Featured Graphics: Hensel-Phelps at ABIA

Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is bringing the Austin cultural experience to all who stop by. The airport, just like Austin, is currently expanding to fit the growing needs of our funky, tech-based town by adding nine new gates and updating three existing gates. The new terminal will also feature an observation deck, a Delta Sky Lounge, and Austin-based restaurants such as 24 Diner, Toy Joy’s Yummi Joy, Parkside, Salvation Pizza, and more.  As we (and the 150+ people who move here each day) know, Austin is a special place with its own unique culture and vibe. Everyone who visits gets to experience that funky, but updated, Austin feel in the expansion and face-lift of ABIA.

One company propelling that push forward is general contractor and construction company, Hensel Phelps Construction who has worked with ABIA since 2013.  Although not Austin-born, the builder and contractor has worked hard to bring the Austin culture to our ever-expanding town and airport. The expanded terminal was inspired by Texas dance halls and the Austin Moontowers. For the past few months, Miller IDS worked with both Hensel Phelps and the Austin-based artist, Mila Sketch to bring new, vibrant and modern art to ABIA.

Hensel Phelps is proud of its Hensel Phelps Way. For them it is a collaborative approach that blends proven processes, innovative technology, and effective communication throughout every phase of the project lifecycle. Hensel Phelps worked with Austin-based, Russian-born artist Mila Sketch to bring her exciting and award winning modern- environmental art to ABIA as a continuation of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places initiative.  The piece, “Urban Nature,” was drawn free hand on panels and feature recognizable Austin buildings as well as futuristic buildings we could maybe see in the future. The space in front of her mural will be a rotating selection of art as selected as part of the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places initiative.An incredibly accomplished artist, Sketch has produced many memorable murals you might have seen around Austin including Austin Howdy (on West 6th St), Austin Beat (at Encore Records), and These Walls Bring Us Together (between 4th and 5th streets at I-35). Sketch has also produced art for the Austin Parks Foundation, Ramen Tatsu-ya, CLIFF Bar, Google, SXSW Festival, Mazda USA, X-Games, Lifeproof and has won several awards throughout the US. 

Sketch first brought her art to Miller IDS’ Fine Art Specialist, Dana Burton, who took special care and 2 months to scan and color match 32 40″x 92″ panels. When the printed panels were not ready in time for their installation from another company, Miller IDS swiftly came in and printed and installed a solution using vinyl.

Phil Randel, Office Engineer for the ABIA Term/Apron Expansion and Improvements team, had this to say regarding working with Miller IDS:  “Working with Miller IDS was great. Ryan Bruce and Dylan Pender did everything we needed them to do to ensure that the vinyl was installed on time and with superior quality!”

You can view and enjoy the vinyl panels in the new terminal of the airport. We look forward to getting to go on a trip and see Hensel-Phelps and Sketch’s collaboration to bring more art to ABIA.

Featured Graphics: 2019 SMPS Black + White Bash

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) hosted their annual Black + White Bash at the Austin Film Society on January 17th. Over 200 people attended the Old Hollywood themed event and celebrated the winners of the SMPS Member of the Year (Janki Depalma), Community Service Award (Tahnee Sauer), and Leadership Award (Paulette Gibbins). Miller IDS not only had the honor of printing all the signage for the event, but several of our employees had the opportunity to plan and attend.

The Black + White Bash is SMPS’ event of the year and highlights the hard work, leadership and community development of their members. This year’s event space, a cinema, provided a few challenges for the planning committee including not being able to hang anything on the wall. Miller and the SMPS committee worked to find a unique way to display sponsors, food, and awards. 

Our sales and marketing associate, Lauren Bastiaans, along with our account manager Ryan Bruce worked with the committee utilized the open floor space to create the Old Hollywood theme here in Austin. To present and show off past winners of each award, Miller printed floor decals in the shape of the classic Hollywood stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 2019 award winner names were covered as guests entered the hall and the names were revealed during the awards portion of the night.

The committee also decided to use gobos (a stencil or template placed inside or in front of a light source and projected) to project the event sponsors onto a wall and Miller printed large customized foamboard signs to cover around the gobo areas to act as a border around the devices. In addition, Miller also printed smaller foamboards to highlight the entertainment, award, walk of fame, photobooth, food and drink, and print sponsors. The piece de resistance (and our favorite), however, was the 8’x24’ hop up that featured the custom designed Hollywood sign-inspired SMPS Austin banner in the VIP area of the bash!

 We are grateful to have worked with SMPS for the last six years as an in-kind print sponsor. Be it luncheons to the Black + White bash, we’ve enjoyed planning, printing, and being able to interact with some of the brightest and forward thinking marketing professionals in Austin and the A/E/C industry.   A special thank you to Rachel Paul Photography for the great pictures throughout the night!

