July 17, 2014

Studio RED Architects Announces River Pointe Church Student Building Grand Opening

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Studio RED Architects has added a new project to its worship facility portfolio, the new student building for River Pointe Church. The church moved into the new facility for student worship activities after a grand opening on Easter Weekend this past April.

Here’s a flashback look on the project:

ClientRiver Pointe Church in Richmond, Texas

Project Goal: To design a new building, representative of the existing campus design, to accommodate student worship activities.

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Building Specs: 17,000 square foot facility with a dedicated worship space for middle and high school age students, as well as a flexible ministry area for recreation and relational interaction. The building also includes supporting administrative spaces and office areas for staff.

Studio RED Architects project designer and Partner-in-Charge, Trung Doan, collaborated with church leaders to create a space that facilitates a modern approach to student outreach. The design for the new building was only one piece of the development of River Pointe Church’s master plan, which was also completed by Studio RED.

“Their desire is to create a campus with numerous passive outdoor activities that will be used by the community,” said Trung Doan of the Master Plan design. “The new Student Building will become the focal point of the campus. It was important to the church to have a building that the young people would embrace as their own, which influenced the scale andHouston Church Architect | Studio RED design of the project.”

Studio RED held several collaborative meetings with church leaders during the design process in order to create a progressive and visionary building to serve the student ministry. The concept is unique when compared to traditional student worship facilities, which are often created to serve students’ educational needs. The River Pointe Student Building was designed to give a feeing of a welcoming environment where students can feel comfortable coming to church and interacting with other members.

“We want kids to be in a fun and safe place where they can process their doubts and find answers to life’s questions,” said Bayne Hulbert, River Pointe Church’s High School Pastor.

Used for worship, recreation, and interpersonal relationship building, the new student facility is one of the largest programmed spaces on the church’s campus, second only to the main worship center. Students enter the building through an open, flexible space that serves as relational and recreational space, as well as a pre-function gathering area for the worship rooms. This lobby space encourages students to congregate and socialize with their peers in a comfortable setting while building their faith, a key component of the church’s outreach to young adults. Studio RED has also helped the church develop exterior areas which offer diverse environments for relational and recreational opportunities.

The Student Building is a milestone in the three year collaborative design relationship that Studio RED has enjoyed with River Pointe Church. The completion of the project was met with rave reviews from church leadership, members, and students.

Worship Facility Architect | Studio RED Architects

About Studio RED

Trung Doan is a Studio RED founding partner with over 20 years of experience and a unique passion for designing complex projects with a particular emphasis on master planning, worship facilities, and assembly projects. He is consistently recognized for his achievements in design.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Alley Theatre, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

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June 10, 2014

It’s the People: Micah Simecek

From Red Raider to Studio RED Principal, Micah Simecek has established himself as a leader in the Houston architecture scene.

Originally from a south Houston suburb, Micah received his BS in Architecture, MA and MBA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. After receiving his degrees and spending a few years working as a part-time draftsperson through school, Micah and his wife, Meghan, returned to Houston to build a family and a career with the Studio RED family. While he has stayed in the great state of Texas for his education and career, Micah has over 1 million square feet of commercial and residential architecture projects under his belt; That’s a lot of drafting!

Years at Studio RED: Two

First Project: A 30,000 gsf educational building for Texas Tech University. As a graduate student, Micah was responsible for the interior drafting and construction administration. While it was a bit daunting at the time, he credits his experience in this project during his years in school as a driving force behind his success as a project manager and principal at Studio RED.

Big State, Small World: While Micah was going to school and working full time, he also spent time as a teaching assistant for an architectural history class at Texas Tech. Little did he know, Cal, another member of the Studio RED team, was a student in that very class!

Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Architects (AIA), Texas Society of Architects (TSA), Texas Association of Interior Designers (TAID), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP

A Man of Many Talents: Outside of work, Micah enjoys being a member of the Friendswood United Methodist Church Chancel Choir as both a fun pastime and a fun way to relieve stress!

A Day in the Life: As a principal at Studio RED, Micah’s day typically involves a survey of the past days’ events and the plans for the upcoming days. Working off of a constantly dynamic “to-do list”, Micah can be seen running in and out of the office for project meetings with clients, oversee progress at construction sites, and following up with his team about the current tasks for each project. Pepper in a flurry of emails, phone calls, desk crits, and banter, and you’ve got the recipe for the day!

