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  • 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
  • 14 NOV 2011 Skanska's office tower is designed to eco wow

    CultureMap Houston

    Green views of the Waterwall: Skanska's new Galleria office tower is designed to eco wow...As plans continue for light rail service along Post Oak, lead architects Julie Hendricks and Bob Inaba of Kirksey Architecture concentrated on creating pedestrian-friendly space at street level. Instead of placing the garage next to the building, the designers placed the office spaces on top of eight stories of parking — a plan that allowed for a green plaza at the front entrance as well as better views of the city and the Waterwall Park across the street.

    Green views of the Waterwall: Skanska's new Galleria office tower is designed to eco wow
  • 07 NOV 2011 Office developer ready to build in Uptown

    Houston Chronicle

    After almost two years of planning, construction on a 20-story office building in the Galleria area will begin within a few weeks, a developer said Monday...The building, designed by architecture firm Kirksey, will contain 12 stories of offices atop an eight-story garage. Skanska said the tower is being built for a Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

    Office developer ready to build in Uptown
  • 31 OCT 2011 Interior Designer Kristen Johnson

    Houston Chronicle

    As the saying goes, Kristen Johnson isn't from Texas, but she got here as fast as she could. The Canadian juggled dual citizenship for a few years and had a fling with Alaska, but after moving to Houston in 1984, Johnson has settled down. An associate interior designer at Kirksey Architecture, Johnson says she always knew she wanted a career in a creative field.

    Interior Designer Kristen Johnson shares her secrets to the good life
  • 08 SEP 2011 East Meets West - An unexpected salon for Houston

    NEWH Magazine | The Hospitality Industry Network

    As one of only four salons in the U.S. that carries the Shu Uemura products and name, the owners of Houston's Azur West salon wanted a "very European-contemporary salon that you would not think belonged in Texas," explains Kevin Hamby, RID and project designer at local firm Kirksey Architecture.

    NEWH Magazine | The Hospitality Industry Network
  • 02 SEP 2011 Taking a Modern Approach - Houston House

    Downtown Houston Magazine

    With downtown residential space growing in appeal, a renovation of Houston House comes just in time...Smash-cut to 2010, when Houston House began a comprehensive and posh renovation by Houston-based Kirksey Architects. The renovation reflects the building's authentic mid-century roots and has been elevated to appeal to a modern style of social living...

  • 01 SEP 2011 Chapels Help YMCAs Emphasize Mission

    Athletic Business

    ...When the YMCA of Greater Houston made a commitment to both renovate existing facilities and build new ones, all with prominent new chapels, Kirksey Architecture was hired to oversee the transition...

    Chapels Help YMCAs Emphasize Mission's Spiritual Component
  • 01 SEP 2011 Houston House Solutes Emerging Designers

    HOUSTON Magazine

    Extreme Makeover | As the Houston House high-rise debuts its new look, four young designers flaunt fab pads (including Kirksey's very own Kristen Johnson). Dowtown's 31-story midcentury mod Houston House reveals its head-to-toe, $10 million renovation this month.

  • 19 AUG 2011 John Kirksey - environmentalist architect

    Houston Business Journal

    Face to Face with John Kirksey

    Sit down with John Kirksey for a few minutes, and it quickly becomes evident why his Houston-based architectural firm has a strong focus on environmental design.

  • 10 AUG 2011 Building to Student Demand

    Student Housing Business

    Traditional residence halls are anything but traditional today. Colleges and universities are getting away from building dormitories with long, uninterrupted hallways filled with door after door and one lounge per floor. They are calling on architects and designers to create spaces that enhance student living and build a life experience around the academic and social nature of college.


    Building to Student Demand | Kirksey Architecture
  • 17 JUN 2011 Energy Efficiency – Green features on every aisle

    Houston Chronicle

    ...Responding to customer demands, new supermarkets in general are being designed to operate more efficiently and older ones are being renovated with environmental extras, said Brian Malarkey, who leads the EcoServices group at Houston architecture firm Kirksey. He points to research that has been done on skylights and their effect on the retail environment. "They found stores with skylights did better," he said.

  • 10 JUN 2011 Raising the Green Bar

    Houston Business Journal

    Long before “LEED” became a buzzword in the construction world, a number of industry professionals envisioned a more sustainable world. Simply put, they were green when green wasn’t cool. Brian Malarkey of Kirksey was interviewed as a forward-thinker on today's sustainable efforts.

    Raising the Green Bar | Kirksey
  • 08 JUN 2011 ENR Texas & Louisiana SnapShot

    ENR Texas & Louisiana: SnapShot

    The new 41,000-sq-ft Texas Dept. of Public Safety crime lab was constructed in northwest Houston by Satterfield & Pontikes Construction and designed by Kirksey Architecture. Building information modeling was used to model and coordinate the structure and MEP components, which are complex. The advanced forensic equipment complements the advanced mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

    ENR Texas & Louisiana SnapShot: Houston Crime Lab
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