This is a peak at a new project which will soon be kicking into high gear. This is a ground-up small medical office building in North Texas. I can't wait to share more as the project progresses. Design should be complete by the holidays with construction to be completed around this time next year.
I'm excited to show off another project nearing completion. Located in Midlothian, Texas' growing Midtowne development, these two new buildings offer in-town living amongst a thriving commercial center. The project entails over 1,800 square feet of office/retail space along George Hopper Road plus over 5,500 square foot studio and single bedroom apartments.
This week I got to tour the completed work of one of six medical clinics we designed this past year. Yes, SIX. It's been a busy year! This is certainly one of my favorites and it made me think about the unique issues we deal with when designing for the healthcare space.
The typical medical office space we design is around 3,000 square feet & neatly sits within a typical neighborhood retail center. Ideally the space allows for what we call a 'racetrack' design. This allows us to arrange exam rooms & their support spaces around a circular corridor, typically with a health practitioner's office at the center. This promotes visual control and one-way circulation when needed (like this past year when dealing with Covid).
While every healthcare provider is different, we find a general rule of thumb is to have three exam rooms + one consult room per practitioner. In addition to these spaces, you have the lab, med storage, offices and staff areas to accommodate. Finally, the practice specialty will dictate the size and number of other spaces. For instance, physical/occupational therapy clinics will require larger shared spaces to house therapy equipment. For our asthma/allergy center we designed this year, space for pulmonary testing took precedence.
The south Dallas shopping center at Polk and Ledbetter continues to progress towards the finish line despite the rain. I was on site this morning as the crew tries to finish up the stucco before the next round of storms roll through.
While there is still a ways to go before we get to see all the landscaping and finished building envelope, one exciting thing happening this week is the addition of parking lot trees. This huge shopping center was originally built in the 1980s with a vast concrete parking lot which I doubt was ever full. No thought was paid to softening this giant heat island with trees. The lot is regularly used as a cut-through to get from Polk to Ledbetter & then at night as a arena for joy-riding and cutting donuts.
As part of our infill project, we have broken up the vast concrete with landscaped islands. The trees arrived this week & already the difference can be felt on this hot & humid morning!
Whoops! It's been a whole year since last posting. What as year it has been.
We have managed to keep ourselves safe while continuing to do the work. We've been busy working on our ground-up retail & healthcare infill project in South Dallas along with several health clinic projects, a coffee shop and a few residential projects. The main theme over that past year seems to be patience & grace. With the disrupted work flow, we've all had to adjust.
So to catch up, I'll be sharing a few projects in the days. Weeks? This is the retail & medical office space we are creating in Dallas. The site is an existing shopping center which was built in the '80s around an anchor grocery store which was never completed. Our buildings will infill the gaping hole that was left + will revitalize the site: new landscape, lighting, signage, and building canopies. Can't wait to share more.
We are thankful to be celebrating 5 years of providing professional architectural services under the Thrasher Works banner. The concept of Thrasher Works has evolved over the years. It all started on 12/12/2012 with the registration of the web domain. At the time, Bart was both concentrating on design/build renovation projects & designing furniture while I was still working for another local architecture firm. I figured Thrasher Works would be my 'out' but there was no solid plan to get there.
Fast forward just three years and we tossed everything into air. Bart began his residential real estate career with David Griffin & Company Realtors while I began practicing architecture full time as Thrasher Works.
Now we are celebrating 5 successful years! It's all thanks to our fantastic clients & friends. It's because of you that we continue to grow and push ourselves to do bigger and better things. Thank you!
Over the course of my career, I've spent countless hours in the healthcare design arena. Whether hospital department renovations (my first and still favorite was creating an MRI suite for both in and out-patient use), medical clinics (ranging from imaging, general practice, dental/orthodontics, and dialysis care), or ground-up ambulatory surgery centers, I've always found this particular brand of architectural design the most rewarding.
Therefore, I'm very pleased to see the Lubbock health care center we've been working on for this past year will soon be complete.
