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  • It’s the People Who Make the Place / Emily Mendez

    Emily Mendez is the Director of Sustainability for GFF, where she leads our internal committee comprised of sustainability representatives across all market sectors. Emily is a graduate of Texas Tech University, with experience in institutional, faith-based, corporate, and residential design. She is a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Texas, a LEED AP, and…
  • Adaptive Reuse in an Environmentally Conscious Work Environment

    Most people in the real estate industry have heard about Adaptive Reuse and it is important to remember the potential value it can bring to the table, particularly for the workplace. Unlike their counterparts on the east and west coasts, developers in Texas are typically not challenged to find available land for ground-up construction. However,…
  • Can We Go Beyond Sustainability?

    “So deep is the environmental crisis; so urgent is the demand for change, that architecture must become not only a profession … but a form of public service.” First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, addressing the 1968 AIA convention. The words above still ring true and speak to the impact our design decisions have on…
  • Reducing Annual Operating Costs Through Good Design

    Lucas Christian Academy Capital projects on school campuses face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible with limited resources, but construction dollars represent only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life cycle of a new school building. While cost of construction is certainly an important consideration, long-term building owners and…
  • Carefree, Car-free

    written by Jillian Brooks While the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area ranks as one of the most congested urban areas in the country, employees at GFF are finding ways to get out of their cars and back into the City.  GFFers have multiple ways of getting around, from the historic McKinney Avenue Trolley to the newly…

  • GFF’s Laura Eder to Serve on the USGBC North Texas Regional Council

    In January, GFF’s Director of Sustainability, Laura Eder, AIA, LEED AP, GGP was elected to serve a 3-year term for the USGBC North Texas Regional Council. Last year, the Texas Chapter combined its four existing chapters, creating one statewide entity of 5 Regions: Central, North, South, Texas Gulf Coast, and West. The USGBC Texas Chapter’s…

  • Resilient Design

    With the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities program, there is a newly acquired focus on Resilient Design.  While Resilient Design is intuitively understood, there needs to be a clarification in the definition to truly understand the parameters of Resilient Design. According to the Resilient Design Institute, “Resilient Design is not any single concept or perspective.  Resiliency…

  • John Bunker Sands Wetland Center Wins 2014 AIA Dallas Honor Award

    The John Bunker Sands Wetland Center serves as the hub of environmental and social interest for the 3,100 acres of man-made wetland habitat on the Rosewood Seagoville Ranch property. The Center provides opportunities for research, education, wildlife observation and community gathering. The 5,400 SF facility fulfills many roles including a staging and exhibit hall for…

  • Earth Day 2014

    D MAGAZINE EARTH DAY PUBLICATION – 2011 Now in its 4th year, Earth Day Texas (formerly, Earth Day Dallas) is an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness. The family-friendly and free-admission event allows Texans the chance to see how green lifestyle choices can lower their cost of living, improve their health, and help…

  • The Perot Museum of Nature and Science Receives AIA Award

    It was recently announced that The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the recipient of the 2014 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Award.  The project received a citation for Stellar Architecture Using BIM Delivery Process Innovation and also received recognition for Jury’s Choice. For more information, visit the AIA Website. The building was designed…
  • Water is a Precious Resource

    John DeFillipo, Director of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, made a very compelling presentation to the GDPC Board this morning on the wetlands contributions to our area’s drinking water supply.  John brought the presentation home with wildlife photos from the center including bobcats and bald eagles.  Great job on the presentation John, and we…