Summer Student Intern at WestEast

WestEast recently had the pleasure of hosting a summer student intern from Holmes High School. Chastity Rodriguez, a rising junior, spent two months working with us. She assisted with answering phones, managing conference room schedules, distributing mail, and filing paperwork.

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It looks like we have another “new guy” in our midst here at WestEast. His name is Peng Ju or “PJ” for short.  Having recently earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, PJ cites two things that drew him to WestEast.  First, he wanted a chance to work with both experienced and young, energetic professionals and secondly, he likes the idea of combining western and eastern cultures in one office. 

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Recently, we added Maria Ramon, IIDA to our interior design team.  Originally from Saltillo, Mexico, Maria received her Bachelor’s degree from ITESM Monterrey and then followed with her Master’s at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Bexar County Elections and Purchasing Building Ribbon Cutting

Friday morning’s formal ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bexar County Elections and Purchasing Building celebrated the coming together of two departments in one building.  The new 40,573 square foot building was designed for both the elections and purchasing departments to share office and warehouse functions in one location.

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WestEast Welcomes: Two New FuLl-timers

Please say hello to WestEast newbies, Lisa Valdivia and Fernando Hernandez.

Lisa and Fernando have both been working as part-time interns for the last three months but have recently moved up to full-time.  Both of them graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with undergraduate degrees in Architecture. 

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WestEast Welcomes: Aaron Hanley and Gonzalo Fraga

WestEast Design Group has recently added two new members to their team.  The first is Aaron Hanley.  This UTSA graduate received both his bachelor's and Master's degrees from the local University. He moved to San Antonio in 2006 after previously living in Oregon.  Aaron has always loved creating and, as his father was a residential contractor, he found himself in constant contact with construction and building. With three previous years at a Master Planning firm, Aaron is a welcome addition to the firm with his particular insights and experience with the planning aspects of design. He spends most of his time with his wife and kids while sneaking in some free time for golf, basketball or the occasional poker game. 

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New Life for Atlee B. Ayres Residence

One of the exciting things about WestEast is the variety of projects that are simultaneously happening within the same studio at any given time.  Currently, our design-build team is working on a unique project in the Monte Vista neighborhood.  It is the renovation of a 1924 Atlee B. Ayres residence.

 Atlee B. Ayres is a well-known San Antonio Architect who made his mark in the early 1900s with many well-known buildings like the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (previously known as the Atkinson House).  His work is heavily influenced by the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture and is seen throughout Central Texas.

 The Monte Vista residence is in the Spanish Colonial Revival style and is currently undergoing both exterior and interior work as well as landscape concept design.  Once interior ductwork is completed and equipment installed, WestEast will move on to getting the electrical work finished as well as continuing to restore both the interior and exterior. When all new electrical circuits are finalized, our interior plaster subcontractor will repair all surfaces to allow a final coat to be applied to all new walls.  

 Most of the spaces will be left as originally intended while new finishes and fixtures will be provided for all bathrooms.  The process of such a renovation is often a delicate balancing act of updating structures for modern sensibilities while carefully restoring the intentions and aesthetic of the past design.  We look forward to seeing the final product as we work our way through this special renovation.