Virtual Groundbreaking for St. James' Episcopal

May 04, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

The groundbreaking ceremony is a wonderful tradition that marks a critical moment in the life of a project. After many months of planning and preparation communities celebrate the moment when they actually start “moving dirt,” as the saying goes. Today, St. James’ Episcopal Church, La Grange, Texas celebrated with a unique ceremony - a virtual groundbreaking. Read More

Church Renovations & Additions / Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Church Architecture

All Faith Chapel Studio and a Virtual Final Review

April 29, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Not long ago, I gave a kick-off presentation at the Texas A&M University School of Architecture. Professor Anat Geva’s students, working in teams of three, were to design an all-faith worship space in a sacred landscape of their choosing. I blogged about the studio in March and planned to return for the final evaluations sometime in April. Read More

Design Process / Chapels / Presentations

Pickle Elementary School Classroom Addition

April 24, 2020 by: Li Tong

While we wait for more direction on the reopening of schools, it is gratifying to consider the positive trends towards more healthy learning environments. Heimsath Architects is happy to present some fabulous photos of the two-classroom addition at Pickle Elementary School of Austin ISD. The project, completed in last March, incorporates five key elements of the 21st Century classroom design: ... Read More

Educational / Community

BELVEDERE RESIDENCE - CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS!

April 13, 2020 by: Kathryn Coffey

Though many of our lives have seen dramatic changes over the past few weeks, construction continues at our Belvedere Residence.  A recent wine and cheese site visit just before the shelter-in-place orders gave us a delightful walkthrough with the owners and general contractor.  The roof was being installed while we met and the following weeks have included the addition of gyp. board and trim on ... Read More

Residential Design & Construction / Sustainable Deisgn / Residential

Congregations Adapting to Coronavirus Are Making News

April 05, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

This Saturday, the front page of the Austin American Statesman featured the latest from area congregations adapting to coronavirus constraints. A companion video was produced for the Statesman’s YouTube channel. Today, National Public Radio featured religious leaders discussing their observations on how things have changed for their communities. Read More

Religious / Austin Churches

Coronavirus Update

March 16, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

In response to the coronavirus, as a cautionary measure, Heimsath Architects will have all personnel working from home until further notice. Read More

Presentatons

All Faith Studio Starts with Quest for the Sacred

March 10, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Students in the architecture program at Texas A&M University worked with Ben Heimsath to kick off their latest studio assignment: the design of an all faith chapel.  Professor Anat Geva’s design studio, working in teams, will design their chapel in a sacred location of their choosing. To kick off this innovative inquiry, Ben began with an exercise focused on spaces that the students considered to ... Read More

Design Retreat Workshop for Calvary School

March 03, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

Calvary Episcopal School in Bastrop, Texas took a critical step forward in planning for its new location. Representatives of the school and the Calvary Episcopal Church assembled for a full-day Design Retreat Workshop at the Colony Amenity Center. Facilitated by Ben Heimsath, Kathryn Coffey, Eric MacInerney, and Li Tong, the Heimsath Architects team conducted a series of exercises to facilitate ... Read More

Schools / Master Planning

Heimsath Supports Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation

February 25, 2020 by: Eric Mac Inerney

Heimsath Architect was a Copper level sponsor at the 2020 Shining Stars Gala supporting the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation.  It was a great chance for our staff to get dressed up and learn more about the wonderful scholarships and funding the Foundation is providing to the Round Rock community.  It was a lovely evening and a great success for the Partners in Education. Read More

Schools / Architecture / Round Rock ISD

Ben Heimsath presents at 21st Annual Historic Preservation Symposium

February 19, 2020 by: Ben Heimsath

The Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M hosted its 21st annual Historic Preservation Symposium on Feb. 14-15, 2020. With the theme of “Preservation in Practice,” Ben Heimsath presented the firm’s process of preservation featuring engagement with building users. Read More

Historic Preservation / Presentations