Family Man: Micah, Meghan, and their three-year-old daughter, Macie, enjoy spending time together at home in Pearland and traveling to explore new cities. A favorite of theirs thus far has been Chicago. Why? The beautiful architecture, of course!

Painting the Town RED: When asked what sets Studio RED apart from other Houston architecture firms, Micah can’t say enough about how much fun everyone has together. “Everyone in the office is encouraged to pursue his or her own interests and passions, so coming to work everyday is thought of as less of a job,” says Micah. “It’s personally engaging and rewarding, and I’m looking forward to many more years with Studio RED.”

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February 24, 2014

Project Spotlight: Boyert Shooting Center

Studio RED Architects designs high-end urban shooting range in Houston

Construction has started for Studio RED’s latest project in the Uptown Park neighborhood of Houston. Partnered with Acumen Design, Studio RED has designed a 13,000 gsf retail, training, and education facilityCommercial Architect Houston | Studio RED for Boyert Shooting Center located at 9099 Westheimer Road.

The first indoor shooting range built in the City of Houston in the last two years, the location from Aegis Concepts of Houston is the first installment of hopefully several concept stores. A high-end shooting range, the location is designed to attract clients interested in a comprehensive training and recreational environment geared to enhancing their skills in a comfortable, engaging environment.  In addition to an 8 lane live fire range for hand guns and rifles, the facility will offer a virtual reality experience in a consumer setting-a first for the industry.

Boyert Shooting Range | Studio REDStudio RED project manager Micah Simecek says hat “Customers will have access to live simulators for education, training, and recreation, with non-fire setups that allow users to train without ammunition as well as a live fire experience where users can use their own equipment,” said Studio RED Project Manager Micah Simecek. “The one of a kind experience has created a great deal of energy and attention through social media in the local market.”

The highly anticipated opening is scheduled for late Spring 2014. In the meantime, you can follow Boyert Shooting Center on Facebook.


About Studio RED

Micah Simecek is a Project Manager at Studio RED with nearly 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects.  His practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients. Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence

in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

February 12, 2014

Project Spotlight: Faithbridge United Methodist Church Kid’s Ministry Building

After working with the church on previous campus expansion projects, Studio RED Architects is please to be working with Faithbridge United Methodist Church again on the design of a new children’s worship space. As an replacement Worship Facility Architect Houston | Studio REDfor the church’s current, temporary accommodations, the new Faithbridge Kid’s Ministry Building includes the classrooms, second-service areas, play spaces, and resource libraries.

Working with the church on the master plan for the campus’ growth goals in coming years has afforded Studio RED with a unique understanding of Faithbridge’s needs with regard to functional space and design aesthetic. ”In this project, we’ve enjoyed working with the Faithbridge community to expand the church campus and create a fun space for children of all ages to enjoy.” said Studio RED Partner and Project Lead Jared Wood. The design team from Studio RED incorporated existing architectural elements with brightly colored glass windows to offer a new space for infants, pre-schoolers, and elementary-aged children to enjoy the church community. Houston Church Design | Studio RED

Studio RED was in attendance at the recent groundbreaking of the Faithbridge Kid’s Ministry Building, which is expected to be completed later this year.

About Studio RED Architects

Jared Wood has led many successful projects throughout his architectural career. He has gained experience in many large and high-profile projects such as Lakewood Church, Moody Gardens, the renovation of the Alley Theatre and Jersey Village Baptist Church. With his passion, dedication and talent for design, Jared has moved from Associate to Principal and now, Partner of Studio RED Architects.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design excellence in entertainment, commercial, and worship facilities. Project examples include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, renovation projects such as Brennan’s Restaurant and John C. McGovern campus (formerly Nabisco Bakery), sustainable projects such as City of Houston Permitting Center (tracking LEED Gold) and Amazing Place (LEED Silver), and educational projects like University of Houston Clear Lake – Pearland Campus.

December 3, 2013

Project Spotlight: St. John Neumann Catholic Church Dedication Service

Studio RED Architects celebrated the dedication of the new worship space at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Houston on November 30, 2013 after diligently working with parish leadership for nearly three years.  Studio RED Architects | Church Architecture | HoustonDaniel Cardinal DiNardo presided over the ceremony as principal Celebrant, blessing the facility and altar to be used for many years to come.  The Studio RED team along with Arch-Con Construction were joined by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as they greeted excited parishioners at the conclusion of mass.

