WestEast architects Aaron Hanley and Melanie Bartholomew recently made a site visit to Fort Huachuca, AZ, for the Medical Facility Pre-Planning Study | Master Plan project being conducted with the Innova Group. In addition to evaluating progress, they met with staff and leadership of the Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, an aging facility that is scheduled to be replaced in the next few years. In the meantime, this plan will detail the required moves and updates to keep the departments operational until then.Read More
As a thank-you for a hectic and hard-working couple of weeks, the owners of WestEast, Katherine and Christopher Kimm, treated the staff to lunch at NAO, the CIA’s restaurant at the Pearl. A delicious beginning to the weekend.Read More
WestEast Design principal Tim Baisdon celebrated his eighth anniversary with the company on October 19. In recognition, he received a handsome leather briefcase/man-purse flown in from Firenze, Italy. This marks a first for WestEast. Many have reached the seven-year mark, but Tim is the first to claim eight years. Congratulations, Tim. Here’s looking at many more successful years with WestEast!Read More
The San Antonio editor of Construction News, Mary Hazlett, recently wrote an article on José Eduardo de la Garza's promotion to President.Read More
WestEast celebrated the Year of the Rooster with friends and family on January 26th, 2017.Read More
WestEast celebrates an important milestone as owners, Christopher and Katherine Kimm, reflect on the past twenty years.Read More
This summer WestEast decided to brave the scorching Texas heat and play recreational soccer with the North East Youth Soccer Organization (NEYSO).Read More
WestEast recently had the pleasure of hosting a small group Architecture students from San Antonio College for the school's San Antonio College Job Shadow Day. Local architecture and engineering firms participated in giving students a close up look at what it is really like to work in either the Architecture or Engineering field.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
WestEast has added two more to our growing family. We are pleased to announce the arrival of Astrid Santos to our architecture group and Rachael Solis to the interiors department.Read More
It seemed like it might be an ordinary morning here at the WestEast office and it was…until an entire class of third graders from Hillcrest Elementary showed up. Just as everyone was settling into their post-coffee morning routine, a WestEast emeritus architect, Tom Sokol, AIA showed up with a group of very curious children.Read More
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.Read More
Ivan is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Masters in Architecture. He spent his early years in Juarez, Mexico. After High school, Ivan relocated to El Paso, Texas until he began his studies at UTSA.Read More
A graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Master in Architecture. Behzad was born in Iran and comes from a family with a long history of construction and architecture. His diverse background and international travel experience brings a fresh design perspective to WestEast Design.Read More
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.
Celebrations abounded last week for the start of the 2015 Asian New Year. WestEast joined in welcoming the Year of the Goat with an Open House celebration in its honor.Read More
WestEast completes the design of a modern hotel in the heart of downtown San Antonio and assists with Historic Design Review approval to make this project a success.Read More
WestEast Design begins work on modifying the Level 1 Clean Room at the Freescale Fab located in Austin, Texas.