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Kimball High School Students Tour D2 Office

On September 28, a group of 25 students from Justin F. Kimball High School toured D2’s office and heard from D2’s president, David Dillard and several other architects about careers in architecture, and the architectural design process. Students in the Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) program walked through the office and then had the opportunity […]

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Where’s my hat?

In conjunction with our new branding campaign, D2 has launched a contest for employees and any one with a new D2 baseball cap. The goal is simple: to see how far geographically and (maybe) metaphorically we can take our new look. The rules are easy: snap a picture of your D2 cap on location during your summer […]

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Three D2 Projects Pass TDADS Initial Life Safety Inspections in October

Élan Westpointe, The Tradition Lovers Lane Assisted Living and Memory Care, and The Tradition on Arapaho Assisted Living and Memory Care have passed the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (TDADS) Initial Life Safety inspections and will be moving in the first residents. “We have been honored to work with these teams to achieve […]

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Not Your Ordinary Fire Drill

On Monday, our architects had a surprise fire drill. No big deal, right? Periodic rehearsal leads to safe evacuations. What about in senior living communities where residents have varying degrees of difficulty with activities of daily living? What does a fire drill look like at an assisted living facility?  What difference does it make? Our […]

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Summary

From the Desk of the President: In matters of firm management, D2 stands more or less on the constitution of Jim Cramer’s How Firms Succeed – an industry staple since 2004.  Jim is a friend and has successfully drilled into my mind, by oration as well as written word, that the best architectural firms in the […]

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Under the Hood

Friends who might be looking for us… we will be UNDER THE HOOD.  That is, D2 is dedicating 2014 to making our machine run better.  It ain’t broke, but since it ain’t broke, we thought we’d break it, and build something larger and stronger.  The precipitating factor for this experiment is the unprecedented luxury of […]

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Repositioning

analytical expository essay At D2 we know the design process is never done. Just when the drawings for a particular building are complete something needs to be moved, and just when a building is complete something needs to be where to get a loan fast remodeled. That is why we go through what we call “repositioning” workshops with our senior living […]

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Bringing Design to Life

Recently, a client of ours, Muscogee Manor, was having a difficult time visualizing the drawings for a completely renovated senior living center and needed reassurance that the new design met their needs. Rather than the usual “just trust us” approach used by many firms, D2 immediately jumped into action to bring the project to life […]

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Reflections on the 2013 Environments for Aging Conference

  by Kathryn Helm, AIA, LEED AP The 2013 Environments for Aging conference in New Orleans began with tours of nearby senior living facilities.  I joined the tour to Lambeth House, located between Tulane University and the Mississippi River.  Lambeth House is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) which provides independent living, assisted living, and nursing […]

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The Sleepover Project®

By David Dillard, AIA, Principal at D2 Architecture In the portfolio of ‘How to Keep Underemployed Architects Busy’ – an imaginary manual to which we have all frequently referred to the past few years – is a well-worn page with the heading ‘Professional Development,’ a few pages back from that, ‘Research.’  It was, to these […]

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