Bowling For Boobs – Susan G. Komen For the Cure

Posted on October 17th, 2014

Joining in the festivities with a lot of industry folks, we participate in the 7th Annual Bowling for Boobs event benefiting Susan G. Komen For The Cure. In the spirit of the event, we aim to win the coveted “Breast Dressed” award by designing spirited bowling shirts for our TPP team, “Tough Tatas”. We had a varied and sundry collection of bowling talent backed by a fantastic fan base to cheer us on. Even though we didn’t win first prize, we had a blast and supported a great cause!

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Help save lives and make a difference, donate to Susan G. Komen by clicking on the photo below:

8th & Hope Is A Huge Success In Downtown LA

Posted on October 14th, 2014

Continuing to Grow!

Posted on June 9th, 2014

TPP enjoys another year of growth! Service, quality design, and an incredible staff continue to be a successful formula for our firm. Thanks to everyone’s efforts we have grown to the #6 spot on the list of Atlanta’s top architectural firms and also landed on the top interior design firms list at #18.

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Atlanta Brings Home Its First International Canstruction Award

Posted on June 6th, 2014

Thanks to our team of Canstruction volunteers we brought home the 2014 International Award for Best Use of Labels! It took months of volunteer time, hard work, design tweaks, and heavy lifting for the TPP team to complete the project, but it was well worth it for everyone involved. 1200 local winners in 124 cities across the globe competed for the honor of an International Award. This is the first time a team from Georgia has won an award at the international level. Congratulations to TPP’s volunteers on this incredible recognition!

This past year’s Canstruction efforts had thousands of teams of architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and other industry professionals working together to design and build some really creative 3D structures made entirely out of cans of food! All of the cans used were donated to food banks to help stock food pantries and provide thousands of families and local organizations with food. Atlanta’s Canstruction helped to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The five winners and five runners up of the 21st Annual Canstruction International Design Competition were honored last month at the Society for Design Administration’s Annual Convention.

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Best Use of Labels:
Our design, “Teach a Man to Fish” utilized a wide spectrum of labels and colors to create a 3D colorful mosaic of a father teaching his son to fish. Our theme was meant to illustrate the work of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and its impact beyond simply handing out food in the local community, to educating the community for a lasting change.

 

Juror's Favorite - Duck Hunt
Jurors’ Favorite: Huntsmen Architectural Group, Rutherford + Chekene, and GCI General Contractors.

 

Structural Ingenuity - We CAN Kill Hunger
Structural Ingenuity: STUDIOS Architecture of New York City.

 

Best Meal - May the Food Be With You
Best Meal: Sixthriver Architects and Leap! Structures, Austin, TX.

 

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Honorable Mention: KTGY Group Inc., Orange County, CA.

 

About Canstuction®:
Canstruction® is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Canstruction events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.

About The Atlanta Community Food Bank®:
The Atlanta Community Food Bank doesn’t simply hand out food; they educate our community about hunger and poverty issues, help build community gardens, and support thousands of local organizations such as church food pantries, childcare centers, senior centers, and community kitchens. In turn, these local agencies provide low-income Georgians with life-changing resources.

Both are very praiseworthy causes, and you can donate to Canstruction and the Atlanta Community Food Bank by clicking on the photos below:

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Azure Grand Opening

Posted on March 27th, 2014

Last week, members of The Preston Partnership project team for Azure attended the Hines’ VIP Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting. The festivities included live music, a tour of the community, a human sushi bar, and a silent auction benefitting the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The luxury garden style community is located in St. Petersburg’s exclusive Carillion Park.

The chic, coastal, four-story apartment community houses 308 apartment units, available in one, two and three bedroom floor plans. Entering the community, guests are led seamlessly through the welcome center, clubhouse, and fitness center into to the open amenity courtyard and resort-style pool. Noteworthy amenities include club room with billiards and shuffle board, internet café, training studio, electrical car charging stations, Bark Park , outdoor kitchen, garages, USB connections in every apartment, and a playground that caters to family-oriented activities.

