Capstone Communications

Capstone Communications Capstone Communications is a small public relations firm that specializes in writing about the design and construction professions. We work with architects, engineers, contractors, and real estate firms across the U.S.

Capstone Communications was founded in 1994 by Cynthia L. Taylor, APR, an accredited PR practitioner and published author. Cindy has written hundreds of articles related to design and construction, covering projects ranging from office, mixed-use, and hospitality developments to educational facilities, justice facilities, government complexes, parks, libraries, and historic restorations. Capstone expertise includes the promotion of professional services including architecture, interior design, structural engineering, mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineering, site/civil engineering, transportation engineering, planning, landscape architecture, urban design, GIS, surveying, mapping, sustainable design, BIM, program management, and construction.

Mueller Associates
04/07/2020

Mueller Associates

On this date, April 7, the National Museum of Women in the Arts opened in 1987 in a former Masonic Temple, originally constructed in 1903. Fun fact: the renovation and adaptive reuse of this Renaissance Revival-style building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was President Bob Marino’s first project when he joined Mueller Associates.

“It was a fascinating project,” Bob says reminiscently. “It was quite a challenge to transform this old building, with no central air, no insulation, and a building envelope that clearly hadn’t been designed to maintain strict temperature and humidity control, and create a museum environment. I was directly supporting Gene Nerf, who was then vice president at Mueller. Gene was a brilliant engineer so I learned a great deal. We worked closely with Keyes, Condon, Florence (now SmithGroup ) to preserve the building’s historic fabric as we routed all the new piping and ductwork through the structure. All the drawings were prepared by hand; this was before CADD. Locating the original construction drawings on velum from the early 1900s provided us with vital information.”

A main concern involved the building’s acoustics. “With all of the marble and hard reflective surfaces throughout the building, including the grand stairs, there was a lot of concern about the acoustics,” Bob says. “We had the chillers and air handling units in the basement and when the acoustician was ready to take acoustical measurements, he called out to us to turn the HVAC system on. He was shocked to find out we had already done so—the systems were that quiet!” The building’s new owners also modernized it in another interesting way. “As it was formerly the Masonic Temple, the original building had no women’s restrooms—those had to be added.” More than three decades later, Bob still recalls the project fondly: “It was an ambitious project, but the end result was exceptional and one that I am proud of.”

Mueller Associates
09/16/2019

Mueller Associates

A sold-out crowd at DesignDC 2019 enjoyed today's presentation of the sustainable strategies highlighting the modernization of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), currently under construction in Washington, DC. The renovation of this monumental space, with its expansive glazing and massive size, challenged Quinn Evans Architects and Mueller Associates to employ state-of-the-art 3D modeling techniques in creating the energy- and water-saving design concepts. Mueller Vice President Todd Garing and Quinn Evans Architects Principal Leora Mirvish led the continuing education presentation. Read more about this fascinating project in Plumbing Engineer magazine. https://www.phcppros.com/articles/9731-modernizing-the-national-air-and-space-museum

Quinn Evans
12/06/2018
Quinn Evans

Quinn Evans

Transformation is officially underway for #MichiganCentralStation!
Today, we launched winterization efforts with The Christman Company-Brinker to stabilize this iconic structure. It's the first of three phases in realizing Ford Motor Company's vision for their innovative #Corktown campus. Check out WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit's article to learn more about this restoration process and how #Ford is planning it with advice from various experts, including Urban Land Institute. #fordetroit

Sunday Reading: Cityscapes
08/20/2018
Sunday Reading: Cityscapes

Sunday Reading: Cityscapes

Some of The New Yorker’s best architectural writing, collected from throughout the magazine’s history.

OSU is working to improve rural healthcare: the Tandy Medical Academic Building, designed by Dewberry.
07/18/2018
$40M Education Facility Offers Advanced Training Opportunities to Oklahoma State Medical Students - Construction News

OSU is working to improve rural healthcare: the Tandy Medical Academic Building, designed by Dewberry.

$40M Education Facility Offers Advanced Training Opportunities to Oklahoma State Medical Students July 2018 By Erica Bender For many people living in rural areas, access to quality medical care is limited due to a lack of health care professionals practicing in these regions. In the state of Oklahom...

