2017 in Review STG Design

2018 promises to be every bit as rewarding as 2017, and STG Design is looking forward to continuing the progress we are making to raise the bar on the quality of design. Be that as it may, it's important for us to reflect on last year's successes and challenges to contribute to our continued success in and around our communities. For everyone that was part of our journey in 2017, thank you, and we look forward to working together again in 2018.

Local to Global Design

Oracle Waterfront Campus to Transform Austin Community

We are excited to wrap up our hush-hush project of the year for Oracle. This build-to-suit, waterfront office campus combines modern design and technology and is designed to attract, retain and inspire top talent—including the many millennials now entering the workforce. The vision is a facility that encourages outstanding employee performance while enhancing comfort and well-being. Amenities will include multiple cafes and state-of-the-art wellness and fitness facilities. Estimated completion is March 2018.

Houzz Establishes Strong Presence in Nashville

Our design team helped one of Nashville's fastest growing companies, Houzz, create their 65,000 sf dream office. The international platform for home remodeling and design currently occupies the 24th, 25th, and 26th floor of the downtown UBS Building, with plans to expand to the 27th and possibly 28th floors.

Box Office Projects Span the Globe

Box London's teacup logo wall in the London glam pub-themed break room pays homage to the English tradition of tea time. STG Design is working with Box in Austin, London, and Tokyo to develop a unique aesthetic that speaks to each geographical location. The projects are expected to wrap up throughout 2018.

Houston Design Team Takes Medical Experience to China and Back

STG Design is working as the Design Architect for the Foshan Women's and Children's Hospital in Foshan, China. Our design team traveled to Beijing to meet with the client to present our schematic design package. With the goal of creating a patient-oriented design, we were able to finalize program requirements while getting a better understanding of the surrounding environment.

Growing Leaders

We never want our employees to stop learning and growing. From internal promotions, registrations, and community involvement we encourage employees to seek out professional development opportunities outside of the office. STG Designers are actively engaged in the professional, civic and community organizations across all three cities: AIA, ASID, CoreNet, IFMA, CREW, IIDA, RECA, SMPS, TSA, ULI, Impact Austin, CodeNext, Rotary Club, BSA, Helping Hands, KMFA, Meals on Wheels, VOCES, HRBC, Partnership 2000, Houstorian, and Astrodome Conservancy.


From left to right: Eileen Wright (Associate); Will Gresham, RA, LEED AP (Associate Principal); Callie Freudenberg, RID (Associate); Dan Tansey, AIA (Associate); Kelli Straub, RID, LEED GA (Associate); Meghan Taylor-Steshyn, IIDA, LEED GA (Associate); Scott Grubb, AIA, LEED AP (Associate Principal); Kelsey Humphrey, RA, LEED GA (Associate); Brent Arnold, RID (Associate).

Newly Registered

From left to right: Cassie Garner, RA; Joseph Nash, RA; Erin Clement RID, LEED GA; Paul Suttles, RA, LEED GA; Nick Prejean, LEED GA; Kelsey Humphrey, RA, LEED GA; Andrew Clark, RID; Julia Allen, RID, LEED AP; Bret Hirsch, RA; Kelli Straub, RID, LEED GA; Not pictured: Rose Ballard, RID, LEED GA

Culture Club

Character and personality are at the heart of every organization. It's the sum of our values, traditions, and attitudes. We embrace our uniqueness; our quirks, our oddities and enjoy our time together while being serious about our work. This year we've celebrated birthdays, marriages, anniversaries, births of babies, project wins; we shared a total eclipse of the heart, lit the night in three cities to honor those we lost and plunged into 2018 together.


The Refuge

The Refuge Ranch is a long-term, residential, therapeutic community and foster placement agency for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued from sex traffickers. STG Design is teamed up with the Refuge to design the interiors for the girls' cottages so they can continue to accomplish their mission to create a safe place for some of these 79,000 youth victims in Texas. To get involved or to donate visit therefugeaustin.org.

Boys & Girls Club

STG Design truly believes in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission to “inspire and enable all young people,” so it was exciting when we had the opportunity to help design their “Legacy Club” with that goal in mind. STG provided pro bono design concepts for both the interior and exterior, creating a bright and fun atmosphere for both kids and staff to enjoy. These ideas were later presented using virtual reality to help Boys & Girls Club secure the funds they need to make this facility a reality. The new flagship facility is a budget-friendly building that will potentially serve thousands of kids in northeast Austin over the lifetime of the Club. To learn more about Boys & Girls Club or to get involved visit www.bgca.org.

Community First! Village

Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. STG Design is currently donating time and services for the design of our second “tiny home." To learn more about how this community is transforming Central Texas visit mlf.org/community-first.

Light the Night

In memory of our friend and colleague Amanda Mackert who lost her battle earlier this year, all three of our offices walked in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society #LighttheNight walk. STG Design raised funds and awareness for life-saving research and support to blood cancer patients and their families. To find out how you can help them fight to end blood cancer visit www.lls.org.

