Featured Graphics: Bright Spot in the Pandemic! “Heroes’ Exit” Mural at Dell Children’s Hospital

Dell Children’s Medical Center has a new addition – a Heroes’ Exit! Ready for a great story? You may have heard of Owen Coulter, a 5 year old boy who went to Dell Children’s Medical in December of 2019 and had a miraculous journey that included a life-saving experience by staff upon his arrival. Owen’s father is a firefighter in Austin. As Owen left the hospital after a 56 day stay, there was a “superhero” departure celebration with dozens of firefighters, police officers, 18 fire trucks, balloons, t-shirts, and even a few costumed super-heroes. The experience was wonderful for everyone there, but especially the hero being celebrated, Owen.

Days later a Dell Medical Children’s Medical Center Foundation board member dropped by the office of Susan Hewlitt (executive director of the foundation). The board member, Marcella Maxwell (who also works at Dell Children’s) said that she couldn’t stop thinking about the wonderful exit Owen had. “How can we have every child feel like a hero when they leave?” she thought out loud. They quickly began brainstorming and walking the hospital for ideas.

At the entryway of the hospital is the HEB Auditorium, which happens to be a perfect passageway and private exit for the kids. Susan immediately went to this spot and an idea came to her for a “hero’s exit” – what if they had a mural here and kids could take pictures as they were released to go home? The idea was positively received by the foundation board, and Susan could not have been more pleased with their unanimous agreement to support the project. The next question was who the artist would be – Susan knew that Becca Borrelli would be perfect!

Becca had designed a coloring book for the kids at Dell Children’s. Becca is an illustrator and has a background in teaching. For Becca this was the perfect project- it combined her love of children with her passion for design. Becca began to weave a compilation of happy imagery from areas in the hospital, making the final memories in the hospital a way to remember Dell Children’s in a positive way.

The final product is a brightly colored mural printed on DreamScape wallpaper. Images include a StarFlight helicopter, the stone water wall from the courtyard, a replication of the donor butterfly wall, and spotlights on art found in the hospital such as the art by Graciela Boulanger gracing the bridge in the lobby as well as the blue dog featured in a George Rodrigue piece found in the hospital.

Becca contacted Miller after having printed with us before. The experience was pleasant for Becca and it was easy to communicate with Destenie (Customer Sales and Service Rep) from the beginning. Becca had been contracted to paint the mural on the wall, but had worked with DreamScape in another hospital setting and knew that it holds up to cleaning and is long-lasting. “DreamScape was the perfect solution we didn’t know we needed, especially with how clean we have to keep it,” said Susan Hewitt.

As the final joyful touch to this fulfilling project, note that it was accomplished during COVID! Installing the piece during this difficult time made it an even happier win!

Featured Graphics: Austin FC Honors St. David’s Healthcare Workers

In conjunction with National Nurse’s Week and National Hospital Week, Austin FC and Founding Partner St. David’s HealthCare teamed up to honor front line healthcare workers with yard signs that read ‘A St. David’s HealthCare Hero Lives Here”. Austin FC is proud to join St. David’s HealthCare to show appreciation for all the Health Care Heroes keeping Austin safe.

 

 

We were lucky enough to be the folks that printed the yard signs for Austin FC – we love working with their phenomenal team and were especially excited to join forces on this project, honoring healthcare workers. What a nice way to say thanks!

Also included is a look at how the Austin FC Stadium is moving along as construction is underway with Austin Commercial as the General Contractor. Located within a mile of our store, we love to see the progress on this Austin Dream in the making! Go Austin FC!

 

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Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions is proud to announce that we are now an authorized sales, service and supplies dealer for KIP Large Format Solutions.  Becoming a fully authorized servicing reseller for KIP allows Miller IDS to truly function as your digital, wide-format, monochrome and color technology consultant at an even lower cost. We will pass through these lower costs to our customers so they can acquire KIP systems, service and supplies at lower prices than ever before.

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Austin environmental board gives thumbs down to Grove at Shoal Creek

grove-at-shoal-creek-web-750xx812-456-44-0After another marathon session, the proposed Grove at Shoal Creek mixed-use project in Central Austin did not get a stamp of approval from the Environmental Commission.

