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Local Companies Supporting one another

Miller ABP“Quick, friendly and local” are the words Hattie Lindsley of Austin Bouldering Project uses to explain why she uses Miller IDS for all the new business’ signage and printing needs. “I call them ALL the time, they do everything we need and they also do the research to find the best and most cost effective materials for us”. Hattie is pictured here with Tyler Kevorkian and Britt Greer and some of the window vinyls we’ve printed for them.

Hattie has been calling quite a bit, as the new Austin Bouldering Project is one of Austin’s hottest new businesses, a big friendly space on Springdale Road for rock climbing, yoga, fitness training and socializing.

Per our own Bob Miller and EJ Romero, the “adult Disney” has been a great experience for their extended family who range from beginners to advanced and age 3 to 70’s.  “We ARE a living commercial!” says EJ. Check them out at austinboulderingproject.com!

Stantec buys Bury in blockbuster Austin deal

Miller BuryFrom today’s Austin Business Journal:

Bury, the civil engineering stalwart based in Austin, will be acquired by global giant Stantec for an undisclosed price. The Bury brand, so prominent in Austin, will cease to exist within a short time.

The transaction is expected to close in March and Bury employees were notified of the purchase Wednesday afternoon. Management and operations at Bury’s six offices will continue as normal and the leadership team will not change — though founder Paul Bury, who also serves as CEO and president, will exit the company soon. No precise date has been determined for his departure.

“Obviously, it’s a little bittersweet,” said Bury, who started the company in 1984. “It’s a great time for the company to transition to the next level.”

Stantec (NYSE: STN, Toronto Stock Exchange: STN), a multifaceted design firm headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, has more than 15,000 employees in 250 offices. With the acquisition, it will assume a major presence in Texas, along with some additional traction in Florida and Arizona.

Bury’s 325 employees — in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix and Orlando, Florida — will operate under the Stantec name very soon. Bury is the fifth-largest engineering company in Austin with 2015 billings of $20.86 million, according to Austin Business Journal’s latest list of the largest engineering firms. Stantec ranked No. 9 on the ABJ’s architecture firms list with $4.89 million in design revenue in 2014.

A quick transition

The change of signage and business operations will be a major logistical undertaking, but Bury said he wants to see it happen quickly — for the benefit of everyone involved. He believes Stantec’s acquisition will open up many new opportunities for Bury employees and provide clients with a stronger reach of services.

Stantec Executive Vice President Eric Nielsen, who is based in Irvine, California, led the acquisition effort from that end. He has high praise for the Bury brand, which has handled many premiere real estate developments and design assignments during its 30-year history. Additional information>>>

Bowling alley coming to downtown Austin

bowlingFrom the Downtown Austin Blog:

… a new bowling alley is on tap for downtown Austin at the former Miller Blueprint building at 501 W. Sixth Street. Public records seem to tie this effort to the team behind the Goodnight, the adults-only gaming venue on Anderson Lane. If true, a downtown Goodnight should do very well on West Sixth.

The two-story building – abandoned since Miller Blueprinting relocated – is slated to be redeveloped into a four-story mutli-use building with a restaurant, cocktail lounge, event space and 9,500 square foot bowling alley.

The project will also bring Great Street improvements, which makes it a win/win/win for downtown Austin. The timeline is to-be-determined, but paperwork is flying at the city’s planning office, which indicates this project is far beyond conception and well into execution. Additional information>>>

Thanks to all who attended Technology Day Feb. 18th!

Last Thursday, we hosted a Technology Day event at our North Austin location featuring new technologies from Hewlett PackardOki-Data, Canon, KIP, iPlanTables and Bluebeam Software.

We held three different sessions, and hosted dozens of attendees to “ask the experts” about technologies best suited for their businesses.  It was a great success, and we look forward to hosting more of these events in the future.

Thanks again to all who attended. We appreciate it, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to working with you. Stephen Coyle, General Manager, MILLER Imaging & Digital Solutions. 512.381.5271 or steve.coyle@MillerIDS.com.

Austin architects deemed among best in the U.S.

AIA

From today’s Austin Business Journal:

Being inducted into the College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects is a lofty goal for any design professional — and it’s a rare one.

Austin is particularly well represented in the 2016 class, which was just announced.

Ten architects from Texas will be inducted along with 139 others from around the world. Half of the Texas fraternity are from Austin — an extraordinary representation, and perhaps a nod to the looming significance of the University of Texas School of Architecture.

Three of the five Austin designees studied at UT.

They all will be formally initiated at the AIA national convention in May in Philadelphia.

