News

First South Castell Step Is a Good One

First South Castell Step Is a Good One

For about two years, the city and people from Douglas Architects, primarily President Andrew Douglas, have met with city residents and other interested parties to discuss options, receive feedback and kick around ideas to best develop the site. The focus has maintained on doing something that fits the downtown New Braunfels landscape yet allows for the best use of the property….

Read Full Article

Council Hears Castell Input Results

Council Hears Castell Input Results

Added parking and preserving the downtown’s heritage continue to be the main focuses of residents for the South Castell Avenue project. Andrew Douglas of Douglas Architects presented these results and others from the January public visioning meeting during a special New Braunfels City Council meting Tuesday night at city hall. “We had a phenomenal turnout,” Douglas said. “Over 180 people attended the meeting….”

Read Full Article

Firm Says Castell Avenue Plan Still on Drawing Board

Firm Says Castell Avenue Plan Still on Drawing Board

The 10-acre site encompasses the old city hall and surrounding property along Castell Avenue and butts up against the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The rail yard is included…. As a result of six public meetings, the preliminary plan was put together and has been presented. It was that plan that was shown Tuesday, with a couple of bonus features. Douglas presented a new set of figures that stated 551 public surveys have been completed by interested individuals, 715 people have participated in the public process and an estimated 1,330 hours have been invested in the project to date….

Read Full Article

Douglas Architects Presents Results of Public Survey to City Officials

Preserving the city’s German heritage was of huge importance to citizens who provided feedback on the proposed South Castell Avenue development. That’s according to Andrew Douglas of Douglas Architects, who presented the results of a November 15 Castell Avenue development public input meeting to city council members on Monday night at city hall….

Read Full Article

Castell Options: Fifth Public Meeting Focuses on Three Possibilities

Castell Options: Fifth Public Meeting Focuses on Three Possibilities

Public input was the focus of a meeting Wednesday night at city hall centering on the proposed development project on the 10-acre South Castell Avenue site. The session proposed three new possible plans for redevelopment of the area, after which attendees submitted feedback in the form of written surveys. The two-hour meeting followed two site tours that were offered late in the afternoon. Representatives from the city and from Douglas Architects, which is partnering with the city on the master plan, explained proposed options while speaking at different locations around the site….

Read Full Article

New Braunfels Pursuing Landmark Urban Transformation

New Braunfels Pursuing Landmark Urban Transformation

The Texas Hill Country community is seeking to draw more than $100 million in new development to a key part of its downtown area.

View Slideshow

Old City Hall Talks Continue

Old City Hall Talks Continue

After last month’s final public meeting to hear input, representatives of an architecture firm are preparing to finalize their ideas for rehab of the old City Hall in New Braunfels and take them to city leaders. For months, Douglas Architects of San Antonio has been working at the city’s direction to create a master plan for redevelopment of the former City Hall property on South Castell Avenue downtown. Douglas Architects was hired in November 2015 to work with community members in choosing the best designs, uses and amenities catering to New Braunfels….

Read Full Article

HDRC Approves River Walk Staircase, ‘Green Screen’ for Witte Building

HDRC Approves River Walk Staircase, ‘Green Screen’ for Witte Building

The Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) gave conceptual approval Wednesday to several design amendments for the historic Witte Building, which is slated to become a mixed-use development and open in 2019…. The updated design features the elevator pushed back about 4.5 feet, said Andrew Douglas, president of Douglas Architects, which is designing the Witte project. The stairwell will land just left of the pedestrian walkway. “We feel it’s a much better improvement (since) it gives a clear path to the River Walk for the public up and down the river,” Douglas said….

Read Full Article

Douglas Architects Winner of the People’s Choice Award

Douglas Architects Winner of the People’s Choice Award

Architects, designers, and landscape designers gathered outside 1221 Broadway to show off what they could do to transform a usually empty parking space into a pedestrian space for Park(ing) Day, an event held in cities around the world…. The winner of the People’s Choice Award was “Park and Play” by Douglas Architects. The wooden structure was adorned with a mini-golf course, a table for chess and checkers, and a drink stand with refreshments provided by Estate Coffee Company. Douglas Architects Associate Darian Mason told the Rivard Report that the firm’s installation sought to give the space a purpose while it was empty….

Read Full Article

Douglas Architects Gets Brooks City-Base Town Center Project

Brooks City-Base staff advised the Brooks development committee that it has chosen a team led by Douglas Architects to produce the master plan for the town center project. The town center would be the centerpiece for a retired Air Force base that has already undergone major redevelopment as a mixed-use residential and commercial community….