Southeast Library in Minneapolis to Undergo Transformation
03/14/2018
Southeast Library in Minneapolis to Undergo Transformation

Southeast Library in Minneapolis to Undergo Transformation

MacDonald & Mack Architects, Quinn Evans Architects to Update Mid-Century Modern Landmark The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners recently approved the initial design for the modernization of the Southeast Library, located adjacent to the University of Minnesota on the East Bank of the Mississipp...

09/26/2017
How Geospatial Damage Assessments Assist Communities Following a Severe Weather Event

How Geospatial Damage Assessments Assist Communities Following a Severe Weather Event

Have you ever wondered how federal agencies and private non-profits accurately anticipate the amount of assistance and goods required to help communities affected by natural disasters? How do they determine the amount of food and water necessary to sustain those affected, or how many shelters are ne...

Quinn Evans
05/01/2017
Quinn Evans

Quinn Evans

Breaking News: Quinn Evans Architects acquires Baltimore-based Cho Benn Holback + Associates expanding their office locations to 5!

#QEABmore

Mueller Associates
04/07/2016

Mueller Associates

On April 7, 1989 the National Museum of Women in the Arts opened. The building was built in 1903. The main building was completed in 1908 in an effort to bring the City Beautiful movement to Washington, D.C. Mueller provided complete MEP design services for the renovation of this building 20 years ago and is pleased to be back there again this year studying future planning efforts.

Mueller Associates
02/23/2016

Mueller Associates

We’re celebrating 50 years in 2016! After moving into a new office in the fall, we’re now unveiling an all-new website! Learn more about our history, our leadership, and our portfolio at www.muellerassoc.com!

Mueller Associates
02/23/2016
Mueller Associates

Mueller Associates

Today is George Washington’s birthday. A lover of books and a meticulous record-keeper, we think he would be pleased with Mount Vernon’s new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Mueller designed the LEED-Gold library, which features meticulous climate control to protect rare volumes and documents, with Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners

http://muellerassoc.com/mount-vernon-%E2%80%93-fred-w-smith-national-library

Quinn Evans Architects
02/03/2016
Quinn Evans Architects

Quinn Evans Architects

A valuable insight into Detroit's revitalization from QEA Principal, Elisabeth Knibbe's point of view.

Taking Professional Development to the Next Level
12/30/2015
Taking Professional Development to the Next Level

Taking Professional Development to the Next Level

Building on a strong culture of coaching and mentoring for different levels of staff and our strong entry-level and internship hiring programs in the past, Dewberry has launched a pilot to advance a program for mentor-mentee relationship between entry-level employees and senior leaders in the organi…

Congratulations to Thomas Rainer at Rhodeside & Harwell!
12/17/2015
Rhodeside & Harwell

Congratulations to Thomas Rainer at Rhodeside & Harwell!

Check out our Principal, Thomas Rainer's, Washington Post article about his new book.

Building Diplomacy
07/27/2015
Building Diplomacy

Building Diplomacy

With the recent reopening of the Embassy of Cuba here in Washington, DC, and the formal restoration of diplomatic ties between our governments, I am again reminded of just how important our diplomatic work is with our foreign mission clients. Each time a Foreign Mission entrusts us with a project, o…

Reflections of an Active Duty Army Officer at Dewberry
07/27/2015
Reflections of an Active Duty Army Officer at Dewberry

Reflections of an Active Duty Army Officer at Dewberry

As a U.S. Army Captain on active duty, my one-year rotational Training with Industry (TWI) program with Dewberry has come to an end. As an officer, our duty positions last anywhere from six months to two years, and you really don't know when it will end until a few months prior. In this case, the en…

Where have all the architects gone?
06/15/2015
Where have all the architects gone?

Where have all the architects gone?

The field is finally booming again, but designers with five to 10 years of experience are rare commodities--and they command big bucks.

Christopher Newport University
04/28/2015

Christopher Newport University

Construction fence is down at Christopher Newport Hall. Should be a lovely backdrop for #CNU2015 commencement on May 9!

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