Mick Massey, RLA

Texas Office Open House

Texas Office Open House

The definition of a Texas Tale is a story with unbelievable elements, exaggeration, and innuendo related as if it were factual. The following Texas Tale could be called an exaggeration by some and quite factual by others, either way, the following events happened recently in Grapevine, Texas.

In 1845 the Republic of Texas joined the Unites States as the 28th state, and as a result, re-drew the lines of statehood. This action caused the young Lone Star State to withdraw from Colorado, taking the shape you recognize today. Soon after, a mysterious affliction called Colorado-itis ran rampant, afflicting Texans for decades with maladies such as a crazed zombie-like need to escape the Texas heat by migrating back to the cool Rocky Mountains, or dazed, confused, rambling speech with recognizable words like “fresh powder” and “ski bum” muttered by Texans.

Fast forward several decades and Texans continued to frequent Colorado. Beginning in 1989, they visited the state, and more specifically the Denver Metro area, to find the best of the best in recreation facility design and park planning. Today, Texas communities are branding themselves through the same quality of life amenities these tours highlighted for them. They are finding that communities set themselves apart by having great places to live and municipal buildings which reflect their individuality.

BRS Architecture officially arrived in Texas almost 10 years ago, when we completed a study for the expansion of The Woodlands Recreation Center. We continued to provide community lifestyle expertise and design services to communities in Texas with the completion of the North Richland Hills Library and the City of Richardson’s Huffhines Recreation Center and Ball Field projects. With The REC of Grapevine and Southlake Community Recreation and Senior Center under construction, along with 10 other projects on the boards, it was time for BRS Architecture to open up a permanent location in Texas. So much of our current work is focused in the DFW area, leading BRS to select the burgeoning community of Grapevine to establish Texas roots and continue to provide the best service to our clients.

As the Texas Tale would go, on April 25, 2015, history reversed itself when Colorado returned to Texas, at 129 South Main Street in Grapevine, with the official BRS Architecture Texas Open House event. Over 60 friends and colleagues celebrated this momentous occasion with BRS partners and staff. Thank you to all of you who came out to join the celebration, and we look forward to your next visit when we can continue our Texas Tale by writing new chapters with old friends, colleagues, allied partners, and new clients!


Posted by Mick Massey, RLA on July 2, 2015 at 04:24pm

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