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.

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.

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.

It’s a lot of work, but thankfully we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Design precision

Somewhere around 9pm, our team is finished!

Our team at the Canstruction Gala – enjoying a night of fun after all of that hard work!

Our team wins the Honorable Mention!

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!!






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!



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.


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!).


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

“Over the course of developing more than 7,000 units, you figure out some architects are great at design. Some are great at creating a functional project. Very few can do both. The Preston Partnership is the best at marrying both form and function. They design beautiful buildings that are affordable and efficient. They are the best.”
– John W. Long, South City Partners