Not having my own garden anymore, I’m concentrating on my design practice.
Someday, probably not until
later this summer fall, I need to trick out what garden space I have – my patio. And probably bleed that into adjacent planting areas, landlord willing. That will likely include some fitting containers, maybe some paint, and minimal accessorization.
For now, I need to keep paying the bills. Here are some recent and new projects to help do that –
Crazy Cat Cyclery (retail)
El Paso 1423 Missouri (retail)
El Paso Kern Place Residence
Albuquerque Residence (continued)
Las Cruces Metro Verde streetscapes (continued)
El Paso Sierra Providence East Hospital, South Tower (continued)
Coming up soon –
I’m proposing on an oilfield park, to represent a working model of oil and natural gas production, within the setting of a museum destination . As the largest tax revenue producer in New Mexico, the oil and natural gas industry has more of a story to tell than many would guess, and this project is located in the heart of the oil-rich Permian Basin. Part of that story includes the natural geology and vegetation that thrives in such a harsh environment and with mankind’s changes; why not provide a place to do that, including an inviting garden setting for holding classes and events?
There’s also a residential development I’m doing construction observation work on, with the potential to plan some other unique landscape enhancements to. All dependent on time and available funds, as the first phase is rather spartan. I’ll hold my other comments, but let’s say I know organization is key, but most clients seem not to. Albuquerque gave me motivation to become the client (unrealized so far), while El Paso’s even greater issues in that will either break me, or make me even more motivated to be the client (no further comment).
Hospital renovations for (2) older Tenet facilities – Providence Memorial Hospital and Sierra Medical Center, both just blocks from where I live. This time, for another architect working with the owner, a different vibe, and a different attention to the site and landscape. Small, but important spaces – how I roll.
A new Tenet facility – Sierra Providence West Medical Center. This one is larger than the one I designed several years ago to the east, though – my solo practice Quercus brought in another firm from Santa Fe, including one of my former bosses pre-1995! They seem perfect to associate with, to up the design caliber and help with production; the architect was concerned of a solo practice taking the large spaces on. Different office of same architect on above (2) hospital renovations. Surroundings was my suggestion, well-received, so us (3) principals involved are a good if motley crew to do it. One of them has more “energy” and “drive” than I (no further comment).