Celebrating 20 Years

Posted on December 30th, 2015

Earlier this month at The Preston Partnership’s annual holiday party, we celebrated our company’s 20th year in business. We took a look back at our humble beginnings as a small retail firm, and the journey of change and growth that brought us to where we are today as the seventh largest architectural firm in Atlanta. The last 20 years have been filled with some amazing projects, great clients, tough economic cycles, hard-learned lessons, and a lot of laughter to get us through it all.

To properly celebrate this auspicious occasion, we surprised our founder and CEO, Bob Preston, with a light hearted “Celebrity Roast” by a few VIPs who have been longtime clients and friends of The Preston Partnership (see photos below). Each of these roasters has played a key role in the success of our firm over the last 20 years, and we are grateful for their hilarious (and often relentless) roasting of our Vision Keeper!

With the New Year upon us, we are excited about where we are and what has been accomplished in 2015: our quality assurance program is humming along smoothly, our technology platform has been expanded, we have an incredibly talented staff and our documents are stronger than ever. We look forward to a healthy pipeline of projects and another year of measured growth with a great deal of fun along the way.

The Preston Partnership would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to everyone who has been a part of our success over the last 20 years: our staff, clients, consultants, vendors, and competitors – we would not be where we are today without you. We wish you all a wonderful holiday and a blessed and prosperous new year!

Bill Bassett with Cousins Properties has history with Bob that goes back over 25 years. John Long of South City Partners was part of the team that gave us our first high rise project in 2001.
Chris Cassidy of Lennar helped give us our very first multifamily projects when we worked for Post Properties back in 1997. Nelson Sexton of Hodges & Hicks worked with us on most of our high rise projects in the last cycle with RJ Griffin and later JE Dunn.
Andy Preston, our Chief Financial Officer and brother of Bob
Preston, honored his big brother with some scathingly hilarious
poetry!

To see how much difference 20 years makes, some of our staff submitted photos of themselves from 20 years ago. We had a blast looking back and trying to figure out who was who!

We Can Think Globally and Act Locally – Canstruction 2015

Posted on December 21st, 2015

The Preston Partnership recently participated in Atlanta’s 2015 Canstruction, a charity competition where the design community competes by creating structures made entirely from canned foods. The recipient of the food and donated funds is the Atlanta Community Food Bank. 2015 was also a landmark year for CANstruction Atlanta, which collected and donated over $20,000 and 50,795 pounds of food for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The theme of our structure, We Can Think Globally and Act Locally, portrays a global mind structured in form by local action. Our structure was composed entirely of 7,002 tuna cans. This year our structure was dedicated to Bill Bolling, a man whose local actions include the founding of the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 1979, and whose global influence helped to start up food banks around the world. Thank you for your service!

This year, we won awards for both Juror’s Favorite and Most Cans!

This year’s overall team included: Adam Blatner, Adam Carroll, Adam Parrish, Ashleigh Hoppe, Cameron Palm, Carolyn Mraz, Chad Perusse, Fang Wang, Joe Reboulet, Katy McNulty, Marissa Swanson, Matt Belt, Mel Doyle, Mohit Savur, Nata Saslafsky, Neil Esser, Neil Waddle, Nick Buck, Nick Valvo, Patsy Yike, Tami Wolf, Todd Reed and Whitney Hackett.

We also owe a huge round of thanks to Nick Telesca and Branch Properties, Chicken of the Sea, and Ellinwood+ Machado for their support of this year’s build with their generous sponsorship that helped us to take on such a mammoth project.

TEAM PHOTO:

CONSTRUCTION TIME-LAPSE:

“I have said many times that you should always hire architectural firms that have the kind of expertise and experience needed for the development you are attempting to build.  The Preston Partnership is one of those firms that I have had the distinct pleasure of working with on many, many developments.  Experienced, professional, willing and capable to take on any challenge.”
– J. Michael McGwier, Worthing Companies