Architecture And Covid-19

Heimsath Architect’s team members are now in week 4 of self-isolation. Like many of you, our communications with the outside are mostly through the various conferences call applications (Go to Meeting, Zoom, Skype). It has been working well, though I find that looking all the faces in boxes invariably gets the Brady Bunch theme song stuck in my head. For the past 20 years, we have done our ... Read More

Technology / Design Process / Sustainable Design / Architecture / Church Architecture

Successful Stained Glass Back-Lighting

October 7, 2015 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

In the past, stained glass back-lighting has been quite difficult. The fluorescent and incandescent light sources we had to work with created heat, were hard to access, and had color issues. The stained glass never looked good compared to the natural lighting provided by sunlight. However there are some new LED solutions that are making it much easier to have a beautiful installation without ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Liturgical Arts / Technology

Residential Tip --

November 26, 2012 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

If you are thinking about remodeling or building a home, you ought to give a try. It is a repository of 800,000+ pictures that various people have uploaded to the site. With this you can browse and find spaces you like and create idea books that you can share. One of our recent clients used this a lot both to help her understand what she wanted and to communicate this infromation to us. ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Technology

Church Design -- Church Lighting Control

More and more we see our church clients wanting lighting control to highlight areas of the worship space. It could be that they want to have a different set of lights to highlight the baptism, it could be that at times they want to light up of the choir area, or maybe they want to have a dim the lights and just have light shining on the pulpit. Traditionally this is done in one of two ways; ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Technology / Fellowship Hall

Electric Car Implications - Saving Gas Is Just The Beginning

May 4, 2012 by: Ben Heimsath

Imagine a world without any gas stations - none on the roadway, none in the neighborhood. Imagine a stoplight with waiting cars and no smell or fumes. Imagine a busy street without the rumble of engine noise. Don't just imagine these things, get ready for them. Electric cars are coming and there are big implications. Avoiding the high cost of gasoline is just the beginning. The electric car ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Transportation / Technology / Sustainable Deisgn

Residential Solar Panels -- A First Report

Solar Panels on the Front roof Area There is a 5.76 KW solar array on the Purple Heron House. Given that the house is a 5-star rated (or will be when Autsin Green Building finishes its process), we looked into Solar as a way to make the house even more effiecient (with the current efficiencies of the solar panels, it is usually better to conserve first and then look to generation). At the time ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Technology / Architects and Construction / Sustainable Design

Demand Charge for Church Electricity: Is This a Good Idea?

March 13, 2012 by: Ben Heimsath

So what is a demand charge and why should churches care? Churches should care a great deal. If you are not paying it now, watch out! It could equal or even exceed your consumption charge in a given month. A demand charge for church electricity bills is seriously being considered by our local utility company. Some utilities already have added this charge for churches, and may soon expand or ... Read More

Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Design & Construction / Austin / Technology / Sustainable Deisgn

Building Conservation - A Great Resource at the University of Texas

February 16, 2012 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

One and a half years after graduating from the Historic Preservation Program at University of Texas at Austin, I went back to the School of Architecture and took a tour of its prominent Architectural Conservation Lab, a great building conservation resource. Fran Gale, the director of the lab, was hosting a session with the students from her Materials Conservation class. The students were asked to ... Read More

Austin / Technology / Historic Preservation

Church Design: Natural Light and Video Projection

March 18, 2011 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

When we work with our clients to design or modify a worship space, one of the most interesting issues that must be considered is the relationship between natural light and the audio/visual systems. Whether it is a historic sanctuary, a high-end praise and worship space, or a multi-use space (Sanctatorium is one of my favorite multi-use space words), more and more, we are seeing a desire to have a ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Technology / Fellowship Hall

LED lights - Options for Residential and Church Lighting Design

January 4, 2011 by: Heimsath Architects Staff

My wife and I are designing and building a new energy-efficient home. We are working very hard with our builder, Risinger Homes, to achieve a 5-star (highest) rating in the Austin Green Building Residential Program. One major focus is how to make the lighting more efficient. In a future post, I will discuss some of the technical basics of lighting. I've designed lighting for our churches and ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Residential Design & Construction / Technology / Sustainable Design