 

Featured Graphics: Cypress Real Estate Advisors City Maps

Miller IDS is excited to see Cypress Real Estate Advisors (CREA) show up on our radar again with a unique project at their headquarters here in Austin. CREA is a creator of places, their spaces bring people together in mixed-use developments that transform the urban landscape. CREA places an emphasis on corporate social responsibilities by holding themselves accountable for the impact of their project on the surrounding communities. CREA has developed in 17 major US cities since 1995, including ATX. Recently, their marketing team created several large maps of cities they had developments in that purposefully left the names of the cities off so that people could guess. This project, located in their main conference room, engages with any customer or colleague that enter the room and shows off their growth with an out-of-the-box approach. Want to guess which cities are which?

The cityscapes are directly printed onto a brushed aluminum composite material, which reduces glare, but adds an eye-catching and modern twist to indoor signage. Both Ryan Bruce, Miller IDS Graphics Account Manager, and Micah Frugia, Miller’s Graphic Designer, worked with Kenzie Sheppard and the marketing team at CREA to design and print the perfect city maps.  

The material is incredibly durable and a different style of signage, which provides a bit of pop and luster to your marketing campaign. Miller IDS’ own marketing team was very excited to see CREA’s project come through our doors and has inspired us to update our own signage at our stores.

Kenzie Sheppard, Brand Manager of CREA, who has worked with Miller IDS closely had this to say: “Ryan and Micah were really patient with us while we nailed down the perfect design and scale (I think we went back and forth with seven different versions). They always made the adjustments super quick, and once we gave the final approval Ryan had the maps installed same day! We were all very happy.”

We have also watched CREA’s newest apartment complex, The Guthrie, shoot up close to our downtown location and are excited for its’ opening. To read more about their latest project on the east side, click here to go back to our July 2018 article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Cool Messaging to one of Austin Hottest New Projects

The Beck Group has an exciting project at 2010 East 6th Street in the heart of growing East Austin. They’re currently designing and building the office for developer Aquila Commercial, which will be home to GoDaddy’s Austin office.

Because of the project’s urban location, Beck secured a unique “jobsite office” of leased tenant space just across the street from the construction site. In their words, “we knew we wanted to make this office an awesome home base for our team, so we called on Miller IDS to help us brand the space.”

As Beck wanted the logo to be visible to pedestrian traffic on 6th Street, our Miller IDS team installed a 4′ vinyl Beck logo on the prominent back wall of the office space.

“Miller’s team helped us find an ideal location and did a great installation that is being enjoyed by the team and visitors to the site.”

As East Austin continues its transformation, we’re happy to help you add your mark to Austin’s hottest neighborhood. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Graphics: Kissing Tree

We are proud to work with the company that is reshaping active adult community living! 

Kissing Tree is a distinctly Texan community built for those 55 and better. Custom-built with a Texas attitude, the unique, San Marcos community is a collection of indoor and outdoor amenities designed with legendary living in mind. The unique collection of amenities include an 18-hole golf course, eight pickleball courts, six bocce ball courts, putting greens, a social building, hiking trails and more!

We’ve printed their distinct signage, colorful advertorials and the eye-catching banners that are located throughout the property. The bright designs reflect the celebration of life that Kissing Tree represents.

If you’re the type that likes to define your own lifestyle, you can learn more about Kissing Tree by clicking here. 

And if you’re the type that needs to bring your distinct message to life through branding signage and a wide range of marketing materials contact us today!

Experience the Technology that is Revolutionizing Design & Construction March 8th

Sessions: 9:30am – 12pm (Lunch) 1pm – 3:30pm

The AEC technology revolution has arrived for you! Come and join your peers at the very first ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Technology Forum March 8th at Miller IDS’ Metric store. Why is this event so important to you? Because the construction industry is uniquely positioned to benefit from new technologies, yet remains among the least digitized sectors of our economy. You can register here:

Together, Miller IDS and a select group of technology vendors are going to share the benefits of the extremely valuable and cost effective technologies available to ABC members today.

This interactive event will provide you the opportunity to connect with technology representatives from companies such as Bluebeam, iPlanTables, VIMaec, 3DR, Hewlett Packard, Xerox and Synnex who are digitizing the construction industry and will help you discover how to propel your company forward while dramatically reducing the total project life cycle, cost and completion time. Additionally, you will also be able to meet and discuss your company’s network services needs with Greg Bibeau. And, if you are in need of BIM Services, Biswanath Todi of Pinnacle Infotech can address all of your BIM requirements.    