Here they are:

• James Brady, Page. Brady has deployed his expertise in the educational facility sector through a variety of positions from architectural design practice to executive leadership for the Texas Association of School Boards and America’s Schoolhouse Council. Currently, he’s an associate principal for Page in the Academic PK-14 division. Brady studied architecture at Oklahoma State University.

• Lawrence Connolly, Connolly Architects & Consultants. Connolly founded his company in 1979, less than four years after graduating from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Though he’s handled a wide array of projects, Connolly has earned kudos for the design of animal shelters and special habitats. He’s presented workshops for a variety of organizations that support the welfare of animals. Connolly also has served as a contributing editor to “Texas Architect” magazine.

• Ernesto Cragnolino, Alterstudio Architecture. After studying at the University of Texas School of Architecture, Cragnolino joined Alterstudio in 2003 and became a partner in 2005. The multi-faceted company had earned kudos over the years for everything from contemporary residential design to smaller commercial projects. Alterstudio homes often land on the AIA Home Tour. Cragnolino amplifies his design practice with teaching design and construction at UT.

Phillip Reed, Cotera+Reed Architects. As a principal with Cotera+Reed, Reed is responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm. He participated in the design process in creating Austin’s city hall and has a deep interest in sustainable, affordable projects. Reed also studied at the University of Texas School of Architecture.

• Al York, McKinney York Architects. A partner in another prominent local design firm, York’s background is decidedly unconventional. He first studied design at Auburn University and eventually landed at Cornell University. He later added the vast, rugged landscape of West Texas as a backdrop for his career as a professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He moved to Austin with his wife, an historic preservation expert, in 1995. McKinneyYork has a diverse practice. In a previous ABJ profile, York told the ABJ that he specializes in design and tech matters at the firm and also takes the lead on financial management. Additional information>>>

Last chance to Register for our Free Technology Day Tomorrow

Just a friendly reminder to RSVP for our Free Technology Day tomorrow, Feb. 18th if you haven’t already. Spaces are almost full, so please let us know if you plan to attend.

Attend one of three sessions and be among the first to experience some of the industry’s best small/large format CAD and graphics printers and scanners, as well as large touchscreen workstations and Bluebeam software.

  • Learn about versatile, easy-to-use, printer and scanner solutions with a NEW wide range of price points.
  • Understand how to select technologies best suited for your business needs.
  • Discover the simplicity of interactive displays and software solutions that improve collaborative communications and project management.
  • Talk directly to manufacturer representatives to answer your questions.

As the leading provider of printing and technology solutions for the AEC and graphics markets in Austin, we are pleased to offer these affordable and innovative solutions, and we look forward to hosting you at one of our two sessions offered. Or, come later in the day and “browse with a beverage” while viewing a product demonstration. Seats are limited to 15 per session, so please register early to secure you space!

WIN A 24″ COLORTRAC SMART LF PORTABLE COLOR SCANNER
VALUED AT $2,400!

  • All attendees will be entered to win
  • Drawing to occur at 5:30PM
  • Winner will be notified on Friday, Feb 19, 2016

If you have any questions regarding the Technology Day, please don’t hesitate to ask.
We look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

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Council moves toward halting some home demolitions

Miller2015-10-15-Austin-City-CouncilFrom today’s Austin Business Journal:

Council moves toward halting some home demolitions under small-lot development rules.

In a year in which Mayor Steve Adler has said he wants to tackle housing affordability, Austin City Council has given preliminary approval to a measure that city staff said would make it harder to build affordable homes.

The measure amends the city’s rules regarding small-lot amnesty, which permits development on property that is less than the minimum lot size requirement of 5,750 square feet. The small-lot amnesty program is only available in areas with a neighborhood plan that allows it.

Under the amendment, narrowly approved on first and second reading at the Feb. 11 Council meeting by a 6-5 vote, developers would be prohibited from demolishing one home that straddles two small lots and then breaking up the lots in order to build homes on each lot. They measure is still subject to a third reading and vote by Council before being passed into law.

Greg Guernsey, director of Austin’s Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department, said the amendment goes against the city’s broader affordability goals.

“It would negatively impact the implementation of some of the imagine Austin visions goals and priorities related to household affordability,” Guernsey told Council members at the meeting. “ It would also negatively impact land-use zoning opportunities for affordable housing development and impact the cost of development negatively and negatively impact the production of affordable housing.”

Still, Guernsey said staff were in support of the amendment because they never anticipated that it would result in the demolition of homes that straddle lots to make way for a new home on each separate lot. Rather, they envisioned it as a step to allow development on lots where no demolition was required.

“Staff felt very strongly about this because this is something that we went to the neighborhoods and told the neighborhoods how this tool would be used,” said Guernsey. “There’s a trust factor here.”

Critics of how the small lot amnesty program’s use has evolved gave voice to the notion that trust could be breached at the Council meeting, highlighting examples of top-dollar homes built where a single, larger home once stood.

