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  • 23 AUG 2012 2012 TSA Honor Awards: Kirksey is Firm of the Year

    Texas Society of Architects

    The Texas Society of Architects announces its 2012 Honor Awards. The annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas.

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    Kirksey named 2012 TSA Firm of the Year
  • 14 AUG 2012 Kelsey-Seybold building expanded clinic

    Houston Business Journal

    Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is building a clinic in Pasadena that will more than double the size of its existing location. Kirksey Architecture is designing the clinic, and Gamma Construction Co. is the general contractor. Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2013.

    Kelsey-Seybold building expanded clinic in Pasadena
  • 13 AUG 2012 Property called a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity

    Houston Chronicle

    John Kirksey / Kirksey Architecture: It could be a transformative development if the buyer has the capital and vision to make it happen, but the field of buyers is narrowed by the size of the initial capital outlay. That buyer would also need the support of the city of Houston in improving the surrounding public infrastructure.

  • 06 AUG 2012 Real estate transactions: HASC

    Houston Chronicle

    The Houston Area Safety Council has broken ground on a safety training campus in Pasadena. Designed by Kirksey Architecture and to be completed in 2013 by Tellepsen Builders, the initial phase will include multiple buildings as part of a 67,000-square-foot campus, including a 220-seat auditorium, a computer lab with 725 workstations and parking for 800 vehicles.

    Real estate transactions: Houston Area Safety Council
  • 09 JUL 2012 The Big Picture

    Texas Architect

    Kirksey's Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA project is featured on the cover of the July/August issue of Texas Architect and appears in the "Healthcare and Wellness" section.

    The Big Picture
  • 07 JUL 2012 The lowdown on the projects in the Energy Corridor

    Houston Chronicle

    Demand for office space in west Houston has developers scrambling to put buildings on the ground. They’re betting on continued strength in the energy sector, which has been driving the office market in this part of town. Most of the following buildings are proposed, but a few are already under construction.

    The lowdown on the projects in the Energy Corridor
  • 06 JUL 2012 Woodlands area attracts more development

    Houston Chronicle

    Granite Properties is planning a 200,000-square-foot office building just outside The Woodlands in anticipation of growing demand for office space…Granite's site is on Vision Park Boulevard just off I-45. Architecture firm Kirksey designed the eight-story building...

    Woodlands area attracts more development
  • 28 JUN 2012 Memorial Park deck set to get bigger, shadier

    Houston Chronicle

    The deck near the Memorial Park Tennis Center has provided more than a spot to do post-run push-ups for the past 20 years or so..."Memorial Park is one of the greatest urban parks in the country. So many runners use it, I thought it might be good to redesign the deck and get some shade and make it look a little better, to what it should be, given its stature in the community," said Inaba, an executive vice president at Kirksey Architecture.


    Running notebook: Memorial Park deck set to get bigger, shadier
  • 22 JUN 2012 Stena Realty to build two Energy Corridor towers

    Houston Business Journal

    The real estate arm of a large European conglomerate has selected Houston’s Energy Corridor as the site for its first U.S. office development. The Netherlands-based Stena Realty Group plans to break ground in six to nine months on the first of two Class A office buildings [designed by Kirksey Architecture].


    Stena Realty to build two Energy Corridor office towers
  • 22 JUN 2012 Artfully Enhanced

    Interiors & Sources

    Although designers and architects typically don’t select the art for public projects, they do have a say. Here’s how to ensure the artwork chosen for your next project complements your final design. Kirksey's Brian Malarkey and Gary Machicek provided information for this article.

    Artfully Enhanced
  • 19 JUN 2012 Project Detail: Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA


    The new 115,000-sf Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA replaces the former 1941 facility (after feasibility studies concluded replacement was the best solution) and serves the needs of a revitalizing downtown. The design incorporates elements from the original structure and graphically tells the history of the YMCA and the Tellepsen family, for whom the building is named. Expected to achieve LEED Gold, this flagship YMCA is community-focused and supports the Y’s mission to create healthy spirits, minds, and bodies for all.


    Project Detail: Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA
  • 30 MAY 2012 ULX: The Power of Play


    Ten community/recreation centers model design strategies and partnerships for strengthening communities.

