Joy from every steeple[caption id="" align="alignright" width="550"] Bellaire United Methodist Church | Houston, TX[/caption] Not surprisingly, churches are top of mind in December. According to Lifeway Research/Catalyst Creative, the 18% average weekly church attendance skyrockets to 47% on Christmas Eve. For churches conducting capital campaigns, they are challenged to increase their awareness typically for an extended time period. PRISM works with several architects to develop engaging renderings congregations can use year-round to raise funds to meet the mission and ministry needs of churches. Merriman Holt Powell Architects has several liturgical projects in fundraising mode. Bellaire United Methodist Church, shown above and below, has embarked on a $3.5 million Forward campaign to renew and revitalize the church’s existing facilities to better serve its growing ministries and improve its most utilized spaces. Creating a clear, inviting front entry from Bellaire Boulevard is a vital part of the project. The new front plaza and trellis will provide outdoor space for fellowship and a welcoming image to the neighborhood. Interior improvements of the lighting, audio visual systems, accessibility, and finishes for the Fellowship Hall, Kitchen, Sanctuary and general public spaces will modernize these highly used and visible spaces. PRISM developed an exterior and several interior renderings to communicate the campaign details to the congregation. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="555"] St. Paul's United Methodist Church | Houston, TX[/caption] St. Paul’s United Methodist Church has almost completed their $10 million Revive campaign, their largest since the original building was first constructed in 1929. The project addresses a host of needed improvements for the historic 1929 Sanctuary Building design by legendary Houston architect Alfred Finn. The project will replace outdated mechanical and electrical equipment, repair building exteriors, and renovate the building for improved accessibility while retaining the magnificent building’s historical integrity. At Central United Methodist Church Galveston, they planted a new church in an existing historic building under the campaign “Redeem a church. Redeem a community.” Now the church is working toward the future in a Master Plan phase to revitalize the buildings including the original 1916 Sanctuary. All three existing buildings will be renovated in the future to provide spaces that work for the church’s mission and the surrounding community. This includes enlarging the current Sanctuary and updating the audio-video systems and electrical and mechanical systems while maintaining and improving the current, relaxed and light-filled sacred space they are utilizing. The original Sanctuary is currently used as storage, with some classroom space, and will be modernized and adapted to a Fellowship Hall and coffee shop, retaining all historical elements and restoring the open volume. The classroom building will be re-planned and updated into flexible, modern classroom and office space. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="387"] Central United Methodist Church | Galveston, TX[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="386"] Central United Methodist Church | Galveston, TX[/caption]
2018 Year in ReviewAs we prepare for the coming year, we take pause to reflect on 2018. We believe the concept of looking back to move forward has been a powerful force to grow PRISM. This process allows us to refine how we work, better anticipate the future, and build on the successes we’ve had. Most importantly it crystallizes how critical every client is. THANK YOU to our clients for your belief in us! To date this year, PRISM has completed more than 235 total projects, has over 100 clients, and worked with 46 new clients. Our work spanned the U.S., with projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Internationally, we had projects in Canada and China. Of course, we also take this time to celebrate the people who make PRISM what it is. Our staff and their families gathered, from as far away as Boston, to celebrate each other with a delicious dinner and fun bowling outing. Thanks be to God for our amazing loved ones who support us every day!
Clients spotlight - MORGAN“Through hard work, sweat, and common sense I achieved the American dream.” Bill Morgan was born in 1925 in southeastern Poland. He was 14 when the Nazis invaded, 16 when he escaped the Stanislawow ghetto, and 24 when he boarded a boat for New York. He was a serial entrepreneur who founded and sold several businesses before starting Globe Construction and Management Company in 1959. Morgan’s sons incorporated the business as Morgan, Inc. in 1987. Today MORGANdevelops, builds and manages luxury multifamily units such as The Pearl brand; the company has properties in 14 markets with a portfolio value of $1 billion. MORGAN epitomizes respect for all those they work with and provides uncompromising quality in what they do. PRISM is honored to serve them in fulfilling their mission.
Ready to RevitBIM is no longer a nice-to-have part of AEC projects. Even if not mandated, it's a critical service to improve the entire design and delivery process. PRISM is excited to announce our affiliation with Axoscape. Axoscape provides BIM, CAD, Revit, and technology consulting services strictly for AEC clients. Whether assisting clients new to BIM or veteran users who just need an extra hand, Axoscape has experts in all the latest technologies firms need to stay competitive. Axoscape founder Dat Lien started the Houston Revit Users Group as a forum for users of all levels to share knowledge and advance BIM. PRISM is sponsoring the first meeting in 2019 and we invite all our industry friends to join us. The meetup group has more than 450 members; meetings are a great way to share ideas about new and effective ways to use BIM and showcase project work. We hope to see you on January 8, 2019!
There's still time!Since its founding 45 years ago, the MD Anderson Children’s Art Project has generated over $30 million to give back to educational and recreational programs for pediatric cancer patients. Did you know your renderings can contribute to this program? Every December, PRISM donates 10% of our profits earned on all new rendering and animation projects commissioned during the month to this worthwhile program. Please give me a call to talk about your project today! From all of us at PRISM, we wish you every blessing of the holidays!
