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Architect Fred Andrew Simpson, Consultant

 

 


 


For more than twenty two years Fred Andrew Simpson has contributed to the execution of planning, design, architecture, engineering, contracting, and construction administration services on millions of square feet of facilities for educational, municipal, institutional, correctional, health care and residential clients. In that time he developed a skill set peculiar to facilitating the development of the built environment.

He has further served the central Texas region and his local community in other capacities as:

New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Educations Partnership Committee

Board of Directors, New Braunfels Masonic Library and Museum Foundation

Board of Directors, Circle Arts Theatre, New Braunfels, Texas

An Adjunct Professor, St Philip's College, San Antonio, Texas

Advisory Board Member in design and computer aided drawing at St Philip's College

A Director on the board of The Brighton Center for Inclusive Communities.

A Director of the Jefferson Woodlawn Lake Community Development Corporation

A Member of the Empowerment Zone Governance Board of the City of San Antonio 

A Member of the Business and Education committee and the Transportation committee with the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce

As a Project Manager  and Design Professional in Responsible Charge, Mr. Simpson has worked with many important and exciting clients including: public and private schools, churches, municipalities and counties, non-profit charitable organizations, development and Industrial interests and select residential patrons both with corporate architecture firms and in private practice.

 

A Few Career Highlights Include:

Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics, Seadrift, Texas. Plant rebuild $250,000,000 Design-build, Fast Track demolition and reconstruction of 250 buildings in a functioning plastics manufacturing plant.

New Braunfels High School. Reconstruction and additions, New Braunfels, Texas. $ 23,000,000 budgeted overhaul of existing facility including athletics, cafeteria, offices, music facilities, computer and science labs as well as art, career tech and large group instruction. Project came in under $ 20,000,0000.

New Fire Station and New Police, Cibolo, Texas. Design, Construction Documents and Bidding / Contracting for a new Fire Station and a new Police Station on challenging properties pre-selected by Owner. Project Construction Administration was done by others. 

McCullum High School. Major addition incluidng library, career tech, science laboratories, performing arts, journailism, and general classroom space. $ 5,000,000.

Travis County Jail, Austin, Texas. Dell Valle unit, hospital within a county jail complex. $ 50,000,000

Goliad County Law Enforcement Center, Goliad, Texas. $1,900,000.

Goliad ISD, Goliad, Texas. Additions and alterations to Junior High and Elementary Schools. $ 3,200,000.

Coker United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas, Wesley Building, Classrooms, Mother's Day Out, and break out meeting rooms. $ 868,000.

Utopia ISD, Utopia, Texas. Two projects. One High School Competition Gymnasium $ 1,200,000 and a new classroom building $ 800,000.

Churches, schools, law enforcement and emergency response facilities in and near suburban San Antonio. Various budgets.

Tarpley VFD. Consulting to remote Texas Hill Country volunteer fire department on considerations for a new fire station situated in a community park setting.

Bandera ISD. Facility Study. Strength Training Facility Analysis.

Medina ISD. New High School Classroom Building

Utopia ISD. New High School Gymnasium including an NBA sized 94'x50' maple basketball court, changing rooms, coaches changing rooms, trainer, strenght training, and storage.

Utopia ISD. New Classroom Building.

Sabinal ISD. Modifications to existing gymnasium for ADA/TAS and general functionality.

Sabinal ISD. New Elementary School Library and Classroom Building.

Sabinal ISD. Grant support for new High School Library.

D'hanis ISD. Owner's Rep for new Gymnasium and athletic fields

D'hanis ISD. Funding support, programming and preliminary budgeting for new Classroom building

D'hanis ISD. Facility Re-Roof.

D'hanis ISD. Expert testimony in a legal case involving storm damage and insurance claim for repairs.

New Braunfels Christian Academy. Site Analysis and Schematic Design for a new school facility.

New Braunfels, Texas. Site Analysis and consulting to numerous private clients for speculative development.

New Braunfels, Texas. New Residence programming, site analysis and building design for private residence for a prominent local investment consultant.

Saint Louis School, Castroville, Texas. New Pre K classroom building for a private school.

The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas, programming and design for new facility. Renovations to existing building.