Check out some of our photos of the event.

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An entrance view of the welcome center.

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A view of the pool courtyard.

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Hines’ Jon Wood says a few words before the ribbon cutting.

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The Hines development team all look on as the ribbon is cut.

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The steel drums play as everyone mingles about.

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…and dinner is served.

West 22 – KSU Dorms Walkthrough

Posted on January 31st, 2014

TPP Snowjam 2014!

Posted on January 29th, 2014

TPP Snowjam 2014!

While many of their fellow employees were stuck in traffic for hours trying to get home in unprecedented icy traffic congestion, 20 of our dedicated employees remained at the office finishing up deadlines and ended up stranded overnight.

They started off the evening with good cheer at Taco Mac (thank goodness for walkable neighborhoods!).

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Back at the office they had some essential supplies to help get them through the rough evening…

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Finally, they hunkered down with couch cushions and jackets for the night.

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Early this morning, they were up and back to work! Not sure if they’ll be able to get home today or not. Fortunately, Super Target is open and walkable for any needed supplies and the building management at The Terraces has been very helpful. They’ve opened up showers at the health club and offered assistance wherever possible.

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In keeping good cheer, see the lower left corner of this image for a lovely parking deck snow angel made by one of our own!

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Check out the video walkthrough of 77H thanks to our friends over at VideoLens!

Posted on December 23rd, 2013

IT’S NICE TO BE BACK WITH DEPTH ON THE BENCH…

Posted on December 11th, 2013

I am writing this in the mountains, reflecting on this past year and trying to fathom which part of the cycle we are currently in. This is our third straight year of growth, we’ve moved to a brand new office, invested heavily in technology, convinced some great people to come back and join us, added considerable depth to our bench and we’ll end the year with a staff of more than eighty. We’ll be up 30% in revenue, we’ll have expanded our client base, and we’ll look back on 2013 as very much a success.

 

While we’ve been fortunate to have had this kind of growth, it’s been challenging for our industry. The environment is cautious, the money is protective, the workload is unpredictable, expectations are high and project delivery is as demanding as ever. Construction costs are up, rents are flattening out and interest rates are getting ready to rise. This is what we now call the “new norm.” It’s better than where we were 3 years ago, but it feels nothing like the “old norm” of six years ago!

 

Despite the challenges of a new economy, we’ve adjusted pretty well here at TPP. We’re producing some of the best design work in our 18 year history. We’re putting out documents in less time than we used to and our clients are going to GMP quicker than ever to get out of the ground as early as possible in their efforts to beat the competition to the finish line! We’re doing it all as well as we did at the peak of the old cycle, and our clients appreciate it. The phone is once again ringing with referrals.

 

The key to much of our success and growth comes back, as it always does, to our people. We’ve recruited heavily this year and considerably strengthened our bench with the addition of senior personnel. It’s an expensive route to take, but we’ve always had the best results when we have the most experienced staff on our projects. Its hard work to stay on top of it all, but it’s as rewarding and exciting as ever. As you all know, the workload can be unpredictable, so we expect to step it up in the next few months, do our best to lock up some additional business, and look forward to keeping it going as the New Year rolls around.

 

Happy Holidays. We are grateful for our continued success and hope it’s been a successful year for all of you as well.

 

Bob.

77H Finishes Construction and Opens Up Leasing

Posted on December 9th, 2013

Recently completed, 77H is a hip new addition to the District with 4 stories of apartments over DC’s first urban WalMart. 77H offers convenience and easy access to everything in the heart of the city! Gorgeous architecture, roof top lounge with fire pit and two pool options, courtyards designed for gathering, state-of-the-art fitness center, beautiful two-story clubroom, units with floor to ceiling windows, and convenient retail below are all part of this incredibly unique DC experience.

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