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  • 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
  • 06 MAY 2011 New Himalaya Herbal Healthcare building

    Ultimate Fort Bend

    Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, a longtime resident of Houston’s Westchase Business District, broke ground in April on its new LEED Gold Certified, eco-friendly business office, warehouse and training center in Sugar Land...partnered with internationally known, Houston-based architectural firm Kirksey to design and build the new facility.


    Himalaya Herbal Healthcare building new office in Sugar Land
  • 03 MAY 2011 Houston commercial construction costs hold steady,

    Houston Business Journal

    Houston-area commercial construction costs have held steady over the past year, according to an annual report by the Kirksey architecture firm. Some materials and transportation costs are starting to rise, but competition for jobs among general contractors and subcontractors has kept prices in check, said Scott Wilkinson, commercial team leader at Houston-based Kirksey.

  • 21 APR 2011 Into the Ground

    Real Estate BISNOW (HOU)

    Houston Metro Urology celebrated the construction of its new 28k SF facility at 4219 Richmond. We found GC O’Donnell Snider’s Randy O’Donnell and Trey Snider bracketing Kirksey’s Debbie Phillips, Transwestern’s Bobbie Bozarth, and Kirksey’s Avian Caruso and David McLemore. Debbie tells us the site was particularly tight, and her firm designed down to the last square inches. Another challenge was anticipating all options for future growth. It’s no surprise that’s a consideration: This building is itself an expansion from HMU’s adjacent facility.

  • 12 APR 2011 Township gets peek at plans for new headquarters

    Ultimate Woodlands

    ...Norrell and Palermo have been working with Kirksey Architecture to develop the plan that will transform the 69,000-square-foot building into a town hall with public meeting space, conference rooms and offices for staff members. ... "We've been impressed with Kirksey's interior design and our recommendation is to move forward," Norell said. ...

  • 11 MAR 2011 Menninger's new clinic moving forward

    Houston Business Journal

    ... Menninger tapped Houston firms Kirksey Architecture to design the complex and Tellepsen Builders as its general contractor. The campus’ first phase will include an inpatient specialty psychiatric hospital, a research center, administrative buildings, educational facilities, a wellness center, a nondenominational chapel and a dining center.

    Menninger's new clinic moving forward
  • 09 MAR 2011 It's maroon heaven for golfers at Traditions Club

    Houston Chronicle

    New facilities at Traditions Club give Aggies' spirit a luxurious home.  Houston-based architect Kirksey Architects worked with environmental specialists Redding Linden Burr on geothermal exchange to create a "green" clubhouse.

    Houston Chronicle - New facilities at Traditions Club give Aggies' spirit a luxurious home.
  • 11 FEB 2011 Zero Energy Buildings: When do they pay off...

    Building Design + Construction

    by Kirksey's Julie Hendricks and Kapil Upadhyaya

    There’s lots of talk about zero energy as the next big milestone in green building. Realistically, how close are we to this ambitious goal? At this point, the strategies required to get to zero energy are relatively expensive. Only a few buildings, most of them 6,000 sf or less, mostly located in California and similar moderate climates, have hit the mark. What about larger buildings, commercial buildings, more problematic climates? Given the constraints of current technology and the comfort demands of building users, is zero energy a worthwhile investment for buildings in, for example, a warm, humid climate?

    Zero Energy Buildings
  • 13 JAN 2011 Hines Houston tower gains rare LEED certification

    Houston Business Journal

    The office building at 717 Texas in downtown Houston has become the first Texas skyscraper to achieve LEED Platinum certification for existing buildings. Hines was successful in earning the designation with the help of Houston architecture firm Kirksey.


  • 19 NOV 2010 Only Wright house on sales block

    Houston Business Journal

    The only Houston home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is up for sale. The Kirksey-Meyers architecture firm [now Kirksey] designed the addition to compliment Wright's original bluepirnts.

  • 28 SEP 2010 High-rise face-lift

    Houston Chronicle

    Houston House getting makeover: 31-story apartment tower to get $10 million renovation...The renovations, designed by the Kirksey architecture firm, will modernize each of the 396 apartments, the resident-amenity floor, the lobby and building exterior.

  • 17 SEP 2010 Case Example: Kirksey Architecture

    CYVIZ Newsletter

    Kirksey Architecture Enhances Project Collaboration: In 2008, Kirksey, a Houston architecture firm, purchased a 2-Channel Cyviz Bizwall. Since then, the Bizwall has revolutionized how meetings are conducted at the firm allowing for more efficient and productive work.

  • 18 JUN 2010 How office space can up 'cool' factor at work

    Houston Business Journal

    Julie Gauthier, an interior designer with Kirksey Architecture, discusses how office space can up the 'cool' factor at work.

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