EVstudio is Awarded New Italian Restaurant Project in Copperas Cove, Texas

August 4, 2009

The Copperas Cove office of EVstudio has recently been hired to provide A/E and land planning services for “Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant”.  “Giovanni’s” is a local restaurant with locations in Copperas Cove, Killeen, and Lampasas, Texas.  The Copperas Cove location will be relocating to the new building and will be the cornerstone of the three current locations.

The new restaurant will have a classical Italian theme and atmosphere.  There will be several distinctly different areas within the building representing various regions of Italy.  There are also several exterior spaces dedicated to gardens and landscaped areas that will visually accessible from inside the facility.  The restaurant is planned to seat around 200 guests and includes both indoor ad outdoor spaces along with a full bar and wood fired pizza oven.  We are anticipating the final configuration to have a building footprint of between 6500-6800 square feet and occupy about 1 and ½ acre of highway frontage real estate.

EVstudio is working directly with the developer on this project to insure the needs of the restaurant are appropriately addressed and successfully incorporated into the overall planning of the Planned Development District in which it will be a part of.  There has already been close coordination between the developer’s civil engineer, the city engineer, and the planners at EVstudio in regards to these considerations.

EVstudio will be encouraging the owners of this project to incorporate as many “green” concepts as possible into the building and surrounding site.  Thus far, we have been able to include several sustainable site concepts and day lighting strategies into the initial planning.  We have also identified numerous other “green” concepts that we would like to study and look for opportunity to implement.

We will continue to update the progress of this project throughout the design and construction process.

EVstudio Added to the City of Temple’s Pre-Approved Architects List Based on Qualifications

July 28, 2009

The Copperas Cove, Texas office of EVstudio has recently received notification from the City of Temple, Texas that we have been added to their pre-approved list for architectural services.

The letter we received was from the Director of Purchasing  for the City of Temple and indicated that after a review of our firm’s qualifications, we have been placed on the City of Temple’s pre-approved list for architectural services.  By qualifying for placement on this “short list”, EVstudio will now be able to eliminate the need for routine RFP’s and RFQ’s for projects with the City of Temple over the next two years.  As departments within the City need architectural services they may now contact our firm directly for services related to those projects.

An Interview With Gene Dane, AIA, Principal for EVstudio Texas

July 23, 2009

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Gene, what position do you hold at EVstudio?

I am currently one of the three Principals of EVstudio.  I manage our Texas office, am responsible for business development in the Texas and Southwest markets, and am the bartender at our EVstudio Christmas party.

As an architect, I am tasked with all the responsibilities that go along with that title the same as would be expected in most any other office.  As a business owner, I am tasked with everything the architect doesn’t do!  I enjoy the demands and challenges that running a business offers and could not imagine operating in any other capacity.

I also consider myself a mentor, teacher, partner, leader, and friend.  Although those aren’t official titles, I place a great deal of emphasis on their importance in the growth and health of our business.

How did you end up in Texas?

I didn’t really end up in Texas.  I grew up in Texas.  I met my wife in Texas.  Most of our immediate family is in Texas.  I like to think of it as getting back to Texas.  After spending over 10 years in Colorado, there is no way I would be in Texas right now if I did not have such strong roots here to begin with.  Except for the 7 months of mind melting heat, it really isn’t that bad here.

How did you become an architect?

The hard way!  I’m serious.  When you hear someone refer to the path least traveled they are actually referring to my journey towards becoming an architect.

I started out by earning an Associates Degree in Drafting and Design from Central Texas College.  I worked as a draftsman in an architect’s office in Houston and soon fell in love with architecture.  I quickly worked my way up to CAD Manager and shortly thereafter I became a Project Manager.  By then I accepted the fact that I had missed my opportunity to attend a university that offered an architectural program and pursue becoming an architect.

After becoming less and less enchanted with Houston, my wife and I were ready for a change of scenery.  Where is there better scenery than in Colorado?  I accepted a position as Project Manager for a small architectural firm in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Because it was a small firm, I learned more than I ever imagined I could.  I spent a great deal of time in the field as well as in the office.  Most importantly, I learned what being an architect was really all about.

While working in this small office I discovered that Colorado was one of the last remaining states in the country that would recognize education other than a degree in architecture when applying for licensure through examination.  I enrolled in the Internship Development Program through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and started what turned out to be a 7 year internship.  I eventually qualified to take the 9 registration exams that all architects in the US and Canada must take to become licensed.  I passed all 9 exams and received my license to practice architecture in Colorado.  The Texas Board of Architectural Examiners was kind enough to recognize all my efforts and granted me a license to practice in Texas.

I would not recommend, no, I would highly discourage, this path towards becoming an architect to anyone that asks…but it worked for me.  I value the experience I gained along the way and believe that those experiences give me a different perspective towards architecture.

What do you enjoy most about being an architect?

The hours.  Architects typically only work a few hours a day.  It’s a great gig if you can get it. 😉

The right answer probably has something to do with creativity and the phenomena of watching one of your ideas become a reality.

My answer, though, is “EVERYTHING”.  I still smile sometimes when I realize I am one of the few people that are fortunate enough to be doing what they love to do.  I thrive on the long hours and the challenges.  I enjoy working with our clients and interacting with our staff.  I also appreciate the sense of accomplishment I get at the end of a project when I reflect on what it took to get there.  I can’t imagine doing anything else.  Actually, I don’t know how to do anything else.