By a vote of 6-4, the advisory board charged with determining whether the 75-acre design achieves superiority as a planned unit development, or PUD, decided against the designation. One of the 11 board members was absent from the meeting.

The project now goes to the Zoning and Platting Commission next week.

It’s the second time the Environmental Commission had taken up the matter this month. At another lengthy session on June 1, when dozens of people spoke out against or in favor of the project.

Garrett Martin, the head of developer ARG Bull Creek Ltd., said pursuit of the project as a PUD under the terms laid out by the Environmental Commission would make it “economically unviable.”

Without the PUD designation, the developer would have to go through a more-traditional zoning process that could delay it even further.

Martin said he intends to move forward with the project as proposed, despite the thumbs down from the Environmental Commission and “will continue to work with the community and city leaders to address concerns as we go through the approval process.”

The proposed development is near 45th Street and Bull Creek Road, a stone’s throw from MoPac Expressway.

The Zoning and Platting Commission is expected to take up the matter at its regularly scheduled meeting June 21. Though that board is likely to consider the Environmental Commission’s determination, it will have its own criteria to judge. Ultimately, the final approval of a PUD designation for the project would be determined by City Council.

Contentious debate

Though the Environmental Commission vote appears fairly close, the rift between representatives was deeply rooted in philosophical differences about the commission’s role in Austin’s often enigmatic development process and the commission’s long-term legacy.

Andrew Creel, a commissioner appointed by Councilwoman Ora Houston, vehemently criticized the successful motion by commission Vice Chair Peggy Maceo, which stated that the Grove at Shoal Creek did not achieve superiority with respect to drainage, tree preservation, parkland dedication, sustainability and other related matters. The motion was made around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday night after lengthy discussions with staff and the developer and was ultimately approved with a few modifications.

Source:

Austin Business Journal

$271M sale of city’s largest shopping center closes

A large portion of Southpark Meadows shopping center, the biggest development of its kind in the Austin area, has changed hands. Mega-investor The Blackstone Group purchased Phases I and II of the South Austin regional shopping center — about 910,000 square feet — from Canada-based RioCan real estate investment trust.

The deal — part of a $1.9 billion, 50-property portfolio sale — recently closed after being announced last year.

Data provided by Real Capital Analytics, a global data company, indicates an allocation of $270.8 million for the Southpark Meadows portion of the deal. As part of the trade, Blackstone (NYSE: BX) also acquired nearby Stassney Heights, a 102,916-square-foot strip center. A value of $30.7 million was attributed to Stassney Heights by Real Capital Analytics. Those number equate to $299 per square foot for all three properties.

Southpark Meadows is a large outdoor retail center at the southwest corner of I-35 and… more.
Southpark Meadows is a large outdoor retail center at the southwest corner of I-35 and… more.

Collectively, Southpark Meadows I, II and III represent the largest shopping center in Austin with 1.52 million square feet, according to Austin Business research — subscribers can see the entire list below. It was built originally by Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate Group and is located at the southwest corner of I-35 and Slaughter Lane.

Phases I and II include Walmart, PetSmart, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy and Sports Authority, which is closing due to corporate bankruptcy. Phase III — mostly the southern portion of the center — is owned by another entity and was not part of the deal.

Stassney Heights is occupied primarily by Lowe’s Home Improvement and Fiesta Mart Inc.

Excel Trust, an affiliate of Blackstone, handles the property management for Southpark Meadows and Stassney Heights.

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Austin Business Journal

Bluebeam Delivers PDF Editing, Markup and Collaboration in First Mac-Compatible Version

Bluebeam Launches Revu Mac

Pasadena, CA (April 12, 2016) – Bluebeam®, Inc., leading developer of PDF-based annotation and collaboration solutions for document-intensive technical industries, announces the release of their first Mac-compatible solution, Bluebeam Revu® Mac. Revu Mac delivers foundational PDF editing, markup and collaboration capabilities enabling architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals to streamline key functions and work processes across Windows and Mac operating systems. Bluebeam’s Studio Platform also now extends to Mac, allowing project teams to work together on the same documents in real time.