The project entails the renovation of 6,500 sq ft of existing building space (built in the 1980s as a porcelain lab) + the addition of approximately 1,000 sf to create a new medical office center that will house two separate health clinics plus an executive business center. Construction is expected to be complete in September.
I had the blessing of a quiet evening the other day and took advantage of the situation by catching up on the fourth season of Downton Abby. It's the little vices in life that can make things worth it, right?
The sponsor of PBS' Masterpiece is Ralph Lauren which, of course, means a prominent commercial. It is a steady stream of models set against fabulous surroundings, reminiscent of the post-Edwardian era of the show. The voice over is Ralph Lauren explaining how design is a creative journey which starts with a feeling and evolves with the influences of the world around him. He creates a world for his heroine, his muse. It's a well crafted narrative which left me with an incredible sense of jealousy.
How indulgent it must be to create something which must only satisfy you. Now I'm sure his fashion house has critics to please and there is money to be made and a reputation to be upheld. What I'm really speaking to is the fact that in designing a line of clothing, in the most simplest way, one is simply creating what they think is best. There is no board or committee to dictate your direction. There are no codes to follow- no one's life will be at risk. There is no governing body to impose an ordinance outlining how one must carry out their creative process.
Now certainly I sound like I'm complaining. I'm really not--it's just a bit difficult to remember that those boundaries within which an architect must work within to actually 'create the world around themselves' can be just as inspiring if not simply challenging. Blah blah blah. So, to cheer myself up, I Googled "Sexiest Buildings". It seems curves are in these days.
The search revealed Calatrava's Milwauke has been declared the sexiest building. Not bad though I can't say I've been to Milwaukee. As of late, I prefer Aqua which is in Chicago...one of the sexiest towns when it comes to architecture. I love the curves but there is so much else--from the modern, to Art Deco, to historic.
Here's Bart and I at The Bean in 2012? That seems so long ago. I hope this year brings more opportunities to seek out sexy buildings. With any luck, it will also bring the opportunity to design just such buildings with the gleeful abandon of a fashion designer!
Since moving into our home almost three years ago, there has been one room which you just have to kind of ignore...to put it politely. Bart had to tear apart the ceiling and walls prior to moving in so the floor above would be properly supported. Since then, it's been in an eternal state of disarray. Not exactly a showcase.
So each time Bart starts a cabinet job I look on with excitement and envy. When will we finally be able to create the kitchen I will actually want to cook in? It better happen soon...my son deserves a home cooked meal! In just three years, we've designed six different options for our kitchen. I imagine there will be six more before we finally cut the first piece of wood. Luckily, we know a few things about what you just got to have.
Here is a must-have list I've devised so far...illustrated with Bart's latest project.
The list can go on and on, encompassing lighting, appliances, and flooring. There are so many things I hope to do differently this time. If, in fact, this time ever comes. Until then, I'll continue to work on design number seven. And eight. And nine.
And for you...in the meantime...please go and vote for Thrasher Works in the Mission Main Street Grant contest.
In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing more about Thrasher Works and how we hope to expand and improve our business with just such a grant. Watch for details here and on Facebook.
Seriously, you must go vote. For Thrasher Works. Go!
the point at which a plan or project is realized.
So this is obviously crazy to post...why purposefully jinx yourself? But then you must ask, 'can you jinx an person that isn't superstitious?' I. Think. Not.
Thrasher Works has been asked to look further into our Folly designs so it may serve as a multifunctional backyard structure for a local couple here in Dallas. The proposed program is to provide a porch for backyard enjoyment, a shop, and a small garage for lawn equipment and motorcycles. Super exciting, right?
Design approach: represent the three program elements by featuring three distinct structures uncoiling.
At first, this tried to take on an vertical uncoiling effect which really just threw the whole thing off into a over powering mess. We came to the conclusion that the follies needed to be offset horizontally offering additional inlets for light and circulation.
Of course, I'm partial and tend to think it's perfect. But even I realize it's all a process...one step at a time, right? This is definitely a project I look forward to working on and getting right.
Next up, Folly-Turned-Weekend Home. Minimal and sleek. I wonder how well Bart can pull off concrete that is as smooth as butter?