Richmond's skyline is changing, but that's the sub-headline

Richmond's skyline is changing, but that's the sub-headline

On Monday, December 12, 2016 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for what will soon change the Richmond skyline.  However, the changing skyline wasn’t the breaking headline.

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PDR’s Lauri Goodman Lampson speaks at Hines 2016 Global Officers Conference

PDR’s Lauri Goodman Lampson speaks at Hines 2016 Global Officers Conference

Principal + President, Lauri Goodman Lampson, was invited to speak at Hines 2016 Global Officers Conference “Advancing People, Product and Performance” for her expertise on “The Human Perspective”.  "Organizations are faced with the changing world. The Worker is Changing. The Work is Changing. The Places we work are Changing,” said Lauri. 

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Heather Van Ravenswaay: The Employee-Real Estate Connection

Heather Van Ravenswaay: The Employee-Real Estate Connection

Connect Media interviewed, PDR's Associate Principal Heather Van Ravenswaay, on the topic of office space and its role in employee recruitment and retention.  Heather, who will be a speaker at Connect Media’s upcoming Connect Houston conference, on Nov. 3rd spoke with Connect Media’s Amy Wolff Sorter.  Below is an

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Leading from the Middle

Leading from the Middle

PDR's Senior Consultant Christine Mikhail, spoke at Greater Houston Partnership's Women's Business Alliance (WBA) on the topic titled "Leading from the Middle", a Lunch & Learn session for women in middle management positions. Greater Houston Partnership has been executing their vision to make Houston a great place to live, work and build a business since 1840. 

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PDR Named Finalist for Society of British International Design Award

PDR has been named a finalist in the Office Design category 2016 Society of British International Design (SBID) Awards for our work on Vitol. 

The public is now invited to cast their votes for their favorite project here, as their votes will be counted towards the overall results. The closing date for the public voting will be on Friday 16 September 2016 at 5.30pm GMT.

Vitol, which PDR recently won an award through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston Chapter, has been a long-time friend of PDR’s.  For nearly 30 years, PDR has provided customized spaces to meet Vitol’s evolving needs. From the first small lease space in North Houston, designed to house five traders, to their fourth and current location, PDR has shown a deep understanding of how Vitol works. Leveraging this knowledge PDR crafted an elegant new workplace to house their trading group in one room for the very first time.  By engaging the base building Developer and their architect early in the planning, PDR was able to modify the building shell to craft a customized space suited to Vitol’s goals; a world-class trading arena with long-term flexibility that maximizes the Vitol brand and captures the high-rise views overlooking the city from the double-height space. The sophisticated new facility is complete and occupied, marking another successful partnership between Vitol and PDR. 

Winners will be announced and awarded with the crystal SBID International Design Awards 2016 trophy at the official ceremony, held at The Dorchester hotel London on Friday, November 25th. 

All of the winners and finalists will be featured in The Global Interior Design 2016 coffee table book.

PDR Wins 2016 Design Award from American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter

On Thursday, August 25th, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosted their 2016 Design Award presentations at the University of Houston TDECU Stadium.  We are honored to have received an Interior Architecture Award for workplace design for Vitol, an energy and commodities trading company in Houston, TX. 

Vitol found a unique opportunity with a developer who was willing to tailor two floors of their base building. To ensure the base building would support Vitol's business needs, we worked with the developer and building architect to modify nearly all aspects of one floor and added a partial 2nd floor creating a large two story volume. Additional modifications to the base building design included structural bay depth changes, slab depressions for under-floor air, a large opening for a monumental stair and reshaping the outdoor terrace spaces. The result is a vast, two story trade arena, full height north-facing windows, and a mezzanine floor overlook that is dedicated to outside visitors and private meeting spaces.

Visitors entering the upper level see a breathtaking view of the 300 seat trade floor. Elegantly channeled columns rise to support the one-of-a-kind geometrically patterned ceiling. Comprised of 228 panels, the ceiling system is designed for maximize acoustical performance and reflecting light onto the trade floor.  A wide, single run monumental stair connects to the lower floor at level with the trade floor. A 24-inch deep accessible floor system covers the entire lower level facilitating underfloor air conditioning and technology infrastructure allowing Vitol to stay ahead of rapidly changing technology. This floor also houses the 70 seat café, with full commercial kitchen, serving breakfast and lunch for Vitol's employees. A cardiovascular workout room with separate male and female shower / locker rooms provide a space for the employees to exercise while taking in the surrounding skyline views.

The curated art collection enriches and emboldens the space. The variety of materials and subject matter create their own presence within the minimalist design envelope. The result is a project that is elegant, timeless and elevating, giving Vitol a space infused with energy and their unique corporate culture.

Click here for the AIA Houston announcement.