KAI Texas Wins Project with San Antonio ISD

KAI Texas will be perfoming architectural and MEP services for renovations and an addition to Sam Houston High School in the San Antonio Independent School District. Total construction cost for this project is $16.9M. The addition and renovations are a part of the 2010 Bond Capital Improvements Program for the district.

Transit System Expands its Art Direction
Engineering News Record

Dallas, Texas, known for its museums and high-profile cultural district, has added a new art venue. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) recently opened their new Green Line, a 28-mile light rail transit route. The system’s D’Art Gallery celebrates the region’s heritage through the works of 19 station artists and two commissioned artists. Every station uses one prototype design, which served as the canvas from which each artist would work; the basic structure and canopy are consistent throughout the system. Materials used in the station art include concrete, steel, ceramic and polycarbonate.

Practice Matters: BIM Streamlines Business
AIA Dallas

by Darren L. James, AIA

Preparing for economic downturns is a matter of strategic planning. However, the effects of tough economic times can be mitigated with fiscal and management
practices that account for reduced receivables and the residual impact that has on daily business operations. The investment and adoption of a robust building information modeling (BIM) platform is one of the business decisions KAI Texas made to increase our value-added service to clients and to streamline design activities.

Two Minutes With Darren James
Dallas Business Journal

Darren James was interviewed by staff writer Lena Dirbashi. Click the PDF below to read the article in which Darren answers questions such as, "Why do you define your company as a 'design and build organization'?" and "How did you get the bid on the DART Green Line?"

The Gang's All Here
College Planning & Management Magazine

In Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, uncompromising architect Howard Roark struggles in obscurity instead of compromising his design ideals. In the real world, all architecture and design is done by committee. The size and makeup of that committee can vary, depending on the job, yet the best projects certainly have more than a few players in common. Who should be involved in your next building project and how do you keep everybody happy while still delivering a winning design? “Architecture is all about the process,” said Darren L. James, AIA, president and COO, KAI Design and Build in Dallas, TX.