DSO Construction Begins

"First Pour" before dawn at Alamo College's future District Support Operations Building (DSO). WestEast is providing construction administration services for this three-story, 168,000-square-foot structure. 

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Austin Central Library Opens

The new Austin Central Library opened its doors on Oct. 28. WestEast interior design Karla Dodson, RID, was in charge of preparing the furnishings package for the interior of this six-story, 198,000-square-foot building. The playful, colorful furniture and fixtures complement the airy, light-filled feeling of the library, designed by Lake | Flato with Shepley Bulfinch. Karla, pictured here, captured some good shots of the building at the packed opening. 

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WestEast at Fort Huachuca, Arizona

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.

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Lunch at the Pearl

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.

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An 8-year milestone

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!

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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: 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.