Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Update: How We’re Preserving the History of Mansfield

Man House

More than two years ago, we posted an article about how we’re helping to preserve the history of Mansfield, Texas. You can find it here. In essence, we’re working with the city and local historical groups to program the future of the Ralph Man Homestead. The Ralph Man Homestead will be open to the public,…

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Should You Consider a Mixed-Use Building?

Mixed-Use Building

Mixed-use design, or mixed-use architecture, has been around since the 1900‘s.  At that time, the design was unique in that it featured two stories:  the first floor was used for retail, offices or some other kind of business, while the second floor was a residence for rent or a hotel.  From the 1900‘s through the…

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New Development Coming to Waxahachie

Multi-family design

At TMA-CHA Architects, we have been hired to design a new 250-unit multi-family project in Waxahachie. The city located south of Dallas, along I-35E, is booming. With the developer located in California, and the general contractor in the Waxahachie area, we’ve been working with all interested parties via online meetings. The developer has been terrific,…

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Developing Property in Fort Worth

Development in Fort Worth

TMA-CHA Architects is teaming with the Bhoomi group to develop six-acres at the corner of Bryant Irvin and Dutch Branch Road. The initial purchase was to assist Fort Worth Heart in developing a satellite clinic and a state-of-the-art cardiology surgery center. That left 4.2 acres remaining and we’re in the process of sub-dividing the open…

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Converting to an Ambulatory Surgery Center

Ambulatory Surgery Center

The process of converting a space to an Ambulatory Surgery Center, or building a new ASC, has become a particular area of interest and expertise for our firm. There are many factors to consider – whether it’s an existing treatment facility or an existing layout that allows for more flexibility. There are several driving factors:…

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Natural Ventilation System for Animal Care Facility

Animal Care Facility

When designing an HVAC system for an animal care facility, we consider a number of criteria including user comfort, code requirements, cost, and correct equipment. Kennels, play areas, and procedure rooms all need to be served with natural ventilation, so how do we approach the design? How will it be controlled? Does the code allow…

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The Sinclair Grand Opening in Fort Worth

Sinclair Rooftop Bar

We recently attended the grand opening of The Sinclair, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, in downtown Fort Worth. It was originally built in 1929, as an office space for the Sinclair Oil Company. In 2013, the building was updated and converted to a luxury boutique hotel. Touted as the world’s first all-digital hotel, the rooftop…

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Say Hello to Megan O’Dell

Megan O'Dell

As part of our team, Megan O’Dell brings new ideas and experiences into the projects we’re working on. We asked a few questions and she had a few answers: Describe yourself in three words:     Optimistic, diligent, and energetic. How did you become interested in architecture? My initial interest was actually in interior design, but I…

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The Importance of the Building Envelope

Travis Avenue Apartments

The role of the building envelope serves a greater purpose beyond aesthetics; it is key to the performance of the design in terms of energy codes and efficiency. Because it is the barrier from exterior elements such as rain, wind and heat, the envelope must be composed of carefully selected materials whether pre-determined (the ones…

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What is COTE 10 and Why Does It Matter?

Texas Kidney Consultants

Every year the AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) distinguishes 10 exemplary projects that address environmental concerns through design. These projects come in various scales and costs, and are exemplary in that they integrate architecture, art, and environmental technological advances. The submitted projects are judged on how well they respond to environmental issues,…

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