“My neighborhood, Northfield, feels like we have been duped. In good faith we opted into small lot amnesty just as we have been proactive for over 15 years in welcoming density to the neighborhood. And now we are staring down the barrel of this SLA loophole,” said Clay Crenshaw during his comments to Council. “Now some developers are pointing to 100-year-old land plans and claiming technically all of the houses in certain neighborhood areas are built on two lots and, therefore, have been legally separated.”

Those against modifying the small lot amnesty program tried to appeal to macroeconomics to back their case, noting that more supply equals lower cost.

“I built homes in the North Loop area on small lots, and the simple truth is homes on smaller lots cost less at market rate,” said David Whitworth, a housing developer. “If you remove this option, all you’re leaving on the table tonight is the $800,000 options that is incentivized by our zoning. The banks love it.”

Councilman Greg Casar (District 4), who voted against the amendment along with Council members Delia Garza (District 2), Don Zimmerman (District 6), Sheri Gallo (District 10) and Ellen Troxclair (District 8), said that the unintended application of the small lot amnesty rules had long-term benefits that were worth keeping around.

“Long-term, if we’re requiring homeowners or renters to pay for 6,000 square feet of dirt, which is what is actually expensive, then it’s going to be unaffordable,” said Casar. “We need to be able to give people the opportunity, the choice and the option to live on less than 6,000 square feet of dirt. Because otherwise what will end up happening is only those that can pay for 6,000 square feet of dirt will be able to live in Central Austin, and we already see that occurring”

Adler, who voted for the measure along with Mayor Pro Tem Kathi Tovo and Council members Ora Houston (District 1), Ann Kitchen (District 5), Pio Renteria (District 3) and Leslie Pool (District 7), said that the original intent of the tool needed to be clarified but said he was open to further modifying it.

“I just think that when the city went through the process and adopted this tool, the analysis that was done was done for a very different purpose,” said Adler. “The way that it’s being used is something that should be discussed and go through our process.” Additional information>>>

Redevelopers wanted for high-profile downtown site

Miller statesmanFrom today’s Austin Business Journal: The first steps to redeveloping the the Austin American-Statesman’s prime downtown waterfront property are underway.

Today, the owners of the property announced they were soliciting mixed-use redevelopment proposals from qualified developers for the 18.9-acre South Congress Avenue site on the southern shore of Lady Bird Lake, the Statesman reports. The request for qualifications was sent Monday by Austin law firm Armbrust & Brown LLP.
The land represents one of the highest-profile redevelopment possibilities in town. The Travis Central Appraisal District values the property at $39.8 million.

For the time being, the Cox Enterprises Inc.-owned newspaper will remain at the location. The paper previously shifted its printing operations offsite. Then in December, Cox Enterprises sold the property to members of the Cox family.

In an email to newspaper employees, the paper reported Statesman publisher Susie Gray said the latest move was an effort by the Cox family to seriously consider potential future uses for the property.

“As you’ll recall, members of the Cox family purchased the land that houses our facilities,” the email said. “You may have heard that a Request for Interest and Qualifications was recently distributed. The RFIQ does not mean there will be any immediate changes to the property. It does, however, signal the owners’ long-term investment in the property, and their desire to seek the best strategy for determining the future of the site.” Additional information>>>

Proud sponsors of Food+City Challenge Prize at the UT McCombs School of Business

FCbanner2_600wMILLER Imaging & Digital Solutions is happy to provide printing support (banners, brochures, tradeshow displays, etc.) for the upcoming Food+City Challenge taking place this Saturday, February 6th at the UT McCombs School of Business.

The Food+City Challenge Prize is an international competition among business start-ups encouraging innovation in the urban food system.  Finalists will compete for up to $50,000 and a sweet package of business startup products and services.

Calling all Foodies!

The event is free and open to the public, so all foodies are encouraged to attend. Experience the stories of food innovation from around the world, and engage with food business entrepreneurs as you explore their booths and watch the top 10 finalists go for the Prize with their three-minute fast pitch.

This year, attendees may also get involved with online and on-site voting for People’s Choice, a Get Backed book signing with Evan Baehr, and a Foodie Photo booth. Attendees will enjoy sips and bites from Austin-based businesses including 512 Brewery, Mmmpanadas, Hat Creek Burgers, Easy Tiger, Austin Java, Honest Tea, Glazer’s, Wholy Bagel, Tamale House East, Tiff’s Treats, Snap Kitchen and more.

When

Where

  • McCombs School of Business, Atrium, University of Texas at Austin – 2110 Speedway Avenue. Corner of 21st Street and Speedway. Austin, TX 78705 – View Map