8th & Hope is named the 2015 MF Project of The Year – LA Business Journal

Posted on February 25th, 2015

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We are proud to announce that 8th & Hope was recently honored as Los Angeles’ 2015 Multifamily Project of The Year at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards. 8th & Hope is enjoying great success and accelerated leasing, while enhancing and connecting to the surrounding downtown LA community with its arts-focused Ground Floor Project. Congratulations to Matt Construction, Wood Partners, and the entire project team on a beautiful and successful project!

Crescent Unveils Uptown Charlotte’s Next Big Deal…

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Crescent Communities just announced the mixed-use transit oriented Uptown Charlotte project we are working on and it is making headlines…

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Crescent Communities has confirmed that Whole Foods Market will be the retail anchor for a mixed-use project on East Stonewall Street that will include 450 apartments units, up to two hotels and an additional 15,000 square feet of retail space.

The 47,000-square-foot grocery store will be integrated into the planned apartment project at the uptown Charlotte site and will be immediately adjacent and connected to the light-rail line, with an entry point into the store from the Stonewall station.

The development also will feature a public plaza at the light-rail deck, says Ben Collins, regional vice president at Crescent.

“We would contend that this is one of the most transit-accessible grocers in the country because you can literally walk right off the light rail and into the store,” he says. “Between this and Tryon Place, we’re really trying to anchor the southern edge of uptown and redefine urban living for Charlotte and bring all the everyday necessities to uptown residents and workers.”

Crescent is planning a five-story midrise apartment building that will wrap around a 1,200-space parking deck. And it plans to build 10 to 12 stories of additional residential units on top of the deck, creating a high-rise residential tower that would climb to 20 stories. The parking deck would serve the Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM) store, the residential units and up to two hotels and 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of additional retail.

Crescent has its hotel partners in place and will announce those in the coming months, Collins says. The company intends to start all phases of development in the fourth quarter of this year and expects to complete the project in 2017.

The as-yet-unnamed project is slated for 5.4 acres that Crescent has under contract on the south side of Stonewall Street, between South Caldwell Street and The Westin Charlotte. That includes a 3.6-acre parcel owned by the city and 1.7 acres closest to The Westin, including a nightclub building, that are controlled by the Mellisaris family, which is partnering with Crescent on the development.

With the mix of a grocer, residential and hotel uses planned for the site, Crescent is working to complement its planned Tryon Place development on the opposite side of The Westin, at South Tryon Street and Stonewall, where the firm is planning an office tower, restaurants and retail, and a 300- to 400-room hotel.

The Whole Foods store would be the first full-sized grocery in uptown Charlotte. The center city has a Harris Teeter store on the ground floor of the Fifth & Poplar condominium development project, but at 18,000 square feet, it’s much smaller than the average store.

Bill Moseley of Moseley Real Estate Advisors represented Whole Foods. Lord Aeck Sargent and Preston Partnership provided site planning and design services for Crescent, and Land Design is the civil engineer.

– Will Boye, Charlotte Business Journal

For more information on Crescent Communities and their ongoing Projects please visit their website.

About Crescent Communities
Crescent Communities, LLC ( www.crescentcommunities.com) is a leading real estate investment and operating firm driven to create long-term value by developing thoughtful, sustainable communities that improve people’s lives. Founded in 1963, Crescent’s original mandate as a land management company continues to inform its commitment to the wise stewardship of natural resources. The company finances, plans and develops properties in the Sunbelt and Mid-Atlantic markets that represent more than 50% of the U.S. population growth over the next decade. Its multi-product platform includes residential, multi-family, mixed-used, commercial and land assets, valued in total at $1.2 billion. Crescent’s robust capital deployment, seasoned leadership team, and model of sustainability enable the company to maximize opportunity in a recovering real estate market.

Construction Spotlight – Square on Fifth

Posted on November 25th, 2014

Construction is moving quickly at Square on Fifth, so the entire project team from TPP took the opportunity to tour the high rise that they have been designing for well over a year. It was a lot of fun for everyone and a great learning experience for the entire team to see building details translated into reality out in the field. Developed by South City Partners and Gateway Development, this 23-story student housing tower on Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta will be complete and ready for move-in by Summer 2015.

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After some finagling, we get the team together for a group shot on the latest completed floor.

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Arthur Nerbas, Tim Williamson and Richard Kilpatrick survey the latest floor. We capture a quick photo of Stefani Warshaw, the latest addition to Richard’s Team.

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Ashleigh Hoppe takes in the sights from the top floor.

It Matters to this One – Canstruction 2014

Posted on November 21st, 2014

The Preston Partnership once again participated in Canstruction Atlanta 2014, 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.

This year, the theme of our structure, It Matters To This One, was inspired by the parable of a boy saving stranded starfish by throwing them back into the ocean. In light of the thousands of stranded starfish on the beach, his efforts may have seemed miniscule. But, to each of the individual starfish that were returned to the ocean, his efforts were life-changing. The parable reminds us that our efforts are never in vain, and that the actions of one person CAN make a difference.

Our starfish structure was composed of pink salmon topped with mandarin oranges in gel, while the back wall is a healthy combination of vegetables, beans and coconut milk. The water and sand are comprised of Jell-O snacks and applesauce.

This year’s team included Katy McNulty, Nick Buck, Connor Grace, Andrew Coletta (E+M), Darren Johnson (E+M), Nick Valvo, Carolyn Mraz, Patsy Yike, Ashleigh Hoppe, Ji Soo Park, Tami Wolf, Joe Reboulet, Erin Stachowiak, Todd Reed, Steve Byerly, and Keli Wheelis.

We owe special thanks to Branch Properties and Ellinwood + Machado. Their contributions helped The Preston Partnership team to donate $6,951 worth of food!

After all of the meetings, design work, coordination, and trial builds, the big build begins at Colony Square at 4:30pm on November 6.
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It’s a lot of work, but thankfully we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
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Somewhere around 9pm, our team is finished!
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Our team at the Canstruction Gala – enjoying a night of fun after all of that hard work!
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Our team wins the Honorable Mention!
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This year’s entire event was able to bring in a GRAND total of 41,768 lbs of food – that’s over 34,500 meals that will go to people in need around the metro-Atlanta area!

In addition, the Canstruction Committee, in conjunction with sponsors and donations from teams, were able to donate $18,000 in cash to the Atlanta Community Food Bank!!

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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.

 

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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

“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