Meals on Wheels

STG Design has worked with Meals on Wheels for nearly 20 years delivering meals every week for seniors and adults with disabilities. We support their mission to seek to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people. To learn more about their mission and how to volunteer visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

Sustainable to Our Core

Throughout its 40-year history, STG Design has actively embraced design strategies now known as “sustainable design.” To date, STG Design has led dedicated project teams to obtain numerous sustainable design certifications for our clients: 6 LEED Gold® projects, 11 LEED Silver® projects (plus 3 pending), 3 LEED® Certified™ projects (plus 2 pending). Our 2017 LEED Silver® project is highlighted below.

Houston's Regions Financial Center’s location and mixed-use nature offers a uniquely attractive opportunity for tenants to be located in a contemporary building in the heart of one of Houston’s most dynamic 24 hour live, work and play markets. The project achieved Leed Silver®. STG was the ARCHITECT OF RECORD and Philip Ewald Architecture WAS THE DESIGN ARCHITECT.

Embracing Technology

At STG, our vision is to leverage virtual reality to facilitate the visual understanding of any designed space. This can be driven from the designer’s perspective during the design phase, from the client's perspective during review, or from a collaborative effort from both.


To being named an Interior Design Magazine Giant to Austin Business Journal's Top Commercial Interior Design Firm to Engineering News-Records Top 500 Design Firm to one of our landmark projects being named a ULI Global Awards for Excellence Finalist, STG Design has celebrated many milestones this year in regards to projects and professional growth in our employees.

2017 AIA Austin Design Award

Seaholm Power Plant Re-Development

The Seaholm Power Plant is one of the most important projects I have seen in a long time. One of the most green things we can do as architects is to reuse what is already there and the Seaholm Power Plant project does that on a massive scale… not only is it difficult to do, but it is transformative. It can literally change a city.” – David Darling, AIA at Aidlin Darling Design

2017 IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Design Excellence Award of Sustainability

Wilsonart Wilson Center

The 31,000 sf Wilsonart Wilson Center integrates a global organization onto one campus and showcases Wilsonart’s products in innovative, conversation-starting applications for both customers and employees, many of which are multi-generational legacies. In addition to showcasing their multiple products’ uses, employee-wellness played a crucial role in the space - natural daylight is visible from all areas of the building; employees can enjoy an outdoor break area, and the facility is equipped with a wellness clinic bridging the manufacturing facility to the office building. This is the first building in Temple, TX to receive LEED Silver® recognition. The Wilson Center has dazzled customers and significantly improved employees’ morale since it opened.

2017 Excellence in Development Award by ULI Nashville

2963 Sidco Drive

2963 Sidco Drive was an interesting project in that it spurred the change of an underutilized building and adapted it to meet current economic development demands. What you saw was an old industrial warehouse, change into a vibrant modern facility office that sparked interest and growth in that area.” – Dan Tansey, AIA, STG Design

2017 Community Service Award

Jim Susman, AIA

Our fearless leader and CEO received the Texas Society of Architects for Community Service in Honor of James D. Pfluger FAIA and the AIA Austin Nyfeler Community Service Award.

On the Boards for 2018

48 East

48 East is a 33-story point tower situated on the edge of downtown in the burgeoning Rainey Street District with views Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline. The concept of 'urban nature' draws inspiration from Austin’s casual culture and the two distinct landscapes through implied movement, the use of natural and urban materials, and proportional geometry. The building will consist of 246 apartment units, each balcony access, and structured parking. Estimated completion is August 2019.

Rooftop terrace

Sky Lobby

Standing tall at 140 feet above ground, STG Design is creating a modern, yet eclectic lobby on 405 Colorado’s 14th floor. The design creates an inviting, resi-commercial aesthetic where people can come to meet, workout, grab a drink or lounge. The space greets visitors with a concierge desk accented by a living wall that draws your eye into the space with a design that plays with scale, patterns and layers. It is surrounded by an outdoor terrace that creates a warm, romantic vibe with views of Downtown Austin. The amenity-centric lobby includes a conference lounge, coffee and wine bar, fitness center and spa-inspired locker rooms.

The fire place will serve as the heart of the Sky Lobby
Coffee and wine bar

Skyloft Austin

In collaboration with Mark Hart Architecture, Skyloft Austin will be a 22-story tower located just blocks from the University of Texas at Austin’s West Campus. Included is 212 units with a total of 677 beds and four stories of underground parking. The amenity-centric student housing space will have a rooftop pool, fitness center with 180 glass views, 24-hour study lounge and media lounge. A portion of the units will be offered as affordable housing to be accessible to all students. Estimated completion July 2018.

Groundfloor entrance
Rooftop pool

U.S. Department of Energy PanTEX Administrative Support Complex

STG Design is currently developing an administrative support complex for the management team and operator contractor of the Pantex facility. With much of the design development already completed, the three-wing facility will boast the following: accommodations for 1,100 administrative staff, a 300-seat sloped floor auditorium, full-service cafeteria, medical facility for outpatient treatment, conference center, and meeting spaces for the administration. The three-story, pre-cast and glass building contains flexible floor plates with all support and common area functions located at the ends of each of the three wings. Estimated completion is March 2018.

Exterior view


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