Stephen Levy Profile

ABJ-LogoFrom the Austin Business Journal:

Journal Profile: Meet Stephen Levy, president, Levy Architects

The Gulf Coast has had a strong pull on Stephen Levy.

He grew up there and often returns to the serenity of the sea for refreshment and inspiration. Now, though, he’s one of the busiest architects in landlocked Austin with a bevy of premier projects — the highly anticipated Nland Surf Park under construction, SecureLink’s corporate headquarters in Bee Cave, the retrofit and remodeled 3100 Alvin Devane Blvd. building and the design of a corporate campus at 5301 Southwest Parkway. The last two projects are on behalf of Drawbridge Realty, a San Francisco firm.

Levy handles more boutique projects, too, such as the new Barley Swine and Bufalino restaurants that will open soon on Burnet Road. His company also is designing a park pavilion in The Domain mixed-use development and a manufacturing facility in Cedar Park.

The project closest to his heart, though, is the design of a sanctuary at the Community First project — perhaps the only mixed-use development in America specifically designed to meet the needs of the homeless. Austin nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes is the developer.

“We’re doing that pro bono and that really is rewarding,” Levy said.

Since starting his own firm in 2010 — yes, he made the leap in the doldrums of the recession — Levy has gone from sole practitioner to a 14-person staff with seven licensed architects. The team works out of unconventional office space in the shopping center where Hopdoddy Burger Bar is located on West Anderson Lane.

Throughout the office, vivid artwork lines the walls — even masterpieces completed by his children, who also have that creative knack.

“We’re doing really great design with strong project management skills,” Levy said. “I just love design and the business of architecture.”

Was there a moment when you felt like you had made it as an architect? When I met with (developer) Lewis Robinson in 2002 to demonstrate my Rockport Harborfront concept. After our meeting he immediately provided me with a letter of intent.

What’s the best advice you can remember receiving? Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you — I learned that in first grade.

What’s the worst advice you’ve received? I don’t remember. Poor advice is not worth storing in my database.

What would be your final meal? Panjos Pizza in Rockport — pure childhood indulgence.

What object are you never without? My wedding ring and a bracelet my daughter Josie made for me when she was 3.

What makes you squirm? Changing my 3-year-old’s diapers.

Favorite time of the week and why? Monday because I get to start a new work week, and Friday because I get to be at home with my family.

If you could buy one art piece, what would it be?“The Counselor” by Bill

Worrell. It’s a bronze sculpture that is based on hieroglyphic paintings in West Texas. Bill stumbled across these paintings when he was fishing as a young man. They are the inspiration for much of his work today.

What’s your go-to source of inspiration? A letter my son wrote in his journal describing how proud he was of me. It was titled “My Hero.” My wife found it and framed it. It hangs on the wall where I see it every morning and evening.

Which celebrity would you love to be for a day? Mario Andretti.

Funniest comedian? Richard Pryor.

How about a movie that surprised you in some way?“The World’s Fastest Indian.” Burt Monro spent his life perfecting a motorcycle, overcoming its mechanical limitations. He subsequently set several world records. One speed record — four decades later after his death — is still unbroken.

If you weren’t an architect, what would you be? A professional race car driver.

What is your most vivid memory of childhood? Catching two trophy redfish back-to-back in the neighborhood fishing tourney. I have spent my adult life attempting to catch two more trophies like that. Every time I am on the water I remember those reds.

Proud to Support Lights of Love 5K and Ronald McDonald House Charities

Miller IDS is proud to support the Lights of Love 5K run, an annual fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC provides housing, support and resources for the families of ill and injured children. We also appreciate their kind words:

“We are so grateful to Miller IDS for supporting our families who rely on our “home-away-from-home” while their children heal in the hospital. Their generosity touches every family that walks through our door.

We are especially grateful for their support of our 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run. Their professionalism and timeliness has enhanced our ability to have a successful event.”

LightsofLove_RMH— Emily Franke, Development Coordinator



Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving

happy-thanksgiving-2013We are very thankful for you, our friends and customers.

Safe travels to where ever you are going to celebrate, with friends and/or family and we hope to see many of you at the Turkey Trot! We will be toasting Turkey Day as well, but both of our locations will be open at 8am Monday morning!

Another 5-Star Review!


Thanks for the sweet review C. Denise!

I consider the Metric Boulevard location of Miller IDS as an extension of my office these days.  I run a small architecture business out of my home, and don’t have the space for a big printer (or the IT department to keep up with one!).  I send print orders to these guys several times a week.  Service is friendly, prompt, and professional.  I can always count on them to deliver a quality product.

In a pinch, they’ve printed drawings on short notice, as I’m running out to a client meeting.  They never huffed at me for the inconvenience.

