Monday, February 16, 2015

Lighthouse for the Blind



After meeting Bob Morgan from Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth we learned this little gem provides “meaningful” employment for the visually impaired”. Every item that goes out their doors has been touched in some way by a visually impaired worker.

They were the #1 supplier of copy paper to federal entities selling over $8.5 Million dollars of paper last year! Some other interesting items they sell are Urine Cups, Road Flares, Flashlights, Computer Paper, Energy Dissipating pads, Healthcare Warming Blankets, Desk Accessories Kits, Graffiti Remover, Plastic Tarps, Fire Ant Killer and Targets to be used at the gun range!

Some of their work has come from local entrepreneurs in need of a solution. One example is a local salsa company who needed to find a way to ship their salsa jars without breaking. They created foam cutouts matching the salsa jars and the boxes to ship them.

They also have a Blindness Rehabilitation department serving the blind and significantly visually impaired of all ages. Services include: training to gain the skills necessary to travel safely and independently using a white cane or guide dog, training on various types of technology, computer software and adaptive equipment, individual training and consulting on health and wellness, training on independent living skills. If you know of anyone that could benefit from these services have them call Leslie Hall at the Lighthouse at 817-332-3341.

If you’d like to find out more about them, check out their website http://www.lighthousefw.org/; and, if you’d like a tour, ask for Bob!

Friday, January 9, 2015

McGreggor vs. McArthur




Greg and Arthur both got a Hamilton Beach® Sandwich Maker for Christmas. They brought them in to the office today to try them out. Fortunately for a few of us, we got to sample their creations.

The McGreggor consisted of a white, English muffin, Canadian bacon, American cheese and an egg. The McArthur was a little healthier by replacing the white, English muffin with a whole wheat muffin. Once assembly of the muffin was complete in the sandwich maker, it took a mere 5 minutes to have a homemade breakfast sandwich. What a tasty treat!



Thanks, Greg and Arthur for bringing in the goods!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

That's Not Architecture


Many know me as the resident gearhead/welder/machinist/grease-monkey at Quorum. This blog will be devoted to one of my hobbies. I like to hot rod old cars, trucks, and motorcycles. My current project is a 1969 Chevrolet half-ton pickup. The 1967-72 style are my favorite light trucks: muscular, but with pleasing lines.

 This project will be ongoing, with the truck (within reason) serving as my primary mode of transportation. The long list of mods includes four-wheel disc brakes, lowering (with a possible air bag suspension in the future), new, larger wheels, 327 engine (possibly supercharged) with a T-56 six-speed transmission, new wiring, minor rust repair, shaved door handles, drip rails, and emblems, new interior, relocated fuel tank, rear roll pan, and maybe, just maybe, paint.

  
 
 
The first order of business on the truck was a brake job, as the power of the existing four-wheel drums was abysmal. This quickly went from new shoes to new shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, hardware, fluid, and replacement wheel studs on all four wheels due to leaking seals, badly scored drum linings, and various broken parts. The rear end went rather smoothly, with the only problem being the amount of cleaning required to remove 45 years of brake dust, grease, fluid, and dirt.

At the front, I decided to incorporate rebuilding the front suspension and steering into the brake job. This decision ended up adding two-and-a-half weeks to the project but, in the end, I am fairly pleased with the result; better control, less slop, and three inches closer to the ground.
 
-Matthew








Next time: Rebuilding the rear suspension, painting the back half of the frame, and replacing axle bearings and seals.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Day in the Life at Quorum




Quorum had a unique opportunity to help a senior from the University of Missouri fulfill a class requirement of job shadowing at the office of an Architect and Interior Design firm. Opportunities like this are often as rewarding for us as it is the student since we get to find out what graduating students are planning for their future and what they are experiencing in school. In this case, our student, Emily, was able to showcase a beautiful portfolio and discuss her experience working as a designer for the university student union services. Her work experience on campus sounds very much like what we do in our office on a daily basis. Good luck completing your school requirements and landing that first big job out of school Emily!



Below is a summary from her perspective:



I was already excited to spend “a day in the life” at Quorum, but the day proved to be much more fulfilling than I could’ve expected. I began the day chatting with David Duman about life in this firm, in different size firms, what I am thinking about for my future in the industry, and many other things relating to work at Quorum Architects and life as designers, in general. This conversation gave me a lot of insight into what my future career will hopefully be and has me eagerly anticipating this new phase of my life. I then met Amy Grafa (Interior Designer) and was able to help her and Bill brainstorm some space planning ideas for a project they are currently working on. I also had the opportunity to join her and Bill on an actual job site to meet with some clients to discuss finishes. This was a great meeting for me to sit in on because I was able experience the designer to client relationship first hand.



Overall, I had a great experience shadowing at Quorum for the day.  Everyone was very pleasant and eager to share their advice and answer my questions about this industry.



Thank you to everyone I met for your kind hospitality! I really enjoyed getting to know the world of Quorum Architects, Inc.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

What's New?






Activity in Quorum Architects Municipal design group continues to buzz right along – especially in our areas of specialization: Public Works Service Centers and Animal Control Facilities.  We spent the majority of the first half of this year working on Construction Documents for Phase 1 of a $25 mil, two phase Service Center project which will soon be under construction.  We anticipate beginning design for Phase 2 by the end of this year.  Construction for both phases will be completed under one construction contract. See photo attached.


NORTH RICHLAND HILLS ANIMAL ADOPTION AND RESCUE FACILITY (NRH AARC)

Additionally this year we have completed Master plans and/ or concept designs for the San Marcos Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility, the Seguin Animal Shelter, the Fredericksburg Animal Shelter, and the Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter in Ft. Worth, while performing construction administration services for the North Richland Hills Animal Adoption and Rescue Facility (NRH AARC) and the Murphy Animal Shelter.  We have also been working on the construction documents for the Pflugerville kennel addition, and the Richardson Animal Shelter Clinic addition.  Most recently we were selected for a master plan and evaluation of the Prairie Paws Animal ­­­­­­Adoption Center in Grand Prairie.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Early Voting



Early voting runs from October 20th thru October 31st and we have provided a link to all Tarrant County early voting locations, a  sample ballot by district which includes candidates and propositions, including Proposition 1 and the three propositions for the new Will Rogers arena.  Information on candidates can be found easily on the internet by searching the individual candidate’s name.

For more information on these critical propositions, click on the links below.
Proposition 1: http://movetexasforward.com/
New Arena: http://www.fortworthchamber.com/chamber/docs/ArenaPresentationSept2014.pdf
Arena Website: http://www.fwarena.com/

Please join us as we better engage Fort Worth voters in the future of this region and state.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Calling all chili cooks!




Calling all chili cooks! If you think you’ve got what it takes to enter this awesome chili contest, bring it on!

Quorum is on the ‘Chili on the Green’ committee again this year and we are challenging you to enter your team and bring your best chili ever to the “Green” on November 1, 2014. Check out the flyer for more details or you can also follow these links for more information. We hope to see you there.






Rules can be found online here and are linked to both pages: http://www.fortworthsouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-COTG-Final-Rules-and-Notes.pdf