Friday, April 29, 2016

Alternative Professions

I am fortunate to work At Quorum Architects.  They give all employees the ability to pursue alternative professions.  This does not mean that they encourage Moonlighting? Far from it.  But they allow many of us to pursue different interests.  In my own time here, they have allowed and supported me in my second profession: that of a Navy Officer in the Naval Reserve. Many years ago they hired me in spite of me warning them that I had a second profession.   They have supported me 
for three deployments sending care packages, coffee (especially coffee) and other items regularly.

They have worked and scheduled around my deployments Annual Training, Four-day Exercises and required schools that my Naval Career demands.  A Naval reservist (especially the Seabees) no longer only perform the ‘one weekend a month and two weeks of the year” training.  Many times I have had to take up to four weeks of the year for required training or exercises.

 Recently, Quorum Architects  was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR, ) with a Freedom Award at the Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve.  This recognition is awarded locally and the recipients then are entered into the National Freedom Award package review (competition?)  This was awarded for their outstanding support or me during my Naval Career.  The Commander of the Naval Occupation Support Center (We used to call them Reserve Centers) presided over the ceremony and spoke to the awardees and service members.  He reminded the employers that only 2% of all companies have a reservist  on their payroll, a rare breed indeed.

Thank You, David Lee, David Duman, Scott Wilson, Doug Moon and Bill Blankenship for your support over these years.

Gayland Leddy

Friday, April 22, 2016

Senior to Senior

During my recent research of Senior Living, I came across some interesting points relevant for the Senior Community, Designers, Developers and others who may soon be seeking Senior Living.

Here are some points from recent articles to keep in mind when developing, designing and looking for that livable space for Mom, Dad and yes, even me.

From Mary Kate Nelson’s article, “Update: Senior Housing Occupancy Outlook Mixed Across Property Types”, Senior Housing News, April 17, 2016.
The article starts out by saying, “As it turns out, the senior housing market may not be past its peak after all. Although the occupancy outlook for 2016 differs by property type, the industry as a whole is poised for success and rents will increase across the board.”
Generally, the article goes on to say that 2016 will be a good year for development. Some other points from the article:
·         Occupancy at independent living communities will increase in 2016, as new supply coming online rises to meet strong demand.
·         The national stabilized occupancy rate at continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) will continue to increase this year.
·         Demand for assisted living units will remain strong, but rising completions will place downward pressure on stabilized occupancy.
·         Occupancy at skilled nursing facilities, meanwhile, will continue to fall despite units coming out of service,by year-end. This decline will have little impact on rent growth, though, and the average daily rate will increase 3% to exceed $300 per bed for the first time ever, the report says.
Another article in Senior Housing News by Jason Oliva called “As Construction Costs Rise, Senior Housing Developers Target ‘Livable Spaces’”, April, 14, 2016 notes, “As construction costs rise, developers….are downsizing community common areas to add more revenue space in the form of bigger units and more functional spaces.”
Scott Gensler of Erickson Living states in the article that “Residents are spending more time in their spaces……They say they want more square footage, but what they really want is livable space.”
Generally, the Senior Housing Market looks good through 2016; and, with all of us getting older, it should continue to be a strong market. We have the opportunity to be involved as Designers, Developers and Contractors to build a better environment for all of us.
~Doug Moon

Thursday, March 31, 2016

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

Geographically speaking, out of Quorums many architectural projects under construction, St. Francis Veterinary Clinic is the closest to our office, being that it is located right here in Fort Worth (Mira Vista), immediately across the street from Trinity Valley School on Bryant Irvin Road.  It is also very close to Quorum Architects’ heart since Dr. Jaramillo is the wife of one of our project managers, Mario Valdez. Mario has played a key role in the design of St. Francis Veterinary Clinic, from inception taking it through rigorous design charrettes with his wife and at the office with colleagues. 

Practically everyone at Quorum contributed in the design and execution of this project in one form or another, but the key members (our animal care facility experts) are Lead Architect David G. Duman, AIA, Project Assistant Kim Dowdy, and our talented Interior Designer Karin Taylor.“I am infinitely grateful to Quorum Architects for the wealth of knowledge and experience they have shared with me and my wife, not only on this project but also during our time here in Fort Worth”, Mario.  

After almost 3 years with still many challenges to overcome until construction is complete this Fall, it is very fulfilling to finally see the fruits of our efforts take shape. 

Weather permitting, framing should be complete by the end of the week and other trades can move in and start their work.  

This project began in the form of hunting down a great location within the metropolitan area, even looking at existing facilities to remodel to fit the needs of the future practice for Dr. Jaramillo.   

Quorum’s own animal care facility experts provide similar site selection and feasibility study services for many of our clients, specifically for municipalities planning ahead for their community needs for animal shelters and pet adoption facilities. We have done this for the past 18 years for cities across Texas, and most recently for the cities of North Richland Hills, Lewisville, Carrolton, Farmers Branch and Lake Worth to name a few. 

 St. Francis Veterinary Clinic will open its doors this coming Fall 2016, serving Fort Worth’s growing west side and the vibrant Chisholm Trail corridor.