July 15, 2013
by Mark Pataky

This week I helped push the high school project with the education group to really define the school’s elevation and exterior design. Working with this great group has been a very rewarding experience. I have also been helping setup the model shop since the move. This week’s task was hanging cabinets around the shop’s perimeter. A little hands on work can also be very rewarding.
This was my last weekend in Texas. I marked it with some friends from the office by taking part in a real Texas pastime: tubing the Guadalupe River in south Texas on a hot summer day. I also visited Houston and checked out the Menil Collection by Renzo Piano, Rice University’s “Twilight Epiphany” interactive sculpture by artist James Turrell, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. The relaxed zoning laws around the city create an unusual yet interesting experience, often seeing a restaurant in the middle of a residential area or even more remarkable, the location of the Menil within a neighborhood. You never know what type of building type you’ll see next. All the site seeing led me right to a Houston establishment, Goode Company BBQ on Kirby.