Home inspection on the rangeIdaho’s Treasure Valley is a picturesque lowland area in the southwest corner of the state, surrounded by national forests. It is also where a small company has a big vision to change the home inspection industry with an Uber-like interface. HouseCheck created a model to standardize the process and believes it can manage 80% of all home inspections in the U.S. National HouseCheck enlisted architect Richard Kaufman of the Kaufman Collaborative to develop their future home. Conceptual plans call for a 25-30 acre master plan for the corporate headquarters campus building of about 200,000 s.f. to house 1,000 employees. The plan also includes an open amphitheater, a cantilevered restaurant, underground parking, recreation fields, housing for the HouseCheck Foundation, and a training facility. HouseCheck co-founder Dennis Conforto wanted the architecture to reflect “a modern version of Idaho”, with elements that reference surrounding landmarks like the Sawtooth Mountains and Crater National Park. PRISM used Kaufman’s concepts to produce the overall rendering of the campus. “Working with Jing and the team at PRISM was a very pleasant and gratifying experience. They were able to interpret my conceptual sketches and capture the essence of the project to produce a beautiful rendering in spite of a very demanding timeline,” according to Kaufman. “They added tremendous value to the vision we were trying to create. Only an experienced team can do this successfully, and PRISM performed on time and on budget.”
Elegantly upgraded urban infillCarroll Organization is getting ready to roll out another ARIUM-branded multifamily property in Houston. ARIUM Uptown West is nearing completion on upgrades in all areas of the facility. Formerly known as The Ava, ARIUM Uptown West will be repositioned as a luxury product in the desirable Galleria sub-market. Leah McVeigh Design and Consulting worked with the owner to plan the design enhancements that would most competitively position the project among several surrounding new construction luxury properties. The creative and cost-conscience interior design solutions coupled with high-end touches result in a fresh and elegant new space. McVeigh drew inspiration from the existing development and incorporated the ARIUM blue to reflect the new branding.
In everything give thanksA thankful heart is a happy heart. And we have so much to be thankful for! Jing: I'm extremely grateful to our team members who live out our core values every single day to best serve our clients. Your excellence drives PRISM’s success. I'm very thankful to our clients who have trusted us to bring their visions to life over the past 13 years. Our success is indeed your success. Personally, I'm very blessed to have a husband who has always supported me in so many ways, and I thank God every day for bringing him into my life. Tracy: Big THANK YOU to all our clients who gave me the opportunities to be part of your projects. I’m grateful for all of your help and support throughout the process of producing renderings. My sincere appreciation also goes to the PRISM team, my family, and my faith community. You make my life full of on-going growth, joy, and fulfillment. Deborah: First and foremost I am thankful for my Lord and Savior. I have the most wonderful husband that I thank the Lord every night for and the beautiful baby girl he gave me. I am thankful to be part of an incredible company that shares the same values I have: integrity, compassion and caring. I am thankful to serve our amazing clients. I love what I do and I get to make new friends every day. Vivian: I am grateful for our clients including us as their extended team and humbled by the trust they’ve placed in us. I'm also extremely fortunate to work with our team, with their talents and skills, especially the effort they put in each project, to achieve the best of PRISM! Sarah: I'm thankful for the many, many blessings that surround me both personally and professionally! I have much to be thankful for everyday! To our clients, thank you for your loyalty, your honesty and for allowing PRISM to be part of your team. You are truly a blessing to us! From our PRISM family to yours, best wishes for every blessing of this holiday season!
Client appreciation: MCS ArchitectsThis month we highlight MCS Architects, a Houston firm founded in 1971. MCS is a recognized leader in the hospitality and multifamily markets, ensuring a finished product in line with clients’ branding and quality standards. Our thanks to MCS for a working relationship dating back to 2013.
Help us help MD AndersonFor the fifth year in a row, PRISM will be donating 10% of our profits on all new rendering and animation projects commissioned in December to the MD Anderson Children’s Art Project. This program serves pediatric cancer patients, giving hope and normalcy to the young lives touched by cancer. Please contact me at 281-799-4800 or email jing.johnson@
We can't wait to see how you celebrate! Our team has some fun holiday traditions we will be sharing on our Instagram, Facebook and Li
High-end healthcareHedwig Place is a five-story, 102,474 square feet Class A medical office development located on a two-acre site south of Interstate 10 in Hedwig Village. It is the first new office development for the affluent area in more than 30 years per Bisnow. The building includes a ground floor restaurant and a six-story freestanding parking garage. Located just east of the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Stream Realty developed Hedwig Place in partnership with AMD Global and Diamond Realty Investments, answering the community’s needs for an easily accessible state-of-the-art healthcare facility in the area. The development will include improved vehicular access from the adjacent neighborhood, walkability, and cross-access to existing and future developments. Interiors will be all high-end finishes. The site will also include many large trees, a signature of the surrounding established neighborhoods. Construction is expected to be complete mid-2019; the center is 65% pre-leased.