Pursuant to a strategic plan developed by the firm to accommodate parish growth and ministry needs, Studio RED expanded the existing worship building to accommodate nearly 1,100 seats as well as a new Narthex, new Day Chapel, new restrooms and other ministry spaces.  The project team worked closely with parish pastor Monsignor Seth Hermoso to survey parishioners and identified their priorities for meeting ministry needs.  These priorities were guiding principles for the development of a master plan and program for the renovation to the worship space.  Studio RED also integrated upgrades to liturgical provisions such as the working sacristy and full emersion baptistry to be in keeping with other parishes within the Diocese.

About Studio RED

Micah Simecek is a Project Manager at Studio RED with nearly 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects.  His practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients.Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architects

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

November 15, 2013

Project Spotlight: Mims Baptist Church

Construction has been completed for an addition for Conroe-area Mims Baptist Church after Studio RED Architects created a comprehensive campus design early last year. Serving as a complement to Studio RED Architectsthe congregation’s main worship space built over 15 years ago, the new facility includes adult educational classrooms, a children’s preschool, and a banquet hall.

The design team from Studio RED Architects, led by Project Manager Micah Simecek, collaborated with Pastor Gene Kendrick and the church planning committee to create a design that maximizes the size and function of the new building while fitting within the church’s existing budget for the project. ”After working closely with the church planning committee, we were able to present them with a range of available options based on scope and budget,” said Simecek. “From there, we devised a construction strategy that accomplished the most pressing needs immediately while maintaining the flexibility to review and adjust follow-up plans.”

With construction of the new addition complete, Studio RED and Mims Baptist Church have now begun design for a renovation of the existing fellowship building. Studio RED’s expertise in worship facility design has allowed them to create a plan for the campus to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation while incorporating the current aesthetic.

About Studio RED

Micah Simecek is a Project Manager at Studio RED with nearly 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation projects.  His practical approach to challenges on medium and large-scale projects yields valuable solutions for institutional, corporate and higher education clients.Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence

Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architectsin entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

November 6, 2013

Project Spotlight: River Pointe Church Student Center “Paint the Walls” Party

Construction of a brand new student worship facility for River Pointe Church is nearly complete after Studio RED Architects completed a design for the campus earlier this year. Over the weekend, the church held a “Paint the Walls” social event that drew over a hundred middle school students to the Worship Facility Design | Studio RED Architects new building. During the event, the congregation’s students were encouraged to express their artistic talents and “leave their mark” on the walls of the new facility.

The construction of the student building is the first phase of the church’s planned master campus designed by Studio RED, and features a progressive scheme that breaks away from typical traditional worship facilities. It will be the largest programmed space, second only to the church’s sanctuary, and will serve as an inviting space for interpersonal recreation and relationship building. With River Pointe Church’s unique culture in mind, lead designer Trung Doan and the team from Studio RED were able to collaborate with the church to create a distinct design for the building. The building will be completed in early January 2014 and is set to be a visionary piece for young people to embrace as their own.

Take a look at a 360 degree view and photo album from Sunday’s event!

Studio RED Architects Design Houston Area Church

About Studio RED

Trung Doan is a Studio RED founding partner with over 20 years of experience and a unique passion for designing complex projects with a particular emphasis on master planning, worship facilities, and assembly projects. He is consistently recognized for his achievements in design.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architectsin entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

October 16, 2013

Project Spotlight: Fort Bend Community Church

Design and construction for the newest addition to the Ft. Bend Community Church campus has been completed. Commissioned in 2008 to create a master plan for church growth, Studio RED Architects have been working closely with Pastor Brian Lam and the church’s Building Committee to design a new multi- Worship Facility Design | Studio RED Architects purpose educational building.

While creating a design that complements the campus’ existing architectural and aesthetic elements, the Studio RED team, led by partner Trung Doan, also worked to accommodate the church’s continuously growing membership and current operating budget. To minimize initial construction costs and maximize the longevity of the property, natural materials were incorporated into the traditional tilt-wall construction method. The end result is a beautiful building that meets all of the church’s current and foreseeable space needs.

Church Architecture and Design | Studio RED ArchitectsConnected by a central atrium, the two-story building houses classroom space for both children and adult educational and worship activities. A large central desk and a series of doors serve to separate these smaller, multi-purpose rooms from the large common area, which uses natural light and an open-air design to welcome church members into the building.

Since Doan has worked closely with the church to develop a master plan for the campus over the past few years, he understands their unique needs. ”During the design process, open communication with the client is key,” said Trung Doan. “This, in conjunction with our expertise in worship campuses, allows us to really understand each church community’s specific requirements and create a customized design reflective of the personality of the church.” Driven by this collaborative relationship with the client, Studio RED Architects developed a timeless design that will serve the church and it’s members for many years to come.

