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This year BRS headed to Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA for a camp-themed office retreat in the Rockies!Continue
Every year, we gather up our team for an all-office retreat to celebrate, strategize, and have a teambuilding adventure. This year we flew our Dallas team members in from Texas and started a caravan up into the Rockies for two days of some old-fashioned camp-style fun.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Tour
On our way to camp on Thursday, we stopped for a walk down memory lane with a tour of Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a BRS project that was completed nearly a decade ago.
To kick off Camp BRS, members of our Culture Committee greeted our team with personalized sashes (hand-sewn by the talented Christine Harwood) and instructions on how to earn merit badges at the retreat. Badges were earned for engaging in various camp activities, showing your BRS spirit, exhibiting superior “adulting” skills, or happening to get lost. Everyone was found with badges intact before we left.
Retro Camp Roller Skating
The first badges went to BRS campers who donned their favorite era’s uniform for retro roller skating night. Throwback fashion from the 1960’s to the 2000’s came out in full force as everyone realized roller skating is not just like riding a bike.
Lego Team Building Activity
Since no BRS event is complete without some form of competition, our Quality Assurance Leader, Zach Bisek, came up with a lego-building team activity to put all of our skills to the test. Teams were created with specific roles for team members so that everyone needed to plan and work together to build different types of lego structures. Watch a time-lapse of one of our teams in action here.
After some hearty competition, we took to the outdoors for some fresh air and outdoor activities. In addition to the nearly 300-foot summer tubing hill, campers tried their hands at archery, crafting, high ropes, and disc golf while some took a hike in the mountains or made a detour to check out Principal Dave Hammel’s tiny house nearby.
Following some invigorating activities, we gathered round to hear updates from leadership about the direction of the firm and talk about our plans for 2018. We continued strategizing into the night with board game competitions and skill challenges.
After a fun-filled 48 hours together, we headed home recharged and refreshed and ready to take on another year of challenges and make BRS the best we can be!
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Posted by Neil Arends on October 3, 2017 at 09:57am
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.Continue
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 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!Hide Full Post
Posted on November 6, 2015 at 11:49am
Drive 2 at TAXI is moving right along! Watch six months of construction zip by in under two and a half minutes.Continue
Construction of Drive 2, the cutting-edge office building being erected a mere stone's throw away from its predecessor, Drive, began in October 2013 and is slated to finish in June 2014. This time-lapse video shows the project's progress between the October groundbreaking and today, February 20, 2014. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture is the architect of record in partnership with design architect (and our good TAXI neighbor), Dynia Architects. We will continue to bring you more Drive 2 news in the coming months as the project nears completion. If the grand opening is half what the groundbreaking ceremony was, you won't want to miss it!
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Posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:11am
As a recently-hired Barker Rinker Seacat employee, I had heard a lot about the annual office retreat and was eagerly anticipating it. There were several stories floating around...Continue
...mostly about various competitive challenges that involved the optional (albeit highly encouraged) consumption of adult beverages. Everyone just reassured me that it would be “alotta fun!” This year the trip was to Durango, Colorado, which seemed fitting since there were a few BRS projects in the area and it was relatively close to Denver.
We arrived from the airport to our cabin and immediately chose our respective rooms. I was camping outside. Not due to some hazing process, but to enjoy the last bit of summer weather that was quickly fading away.
- Day 1: Rec Center Tour - Library Tour - Lunch - Rec Center Tour - Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast - Group Activities (horseback riding, hiking, Mesa Verde tour, etc.) - Dinner - Iron Chef Challenge - Minute to Win It!
- Day 3: Breakfast - Departure
First stop was the Durango Recreation Center, which BRS had designed roughly 10 years ago. Not much seemed out of the ordinary until we heard more specifics from the people originally involved in the project. The door hardware in the pool, the concrete staircase for the waterslide, the pool filtration system, the structure, the gym flooring, the paint—even the angle of the sun in relation to the lap pool surface—had all been thoughtfully considered.
The weather was perfect as we headed back for dinner, and from the cabin you could see a sunset that stretched for miles across the Front Range.
When dinner was over, we split into three groups and discussed our Iron Chef dishes. There seemed to be an unnervingly competitive atmosphere among the teams. We quickly moved on to a discussion about how to enrich the work environment within the firm. Gauging by my first few months as a BRS employee, I assured my colleagues that it already was quite impressive, but that didn’t seem to faze them. We spoke about design, efficiency, morale, and even joked about putting a slot machine in the break room. Then came the highly rumored "Flip Cup" competition and other variations of the drinking game often reserved for college dorm rooms, the details of which become fuzzy...
We took the following day at a leisurely pace. Horseback riding, lunch, brewery tour, and shopping were all relaxing. The evening, however, was a little more action-packed. We split up into our respective groups and the cooking challenge was underway. An hour or two later, the dishes were revealed and nearly overshadowed by Chuck’s alter ego, Charles (a.k.a. The Wig).
All of the dishes were impressive: a dry-ice-laden bowl filled with a bubbling electric blue drink concoction, a meat and cheese train atop a cornbread plateau, trail mix with a spicy kick, a melon and ice cream desert, a strong/sweet/explosive shot rimmed with pop rocks, and the winner… chocolate-covered bacon. The minute-to-win-it games a little later in the evening were pretty trying. But seriously, how can anyone stack three golf balls atop of one other with chocolate-covered bacon on the mind?
The retreat wound down late that evening. As everyone milled about the kitchen with their coffee and said their goodbyes the next morning, that’s when it dawned on me. Great work comes from great people, and if the retreat was any indication, BRS is full of the latter.
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Posted on October 22, 2012 at 09:35am
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