Adaptive Reuse for School in Austin

September 26, 2013 by: Ben Heimsath

Construction has begun on the newest elementary school in Austin, and most of the work is indoors.  The new school is an adaptive reuse of an empty commercial building, an innovative solution for the Austin Independent School District.  For the past year, Heimsath Architects, in joint venture with Architecture Plus, has been working on the conversion of an old manufacturing facility as the best ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Austin / Campus Architecture / Sustainable Deisgn / Schools

Master Planning for Congregations - 10 Essentials

July 10, 2012 by: Ben Heimsath

With this post, we begin a three-part series on what it takes to produce a great Master Plan.  If you'd like to have a copy of all 10 Essentials, you may download them now.     The Master Plan is a crucial first step when a church or religious community prepares for a building program.  The success of the Master Plan can determine the success of all the later steps of design, fundraising and ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Adaptive Re-use / Campus Architecture / Building Committee / Master Plan / Presentatons / Site Development

The Green School - What it Means and the Difference It Makes

August 27, 2011 by: Sandy Stone

What makes the eight-classroom addition for Langford Elementary a "Green School?" Does it make any difference? Our goal for Langford, from the very beginning, was to make improvements on anything that consumed resources over the life of the building.   The whole team, the District's project manager and their energy consultants, our engineering consultants, and the contractor thoroughly embraced ... Read More

Campus Architecture / Sustainable Deisgn / Schools