About Studio RED

Trung Doan is a Studio RED founding partner with over 20 years of experience and a unique passion for designing complex projects with a particular emphasis on master planning, worship facilities, and assembly projects. He is consistently recognized for his achievements in design.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence Worship Facility Planning and Design Guide | Studio RED Architectsin entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

September 20, 2013

Project Spotlight: Echo Valley Ranch Residential Design

This summer saw the completion of Studio RED Architects’ residential project at Echo Valley Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The new home incorporates the beautiful landscape and celebrates a rustic design aesthetic by minimizing the separation between indoor and outdoor space.

Studio RED Architects | Residential Design

Having worked the the clients on previous architectural projects, Studio RED principal Bill Neuhaus successfully incorporated their personal style and functional requirements into a design that exceeded all original expectations. According to Neuhaus, the project’s success is due, in part, to the open communication and collaborative nature of the relationship between himself and the homeowners. “Throughout the design process, the clients shared all of their dreams, ambitions, and goals with me,” said Neuhaus. “No idea was considered too crazy or too odd, and while many were ultimately rejected, those that remained truly stood the test of form, function, and ecology.”

A beautiful representation of a traditional Texas ranch house, the new home features natural building materials, like limestone and barn wood, as well as self-sufficient elements such as water and ventilation systems. These include a 14,000 gallon water harvesting tank that is housed under the screen porch, which provides enough water to Houston Residential Architecture | Studio RED Architectssupport full-time habitation, and an optimized ventilation system that minimizes the need for a conventional air-conditioning system.

Unbound by convention or current style, Neuhaus worked with the clients to create a personalized design that celebrates the spirit and style of the region.

About Studio RED

William O. Neuhaus III, FAIA joined Studio RED Architects as a principal after a 35-year career as Founder and President of W.O. Neuhaus Architects (WONA). His extensive experience and strong dedication to the City of Houston is shown through civic projects of historical renovation and urban design, many of which have gained local and national recognition. Some of Bill’s projects include the Houston Permitting Center (Certified LEED Gold)Amazing Place (Certified LEED Silver), conversion of the Jefferson Davis Hospital into the Elder Street Artist Lofts, and the renovation of the 1948 Nabisco Bakery into the John P. McGovern Campus, which houses medical center offices.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

September 13, 2013

Project Spotlight: Commercial Office Building in Houston, Texas

New business space features high ceilings and glazing to maximize natural light exposure

Construction has been completed for one of Studio RED Architects’ recent commercial design projects, an office building in Houston, Texas. Commissioned by an owner who wishes to remain anonymous, Studio RED created a completely customized space for single-business use.

Commercial Space Design | Studio RED Architects

After working with the client on two residential projects, Studio RED was selected to design a unique office space that balanced an open-air design aesthetic with the functionality that the business required. While privacy and openness could be considered a trade-off in the design of a commercial office building, the design from Studio RED successfully balances both elements by incorporating high ceilings and a large amount of natural lighting into each of the individual office areas. Attached to a large open atrium, each of the smaller rooms feature multiple windows that are arranged to optimize natural cross ventilation and views of the outdoor area.

Aiming to create a space that minimized the separation between indoor and outdoor areas, the team from Studio RED, led Commercial Office Design | Studio RED Architectsby partner and lead designer Trung Doan, was able to create a design that met all of the clients functional and stylistic needs. “The main goal of the design was to create a space that felt almost as if it was not surrounded by a larger building, but instead by the outdoors,” said Trung Doan. “The high ceilings and large windows allow the client and his employees to enjoy the breeze and the views as if they were sitting and working outside.” After meeting with the client to understand his needs for the business space as well as his desire for an emphasis on bringing the outdoors in, Studio RED was able to create a tailored design that exceeded the clients expectations.

About Studio RED

Lead designer Trung Doan is a Studio RED founding partner with over 20 years of experience and a unique passion for designing complex projects with a particular emphasis on assembly and entertainment facilities. He is consistently recognized for his achievements in design.

Studio RED Architects is a Houston-based architectural firm with a reputation for design and excellence in entertainment, commercial and worship facilities. Notable projects include worship centers such as Lakewood Church, performing arts centers such as the Texas Southmost College Music Education Building, and renovation projects such as the LEED award-winning City of Houston Permitting Center.

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