Sign up to attend this event and see how your business will benefit:

  • GET REAL-TIME UPDATES Instantly access the latest progress on a project and collaborate while on site
  • DECREASE REWORK Save time and money with precision data and quicker awareness of issues
  • INCREASE SAFETY See how drones and wearables can manage inspections and navigate hazardous areas

You’ve been hearing about drones – now find out why. A drone can do the same survey in under two days (with less than 30 minutes of actual flight time) that used to take a helicopter weeks to complete. Along with a significant benefit in saved time, drones can contribute in the following ways:
  • Increase safety
  • Improve accuracy 
  • Provide up-to-date information
  • Create video, exacting photos & 3-D modeling
  • Survey and inspect sites
Get your foot in the door by speaking directly with technology leaders from 3DR and take your efficiency to new heights. 

Turning Expectations into Reality

Virtual and augmented reality is taking the construction industry by storm. Join us on March 8th and see for yourself why VR & AR are no longer just something seen in the movies. For example, virtual-reality safety walk-throughs may become the default solution for those wanting to assess potential hazards. As a useful communication tool, there is nothing more real. Start your journey to VR here or on March 8th.

“VR is the definitive next step for AEC visualization, and it’s important to take that step now to stay ahead of the curve.” 

                                                                             Sanjay Mistry, VP of VIMaec

 
 

There’s Still Time to Take Advantage of the Section 179 Deduction

Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t, as you can see in more detail on this website.

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.

Today, Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small businesses. Although large businesses also benefit from Section 179 or Bonus Depreciation, the original target of this legislation was much needed tax relief for small businesses – and millions of small businesses are actually taking action and getting real benefits.

Essentially, Section 179 works like this:
When your business buys certain items of equipment, it typically gets to write them off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example).

In fact, if a business could write off the entire amount, they might add more equipment this year instead of waiting over the next few years. That’s the whole purpose behind Section 179 – to motivate the American economy (and your business) to move in a positive direction. For most small businesses, the entire cost can be written-off on the 2017 tax return (up to $500,000).

2017 Deduction Limit = $510,000
This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. To take the deduction for tax year 2017, the equipment must be financed/purchased and put into service between January 1, 2017 and the end of the day on December 31, 2017.

2017 Spending Cap on equipment purchases = $2,030,000
This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true “small business tax incentive” (because larger businesses that spend more than $2.5 million on equipment won’t get the deduction.)

Bonus Depreciation: 50% for 2017
Bonus Depreciation is generally taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. Please Note> Bonus Depreciation is available for new equipment only; used equipment qualifies for Section 179 Deduction, but does not qualify for Bonus Depreciation.

For more details on limits and qualifying equipment, as well as Section 179 Qualified Financing, please read this entire website carefully

Note: Please consult carefully with an accountant or tax expert to determine how best manage your situation. 

Virtual Reality: Now Playing at a Construction Project Near You

See what’s coming! We experienced the newest Virtual Reality from VR leader VIMaec and this example of Augmented Reality for the Google Pixel 2 at the Unity Unite Austin 2017 Conference. How we envision, plan, design, improve and present our construction development projects is changing forever. Imagine what changes to the industry that we will experience in the coming years!

 

You’re Invited to Attend the HP PageWide XL End-user Academy in San Diego. HP Covers Event Costs Including Airfare

We have some big news for you from HP PageWide XL! You are invited to attend the upcoming HP PageWide XL End-user Academy in San Diego, October 23-24, 2017.

You’ll discover more about HP PageWide XL printing solutions and learn about this exciting HP technology and how it can benefit your business. This academy is an educational experience targeted to anyone looking to learn more about the HP PageWide XL portfolio.

This event will cover:
– An in-depth understanding of the HP PageWide XL products
– An opportunity to interact with the PageWide XL experts
– You will see how to increase profits, productivity and reduce costs with the HP PageWide XL

Best of all, HP covers all event costs including airfare. Trip must be booked two weeks in advance of the event.

HP sells the PageWide XL 8000, 5000, 4500 and 4000 printers through an exclusive group of resellers that numbers about fifty, including Miller IDS. You can acquire this powerful technology solution, as well as our nearly 100-year commitment to trusted, unmatched support. 

For more information on the HP PageWide XL printers or to obtain a trade-in quote contact Webb Fox at 512.200.6549 or Webb.Fox@MillerIDS.com

Are You Ready for This Summer’s Biggest Hit?

Don’t miss the HP PageWide XL Printers, now appearing at Miller IDS. When you need large prints done fast, precisely and affordably, the PageWide family is breaking box office records. Experience the fastest large-format monochrome and color printing with up to 50% savings in total production costs. Print faster than alternatives, even the fastest LEDs.

Learn more at millerids.com/miller-ids-chosen-hps-exclusive-pagewide-xl-…/ 
or contact: Webb.Fox@MillerIDS.com