I’ve worked at large firms in the past – and feel that I get the same level of service as a “small fry” as they give to the larger outfits.

I am glad to have this team behind me to support me in my work!

C. Denise S.  C. Denise S.

Tradeshow graphics a Success for BURY Design and Engineering

We were pleased to provide tradeshow graphics to BURY Design and Engineering Consulting Firm earlier this month. Their booth turned out beautifully, and we’re so happy they’re happy!

Thank you and your team for all of your time, help, patience and especially for driving all the way to Dallas to personally deliver and setup the custom pieces!

Like Kristin said, we received a lot of positive feedback both from Bury team members and convention attendees. We were able to fit all the pieces in to my Ford Edge, so now we know they can be transported for future events!

Thank you again and please extend out thanks to Steve, Ian, Tim, and your team who worked so hard on the booth pieces.

— Liz Hansen | BURY


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Barton Springs site slated for office tower, restaurant

801-barton-springsweb 750xx900-506-0-70From the Austin Business Journal:

After years of speculation about what will be built at 801 Barton Springs Road near the Palmer Events Center, a developer has emerged with a plan to build a mid-rise office tower with floor-to-ceiling glass views and a bold contemporary design.

Generational Commercial Properties is developing the site with financial support from HTZ Investments of Houston.
A new office building, seen in this rendering, will rise at 801 Barton Springs Road with a bold facade facing the Palmer Events Center and Lady Bird Lake.

“We wanted to build something that reflects the city of Austin with really forward thinking design,” Joe Llamas, principal of Generational Commercial Properties, told Austin Business Journal.

Though the price of the property and the value of the project were not disclosed, Llamas said projects of this magnitude generally cost around $35 million to $40 million. The most recent valuation of the 0.8 acre lot, located between Bouldin Avenue and South 1st Street, by the Travis Central Appraisal District was about $2.2 million.

The 90,500-square-foot office building will have between four and five stories that face the Palmer Events Center to the north, but still have views of Lady Bird Lake and Downtown Austin. The building also will have about four and a half levels of parking and an 1,800-square-foot restaurant.

Llamas said the 801 Barton Springs project will appeal to a variety of users who love the Barton Springs-Zilker Park vibe. He’s encouraged by the pre-construction buzz.

“We’ve got a proposal out for half the building. We’re not even fully marketing it yet and I’m very happy with the interest,” Llamas said.

Aquila Commercial LLC has the listing. Llamas worked with Aquila in connection with Riata Corporate Park several years ago when he was with The McShane Cos. He said he liked their way of doing business.

Llamas played a pivotal roll in the deal in which McShane sold buildings and developable land to Apple Inc. for its massive Northwest Austin campus.

He left McShane two or three years ago to start his own company. It’s been speculated that Llamas has been helping guide Apple’s ongoing development near Parmer Lane and Riata Trace Parkway in far Northwest Austin, but he would not comment about any involvement with the computer giant’s properties.

Meanwhile, Generational Commercial has been busy in Houston with industrial development.

The Barton Springs site had been earmarked for nearly 10 years for the corporate headquarters of Texas American Resources, an Austin-based oil and gas company. After much neighborhood input, the City Council approved a seven-story Planned Unit Development project in 2011. It never was built.

Texas American Resources resubmitted a plan in 2013, but once again, nothing was built and food trucks maintained a strong following on the site through all the uncertainty.

Earlier this year, Llamas approached Texas American Resources CEO and President David Honeycutt about acquiring the property. Llamas had been encouraged to pursue the acquisition by Diana Holford at JLL.

“She said, ‘You’ve got to buy it,'” Llamas recalled.

Keenly interested, he balked at the initial price tag. An acceptable deal eventually came together and Llamas closed on the property Aug. 20.

“I recognized the opportunity and I feel blessed to do this every day,” Llamas said.

Llamas retained Austin-based Runa Workshop for the design. Halff Associates Inc. is the engineer.

Harvey-Cleary Builders has handled the pre-construction, but Llamas hasn’t made a decision about the general contractor.

Still, he hopes to break ground next spring — the food trucks still have time to find alternative sites — and deliver the project in mid-2017.

“There’s a uniqueness and coolness to this site,” Llamas said. “I’m extremely excited.”



Brandon Lack Exhibiting in East Austin Studio Tour

"Tiny Bubbles" by Brandon Lack
“Tiny Bubbles” by Brandon Lack

Excited to see our Miller ISD September Featured Artist, Brandon Lack, exhibiting in this weekend’s East Austin Studio Tour at 1319 Rosewood! @eaststudiotour

We are proud support the tour and encourage you all to pick up a catalog of artists and a map to all exhibit spaces at any Austin public library – see you on the tour!