The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana and BHP Billiton have joined forces to develop a destination Campus dedicated to Wellness, Education, Conservation, and Athletic Competition. PDS was instrumental in making this vision and dream become a reality from its very inception. PDS worked closely with representatives and volunteers to develop ideas, concepts, designs, renderings, and budgets for the project. This effort resulted in a major donation from BHP Billiton, one of the largest corporations in the World. This made the project a tangible reality.
The project includes a Wellness Space, Exercise and Spin Studios, Meeting Rooms, Indoor 50 meter Competition Swimming Pool, Family and Warmup Pool, Juice and Coffee Bar, Dining Space, and Administrative Support Space. The existing Baseball Fields have been removed and new competition fields will be built with modern support facilities, lighting, and equipment. A Nature Conservatory and Education Center will be built on wetland and marsh lands owned by BHP Billiton. The nature park will include elevated wood walkways leading through the natural surroundings to allow children and adults to experience areas that were previously inaccessible for easy viewing. This will allow for close viewing of wildlife in their natural habitat.
Loomis selected PDS to be the architects for the new Loomis Armored US Headquarters Facility in Houston, TX. The new headquarters goal is to combine both the Loomis Interior Standards, that PDS has helped cultivate over the past few years in working with Loomis Armored across the US, with a new innovative ‘Class A’ open office environment. PDS is working closely with the CEO of Loomis and JLL Project Managers to understand their current headquarters operations and needs in order to develop their new office to be more fluid and adaptable, to not only promote creativity and collaboration, but to maximize the ability to accommodate for their undeniable growth and change. The traditional solid walls and doors lined up on the exterior glass have been supplanted by flexible open office design on the glass with glass offices pushed to the interior, to not only allow natural light in throughout the whole space, but also to allow for collaboration areas designed for connectivity throughout. Spontaneity is to be encouraged and celebrated in this new modern office environment. Their new built office environment has a direct impact on employee morale, performance, and over quality of office life.
PDS has Loomis Armored projects in the following states: California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
Willis-Knighton purchased the old Doctors Hospital on Line Avenue in Shreveport and challenged PDS to design a new state-of-the-art facility that would be the only Geriatric Behavioral Medicine Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital in the area. The facility offered great challenges having been constructed in at least five phases over 90 years. To make the process even more interesting, the site falls over 40 feet from the south end to the north end. The existing buildings were situated at many different levels to conform to the existing grades. The upgraded facility meets ADA and code requirements in spite of this challenge. The project schedule was compressed and the design work had to be delivered in a very short time frame. The end product will return an important piece of the urban fabric back to the people of Shreveport as a functioning asset for the community. It also preserves a valuable piece of Shreveport’s medical history.
When Haughton Middle School is constructed, Bossier Parish will build its first three-story middle school to accommodate the rapidly growing student population in the eastern part of the parish. With over 60 classrooms, this new school is designed for 1,500 students from the sixth through eighth grades. Haughton Middle School will be nestled on 30+ acres along Highway 3227 to the west of the Tuscany subdivision.
A large, centrally located commons/dining area will be incorporated into the academic wing. Athletic facilities will include a gym with bleacher seating for 1,000 and with the capability for additional bleacher and floor seating. Due to the large number of buses and traffic generated from parent pick-up and drop-off, parking will be designed for 40 buses and 200+ vehicles, as well as, 500 spaces for event parking.
Originally built in 1910 for the Lone Star Bottling Company, the Warrant Building now provides office space to professional service firms in downtown Houston. In 2016, PDS was commissioned to design the renovation of the building. The building had been neglected for many years. With many closed off and tight spaces, a large element to the design was creating a large atrium entryway to open up the space. This made the cramped entryway into a tall bell tower shaped entry with a glass chandelier hanging in the middle of it. A custom stair railing was also created to bring the stairway up to code as well as to serve as an elegant art piece for the entry. The design also stripped away dated finishes, exposed the natural finishes, and gave a timeless color palette to the interior. On the property, tenants enjoy a private covered patio with fountain and lounging furniture; gated access parking; and museum-style displays through-out the building. For example, in the building lobby sits an antique floor safe weighing nearly 2,000 pounds that was manufactured by the Hall Safe & Lock Co before World War I. All the safe’s various compartments are open for viewing.
The CSRA Call Center is a renovation project which transformed an out of date bank building into a state of the art call center. Diagonal walls create interest and provide high security barriers between departments of various trades. The facility shares a common core consisting of a training room, administrative wing, breakroom, and
restrooms. Two existing concrete vaults were repurposed into a conference room and private phone booths. The existing vault doors remain to commemorate the building’s history. Security deposit boxes
from the bank vaults were repurposed and now serve as media consoles and base cabinets for bar height seating in the break room. Bold pops of blue fold from floor to ceiling creating visual cutouts in at the security desk and breakroom.
