Insights

Dive into insights from our talented team of designers and engineers, as they cover topics that matter most to our clients and industry.
November 30, 2020

Project Spotlight: The Arts Residences at the Thompson Riverwalk Hotel

Working alongside Powers Brown Architecture, Jordan Foster Construction, and DC Partners developers, DBR has been providing MEP Engineering services for the design and construction of the new Thompson Riverwalk Hotel and Condos. The building is located on the Riverwalk in the middle of San Antonio’s performing arts district.

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November 24, 2020

Designing for Health: Mind – The WELL v2 Standard

We spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, so it comes as no surprise that the built environment can play a powerful role in promoting our mental health and well-being. By utilizing appropriate design, programmatic, and policy strategies as outlined in the WELL v2 Standard, we can positively influence not only the lives of employees in the workplace but also the greater community as well.

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November 17, 2020

Increasing Project Efficiencies and Real-Time Collaboration with Autodesk BIM 360 Design

DBR began using BIM 360 Teams in 2016 and since then, the firm has transitioned to BIM 360 Design allowing us to not only have one source of truth for our documents but also allowing us to collaborate live and in real-time with other consultants. BIM 360 Design removes our dependency on local servers and the stress of replicating documents from one server to the other with minimal or no IT assistance.

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November 10, 2020

Q&A With Director of Quality Control, Justin Vollmer

Justin Vollmer serves as the Director of Quality Control for DBR. A graduate of Baylor University, he holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 10 years of experience in the A/E/C industry.

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October 21, 2020

Project Spotlight: Medina Community Library Meeting Hall

DBR is pleased to be working with Lake | Flato Architects on a new 4,000 square-foot all-purpose community gathering/meeting space addition to the Medina Community Library.

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October 14, 2020

Q&A With Project Manager, Jackie Chang

Jackie’s experience includes architectural engineering and project management for a variety of projects including new construction, additions, renovations, and system upgrades. Jackie’s technical knowledge and ability to meet project requirements in a timely manner ensure better results for our clients.

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October 12, 2020

Designing for Health: Materials – The WELL v2 Standard

Whether you’re looking at a small home or a large commercial project, the materials, and products selected for the construction and operation of that building play a significant role in the health impacts on the building occupants. Logically, this makes sense – Any toxic chemicals you bring into your building will then become part of the indoor environment, resulting in a diminished quality of air and water, which can then result in negative impacts on your health.

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September 24, 2020

Collaborative Quality Control Through Bluebeam Studio

MEPFT building systems design requires a substantial collaborative effort. Proactive communication is essential in meeting the demands of a constantly developing building design. As one of our primary core values, we at DBR pride ourselves on delivering high-quality designs, and an effective quality control procedure is instrumental in meeting that objective.

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September 21, 2020

Project Spotlight: The Westmore Condominiums

DBR is pleased to be working with Mirador Group on a new development by Pelican Builders located in Houston, Texas. The Westmore Condominiums are a 7-story, 33-unit luxury condominium located at 2323 W. Main St. in the heart of Upper Kirby.

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September 14, 2020

Q&A With Partner, Kevin Pfeiffer

Kevin Pfeiffer, PE, LEED AP serves as a Partner in the Houston office of DBR and joined the firm in 2000 immediately after his graduation from Kansas State University. A man who refuses to let his clients down, once Kevin starts working for a client, they never ask for anybody else. His Midwest work-ethic earns his team and the firm respect.

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