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.


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.


Honorable Mention - Wishing Away Hunger - Cropped
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!).


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


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




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.


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!


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

Posted on December 23rd, 2013


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.



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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TPP Canstruction Project 2013

Posted on November 21st, 2013

On November 7th, The Preston Partnership participated in SDA’s annual Canstruction competition.  Every year, teams of architects, engineers, developers, and students work together to design and build some really creative 3D structures. However, these designs aren’t built out of concrete – they’re made entirely out of cans of food!  At the end of the competition, all of the food used to build the structures is donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  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. 


TPP’s entry, just one of many impressive structures, is entitled “Teach a Man to Fish.” By showing a father teaching his son to fish in order to feed himself in the future, TPP parallels the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission. The ACFB 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.



Let the build begin!



Step one: unpacking, better known as the tedious part most people forget about. The materials for our structure included: sardines, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, vegetables, coconut milk, and 86% cacao chocolates (antioxidants!).



But our team, including Steve Byerly and Carolyn Mraz, are hard at work before too long, building the water line of a lake out of cans of tasty coconut milk.



Katy McNulty and Connor Grace seem pretty happy with the progress so far, unless that’s just the Red Bull talking.


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Katy surveys from above as Delton Moore and Carolyn build themselves a sunset.


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Katy meticulously rotates a can, putting the finishing touches on the sunset background.


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Don’t let that smile fool you – he’s got a glue gun, and he knows how to use it! Brian Crouch had a tough job keeping people out of the chocolate long enough to finish the silhouette.


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The design moves into the 3D world with the addition of the father and son silhouettes. We’re getting there, but there’s so much more to do!


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Later on in the evening, a few more TPP members – including Tami Wolf – appeared with some much-needed Chinese food and stayed to lend a helping hand.


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The team members are hard at work, filling out the back end of the structure with even more cans of food.


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Team members Joseph Ghobrial and Edwin Rocio begin the base structure of the boat.


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It’s almost complete! Just a few details here and there left to adjust.



And here’s the finished product! TPP’s “Teach a Man to Fish” structure contained over $8000 worth of cans – that’s over 5,000 cans of food donated from TPP alone! The team members were exhausted, but happy and proud to have been a part of Canstruction. “It was a great experience. I helped out the community, and I had fun while I was doing it.” says Carolyn Mraz.



On November 13th our team won the award for “Best Use of Labels”! Congratulations on a fantastic team effort! Team representatives are pictured here with Canstruction Event Chairperson Sarah Wallace and Bill Bolling, the Founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.



SO MANY PEOPLE worked hard to pull this off! There are only four of us represented in this photo, but the entire design and build team consisted of: Katy McNulty; Delton Moore; Carolyn Mraz; Edwin Rocio; Joseph Ghobrial; Connor Grace; Steve Byerly; Brian Crouch, Andrew Coletta & Dustin Sadler (our awesome E+M Structural guys); Edsel Arnold (our design consultant); Chandra Cherry; Andrew Butler; Joe Reboulet; Lucinda Barker (who nabbed us a few sponsorships from great vendors like Patcraft, Office Creations, and Ceramic Technics; Tami & Patsy (who showed up with life-saving Chinese food and then proceeded to pitch in and help build, break down boxes and clean up!); and Brad Ellinwood of Ellinwood+Machado Structural Engineers (who was our biggest sponsor and showed up to the build with a cooler of refreshments to cheer us on).




@1377 Topping Out!

Posted on July 10th, 2013

On June 28, The Preston Partnership attended the Topping Out Party for @1377, a Hines multifamily project in Brookhaven. These 215 apartment units on Dresden Drive are already available for pre-lease! This sought-after intown location is close to everything and in walking distance of the Brookhaven MARTA station. The surrounding neighborhood is pedestrian-friendly and ideal for walking dogs, biking, or jogging.

@1377 amenities include two landscaped courtyards, resort-style pool with cabanas, grilling areas, state-of-the-art fitness center, internet cafe and club room.

Check out the photos and captions below. You can also keep up with the progress on @1377’s Facebook page. Construction is being completed by Urban Oaks Builders, a Hines affiliate.

View from Dresden

View from Dresden – As you can see, construction is coming along nicely!

Proud Looking Crew!

A successful team effort! From left: Mike Grill,TPP; Bob Preston, TPP; Jim Eyre, City of Brookhaven; Erin Stachowiak, TPP; Rick Mercer, Urban Oaks Builders; Eric Wall, Urban Oaks Builders; Kurt Hartman, Hines; Jim Hamilton, Southern Civil Engineers; Vikram Mehra, Hines; Alan Kennedy, Hines

Kurt Hartman, Milton Baker, Bob Preston

Bob Preston stopped to chat with a couple of our Hines party hosts, Kurt Hartman and Milton Baker, on his way to the barbecue buffet.

Rick Mercer, Bob Preston, Jim Hamilton

Bob catches up with two old buddies, Rick Mercer of Urban Oaks Builders and Jim Hamilton of Southern Civil Engineers.

Pool Courtyard

Members of the Landscape Architecture Design Team, Grace Zhang and Doug McClure, check out the progress in the pool courtyard…

Pool Courtyard

… and clearly the pool courtyard has a little further to go before it’s “bikini ready”!

Kyle Swenson

Kyle Swenson with Ellinwood+Machado stopped by to check on the structural integrity of the chafing dishes.

Rev. Gary & Linda Ledford, Dave Williams

Pastor Gary Ledford, from neighboring University Baptist Church, led the prayer preceding the luncheon. He is pictured here with his lovely wife Linda, and Dave Williams, @1377’s Construction Supervisor.

Mike Grill, Principal In Charge

Mike Grill, relaxing after some good barbeque and looking pretty proud of @1377’s progress.

Rick Mercer & Bob Preston

Apparently Bob said something hilarious to Rick…

Bob's Fish Story

Hmmm… Maybe Rick was laughing because he overheard Bob telling his fish story… it was THIS big! Joe Reboulet, our Construction Administrator, and the Landscape Team look a little skeptical.

What an awesome crew!

What an awesome crew!


Mike Grill, Martin Sukkert, Shandy Bosnak

Mike Grill enjoys a little lunch with Martin Sukkert, Preconstruction Director for Urban Oaks Builders, and Shandy Bosnak, Operations Manager at Urban Oaks Builders.

Brian Kavanaugh, Kurt Swenson, Mark Boggs

The Structural crew from E+M chats with Mark Boggs of Marietta Drapery.

Scott Barnett & Katy McNulty

Scott Barnett, Assistant Superintendent for Urban Oaks, wanted the paparazzi to come out from behind the camera and pose for a picture… so I obliged.

The Preston Partnership – Architecture & Landscape Architecture

Ellinwood+Machado – Structural Engineering

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Phillips Gradick – Mechanical Electrical & Plumbing Engineering


“I’ve done numerous projects with The Preston Partnership over the years and I have nothing but high praise for the firm. Whether a single project or multiple projects, they have always provided great design, reasonable fees, and service that is second to none. They are a terrific group of people and I can recommend them without hesitation.”
– Alan Dean, Terwilliger-Pappas Multifamily Partners