Magazine
  • 13 JAN 2022 At the Car Park
    The Lyric Centre Garage shows that, while often considered a necessary urban evil, the design of a parking garage can positively impact the city that surrounds it.
    Texas Architect Magazine
  • 24 DEC 2021 Prairie View A&M University Fabrication Center / Kirksey Architecture
    The Fabrication Center at Prairie View A&M University is an extension of the existing School of Architecture. Located in Prairie View, Texas this new program is a state-of-art facility that serves its students with the latest technology. As one of the seven HBUC (Historic Black Colleges and Universities) with an accredited architecture program, this new innovative maker space houses a variety of high-tech equipment allowing architectural students to build, develop, and test new ideas.
    ArchDaily
  • 19 DEC 2021 KISD trustees approve revised design for Katy Elementary
    After the board of trustees for Katy ISD unanimously approved the redesign of Katy Elementary School, located at 5726 George Bush Drive, Katy, on Nov. 15, updated changes to the plan were approved Dec. 13. Kirksey Architecture brought the revised rendering of the school, which features a more traditional brick exterior, to the meeting, where trustees unanimously approved the new design.
    Community Impact Newspaper
  • 11 DEC 2021 Luxury retirement community opens its doors in River Oaks
    MorningStar Senior Living, located at 2315 Richmond Ave, recently opened the doors of its six-story, 109,150 square-foot property that provides resort-style amenities and hospitality services.
    Houston Chronicle
  • 10 NOV 2021 Woodn't It Be Nice
    Steve Durham and Darrell Whatley, of Kirksey Architecture in Houston, gave presentations about their experience using mass timber for two projects in Houston, noting the importance of design team coordination.
    Cite Magazine | Rice Design Alliance
  • 01 NOV 2021 Rice University's Sid Richardson Residential College by Barkow Leibinger
    The firm’s 148,000-square-foot Sid Richardson residential college, completed earlier this year, is a trio of linked structures (two, five, and 12 stories) that sits alongside the building it was commissioned to replace, a 14-story Brutalist tower designed by the Houston firm Neuhaus & Taylor, which opened in 1971.
    Architectural Record
  • 01 SEP 2021 UNT in Denton debuts innovative food hall with 7 new restaurants on campus
    Eagle Landing represents UNT's first standalone dining hall as well as the largest dining hall on campus with the capacity to seat 700 people. Seating areas provide options for dining, socializing, and studying, including a 24-foot long community table, a quiet zone, seating overlooking the first floor, and a table shaped like the UNT diving eagle symbol.
    CultureMap - Dallas
  • 26 AUG 2021 UNT Celebrates Grand Opening of $25.5 Million Food Hall, Eagle Landing
    The University of North Texas on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of Eagle Landing— a two-story, 25,990-square-foot food hall featuring seven eateries serving everything from Asian and Latin American cuisine to baked goods and vegan options. Inspired by Legacy Hall in Plano, the $25.5 million project is UNT’s first standalone dining hall, located at 1416 Maple St. near the UNT Welcome Center.
    Fort Worth Magazine
  • 16 JUL 2021 Innovative brain injury rehabilitation center breaks ground in Southeast Houston
    The Moody Neurorehabilitation Institute broke ground July 14 on a 64,000-square-foot research and rehabilitation center at Nassau Bay's Space Park, near NASA's Johnson Space Center.
    InnovationMap
  • 08 JUL 2021 Medistar Corporation Announces Closing and Funding for P3 Developments at Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in Houston
    At $550 million total investment, this 2.2 million-square-foot public-private partnership development is one of the largest ever undertaken at the Texas Medical Center and is the largest of the Texas A&M University System outside its flagship campus in College Station.
    News Wire
  • 28 JUN 2021 Iconic downtown Houston tower reveals shimmering new makeover
    Heritage Plaza is unveiling a clean, modern new design to tenants and visitors thanks to a sweeping makeover courtesy of Houston-based Kirksey Architecture.
    Culture Map
  • 10 MAY 2021 Austin public tennis center goes green with ‘Pharr-out’ renovation plan
    The City of Austin is acing its latest Central Austin renovation project, led by Austin firm Kirksey Architecture.
    Culture Map
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