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.


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:
New Arena:
Arena Website:

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:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7th Annual Chili Cook Off

FROM L TO R: Robert Johnson, Jim Austin, Frank Shiels and Rosieleetta Reed

On September 23, 2014, Quorum held its 7th Annual Chili Cook Off. With these folks you never know what you’re going to get. But, what I do know is that this competition is HOT! When you have ingredients like TX Whiskey, you know it’s gonna to be good.

Competition this year was fierce between Kathryn Torrez and Greg Richardson – they went head to head with their chili entries (two each) and each had a salsa entry as well. There were eight (8) total chili entries and four (4) salsa entries. (This was our 3rd Annual Salsa competition.)

In the end, Kathryn Torrez took the overall Grand Prize - 1st place Chili, and Greg took 1st place in the Salsa event. Greg’s chili also took the People’s Choice award. Way to go, you two.

Our guest judges this year included Tanya Morris with MFD Business Solutions, Robert Johnson with the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, Jim Austin of Jim Austin Online, Frank Shiels with Frost Bank, and Rosieleetta Reed who is the President of the Texas Buffalo Soldier Chapter. Employee Matthew Farrington was the resident judge and tie-breaker. 

From L to R: Kathryn Torrez and Tanya Morris

Quorum would like to give a big SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to our judges and all of our employees who entered a chili and/or a salsa. We absolutely have a blast every year and couldn’t do it without your participation. Thank you!

Try the winner "Chili by Design" for yourself at Fort Worth South’s CHILI ON THE GREEN competition on Nov. 1st, 2014.