Turtlewood Manor Company Site Visit

Keeping up with the progress of the Turtlewood Manor Senior Living Condominiums! The STOA team traveled to the heart of Chinatown, where the 62-luxury condominium building is located, to keep up with the construction progress.

At this stage of construction you can start to see how each apartment integrates Feng Shui and green design principles for harmonious spaces that resonate from both the inside and out to promote healthy and peaceful lifestyle.

One of the most captivating elements noticed during our visit were the stunning panoramic views provided on the top floor. Perched on the highest floor, the penthouse apartments offer the best views. From this floor you are able to get an excellent unobstructed view of the downtown skyline while enjoying the exclusive amenities provided by the roof top terrace. Great vantage points of the surrounding context can also be seen at any level of this 5 story building.


Retail Reinvented – Texas Parkway Shopping Center

Located in the heart of Missouri City (across from City Hall and the new HCCS Academic Center), the owner of an existing retail center has envisioned a re-energized shopping experience that would unlock the properties potential for both the tenants and the neighborhood. With this vision in mind, STOA Architects designed a new façade, signage, and lighting for the Texas Parkway Shopping Center that will attract customers, increase exposure and improve visibility and safety. The new façade design features Nichiha fiber cement panels in wood and stone effects, standing seam metal roof, metal canopies, and stucco signage facades. The shopping center has a total of 61,100-square-feet of retail space, with 25+ storefronts, including tenants such as Citi Trends, Dollar General, and Shipley Donuts. All tenants will remain in operation during construction which is estimated to complete in late Spring 2020.

Golden Bank Bellaire

A Look Back: Golden Bank Building 25th Anniversary

A Look Back: Golden Bank Building 25th Anniversary

As we close 2018 and look toward our 36th year, we look back at our beginnings and the projects that have made an impact. Being a part of the vibrant, innovative, and the diverse Houston community since 1983, our firm is continually inspired by the growth of the city and the opportunity to create an environment that engages the unique character and vision of Houston.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of one of STOA’s milestone projects – Golden Bank, one of the first major landmarks in Houston’s Chinatown. STOA was tasked with developing a design that met the client’s ideal vision of a modern bank. The overall concept needed to have a contemporary look that incorporated elements of Chinese architecture while still conveying the “feel” of a banking institution. This translated into a modern glass façade building that features red columns and a green standing seam roof to reflect Chinese tradition and harmoniously interact with the Western environment. With respect to Feng Shui principles and methods, our design needed to be stable, elegant, bright, and clean. The mirrored glass panes allow the natural light to extend throughout the interior while the exterior features an artfully crafted curved glass entrance to enhance the profile of the building, and a coffer shaped roof to represent holding valuables.

During the design development, our team considered factors such as the size, shape, form, and layout of the building as well as the landscape and surrounding buildings to create an ideal environment. The best lighting options, color schemes, furniture placement, and materials were selected to enrich people’s experience within the bank. The Chinese coin is displayed on the façade as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Within the first year of the bank’s operations, they experienced significant growth in their total assets – doubling from $100 million to $200 million. The financial institution was recently honored as a “Five-Star Bank” (the highest rating in banking industries) by Bauer Financial.

Golden Bank was first founded under the name of Texas First National Bank by a group of Taiwan immigrants in Houston in 1985. In 2006, the bank changed its name to Golden Bank. The bank is the first, and one of the largest privately owned Chinese-American banks based in Texas was established to meet the growing demands in Houston for boutique banking for Asian communities, businesses, and new immigrants. Since its inception in 1983, Golden Bank now has four branch offices in the Greater Houston area (Bellaire Blvd., Harwin Drive, FM 1960-Champions, and Sugar Land), two branch offices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (Richardson and Plano), and one branch office in Tustin, California. It also operates two loan production offices in Southern California (Irvine and Rowland Heights).

Turtlewood Manor Senior Living Condominiums

Construction has started on Turtlewood Manor Senior Living Condominiums. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, each of the 62-luxury condominium homes provides a lifestyle where you enjoy the freedom of living without the stress associated with owning and maintaining a house. Experience go-to destinations right outside your door and explore Teo Chew Temple, authentic cuisine, coffee shops, hair salons and more.

This environmentally-friendly building is designed with high-quality features such as 9-foot ceilings, granite counter tops, innovative technology, and an elegant lobby to welcome your friends and family to your beautiful apartment home. Each apartment integrates Feng Shui and green design principles for harmonious spaces that resonate from both the inside and out to promote healthy and peaceful lives.

Site Visit – The Pines at Bellaire

Site Visit! The team recently visited The Pines at Bellaire. The assisted senior living community is a three-story, structural concrete building with zero-combustible materials used in construction. All doors and windows will be ADA compliant with pleasant residential-style interiors for the emotional well-being of the residents with one wing for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients. The structural system employs load bearing metal framing to support structural concrete decks allowing a reduction in the overall height of the building for construction budget efficiency. This facility will aim at serving the elderly Asian community and will feature colors and finishes in compliance with the principles of Feng Shui as well as a meditation garden with a pagoda on a peaceful pond.

In the Pipeline – Brazos Lakes Mixed-use Development Master Plan

In the Pipeline – Brazos Lakes Mixed-use Development Master Plan

Currently in the design development phase, Brazos Lakes Development in Missouri City will be a vibrant and active mixed-use center that delivers the work-live-play experience, creating a sense of place for residents and visitors.

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Located on 24.45 acres of land along Highway 6, south of Glenn Lakes Lane, the development will not only establish a unique identity for Missouri City but aims to enhance the local economy to support property values and employment.

When completed, the development will feature two 5-story condominium buildings and 3-story single family attached townhomes. The community will be further complemented with retail shops, restaurants, cafes, lounges, green space, recreational areas, and open terraces, integrating convenience, choice, and flexibility.

Click here to read the article, “More Urban, Mixed Use Development Slated for Missouri City” from the Fort Bend Independent.