Architecture’s Next Top Model

As an architecture firm located in one of the biggest cities in America in one of the most challenging economic periods to date–one might wonder what sets us apart. Is it our fierce wielding of the architectural scale? Our ability to “smeyes” in an interview while simultaneously discussing our proposed fee structure? Our talent at juggling a shovel, hard hat, and set of plans during a 100-degree-plus groundbreaking photo-op? While we are good at all of those things–we believe that it is our expertise in 3D modeling that differentiates us from our competition.

Here at Kirksey, we utilize ArchiCAD, a platform that enables us to draw everything in three dimensions. A wall, for instance, is not just two parallel lines–it has a length, width, height, and a whole host of properties associated with it. At that’s just the tip of the iceberg. From the second we put proverbial “pencil to paper”, we are already working to avoid conflicts with mechanical, plumbing, and electrical. It’s a great way to discover problems before they get expensive. And that’s a big deal. Kind of like when Tyra turns your picture over and tells you “that you’re still in the running towards becoming America’s Next Top Model.” Our goal is to always be in the running.

What does this mean to you–dear client/broker/end user? It means that when you work with Kirksey, you have a better chance of keeping everyone on the team up to speed with the construction documents. With the design intent. Nobody likes being surprised when the space comes to life and it doesn’t look like what was envisioned.  We can make changes in the model in real time—in front of the client. Its as easy as clicking the mouse to make changes small and large. This process can be as exciting as winning

Houston is a Green Building Leader

Yes, you read that correctly, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 green buildings ranking of American cities, Houston is #1 in Texas and #7 nationally. This is quite an accomplishment for the city deemed the “energy capital” of the U.S.

Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston, presented yesterday at the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, where she spoke about Houston’s Energy Efficiency in Buildings program and gave an update on the City’s efforts to improve not only City buildings, but also those in the private sector. Additionally, she detailed Mayor Annise Parker’s Green Office Challenge, which is a friendly competition for commercial property managers and office tenants that acknowledges participants’ achievements in greening their operations through Mayoral and media recognition.

Kirksey is excited to be part of such an important achievement for our city. For more on our contributions toward a greener city, check out our LEED® milestones and some of our LEED projects.

Congrats, Houston!