    These days, recreation centers go far beyond simply offering fitness classes and equipment, swimming pools, and basketball courts. Contemporary facilities often serve as a social hub, incorporating educational programs and health care services and hosting community meetings and performances. Because they tend to bring

    ULX: The Power of Play
  • 18 MAY 2012 New Menninger Clinic - Ambitious Growth Plans


    The architecture of the new Menninger Clinic in Houston reflects and enhances the clinic’s philosophy about patient care. The Menninger Clinic, long at the center of American psychiatry—geographically and otherwise—completed its shift from Topeka, Kan., with the opening of a new 120-bed campus in Houston.

    New Menninger Clinic Is Centerpiece of Ambitious Growth Plans
  • 09 MAY 2012 Construction Costs Increasing

    RealEstate BISNOW (HOU)

    How bittersweet. Construction costs troughed over the past year and are on the rise, according to a recent study by Kirksey. Here’s Kirksey’s Scott Wilkinson, Randy Thomas, and Jim Dietzmann, who lead the commercial team and contributed to the report. The firm is seeing increased development activity, especially in the office sector

    Construction Costs Increasing
  • 04 MAY 2012 Kirksey: Energy building to begin soon

    Houston Business Journal

    A number of energy-related companies are expected to move forward with building projects in the near future, according to an annual survey of leading general contractors conducted by Kirksey. In addition, the cost of constructing commercial buildings in Houston is higher than it was a year ago, based on results in Construction Cost Update 2012, which was released last week ...

    Kirksey: Energy building to begin soon
  • 01 MAY 2012 Portfolio: Interiors - Clean Line Energy Partners

    Texas Architect

    Kirksey's Clean Line Energy Partners project was featured in the Interiors Portfolio of the  May/June 2012 issue of Texas Architect, page 72.

    Portfolio: Interiors - Clean Line Energy Partners
  • 12 MAR 2012 CRE of a Wedding

    Real Estate BISNOW (HOU)

    St. Vincent de Paul, the church and school, is about to launch renovations and expansion. The main focus: Make room for more students to the tune of one class per grade for several years. (That's a lot of future altar servers.) St. Vincent’s originally had a large comprehensive plan for the church and school, but lack of funding made it break into various phases.


    CRE of a Wedding
  • 20 FEB 2012 ENR Texas & Louisianas Top 20 Under 40

    ENR Texas & Louisiana

    Good talent breeds talent. For the 2012 edition of ENR Texas & Louisiana's annual Top 20 Under 40 list, we feature young professionals who represent a broad spectrum of the industry. Brian Richard turned his long-time interest in science into an architectural career, designing high-performance laboratories and mission critical spaces. At Kirksey, he gained expertise in carrying out projects in which integration of technology and applied science and coordination across disciplines were vital to success. "I find it fortunate I practice architecture on a daily basis that has something to do with that area of the world I am most interested in—science," he says. Richard aims to be a good steward of the environment and holds a U.S. Dept. of Energy-ASHRAE Data Center Energy Use certification. He graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health with training in lab design and has become an expert laboratory planner. Richard also is a valued resource at the firm for projects in the petrochemical, oil and gas, industrial and light manufacturing sectors. He stays active in the community and mentors young people in his profession, instilling in them a passion for knowledge and leadership.


    ENR Texas & Louisianas Top 20 Under 40
  • 20 JAN 2012 Noble Energy to move HQ to former HP building

    Houston Business Journal

    Noble Energy Inc. signed a lease for a 497,000-square-foot, former Hewlett Packard Co. building, with plans to consolidate employees from several locations into the new headquarters in northwest Houston...Kirksey Architecture is redesigning the interior of the building with modern layouts.



  • 02 DEC 2011 Facility of Merit Winner: Tellepsen Downtown YMCA

    Athletic Business

    The 2011 Athletic Business® Facility of Merit™ awards were recently selected by a panel of sports and recreation facility architects during two days of judging in Chicago. The Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA is a recipient. The awards were presented to the facility owners and architects at the Athletic Business Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 2.

    2011 Facility of Merit Winner: Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA
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