Read Full Article

CPS Energy’s Innovation Center Will Spur Mission Reach Development

CPS Energy’s Innovation Center Will Spur Mission Reach Development

CPS Energy’s Mission Road Power Plant has had quite a few lives, but its next one will be its legacy…. For 95 years, “Station B” provided gas-powered electricity to San Antonio until it was decommissioned in 2009. A feasibility study was done for the vacant five-acre campus in which San Antonio-based firm Douglas Architects drew up plans to redevelop the plant….

Read Full Article

Douglas Architects Moves to Near East Side Location

Douglas Architects Moves to Near East Side Location

A once-vacant 1940s-era building at 1320 E. Houston St. is getting a face-lift, just one of four dozen structures on the East Side to sport a freshened façade. Earlier this year, Andrew and Melissa Douglas moved their architecture firm, Douglas Architects, from the heart of downtown to the Houston Street building on the near East Side, and they’re making improvements to it with the help of a grant from SAGE….

Read Full Article

Esquire Owner Purchases ‘Chinese Restaurant’ Building

The 100 block of West Commerce Street, once one of the vibrant spots in the center of town, has the potential for a massive comeback, thanks to one downtown property owner…. Portions of Hill’s plans, via Douglas Architects, have gained preliminary approval from the Historic and Design Review Commission. But there’s still a long way to go. A restaurant is envisioned on the street and river levels, and residential units on the upper floors….

Read Full Article

Downtown’s Best Awards 2013: Best Interior Renovation

Douglas Architects is announced as winner of the Best Interior Renovation for the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel project. Award presented by Nix Health and Downtown Alliance.

Residential Units Eyed for Kress Building

For the Kress Building on Houston Street, the owner’s preference is to turn the upper floors into residential units, according to minutes from the Houston Street Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone meeting in December…. According to the minutes, Federal Realty has hired Douglas Architects, which, coincidentally, is moving from the Ayres Building on Broadway to a smaller building on East Houston Street next to Tucker’s Kozy Korner….

Read Full Article

Downtown’s Best Awards 2011: Best Interior Renovation

Douglas Architects is announced as winner of the Best Interior Renovation for the Hyatt Regency San Antonio project. Award sponsored by Weston Centre and Downtown Alliance.

River Walk Commercial/Residential Project Hits HDRC Agenda

River Walk Commercial/Residential Project Hits HDRC Agenda

A small-scale, mixed-use project is being planned that will have a direct impact on East Travis Street and the River Walk. The developer is Bruce Sidlinger, a Trinity grad who made his fortune in computers…. Sidlinger has employed the services of noted downtown-based Douglas Architects, the same folks who designed the Houston Street Walgreens, and Andrew Weissman’s almost-complete The Luxury restaurant along the Museum Reach, among others….

Read Full Article

Cargo Containers Used for New Restaurant

Cargo Containers Used for New Restaurant

Cargo containers aren’t just for shipping freight anymore. San Antonio chef and restaurateur Andrew Weissman is using them for his newest restaurant, The Luxury…. Andrew Douglas, president of San Antonio-based Douglas Architects, the firm that designed the project, said that modular developments are becoming popular. More people are looking to shipping containers as a quick and less expensive alternative for residential and commercial spaces. “It’s a growing idea because there’s an excess of containers all over the world,” Douglas said. “Because they’re modular, there’s different, creative ways they can be used on almost any site. And if it’s done right, it’s cool-looking….”

Read Full Article

Conceptual Approval Granted for Sullivan Building

The Historic and Design Review Commission gave conceptual approval to Douglas Architects to pursue the construction of a 24-story boutique hotel at the northwest corner of East Commerce and St. Mary’s streets. The site is the Sullivan Building, a three-story structure that has remained unused for decades. Douglas Architects, representing the building’s owner Pano Riverwalk Ltd., has been wrestling with the HDRC for some time over the hotel’s height….

Read Full Article

Downtown’s Best Awards 2009: Best Mixed-Use Work in Progress

Douglas Architects is announced as winner of the Best Mixed-Use Work in Progress for the 300 Houston Street (Walgreens) project. Award sponsored by Vidorra and Downtown Alliance.

New Mixed-Use Project Downtown

New Mixed-Use Project Downtown

By the end of 2008, a new 36,200-square-foot building called 300 Houston Street will open on the site. It will again house a Walgreens in a 16,500-square-foot space, about twice as much space as its former site. The nearby Nix Medical Center will occupy the second floor with administrative offices, and there will be 1,600 square feet available for a retailer along Houston Street at the former Stuarts location. “300 Houston Street will bring new energy to Houston Street as a quality redevelopment that will complement the existing streetscape while providing some much-needed modern retail and office space,” said architect Andrew Douglas, principal at Douglas Architects….

Read Full Article