Oakwood Chapel "To Believe" Event is Part of East Austin Studio Tour

November 14, 2019 by: Ben Heimsath

Heimsath Architects is a proud sponsor of a unique video arts event during the East Austin Studio Tour. "To Believe" will give viewers an immersive experience celebrating the sounds and images of worship from four East Austin churches. The setting, the historic Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, is a non-sectarian church structure recently restored by the City of Austin. The "To Believe," installation is ... Read More

Master Plan Presentation for St. John Lutheran

September 04, 2019 by: Ben Heimsath

Congregation members gathered for a Town Hall meeting after services on Sunday, August 25 to review the recently completed Master Plan. After a light lunch, Pastor Waters welcomed everyone and began the session with prayer. Council President, Scott Kramer, reviewed the process of developing the master plan and shared some of the ministry goals behind the effort, including the consolidation of ... Read More

Master Planning / Church Architecture

Dedication for Cornerstone Baptist Church

August 28, 2019 by: Ben Heimsath

  Cornerstone Baptist Church held an open house and ribbon cutting to dedicate their new sanctuary. The new facility was planned for the growing congregation to provide a modern space for worship. The building and church tower have become an instant landmark on FM 484 in Harker Heights. Eric MacInerney has guided the project from the early master planning stages. He attended the celebration and ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Church Site Development / Religious / Church Architecture

Woodlawn Steeple Featured in Year-End Postcard

January 02, 2019 by: Ben Heimsath

Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas, & Happy New Year!  Read More

Church Renovations & Additions / Featured Projects / Religious / Church Architecture / Austin Churches

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

Austin / Campus Architecture / Schools / East 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

Adaptive Re-use / Master Planning / Presentations

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 Renovations & Additions / Church Change / 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

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

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