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STG Design – Nashville wins National Award!

April 11, 2012

Shout out to our Nashville team! STG Design has been recognized with a national Excellence Award from the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) for our work on the expansion of Fiberweb’s Horizon Building on the Old Hickory Campus.

This design-build project was programmed as a research and development facility for non-woven fiber products. The interior has a free span of seventy feet and clear height of over forty-five feet, with a four-story mezzanine section housing the vertical fiber spindle equipment and a bridge crane. The façade is designed to showcase the non-woven fiber development process and to provide a new, more open image to their manufacturing complex.

Fiberweb and Scott Webb of Crain Construction worked in collaboration with STG Design and Logan Patri Engineering from the initial design phases all the way through the building’s completion and occupancy.

Collaboration on New St. Edward’s Project

November 2, 2011

STG Design is once again collaborating with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects on the design of the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Facility at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.  The opening of the Phase One facility in 2007 has already resulted in a significant increase in the number of students majoring in the sciences at St. Edward’s University.

This new 54,000 square foot facility will include classrooms, faculty offices, laboratories and support spaces for computer science, math and physics that will provide undergraduates with a hands-on, laboratory-rich, collaborative environment. The phase two project will also include a 125-seat auditorium that will provide a large lecture and performing arts venue for the campus.

The project is featured in the recent Austin Business Journal.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/print-edition/2011/10/28/campus-construction-at-st-eds.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article

What is your concept?

October 23, 2011

In the Austin office we’ve been discussing the design concept. Do we have one, do we start with one, do we end with one, how is it evident in our projects.

To be inspired about what a concept can do for your project, during your next lunch break, watch the 18 minute video by TED featuring Bjarke Ingles.

Click here to watch.

Alta Vista Project Featured in SeniorLiving.com

October 19, 2011

Our most recent senior living project Alta Vista; a Prescott Retirement Community is featured on the front page of the SeniorLiving.com website. David, Larry and the Tucson gang did a great job on the project and the project is leasing at a pace that exceeds the developer’s expectations.

Way to go Tucson team for a great effort on this project!!

For more on the article check out the link here: http://www.seniorliving.com/news/senior-living-communities/483-alta-vista-retirement-community-opens-in-prescott

Taking Architecture to a New Depth

October 12, 2011

Some people accept an architecture job anywhere. Literally. This Conrad Hotel in the Maldives takes innovative design to a new depth. If you are interested in staying for a night, it could cost you close to $1,600 but what a view!

For more photos check out the website, Today I Learned Something New http://todayilearned.co.uk/2011/08/15/sleeping-fish/#more-2716

Multifamily in the Middle

October 10, 2011

The multifamily sector is still an area where investors and developers are looking to venture into. With a well rounded multifamily portfolio under our belt, STG Design is poised to deliver some great projects, The Park at Vines and Southbridge are just a few.

The Nashville and Tucson offices have been working on two projects, Park at Vines in Louisville, KY and Southbridge in Camp LeJeune, NC. The Park at Vines project is located near Fort Knox outside of Louisville, Kentucky. This project has been specifically designed to accommodate the needs of military families who elect to live off base. The project offers a wide variety of unit types ranging from one to three bedrooms in a three story, breezeway style, walk up plan.

The Southbridge project is designed to accommodate the needs of military families who choose not to live on base. The project features spacious one, two, and three bedroom apartments with contemporary floor plans with amenities including an up-scale clubhouse with a fitness studio and meeting rooms.

From a recent article in ULI’s s magazine Urban Land, “ In pursuit of higher cap rates, more investors are expected to venture inland, seeking higher yields in areas where multifamily prices haven’t recovered as much as on the East and West Coasts.” via Multifamily in the Middle.

Skyscrapers in Hong Kong are built using bamboo scaffolding

September 26, 2011

Safety is always an issue on a construction site and as architects we have a strong awareness of it as well. Here at STG Design we tak safety seriosuly as well for all of our projects. From Mike Pennington in the Austin office sent this one from the website Today I Learned Something New http://todayilearned.co.uk/2011/09/23/skyscrapers-in-hong-kong-are-built-using-bamboo-scaffolding/ The article is about bamboo being used for scaffolding Hong Kong.

Here are interesting facts about Bamboo:

Strength and Durability
Bamboo is a fascinating material due to its incredible strength, regenerative properties, and its natural aesthetic beauty. In structural engineering tests, bamboo has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel, and a higher compressive strength than many mixtures of concrete. It even has a higher strength to weight ratio than graphite.

Bamboo has been used as the standard building material for the majority of the world for thousands of years. There are many examples of buildings constructed entirely of bamboo, which are now several hundred years old. Due to their strength, these structures have even withstood 9.0 magnitude earthquakes.

Unlike elsewhere in the world, bamboo scaffolding is widely used in construction business in Hong Kong. The blocks are tied together with nylon straps.

In Hong Kong, skyscrapers are built using bamboo scaffolding

I am not sure how safe this practice is, but it is definitely environmentally friendly.

In Hong Kong, skyscrapers are built using bamboo scaffolding

SW YMCA – Fun in the Sun

September 13, 2011
STG Design completed the renovation of the Southwest YMCA’s existing facility to better serve the increasing demands of South Austin. The concept was to express a transition from urban to garden, symbolizing the every day progression from work, to fitness, to life. This concept is expressed in the architecture by progressively dissolving the mass of the existing tilt-wall façade with a multi-colored perforated screen.

The play of light from the screen is more pronounced as one approaches the east side or “Garden,” much like the dappling of light of the sky through the canopy of a tree. The facility includes a basketball court, indoor pool, aerobics area, pilates area, free weights, cardio, spinning, indoor walking track, outdoor pool and outdoor play area.

 

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