Tuesday, July 1, 2014


The United States Men’s National Team faces off the Belgium “Red Devils” Tuesday July 1, at 3pm.   The Belgians have the kind of talent most European Football clubs fight to retain for their squads, but we believe the USMNT will continue to surpass expectations in this World Cup and make it to the Quarterfinals. 

Happy 4th of July and GO TEAM USA!”

Monday, June 2, 2014


Nearly every day, the media reports on issues and conflicts that are a direct result of the limited distribution of our planets natural resources and energy. One key ingredient, electrical energy, has become nearly as precious as food, water and shelter for our daily survival. Imagine living without it?!

Please see the attached link for one possible way of addressing resource depletion, pollution and energy.

Raw Power Slide Show

Scott Wilson AIA, LEED AP

Friday, May 30, 2014

Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas recently opened their newly expanded children’s area. Quorum Architects was fortunate to partner with Six Flags Over Texas to help make this project a success. The planning for the redevelopment of the 1.5 acres, started during the fall of 2013.  Many new rides and areas of shade were part of this redevelopment and branding of the children’s area.

Six Flags Over Texas has been a destination for folks all over Texas since it opened in 1961.

I can remember my first trip to Six Flags during the summer of 1983.  I was only 6 and can remember the feeling of entering the park and being “transported” to another place. The sights, sounds and, smells were overwhelming. I can even remember the children’s area at that time was Pac-Man Land. I guess that will really date my first trip. If you don’t know who Pac-Man is, take time to Google it later.

Ever since this first trip, I always wanted to go back to Six Flags. I can remember every summer yearning to go back. This continued through my high school years. The time came for my first summer job and, as you can probably guess, I started working at Six Flags. This continued through high school and even during college. In high school, I worked the small carts around the park selling drinks and ice cream. Later, during college, I moved into an architectural drafting position. As I finished up at UTA with a degree in architecture, I left the park to pursue my career.

Ironically enough, last year I reconnected with one of my contacts at Six Flags, this lead to working with them again, this time as architectural Project Manager with Quorum Architects, Inc.  Who knew that first visit back in 1983 would spark such an interest in the park which ultimately led to a series of events that brought me full circle back to working with Six Flags Over Texas.
I hope you have the opportunity to visit Six Flags this summer and check out the new Bugs Bunny Boomtown children’s area. 

Posted by: Arthur Calcaterra

*LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s14)

Friday, May 16, 2014

FWHCC Ambassador of the Year 2014

The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards gala Friday night.  Our very own Mario Valdez won the Ambassador of the Year award.  Quorum Architects, Inc. is so proud of Mario's dedication, passion, and service to the community.  Congratulations, Mario!!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fort Worth South, Inc. Member Breakfast May, 2014

Quorum Architects, Inc. hosted the Fort Worth South, Inc. Member Breakfast on Wednesday.  This marked the 10th year in a row of hosting the monthly Member Breakfast in May (our anniversary month), and the number of attendees just keeps growing year after year.  We might have to move the cubicles around next year to fit everyone!

We were glad to see so many new members, as well as guests in attendance and It’s wonderful to see so many faces – both familiar and new.  We hope everyone made some new connections with fellow members and hope to see you all back in our office soon.  We invite you to stop by our space anytime, you don’t have to wait a whole year to come back and visit. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

18th Annual Victory Over Violence Walk/Run

On April 12th, 2014, Kim Dowdy, Dawn Shannon and Mario Valdez of Quorum Architects, Inc. (and members of their families) joined 3,560 other participants for this year’s 18th annual Victory Over Violence Walk / Run in Trinity Park, Fort Worth, Texas.  There were walkers and runners of all ages, sizes and abilities.  We saw a senior citizen, double amputee who had “persevere” written all over his body!  We truly enjoy participating in this event every year and have proudly done so for the past five (5) years in support of The Women’s Center.  The Women’s Center serves over 90,000 people annually through counseling, employment and educational programs.  We look forward to next year.
Dawn Shannon, Julian Shannon, Kim Dowdy and Lexi Dowdy

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It’s All About Me!

I hear it all the time, “What a cool space!”; “From the outside, I wouldn’t have guessed this building looked like this on the inside.”; “Refreshing space.”; “This building has a very urban feel inside.”

I live on the corner of W. Vickery Blvd. and Hemphill Street in Fort Worth, Texas.  My name is the “707 Building”.  I’m not just another number.

I have been in this location since around 1937.  Seventy seven years is a long time to some, but not too long for a building with good bones.  I have been repurposed in a manner that brought out my charm, by a group that realized my potential.  If only more buildings in this area could be so lucky.

In the old days, I was just like the other buildings, once cared about and then left to ruin.  Many of us are gone, others are still in decline.  I have dark memories of being run down and of nearing the end of my time as an original structure.  I stood in fear and water stood on my floors – I was a mess.  Then one day, they came to see me.  A group of individuals who had no fear and tons of vision walked into my front door to see if we’d be a good fit.  Fortunately, we were.

707 Group, LLC purchased me in 1999 and within one year Quorum Architects, Inc. had remodeled and moved into my awesome structure.  My owners have been good to me, take a look at my before and after video.  Before new tenants move in, Quorum listens to their needs and I get customized based on what will suit the new tenant.  Because I have been brought up to date and am as efficient as possible, my tenants like it here in my space.  I am in the Near Southside and have a bus stop at my front door, a bike lane and the TRE just down the street.  I am just minutes from many cool restaurants on Magnolia Street and my tenants and their visitors can walk downtown for lunch if they so choose.  In my future, I will boast of a new intersection at my door that will connect me even better to downtown.  Location, location, location!

Thanks to a group of visionary architects who wanted to become building owners, I am alive again and welcoming tenants and visitors daily.  Thank you, 707 Group, LLC and Quorum Architects, Inc., for the new “lease on life”.