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2018 Year in Review

STG Design has celebrated many successes in 2018, and as we look ahead to 2019, we’re celebrating the journey we’ve taken this past year. As we continue to pursue design excellence, we reflect on last year's accomplishments and challenges that have contributed to the progress in and around our communities. We are grateful to everyone who has played a role in the growth of our firm and look forward to an exciting new year.

 

Oracle Waterfront Campus

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The opening of Oracle’s new urban waterfront campus has been an outstanding accomplishment this year. The complex was designed with the employee in mind while honoring Austin’s unique culture, lifestyle, and natural surroundings. The 560,000 square foot campus provides Oracle’s estimated 10,000 employees with innovative workspaces, training center, tech bar, dining facility, fitness center, outdoor terraces, and a Starbucks lounge. 

 

Pantex

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Our Nashville team rose to the challenges of developing a modern high-security building in a remote location to design The Department of Energy's Pantex facility, which provides an administrative and support structure charged with the safety and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons mission. The LEED Certified, 343,000 square-foot building houses 1,100 administrative staff and is equipped with an auditorium, conference center, meeting spaces, full-service cafeteria, and medical and employee health and fitness facilities. 

 

University of Arizona Honors Village

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In partnership with American Campus Communities, STG Design has developed The University of Arizona's first full-service, living-learning community. To recruit the best and brightest students, this “campus within a campus” will include a residence hall and dining, recreation, wellness, parking, and academic facilities where over 4,000 Honors students will study, eat, live, and play. Students are set to occupy starting in Fall 2019. 

 

Our People

While our employees differ in many ways, all STG staff are committed to developing and continually improving professionally. We were happy to announce ownership news and many new promotions, registrations, and team members this year.

Employee Ownership

Ownership of the company has been transferred from the firm’s principal shareholders to STG Design’s employees. With the primary goals of continuity in leadership, autonomy, culture, and design services, the company elected to establish an ESOP to recognize and reward the commitment, passion, and talent of its employees, both present and future. 

 

Registrations

Judson Garwood, Registered Architect in Texas; Maegan Holloway, Registered Interior Designer; Anastasia VanDyke, Registered Interior Designer; and Joe Nash, Registered Architect

Judson Garwood, Registered Architect in Texas; Maegan Holloway, Registered Interior Designer; Anastasia VanDyke, Registered Interior Designer; and Joe Nash, Registered Architect

Promotions

Tyler Stowell, AIA, Associate; Ekta Khuller, LEED AP, WELL AP, Associate; James Hadden, MBA, LEED AP, Principal; Katie Walker, RID, Associate; Michael Gilbert, RA, Associate; Marla Elm, RID, Associate; Amanda Simmons, IIDA, Associate; Paul Suttles, RA, LEED Green Associate, Associate; and Christi Grider, Associate

Tyler Stowell, AIA, Associate; Ekta Khuller, LEED AP, WELL AP, Associate; James Hadden, MBA, LEED AP, Principal; Katie Walker, RID, Associate; Michael Gilbert, RA, Associate; Marla Elm, RID, Associate; Amanda Simmons, IIDA, Associate; Paul Suttles, RA, LEED Green Associate, Associate; and Christi Grider, Associate

New Hires

This year we welcomed Jerome Alemayehu, Brooke Allen, Daniel Bachelier, Emily Brown, Holly Bryant, Sera Cremona, Callan Flynn, Judson Garwood, Jessica Maloney, Stephanie Press, Emily Reznecheck, Haleigh Robinson, Claudia Rodriguez, Raquel Royal, Jeff Senatore, Megan Tooker, and Arpad Takacs to the STG Design team.

 

Our Culture

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People are the most important resource at STG, and all the personalities, talents, and passions in each office make doing serious work fun. This year we've celebrated traditions, birthdays, the births of babies, and project wins. We built sandcastles and an award-winning doghouse. We have lit up the night in remembrance and sang out the end of 2018.

 

Sustainability

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Two projects to become LEED certified projects in 2018 are Mopac (8611 Centre) and Pantex.

Congratulations are in order for Ekta Khuller, who joined an exclusive group by earning the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to her USGBC LEED APTM and Professional BD+C accreditations. STG will now be able to work towards achieving WELL certification for qualified projects and help guide clients to best WELL practices to further our commitment to health and wellness in the built environment. 

 

Technology

Take a virtual trip through the future Del Webb Bexley clubhouse! The central amenity center will provide residents a place to gather and watch sports games, socialize over a cup of coffee, work out, and cool off in the resort-style pool.  
Learn more about how we use technology in our projects

 

Awards

 

Looking Ahead

Oracle Receives Award for Sustainable Design

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Austin, TX – The Oracle Waterfront Campus has been recognized by the Austin Green Awards for outstanding sustainable design and innovation as well as design strategies that respond to rapidly evolving environmental, social, and health imperatives.

A celebration of green spaces, people places, and relationship to Lady Bird Lake, Oracle took great care to create a contemporary office campus that inspires outstanding employee performance while enhancing comfort and well-being. As a neighbor to both the trail and the lake, the verdant landscaped grounds offer a new connection to the local ecology, native plants, and iconic heritage shade trees. 2.75 acres of publicly accessible space has been created along Lake Shore Drive to promote healthy living—not just for Oracle’s employees but surrounding residents and businesses.

