Help Honor Metz - Help Fund the Legacy Project

December 05, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

It's the passing of an era. Metz Elementary, an honored institution serving East Austin for over a century will be part of AISD's school consolidation. To recognize and celebrate the school's remarkable history, we're supporting the Metz Legacy Project. This semester-long project will match current students with expert writers and artists to create publications and events to memorialize the Metz ... Read More

East Austin / Schools / Campus Architecture / Austin

AMEN Food Pantry Project Presented

November 29, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

The annual volunteer appreciation luncheon for AMEN Food Pantry featured a presentation by Ben Heimsath. The group has outgrown its converted residence and has been planning a new facility in a renovated warehouse owned by the City of La Grange. Board member Garry Schellberg introduced the project and explained how it was being developed in partnership with Heimsath Architects. Ben Heimsath noted ... Read More

Presentations / Master Planning / Adaptive Re-use

Campus Renewal Dedication at Shepherd of the Hills

November 13, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church shared songs, prayers, and many “Thank You’s” as members gathered to celebrate the Campus Renewal project. Eric MacInerney, Kathryn Coffey, and Ben Heimsath attended the November 4 service. One by one, each major space was rededicated to service of the ministry.  The UT Trombone Ensemble contributed robust music for the special service. Read More

Church Change / Church Renovations & Additions / Narthex / Austin Churches

What's Next After CodeNext? Statesman OpEd

August 19, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

      Ben Heimsath's Op Ed piece in today's Austin American Statesman outlines a call to continue Austin's code reform in spite of the demise of CodeNext. Ben draws upon his experience as a former chair of the City of Austin Planning Commission and his work in the past to promote positive changes to the development process. Ben's remarks were in response to the Austin Council's unanimous vote to ... Read More

Codes & Permitting

Nave and Narthex Ribbon-Cutting in Waco

August 08, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

The newly renovated Mid-Century Modern nave is visually transformed by moving air conditioning ducts above the ceiling. Holy Spirit Episcopal Church celebrated the completion of its expanded Narthex and renovated worship space in style on Saturday, August 4. Following the ribbon cutting parishioners held an Evensong service in the updated nave. Renovations to the mid-century space were designed ... Read More

Church Renovations & Additions / Mid-Century Modern / Worship Spaces / Narthex

Holy Spirit's Relocated Tower

July 24, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

A refurbished bell tower is being erected in a new location as construction nears completion at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas. The original tower was located at the back of the church courtyard.  It would have been in the way of the planned expansion, so the decision was made to refurbish and relocate the tower to the front. The relocated bell tower is part of a major improvements ... Read More

Mid-Century Modern / Church Change / Church Renovations & Additions

Career Day at Metz

May 24, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

Heimsath Architects participated in the annual Metz Elementary Career Day. Students of all grade levels were introduced to possible careers in a wide range of fields from finance and high tech, to life safety and construction. Ben Heimsath talked about careers in architecture with 3rd and 4th grade classes. By far the most popular part of the presentation was a marshmallow construction challenge. ... Read More

East Austin / Presentations / Schools

Design Workshop with Rehoboth Baptist Church

May 04, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

Plans for a new building and new site relocation for the Rehoboth Baptist Church took a big step forward last week. A representative group of congregation members met with Heimsath Architects for a morning-long Design Workshop on Saturday, April 28. The church is in the process of developing plans for their new property located about a mile east of the church’s present location. Pastor Ray ... Read More

Church Change / East Austin / Master Planning / Austin

Woodlawn Baptist in Austin Dedicates new Connection Center

May 03, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, celebrated the completion of its renovation program and new central gathering space. The new skylight foyer has been christened the “Connection Center.” A ribbon cutting took place on Sunday, April 8 with the oldest and youngest members of the congregation assisting with the ceremonial scissors . Building committee chair, Cindy Figer, recognized the ... Read More

Church Architecture / Austin / Church Renovations & Additions / Church Design & Construction

Our Sympathies to the Families Impacted by the Austin Bombings

March 22, 2018 by: Ben Heimsath

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