New Tricherator at San Antonio International Airport.

Remodel of Best Western in Victoria, Texas

Anna Mae Nichols Elementary School, San Antonio ISD. Plan Review and report

New Science Lab facility, Uvalde ISD, Plan Review and report.

Property Condition Assessments for numerous multi family residential and retail facilities in San Antonio and Austin and various remote locations in Texas.

Consulting to World Wide Entertainment for a new outdoor arena music concert facility with a recording studio and hotel. Unbuilt.

Cindy's Salon and Spa, Schertz, Texas. Renovations to existing building

Hondo City Hall, Hondo, Texas. Additions and Renovations, design, construction documents and bid phase.

Hondo Library, Hondo, Texas. Library stakeholder charrette and schematic design in BIM computer model

Cibolo, Texas. Preliminary design for a new community recreation center.

Cibolo, Texas. New Municipal Soccer Field.

Floresville Electric Power and Light System. FELPSIS. Reroof of historic downtown main office facility.

Floresville. Stakeholder Charrettes for relocation of U.S. Post Office facility.

City of San Antonio, Deco District. Facade upgrade to historic deco retail building.

San Antonio, Texas. Deco District. Consulting for renovations to numerous delapodated structures.

Casbeers. San Antonio, Texas. Site analysis and conceptual design for alternate locations.

Brighton Center for Inclusive Communities, San Antonio, Texas. Stakeholder charrettes and schematic design for new facility including auditorium, office, non-profit lease spaces, day care and memorial fountain. 

Brighton Center for Inclusive Communities. San Antonio, Texas. ADA/TAS upgrades to existing facilities. 

Blue River Paradise. Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Conceptual Design for a new 50 acre resort including R.V. facilities, rental cabins, bridges, towers, central recreation facility and archery course.

Cellular telecommunications facilities. Various. Numerous facilites in areas across Texas from DFW to Brooks AFB area in San Antonio, for ATT, Primeco, Nextel, and others.

Village of Hope, Bandera, Texas. Consulting. Site design concept for a new non-profit campus.

Circle Arts Theater, New Braunfels, Texas. Programming, Concept, Schematic Design, 3d Modeling, funding support, Construction Documents for renovations of the existing theater house and lobby. 

New Braunfels Historic Masonic Library and Museum Foundation. New Braunfels, Texas. Consulting. Facility condition assessment and report, site analysis, facility analysis for multiple potential facilities, schematic design of new structure with cost analysis, conceptual design for modifications to existing structure to accomodate lodge functions.

OST 100. San Antonio, Texas. Site analysis and documentation of existing structures on the Old Spanish Trail Automobile Highway route.

Bagle Werks, San Antonio, Texas. Design and Construction Documents for new restaurant in the Quarry area of Lincoln Heights.

Scenic Loop Cafe, Boerne, Texas. Schematic Design and consulting for a new destination restaurant and entertainment venue.

Residential Design Consulting, Various towns in Texas. Consulting to private residential clients on design and construction of new homes and renovations.

Public Storage. Five story storage facility in Austin Texas.

Insurance office building, Austin, Texas

Office Building, San Antonio, Texas. Furniture plan and interior architecture consulting, Contemporary Constructors Inc. 

Warehouse interior space plan. San Antonio, Texas 

Space Plan, Veteranary Clinic. Dr. Mark Homer, DVM, San Antonio, Texas

Dialysis Clinic. Remodel of an existing defunct restaurant into a sixteen station dialysis facility for University Health Systems, in San Antonio, Texas

Streetscape enhancements, San Antonio, Texas. North New Braunfels Avenue

Traditional Neighborhood Development masterplan concept with form based code. Suburban San Antonio, Texas. Published in Texas Architect Magazine. 

The Final Approach, Restaurant and Bar. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

La Punta, residential masterplan concept, Monterrey Mexico.