Rocky Mountain highs – garden styleWe’ve been working with the Denver office of Price Development Group (PDG) to develop renderings for their newest multifamily property, PEAK83. The 255-unit Class A garden-style development sits approximately 25 miles southeast of Denver and has easy highway access to the growing Denver Technology Center. The location on the outskirts of Denver boasts unobstructed views of Pikes Peak. PEAK83 is scheduled to open later this year. Inside, PDG created a contemporary environment with a mix of clean lines, crisp details, and pops of color. Floor plans range from 705 s.f to 1,423 s.f. in two and three-story layouts. Amenities include the typical fitness center and locker rooms, media/entertainment center, collaborative workspaces with private offices, and group kitchen. PEAK83 also offers residents an indoor golf simulator, bike and ski repair shop, and a pet spa. Outside, the resort-style pool is surrounded by covered grilling stations, a sunken conversation cove with a firepit, a gated dog park, and expansive views of the Rocky Mountains.
PRISM takes on BeantownThis year marks PRISM’s 13th anniversary. This milestone certainly would not have occurred without the continued patronage of a growing list of clients. For this, we are most grateful. We also appreciate the relationships we’ve cultivated with our clients; it’s this aspect of our work that we’re most proud – knowing our clients well enough to understand their respective goals and being entrusted to help fulfill them. Yet, without the amazing team of professionals here at PRISM, none of this would be possible. Our business model depends on our team working remotely, often during non-standard business hours. So we take every opportunity to gather and deepen our bonds whenever possible. Earlier this month we traveled to Boston to visit our colleagues there. What an amazing time we had walking the historic streets and feasting on delicious local specialties. We even had the great luck to be there for Game 1 of the ALCS! It was definitely an experience we will all treasure, as you can see in this photo album.
Client Appreciation: The Hanover CompanyThe Hanover Company is one of our longest-standing clients. We’ve had the opportunity to serve this multifamily developer since 2006. Since Hanover’s founding in 1982, the company has delivered more than 56,000 units across the country.
INOVA proves its name
INOVA 3 Dry Creek will be the newest build-to-suit addition to the INOVA corporate campus once they secure the right tenant. Located 20 miles southwest of Denver International Airport, the campus is part of a master planned mixed-use development with several Class A offices, multifamily, a luxury hotel, and flex properties. The five-story office contains almost 261,000 s.f. of flexible floor plates with nine-foot windows and includes a fitness center, luxury “country club” bathrooms, a food truck court, and a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views. It is designed for LEED Silver certification. Powers Brown Architecture designed the office and its counterparts – INOVA I and INOVA II. The campus name, a play off of “innovate,” reflects the uniqueness of its delivery; the offices are all constructed with Powers Brown’s proprietary Value Office technology. With this tilt-wall construction method, owners can achieve very flexible, column-free floor plates with quick and cost-effective delivery.
PRISM developed this animation to help with project leasing on the first two office buildings, handled by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank. Principal Real Estate Investors along with United Properties are major equity partners for INOVA I and II.
Welcome new PRISM partners
We rely on several trusted advisors to keep PRISM on track. Help us welcome our newest partners.
Thanks to Richard Nilles of B2B CFO we rarely have to worry about PRISM’s finances. He provides all our CFO services and actively works with us to manage our current financial position and develop forecasts to ensure we have the needed resources to reach our strategic goals. Richard solely works with owners of privately held companies; he brings a high level of passion for all things financial. In his off hours, Richard is a proud supporter of his alma mater Texas A&M.
Shelley Hatcher, co-founder of Carter & Hatcher Consulting, minds where the money is going, managing all our accounting and bookkeeping. She and almost all of her team are working mothers who want to use their expertise to serve clients while having the flexibility to spend time with their families. After more than a decade at a global consulting firm, Shelley is now fulfilled helping small and mid-size businesses grow. Outside the office, she enjoys traveling, attending her three kids’ activities, and watching her favorite college football team, the Texas Aggies. Gig ‘em!
Client appreciation: Kirksey
Kirksey Architecture has been a stalwart of sustainable design even before the LEED acronym was coined. Since John Kirksey started the firm in 1971, it has grown to more than 150 professionals working in Houston and Austin. The firm’s design tenets remain the same: resource-efficient facilities that enhance both the site and greater community and provide a healthy and enjoyable experience for the people within them.
We’ve been working with the Kirksey team since 2010, and are honored to showcase just a small portion of our work together in the video below. Thank you for the continuing opportunity to help share your design vision.
AIA Houston design awards
Along with many others in the Houston design community, PRISM celebrated the best architecture and architects last night at the AIA Houston Design Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and to our clients who took home honors:
- Divine Details – Jackson Ryan Architects, Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church
- Renovation/Restoration – Kirksey, HISD Milby High School
- Architecture Less Than 50,000 SF – Kirksey, The Fabrication Center of Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture
- Architecture Less Than 50,000 SF – Powers Brown Architecture, Intermarine Shipyard Building