Prevot Design Services (PDS) was asked to design a Student Success Center within an existing portion of LSU Shreveport’s Noel Memorial Library. The design intent was to create an open collaborative area for learning, mentoring, individual or group study, and career counseling with faculty. The glass entrance was designed to create an inviting and lively space for the students. PDS also used this opportunity to incorporate the purple and gold school colors through the carpet pattern design and the colors of the walls. The furniture helped to create an adaptable and flexible space for the user. It offers opportunities for the students to use the space to study or to lounge near the coffee bar. Most of the furniture has the capability to power phones, laptops, or tablets, which allows the students more time to work on their projects in the space. The focus on collaborative learning, career resources, and school branding were all aspects that made this project a success for the students.
This new office complex is a state of the art working environment for BHP Billiton, the fast growing Energy Corporation in this region. The building brings together all the employees that were previously scattered across this region for a new collaborative experience. The building incorporates meeting and training rooms with teleconferencing equipment linking this building to offices in the other parts of the United States and the World. The project also involves innovative “green” ideas such as solar power, and high efficiency variable refrigerant flow HVAC equipment. The interior design scope included space planning, ceiling design, finish selection and furniture specifications. The Client expressed a desire for a slightly traditional aesthetic with a powerful edge; which lead us to the winning palette of corporate blue and shades of gray, accented with dark-stained cherry wood and brushed aluminum. The ceilings in the Lobby are perforated metal with an exceptional curved design at the highest point.
Bon Temps II is a combined gas station and BBQ restaurant in Minden, Louisiana. The owner wanted to build a store that was hip and modern but paid homage to the history of the building type. PDS played off the utilitarian and rural nature of the building with a material palette of corrugated metal and wood. The exterior design features a light-toned cypress contrasted with a dark steel. The interior carries the same feeling using similar materials and colors. Traditional hand painted signage highlights the exterior as well as pointing the way to the different services inside. Upon entering, guests will see the cashier counter become part of the architecture of the building. It uses the same raw wood aesthetic, but here it includes different plank widths accented with a rust colored metal and exposed stainless steel fasteners. This central cashier station anchors the store, serving both the restaurant and the convenience store sides. Other features include exposed wood trusses, a custom built-in dining banquette, raw-finish pipe shelving, exposed electrical conduit, and plenty of industrial style lighting. More than just a convenience store, the new restaurant creates a lively, modern hub of community for patrons both in a hurry and looking to slow down to enjoy some great BBQ in style.
Prevot Design Services was selected to design a new church campus for St. Jude Catholic Church in Benton. The site is an unimproved 20-acre tract in Benton. The project is to consist of a 750-seat Sanctuary, a 40-seat daily mass Chapel, large Narthex space, choir rehearsal space, administrative office suite, commercial kitchen, family life center, maintenance area, nursery and 7 classrooms. The site will have a bell tower, 3 water features, a drop-off plaza, and 235 parking spaces. The Sanctuary was designed with a traditional cathedral east/west orientation and transepts crossing in a north/south orientation. The roof framing system utilizes Gothic arches with an octagonal main space over the crossing and altar area. The plan incorporates biblical and theological symbolism into the architecture of the space. The project is being delivered through a construction management format that has Prevot Design Services working closely with Boggs and Poole Contracting Group throughout the design and construction process. The project received the ASID South Central Gold Award.
Located in a wooded setting on a donated piece of family land, the Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library will be the newest addition to the Bossier Parish Library System. To focus on the natural beauty of the site, the design makes the most of the views and natural light of the setting while providing intimate spaces to read within the library collection. Though small in size, the library maximizes its presence by providing a space that will leave an impact on the lives of its patrons. Environmentally responsive, the building orientation, systems and materials are all thoughtfully chosen to make the best use of the resources available. The library will be open to the public upon completion in 2015.
Prevot Design Services was the prime Architect and Project Manager for this 139,000 square foot new facility with a project budget over $60 Million. The design team developed a building that responds to the demanding program of the Cyber Innovation Center. The facility is designed with elements that respond to the military’s need for Anti-terrorism, Force Protection design, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, cutting-edge telecommunications design, uninterrupted redundant electrical power to support high-density computing spaces, high demands for redundant reliable cooling, as well as, a cutting-edge image. The facility is open and has military and civilian contractor tenants. The facility is also attractive to government agencies due to its hardening. The project has been published and has received several design awards.
