Posts Tagged ‘plans’

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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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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Advantages of Using an Existing Space

AOA Performance Institute

Besides new ground up construction, our work has always included commercial finish outs. There are many advantages to finishing out an existing space, especially if you’re a new, growing business. Depending on the size, finish outs are typically completed faster, not affected by inclement weather, and most importantly, the price per square foot to “finish…

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