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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, CW Oates, TBG Partners, Walter P Moore, and EEA Electrical Engineering.

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.”

Dell Executive Briefing Center and Lobby is Now Open

One of our latest projects, the Dell Executive Briefing Center and Lobby in Austin, is now open for business. STG Design’s team was applauded for their hard work and remodel design by the executive team and Michael Dell himself before the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Mr. Dell’s attendance, as well as his personal accolades regarding the project, made the event both memorable and rewarding for the STG Design team.

This new 21,000 sf space located in Round Rock is a place where Dell leadership can meet with potential clients to demonstrate Dell’s commitment to solving complex business challenges.

STG Design is well on our way into the next phase of the project, and we are excited to continue our partnership with Dell. Check back soon for photos of this exciting space. 

 

 

 

Oracle Opens Newest US Campus on the Water’s Edge in Austin.

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AUSTIN, TX — The new Oracle Campus was unveiled today and promises to be more than a workplace – focusing on innovation, state of the art amenities and being a live-work-play environment. This new hub is all about growth, and this is the workspace needed to attract and retain Austin’s top tech talent.

Situated on 40 acres near the shore of Lady Bird Lake with dramatic views, proximity, and connectivity to the city’s exploding Central Business District, the campus provides Oracle with the opportunity to create a mixed-use, highly energetic community weaving office, residential and recreational zones together. 

The complex features 560,000 square feet of space and is designed to provide Oracle’s estimated 10,000 employee workforce with innovative workspaces, training center, tech bar, a generous dining facility, full fitness center, large outdoor terraces, open parks, a Starbucks lounge and numerous themed floors highlighting aspects of Austin's culture including local art, music and murals, as well as Austin-centric interactive activities including F-1 slot car races, and an array of putting greens and ping pong tables. 

“We didn’t work with Oracle to simply design a new corporate campus,” said Jim Susman,  principal, and leader in STG Design’s Architecture and Interiors practice. “Together, we incorporated our ideas that would meet the needs to retain and grow a workforce and reinforce Oracle’s vision: To create a campus resonating from an active core, blending with the surrounding context as it expands from its center.

With a 1000’ long exposure to the lake, the building facade feature is intended to mimic a gentle wake gliding across the building as it sits above the water’s edge –  a nod to Larry Ellison’s passion for sailing. The first phase building is sited to maximize views of downtown and to compliment the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail with its own verdant, landscaped grounds, and, of course, our ever-changing Austin skyline. “The Waterfront Campus harmoniously unites Oracle’s innovative systems with the built environment in a way that honors Austin’s unique culture, lifestyle and vital connection to nature," said Darrell Westcott, architect at STG.  "As a firm, we are sensitive to maintaining Austin's character while creating a forward-looking vision for companies moving to Austin." Special care was taken to ensure the relocation of eight majestic oak trees which maintain the character of a well-established park-like neighborhood of older communities.

Oracle's campus is not just a workplace; it’s now a cornerstone of one of Austin’s most cherished amenities. We have been honored to partner with this innovative company on creating this cutting-edge campus. 

Jim Susman Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

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STG Design is very proud to announce that our very own, Jim Susman has been recognized by his peers and elevated to the highest honor in the profession: American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. This prestigious and unparalleled honor is awarded to AIA members who exemplify architectural excellence and who have made significant contributions to the profession and society. Only three percent of AIA members have this distinction.

This year, 152 AIA members and two international architects join the College of Fellows. Jim will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City. Congratulations, Jim Susman, FAIA!


Impact on Austin's Philanthropic Community
For more than three decades, Jim has been the go-to design professional for Austin’s non-profit groups and community organizations. He brought a holistic view of architecture to Austin’s philanthropic culture to drive and establish stability and seize game-changing project opportunities that enhance lives in our community. His tireless spirit as a volunteer cheerleader, champion, and spokesperson, helped broaden the conventional scope of architectural practice to include advocacy and service, helping community organizations realize their missions through architecture.

His philanthropic work began with the Austin Children’s Museum (now the Thinkery) when it was merely a traveling exhibit with a dream of a permanent home. Jim volunteered time in vision sessions, one-on-one meetings with donors, development of capital campaign strategies, town hall meetings with prospective stakeholders, groundbreakings, and ribbon cuttings. This process informed his subsequent work with dozens of other community groups and became the delivery system for philanthropic interests and community services across Austin. Other organizations he has served include St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the Jewish Community Center, and Community First! Village. He has extended his work by inspiring his STG Design practice to dedicate time to organizations including Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, and The Refuge.

In a letter of support for Jim’s elevation to the College of Fellows, Heather McKinney, FAIA, stated, “Jim has found and used the key to getting people to invest in our city’s future – often to take a leap of faith – by listening, understanding, and translating community needs into effective architecture."  Regarding his influence on the evolving character of our city, “Jim has helped create the new Austin, not only as a leading architect but more importantly, as both a champion of non-profits seeking to improve and expand the city and as a strategic partner to visionary clients who see opportunities for innovation.”

Impact to City Innovation
Over the past several years, Jim has leveraged his expertise and the trust of his clients to become a key driver of visionary projects suitable for downtown revitalization in underused sectors of the city. The most notable, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) award-winning conversion of the iconic Seaholm Power Plant into a retail and residential district which was the first to link the city's recreational activities of the riverfront. It is the first residential tower – an office conversion of a building that Susman completed in the 1990s that marked an unprecedented investment in a depressed area. The success of the development has expanded the Central Business District and signaled a shift in the way Austin’s architecture and design culture has evolved and matured in response to the city's growth.

Jim is a Principal and the CEO of STG Design, an architecture, interiors, and planning firm with offices in Austin, Houston, and Nashville. He served for two years as chair of the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) Convention Sponsorship Committee, where he revamped the sponsorship structure and more than doubled sponsorship revenues. While serving as the AIA Austin President in 2016, he reinvented the chapter’s role as an advocate for the design community and setting it on a firm financial footing. Last year, in 2017, his contributions were recognized by AIA Austin's John V. Nyfeler FAIA Award for Community Service and the James D. Pfluger Award for Community Service.