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BRS Office Retreat 2015: Dallas

BRS Office Retreat 2015: Dallas

This year for our annual office retreat we decided to visit our fellow Texan coworkers in our brand new Texas office in Grapevine! Per usual, we go on retreats during hurricane season—so this year, we wanted to thank Hurricane Patricia for the abundance of rain. Some of us had raincoats and umbrellas and looked fantastic most of the time. The other majority was underprepared and looked (and smelled) like wet dogs.

Fresh off the plane, BRS rushed over to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. The museum— designed by Morphosis Architects—wowed all of us with its intricate exterior façade and dynamic interior. Exploring all that the Perot had to offer, we walked amongst dinosaurs, flew like birds, battled robots and discovered amazing gems and minerals.

When evening struck, we headed over to Klyde Warren Park in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Local food trucks were immediately swarmed by BRSers, beers were in hand and the fun began.

Early the next morning, we headed to Grapevine and Southlake to participate in site visits for two of our projects, The REC of Grapevine and The MARQ at Southlake. It was refreshing to see all of our hard work come to fruition as well as being enjoyed by their respective communities. The REC was completed in April of 2015 and The MARQ at Southlake (Phase 1) will be finished in December of 2015.

Later in the evening, we had a very special event with the firm’s founding partners: Don Barker, Ron Rinker, and Russ Seacat. Retired partners Roz Barhaugh and Duane Crawmer also joined us. As you may already know, we celebrated our 40th anniversary this summer. We wanted to honor our founders and reconnect them with the ever-evolving BRS team, which has grown to include 50 passionate go-getters who believe in communities living better. A formal dinner was followed by an inspiring speaking session of the firms’ history, as well as a lively Q+A session. Craig as the moderator kept the conversation rolling and asked those compelling questions that really brought out the most entertaining anecdotes and stories.

The last day of our retreat was filled with tours and museums galore! We started off with The Modern (Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth), moved onto the Kimbell Art Museum and then stampeded around the Dallas-Fort Worth area like a bunch of crazy loons—or longhorns if that’s more preferable.



Our last supper consisted of delicious Texas ribeye, Old Fashioned’s and the inevitable award ceremony.

A special thanks to the partners for giving us the rare opportunity to explore together as a firm a metropolitan area unfamiliar to many of us. A special shout out to Debra and the Cultural Committee for making everything happen. Until next year!

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 11:49am

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