The design team met the challenge to create a resilient building system that would respect its surrounding environment and reduce the site's overall carbon footprint. To enable low impact measures, sustainable materials were carefully sourced for better efficiency and the building is self-sustained by its onsite utility plant. The use of native plants decreases water usage, and site water is directed into planting areas to provide additional water to vegetation. Other successful measures were Oracle’s purchase of the nearby apartments. The live-work-play environment encourages walking and biking which has dramatically reduced traffic in the area. All the strategies add up to a site enabled to preserve the integrity of the environment and promote further engagement with the natural space for years to come.

The Austin Green Awards was held on October 24th at The Sunset Room in Austin, Texas. We share this award with the entire project team including Ryan Companies, Square One Consultants, TBG Partners, Walter P. Moore, and EEA Consulting Engineers.

Pantex Wins Best Regional Government Project

Nashville, TN - The John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant, designed by STG Design, has received the 2018 Award for Best Regional Project in the Government/Public Building category by ENR (Engineering News-Record).

Judges recognized the Pantex project for its safety, innovative design, and contribution to the industry as well as design quality and construction craftsmanship. The design team successfully met the challenges of developing a modern high-security facility in a remote location under a tight construction schedule by intentional selection of materials and building systems that could be fabricated off-site in controlled environments and sourcing quality subcontractors from nearby states.

The Department of Energy's Pantex facility provides an administrative and support structure charged with the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons mission. The 343,000-square-foot building, designed as a three-wing complex, houses 1,100 administrative staff and is equipped with a 300-seat auditorium, conference center, meeting spaces, full-service cafeteria, and medical and employee health and fitness facilities.

In addition to the ENR award, Pantex has received LEED certification, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The benefit of LEED buildings is providing energy and water savings, conserving materials resources, generating less waste, and supporting overall human health and wellbeing.

Project team members Rich Grandt and Paul Spencer from STG Design attended the ceremony in Houston, Texas to accept the award. Congratulations to our client, Turner Construction and other project partners, and the entire project team.

Oracle Waterfront Campus Brings Home ULI Impact Award

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AUSTIN, TX  - The Oracle Waterfront project received the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Impact Award for the Most Influential Project this week at their annual award ceremony. This award recognizes work that energizes and impacts its surrounding community by enhancing economic development, environmental remediation, and improved health. 

The new Oracle Waterfront Campus has provided a vision for growth, transformation, and economic potential in an area that was mostly underutilized. Paul Suttles, an architect at STG Design stated, "At the outset of the project, Oracle's leadership team envisioned a unique corporate campus; with a sense of permanence yet organic, to create a healthy and sustainable workplace that is at the heart of Oracle’s mission for this site. This design delivered on that vision."  The connection to nature is extensive through the use of native plants and six relocated heritage trees in the landscape, which was designed to add to the local ecology by attracting birds and butterflies. The campus has successfully emphasized health and wellness for employees and residents with the inclusion of B-Cycle stations and proximity to the Hike and Bike Trail. Notable public/private partnerships involved include the Chamber of Commerce, which was instrumental in securing Oracle’s expansion and the Trail Foundation, with whom the team worked to incorporate the master plan with the city’s East River Corridor master plan, maintaining pedestrian linkages, easements for bike lanes, and grid connectivity. The City of Austin was instrumental in facilitating the success of the project through the efforts of the Economic Development Council. Additionally, the South Shore district has benefited economically and aesthetically as the project has helped to open doors for new restaurants, new shopping, new residential developments, and the significant renovation of existing properties. 

The project team includes Ryan Companies, Square One Consultants, Asterisk Group Design, TBG Partners, Walter P. Moore, and EEA Consulting Engineers.

ULI Austin’s annual Impact Awards celebrate projects and people throughout Greater Austin that exemplify ULI’s mission: to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The awards ceremony was held on August 28th at the ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas.

Oracle Waterfront Campus Receives Golden Trowel Award

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AUSTIN, TX – The Oracle Waterfront campus, which is a vision for a new corporate campus on the edge of downtown in East Austin, has received the Golden Trowel Award for excellence in the Industrial/Commercial category.

STG Design provided design consultation and architectural services and was very proud to work with CW Oates to bring the concept to life. The choice to incorporate the use of stone was meant to serve as one of the building’s connections to nature and the outdoors – including a stunning outdoor plaza and paths that lead to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. 

STG Design Principals Jim Susman and Jack Tisdale along with Rob Cousins were Principals in Charge and Square One served as Project Manager on the campus. Ryan Companies provided the construction and Walter P Moore structural engineering and EEA electrical engineering were also included on the team.

