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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thoughts From Our First Summer Intern

On my first day I expected a much stricter work atmosphere. Quorum was much more laid back than I anticipated. In only a few short days I felt very comfortable, comfortable enough to learn an enormous amount of new things about architecture! Over the summer I became very familiar with computer programs including AutoCAD and Photoshop. I completed many assignments that gave me a good understanding about how these programs are used in the “real world” as opposed to a classroom or studio. During my freshman year at A&M, my professors really focused on drawing, but now I’ve been exposed to these other methods of design communication.

Three days during lunch I was able to sit in on an AIA Continuing Education class. I heard presentations on Artificial Turf, Stained Concrete, and The Fundamentals of Interior Protection (Tuff Wrap). I learned new things not only from the presentation but from the questions that architects at Quorum asked (and free lunch was a great bonus!!).  The days I enjoyed the most were the days I got to visit job sites. I visited the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, the North Richland Hills Animal Shelter and Range Resources. At the animal shelters I learned about surveying and construction, and at Range I was able to see amazing office interior design very close to Quorum in Downtown Fort Worth!

A few additional things I enjoyed learning include how an architectural firm functions and a few basic accounting tips (to help with my accounting class in the fall!).

I have learned more than I ever thought possible during these few short months and I am very grateful for the opportunity! I can’t wait to get back to school and apply everything I’ve learned.

I couldn’t have imagined a better firm to spend my summer with!

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Quorum Summer Inter 2014
Texas A&M University