Castle Hills First Baptist Church. New Classroom Building and Gymnasium. San Antonio, Texas

New LDS church, Port Lavaca, Texas

Subway Restaurant, Medina County, Texas

Bagle Werks, Lincoln Heights, Texas

Home Court America, Gymniasium design consulting, San Antonio, Texas

Garcia Construction Warehouse, San Antonio, Texas

Strength Training Program Facility Analysis, Bandera ISD, Bandera, Texas

Property Condition Assessment, New Braunfels Masonic Lodge, New Braunfels, Texas

The Montessorri School of San Antonio, Building Concept Design, San Antonio, Texas

Victoria Regional Medical Center Doctor Offices, Victoria, Texas

Citizen's Medical Center Pharmacy and interior renovations, Victoria, Texas

Best Western Hotel Addition, Victoria, Texas

Adaptive reuse of old railroad warehouse, Victoria, Texas

Brazoria County Jail

Reeves County Jail

Hidalgo County Jail

Tri County Jail

El Paso County Jail

Burnet County Jail

Private Doctor's office, Karnes City, Texas

Private Hunting Lodge, Covenant Ranch, Texas Valley

Stone Bridge Mixed Use Development Concept, Marble Falls, Texas

 

 

 

 

Project Contributions (the role he has played in projects) include:

Design Principal in Responsible Charge (DPRC)

Owner's Project Representative

Stakeholder Workshop Leader

Design Charrette Facilitator

Illustration of site or building image concept

Masterplanning sketching and design 

Site Design sketching

Form Based Coding and Design Standards consulting

Grant Support with drawings, models and cost opinions

Property Condition Assessment and reporting

Architectural Services

Analysis and Reports

Public Speaking to schools or community groups

Public Building Design consultant

Construction Documents (the "blueprints and specs" for bidding and construction)

Contract Administration

Community Development

 

Higher Education

After studying Fine Art on a 1985 scholarship from the MacMahon Foundation at Cameron University College of Art under Benson Warren, Kathy Liontas, and Christi Dietz, he studied architecture at the University of Oklahoma under, Michael Iver Wahl, AIA; Patricia Edson, AIA: Joel Dietrich, AIA; Terry L. Patterson, AIA; Bruce Goff Professors: Joseph Esherick, FAIA; and Gunnar Birkerts. And he conversed regularly with Architect Richard N. Kuhlman, AIA.  As the president of AIA Student Chapter, he chauffeured Gunnar Birkerts and Larry Speck, AIA in his 1974 Chevy Nova. (Gunnar Birkerts was clearly not impressed with the old hotrod nor the student's lack of knowledge of Russian Constructivism). Larry Speck seemed to dig the car and advised something to the effect of: "School shouldn't get in the way of your education." 

In 1991 He designed public schools, voluminous manufacturing infrastructure, historic upgrades and a law enforcement / EOC facility with Galen May, AIA of Victoria and Jim Wiginton of Dallas, Texas and later with the late James D. Pfluger, FAIA of Austin, Texas. Over the years he would occasion to work on other projects with Jim, including a large complex high security jail in Austin, Texas. In 1993 He worked with Perry Rabke and Lorraine Dailey at Edward R. Gondeck, Architects to bring that firm from pen-registered mylar drawing into the world of computer aided drafting, while drawing plans for eleven county law enforcement facilities. He established Archimedia as a sole practice in 1995 after working with Overland Partners Incorporated of San Antonio, Texas on religious and educational facilities as well as masterplanning and multifamily residential projects. It was at OPI, that Andy was introduced to planning principals which would later become widely known as Traditional Neighborhood Development, courtesy of The Congress for New Urbanism. Principals of business and personal life learned at Overland, still illuminate Andy's practice now nearly two decades hence. 

A keen interest in the value of more humane places made for people to live and thrive, and in the value of reasonable responses to urban development challenges, present and future has led Andy to advocate form-based coding as a mechanism for empowering stakeholders from all backgrounds to implement Traditional Neighborhoods and Towns containing a full panoply of space types within a walkable, bikable, strollable, drivable, economically vibrant framework.

Andy lives in the great suburban megalopolis adjoining San Antonio, Texas with his wife Teresa and their family. He practices on a limited small scale from his home studio designing and building residential and small commercial commissions requiring his specialized talents and consulting to owners and fellow architects on items such as stakehoder consensus and construction documents review.

He is an active memeber of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and utilizes space in New Braunfels at the Landmark for clients and team coordination meetings. He works from a studio he built himself over his garage near New Braunfels, Texas. His commute is a pleasure.

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