Located on Ladybird Lake, the 560,000 sf Oracle Waterfront campus is designed to attract, retain and inspire top talent—including the many millennials entering the workforce. The vision is a facility that inspires outstanding employee performance while enhancing comfort and well-being. The design includes flexible, forward-thinking spaces featuring large floorplates and ten-foot ceilings for abundant natural light, and a stunning outdoor plaza that provide workers with the opportunity to reflect and recharge. Amenities include multiple cafes and state-of-the-art wellness and fitness facilities. Planning is already underway on the next phase of the campus. 

The Central Texas Mason Contractors Association (CTMCA) recognizes and celebrates high-quality masonry design and craftsmanship with the annual Golden Trowel Awards. Each year outstanding architects, contractors, suppliers, and their masonry projects are evaluated for excellence.

The 2018 awards presentation was held on June 22nd at the Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas.

STG Design Becomes Employee Owned

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Firm Celebrates Transition to 100 Percent Ownership by the Company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

AUSTIN, TX – STG Design, an award-winning architecture, interior design, and planning firm celebrates a transition to 100 percent ownership by the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). At an “All-Hands Meeting,” this week, the announcement was made that ownership of the company has been transferred from the firm’s principal shareholders to STG Design employees. With the primary goals of continuity in leadership, autonomy, culture, and design services, the company elected to establish an ESOP to recognize and reward the commitment, passion, and talent of its employees, both present, and future. Based on STG Design’s strong performance over the last several years and a comprehensive review of the firm’s financial data, the shareholders concluded that this was an opportune time to sell and that the employees, through the ESOP, were the right buyer to whom to sell.

“Our employees are our most valuable resource and closest partners in the practice of design,” said Jim Susman, CEO. “We firmly believe that our people should control their own destiny and have the opportunity to experience the fulfillment of ownership.” Susman will continue as CEO, the firm’s management team remains in place, and STG seamlessly maintains its focus on world-class professional service and innovative business strategies.

MB Financial’s ESOP Finance Group with $20B in assets, BDO USA, LLP’s ESOP Advisory Group and McDermott Will & Emory LLP’s Corporate Transactions Practice structured the transaction and the plan for the firm. All assets are held, managed and controlled by the ESOP Trustee, GreatBanc Trust Company. GreatBanc will lead the ESOP consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities to act solely in the interests of the participants.
 
STG Design’s founder Jack Tisdale said “We are truly excited about transitioning STG Design to an employee-owned company.  At the same time, we are extremely grateful for the many terrific clients and business partners that have been part of our success over the last 42 years.”
 

Contact:
Jim Susman, FAIA
Principal
jsusman@stgdesign.com

STG DESIGN RECEIVES FIRM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

AUSTIN, TX – STG Design was honored last week with the 2018 Firm Achievement Award from AIA Austin. This award transcends individual project accomplishments and recognizes one architectural practice every year for extraordinary contributions to the profession, sustained design excellence, and the broader engagement with our community. STG Design is grateful to the many clients, collaborators, consultants, and company employees throughout the years for their critical contributions to the achievement of this significant milestone. “Recognition of achievement by our peers is extremely gratifying,” said Jim Susman, President, and CEO. “Our STG team works every day to design at the highest levels, to bring creative business solutions to our clients. The award is a very pleasing and unintended consequence.”

Since 1976, STG Design has been grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. The team has considerable experience providing successful planning and design solutions and the consistent quality of their work across a wide-range of project types has been recognized by more than 70 local, regional and national design awards. “STG Design has a long history of architectural work that has set the standard in Austin," said Tina Grider-Cannon, VP of Government Relations, Austin Chamber of Commerce. "This locally grown gem is a proud Austin institution.”

At STG, community engagement is a way of life—the firm is not only in the business of vitalizing cities, but they are also activists. For more than four decades, the STG staff has volunteered to lead boards, task forces and volunteers time to organizations like the Meals on Wheels, the Refuge, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and the Boys and Girls Club.

The firm designs spaces that support the civic impact and diverse patterns of community life with a goal to enrich the urban identity and promote sustainable urbanization. David Stauch, Managing Principal of Capital Project Management, said of STG, “Part of the magic at STG is working with a group of people who value both process and product, who place the client’s interests above their own, and who seem to enjoy the building of relationships as much as the buildings.” STG has worked on projects with influential entities including The University of Texas, St. Edward’s University, The State of Texas, Dell, Apple, and Google. The firm has celebrated two significant projects including the sustainable mixed-use development of the Seaholm Power Plant project and most recently the opening of Oracle’s Texas headquarters.

STG Design Team Attends Ribbon-cutting for Pantex; NNSA's New Administrative Building

Amarillo, TX - The STG Design team and administration officials celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the new John C. Drummond Center at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

The Department of Energy's Pantex facility is managed and operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) production office.

Designed in our Nashville office, this 343,000-square-foot building will provide an administrative and support facility charged with the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons mission at Pantex. This three-wing complex was designed to house 1,100 administrative staff and is equipped with a 300-seat auditorium, conference center, meeting spaces, full-service cafeteria, and medical and employee health and fitness facilities.

“This state-of-the-art facility is a tremendous milestone in our long-term efforts to modernize our nuclear security infrastructure,” said Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator.  “The dedicated and talented workforce at Pantex deserve a modern workspace to carry out our vital national security missions.”