Could you tell us about your family?

My wife, Kelley, and I have been married 18 years, or almost 19, as I often say.  Our daughter, Kelsey, is 10 and our son, Ryan, is 2 (and a half).  We just recently lost our Golden Retriever, Harley, after almost 14 years.

I have been blessed with a wife that understands me and supports me.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if I did not have her with me.  She wouldn’t be where she is today if she wasn’t with me…and she reminds me of that more often than I think is really necessary, but I like to think she means that in a good way.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Anyone that knows me already knows the answer to that question.  I am sure that most of us have seen the bumper sticker that says,” Don’t take yourself too seriously…no one else does”.  I believe in that as much as Luke believes in The Force.  I have learned the hard way (are you seeing a pattern here) that most of the stress that we have in our lives is self induced and unnecessary.  I believe that a person can be professional, successful, and a valued asset to their industry without being a “stuffed shirt”.  Work hard, stay true to your principles, trust in God and Family, and the rest tends to take care of itself.

EVstudio to Speak at National Association of Realtors “Core Green Class”

June 17, 2009

We are proud to announce that Gene Dane with EVstudio Texas has been invited by the Ft. Hood Association of Realtors and the Central Texas Association of Realtors to be a guest speaker at the National Association of Realtors Core Green Class.  The class is designed to educate realtors in the principals and practices in green building with an emphasis on marketing strategies that support the green building movement.  Gene’s presentation will include a brief history of “Going Green” and the common components of the leading recognized green building programs, the significance of “Buying and Selling Green”, and some common “Myths and Misconceptions” of green building.

Recommendations and Testimonials for Gene Dane and Our EVstudio Office in Copperas Cove, Texas

June 9, 2009

“I have been working with Gene for over 10 years now.  He has designed dozens of unique custom homes for me and my clients.  Gene’s innovative ideas, award winning designs, and engaging personality have been a large part of the success of my company and the satisfaction of my clients.  I highly recommend him and his staff.”
Dustin Dewald
Dustin Dewald Custom Homes

“Our firm has completed a number of projects with Gene Dane over the last several years ranging from small additions to complete $8 million commercial developments.  In that time, we have enjoyed the professionalism, attention to detail, and the logical, conservative approach he brings to the architectural discipline.  We continue to refer our clients to Gene and look forward to working with his firm for many years to come”.
Samuel W. Best, President
Best Construction Services, Inc.

“I highly recommend Gene Dane and EVstudio. They are our number one pick for an architectural firm in Central Texas.  When unparalleled attention to detail, professionalism, creativity and experienced architectural management is what we need, we always choose EVstudio.”
Allen P. Sandor – President
Sandor Construction, LLC.

“We only had an idea of what we wanted for our church’s construction project.  Gene came in and made it a reality.  The design was better then I could have dreamed.  After the presentation Gene made at the church, the congregation was very excited and can’t wait to begin construction.”
Brandon Rex Sanders
North Pointe Church

“Gene Dane was so easy to work with and understood exactly what we wanted.  Our home exceeded our expectations; it’s so functional and beautiful.  Everyone that walks through our home is in awe.”
Bill & Becky Burgess

“My wife and I met Gene in 2004 looking for architectural assistance as we were venturing out on our own as homebuilders.  Gene came highly recommended and was more than happy to assist us in our endeavor.  He understood our business’ fledgling position and provided us with truly workable solutions that met our budgets as well as our desire for something other than the ordinary.

Gene and his outstanding staff provide more than just a plan.  They work to incorporate clients’ desires all within an envelope designed for comfortable living.  They are able to incorporate just about anything you can think of in to your plan.  I recommend his services to all!  After all, we don’t only use his services for our business; he designed our personal home as well!”
Anette and Rick Michael
Triple M Homes, Ltd.

“The firm of EVstudio is head and shoulders above other architects with whom we have worked. During the conceptual design phase and throughout the project, they are highly creative, forward thinking, flexible, and practical while maintaining the highest level of attention to aesthetic details. The firm is progressive in their design perspective, with a high degree of attention to environmental considerations. The firm is highly responsive to client needs and changing project requirements. Gene is able to quickly respond to problems as they arise and convert them in to opportunities. The firm uses technology to great advantage, for example, we are able to review design changes online and discuss them from remote locations.”
Tom Benkert, Principal
Sun’s Landing Building, Inc.

Map for EVstudio’s Texas Architectural Office in Copperas Cove

June 2, 2009

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If you’re already in Copperas Cove, our office is easy to find, just off 190 at 913 South Main Street.

If you’re not familiar with Central Texas, our office is north of Austin and west of Temple, within easy driving distance of the major Texas cities.

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Denver Tops the List of Cities Ready for a Real Estate Rebound on Today Show

May 24, 2009

On Tuesday, the Today show featured a story with their real estate expert, Barbara Corcoran. She listed five real estate markets ready to rebound.

1. Denver
2. Raleigh, NC
3. Austin
4. Seattle
5. San Francisco

The reasons included job prospects, growing population, good weather, new buyers, no overbuilding, vital downtowns, well educated population and early foreclosures.

I’m glad we have our offices in the #1 and #3 markets. This is a good time to talk to an architect and get your project ready to bid.