Revu Mac highlights include:

  • Studio Projects: Upload an unlimited number of PDFs and any other file types to the cloud and share Projects with project partners for simplified document management.
  • Studio Sessions: Invite attendees from anywhere to view, chat and markup the same PDFs together in real time, regardless of Internet access. All Session activity is tracked in a Record that links back to the PDF.
  • Markup Tools: Annotate PDFs with Revu Mac’s comprehensive collection of markup tools, including text, callouts, pen, lines, shapes, Cloud+, stamps, images and more.
  • Measurement Tools: Calculate length, perimeter, area and volume within drawings using Revu Mac’s measurement tools. The dynamic Markups list automatically calculates and tracks all related measurements to aid with estimations.
  • Overlay Pages: Compare two or more PDFs, even if they are skewed or different sizes. Overlay Pages allows you to pick points for comparison and assign different colors to each page so you can visually see the differences between each document.
  • Document Navigation: With tabbed document navigation, easily switch between tabs, or view them in their own floating window. Revu’s MultiView™ technology allows you to split your screen up to sixteen times and sync tabs to pan and zoom in unison. Create hyperlinks that jump to any page in the document, snapshot view or URL.
  • Document Editing: Easily edit PDF content by adding, deleting or rotating pages, combining multiple PDFs, or flattening your markups to make them a permanent part of the PDF. Users can even reduce the file size of documents to make them more suitable for email and sharing.

“Revu is about uniting teams through a common language of technology,” says Bluebeam President and CEO, Richard Lee. “By producing our first PDF solution for Mac, we are hoping to create a seamless user experience. Project teams can work how they’re used to, on their preferred hardware, while still collaborating on the same platform on the same documents. We’re excited to see how teams continue to leverage Revu and Studio to break down the barriers of what is possible with project communication.”

Revu Mac is available in English directly from Bluebeam and through a global network of Bluebeam Authorized Resellers on April 12, 2016. Localized versions of Revu Mac will launch before the end of the year. For more information, visit www.bluebeam.com.


About Bluebeam, Inc.

Bluebeam’s innovative desktop, mobile and cloud solutions push the limits of digital collaboration to enable professionals, who work in the most document-intensive industries, to do what they do, better. Bluebeam’s award-winning PDF solutions are used by the world’s top architectural, engineering and construction firms, oil and gas companies, manufacturers, government agencies and municipalities to reduce paper usage by more than 85% and to increase productivity by over 60%. The Bluebeam Account Services team and global reseller network have been solving customer challenges in over 100 countries for more than a decade. Visit www.bluebeam.com for more on why Bluebeam is changing the status quo and setting a new standard. Bluebeam, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Austin-area home values jump again

Home values are up 9 percent on average in Travis County this year, with the average market value of a property with a homestead exemption increasing to $387,537 from $355,312 in 2015. That likely means higher taxes for homeowners, although taxing entities such as the city of Austin and local school districts have yet to set their new tax rates.

That’s slightly less than last year when average home values increased 11 percent, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The values are based on preliminary numbers from Travis Central Appraisal District and could change.

Total taxable value for Travis County in 2016 is $164 billion, up from $137 billion last year, which a TCAD official attributed to an increase in commercial values.

Housing affordability remains one of the most-cited issues facing Austin, along with traffic congestion. With the population boom showing no sign of slowing,both are expected to worsen unless government and business leaders can do something to reverse the trends.

Source: Austin Business Journal,
Will Anderson

Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing entry deadline Apr 15th!

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Have you made impressive strides in technique or created work you’re exceptionally proud of this year? If so, it’s time to submit your best to Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries for a chance to see it featured in North Light Books’ newest hardbound collection!

North Light Books is looking for the best of the best in a variety of styles and subjects that captures the spirit of this year’s theme.

And you can submit in any dry medium that would be traditionally considered drawing. This includes-but is not limited to-pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, pen and ink, scratchboard, silverpoint, colored pencil, pastel and even some wet paint mediums if used in a linear or sketchy manner.

Enter by April 15 for a chance to see your art in print!

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