Located within the newly renovated Geo T. Bishop Building, is the new home for Prevot Design Services. The design aesthetic mixes modern elements, highlights regional materials like reclaimed wood, and exposes the structural elements of the historic building. Historic elements of the building were repurposed during the renovation and contribute to the distinctive nature of the space. A prominent wood window uses the proportions of the deteriorated wood accordion door it replaces and allows natural light in while maintaining the historic nature of the exterior. The old concrete car ramp to the roof has been converted into individual offices using platforms that stair
step up the ramp. The reclaimed wood stair with stainless steel cable railing connects the offices to the lower level and is open onto the staff area below. The overall design creates a dynamic work environment for the staff, highlights gallery space for project display, and provides specialty spaces for client meetings and inner office brainstorming sessions.
The building was constructed in the 1920’s as an automobile dealership equipped with showroom, offices, maintenance shop, paint booth, vehicle assembly and vehicle storage. Prevot Design Services is the Designer/Owner/Developer of this building that has been re-developed as an office building providing over 16,000 square feet
of tenant space, as well as, an event space with a catering kitchen. The main floor which fronts Spring Street welcomes visitors upon arrival in the original grand showroom lobby space. Three sides of the building are lined with tall expansive windows. The structural spans are long, thus creating open expanses for unimpeded office development. However, the rooftop is the diamond in the rough. It is believed that the structural capacity of the existing building would support future floors of vertical expansion. With the prominent location of the building at the corner of Spring Street and Milam Street this has huge potential. The views of downtown and the Red River from the rooftop are already staggering and with additional floors, the views would be even more impressive. The project was nominated for a Louisiana Heritage Award in 2013. Won AIA Louisiana Historic Restoration and ASID South Central Gold.
Virage Capital Management tenant finish out is designed to be the physical representation of the company’s name, Virage, meaning a strategic change in direction. The graceful curves of the design lead you through the interior space from the executive offices over-looking the Houston Galleria Area to the open offices for staff and the vibrant break room. Exotic Zebra wood cabinetry with a rhythmatic sculpted feature wall above continues from the open office area into the sleek conference room. The frameless glazing throughout the space gives ultimate views of the vivacious city. Highlighted with mid-century modern furniture and decorative lighting, this corporate office space provides both a distinctive impression for clients along with a dynamic work environment.
Louisiana State University in Shreveport and KDAQ Radio Station asked Prevot Design Services to design a new performance studio and radio broadcasting station within the old Baptist Student Union Building at the edge of the LSUS campus. The building was originally a church sanctuary with a steep pitched roof structure. PDS chose to locate the performance studio under the high ceilings of the sanctuary space, but suspended perforated metal acoustical clouds to both diffuse and disperse sound. The performance studio was enhanced with acoustical engineering features such as angled walls, acoustic baffles, and sound deadening doors. A frameless glass wall was selected to separate the entry lobby from the main space in order to enhance the visual experience. Upon entering the building the studio is showcased from the lobby waiting area.
Located in Creekside Village Green, a new commercial development in The Woodlands, TX, the design for Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe is about creating whimsical nostalgia and an iconic brand. The unique green ceiling sets the tone for a vibrant candy shop with display areas for everything from candy, novelty items, and jewelry. Pops of color are used strategically to draw the consumer’s eye around the shop, while the neutral back drop highlights the vibrant color of the candy itself. With space at a premium, storage and shelving were carefully designed to maximize product display and storage options for the Owners. Jordan’s Sweet Shoppe is a small place that makes a big impact and a lasting impression.
Michael’s Coffee & Wine is a small tenant finish out located in Houston, TX. PDS worked closely with the Owner to create a space that brought to life her dream of a place for locals to enjoy coffee/wine/beer and celebrate local artists. Materials were chosen to create a comfortable vibe, yet also be durable for the number of patrons served on a daily basis. Custom designed millwork highlights the wine selections, while a pop of color and specialty lighting bring focus to the menu offerings.
This tenant improvement project took a raw building space and created a 18 station dialysis clinic. It was important to the client that their patients would be in a space that was welcoming for the long hours while receiving treatment. The design provided a relaxing atmosphere filled with soft lighting levels and diffused natural light. Line of site was critical to the plan allowing the receptionist full view of the lobby, the nurses full view of the patients, and the administrator views onto the treatment room floor. Clinic and office spaces were located adjacent to the treatment room to maximize proximity and efficiency of the space. Both the client and their patients were pleased with the outcome.
This tenant finish out for a new State Farm office was designed as a collaboration of style and function. In order to better serve her clients, State Farm Agent Brittanie Portillo McCoy wanted a mixture of open office space in the central area with more private meeting spaces available at each end of the floor plan. Large interior windows give the space continuity and create a team atmosphere. Red accent pieces bring in the traditional company colors within a modern context. Decorative light fixtures and art are highlighted by the design and express the owner’s unique sense of style. PDS also worked closely with the furniture provider to ensure that the available space both reflects the owner’s personality and allows her to provide exceptional service to her clients.