Posts Tagged ‘exterior’

Project Update: Shopping Center in Ardmore

Retail design

The phased construction of Market Street in Ardmore, Oklahoma, continues to progress.  We provided the overall conceptual design for this shopping complex that allows the center to be constructed in phases as more retailers come on board.  The photo shows our latest addition. The 3,990 SF satellite parcel building is nearing completion, and will be…

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New Building for Texas Kidney Consultants

Healthcare design

Construction is underway for a new location for Texas Kidney Consultants in Fort Worth. Structures & Interiors is the general contractor, and they’re completing the framing as well as the sidewalks. The two-story building totals 11,000 SF and is located on Eighth Avenue near the historic Fairmont neighborhood. The interior will feature exam rooms on…

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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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Merry Christmas from TMA-CHA Architects

Merry Christmas

We hope your holidays are filled with joy and laughter through the New Year! Please note our office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. From all of us at TMA-CHA Architects, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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Can Eco-Friendly Projects Be Cost-Effective?

Oleander Plaza

Considering that there are many factors involved when constructing a building, this can be a loaded question. However, we have found there are several ways to be environmentally friendly while not breaking the bank. Adaptive Reuse; Reusing an existing building tends to go a long way toward saving money. The amount of material resources as…

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Wood Framed Commercial Buildings on the Rise

TCIDA Frame

That’s not a misprint. At TMA, we have been working with a wood frame on a wide range of project types, reinforcing a trend that has been on the rise. When selecting materials, many clients are laser-focused on cost, and that’s understandable. However, choosing a timber frame is not only beneficial to the environment, it…

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