D|G selected to be the Brand and Signage Master Plan Experiential Designers for Imperial Market

D|G is working with the developers and the project’s master architects, HOK, to develop a Branding Master Plan as well as a Signage Master Plan for Imperial Market in Sugar Land, Texas. The $200 million historic mixed-use project will be a highly thematic experiential retail development to include coffee and gelato shops, restaurants and lounges mixed in with a movie theater, hotel, office space and other retailers. Imperial Market, named for the former Imperial Sugar Company’s refinery site in southwest Houston, will be an 825,000 square foot development on 26.5 acres offering retail and entertainment, class A office space, a boutique hotel and a luxury apartment complex.  D|G will create the Master Plan to create the visual expressions and standards for the thematic presentation of the Market’s sense of place and pride of place through the use of branding, interpretive, signage and pageantry elements.

Three D|G Staff Celebrate 25 Years with the Firm

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All within six months of one another, three D|G employees celebrated the 25th anniversary with the firm. President/Managing Principal, Lee Jones, Vice President/Senior Project Designer, Dawn Diamond and Vice President/Marketing Director, Carol Devlin have all completed 25 years with the firm. Working together for 25 years has fostered a feeling of family among the three co-workers and since many other D|G staff members have also been with the firm for 10 or more years, the D|G scrapbook of memories is filled with stories of spouses, parents, children growing up, graduations and marriages. Congratulations to all.

D|G Continues to Support Texas Children’s Hospital as it Expands in the TMC and into The Woodlands

Texas Children’s Hospital has been located in the Texas Medical Center since it opened in 1950. It expanded its flagship campus when it added the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and the Pavilion for Women in 2012. D|G worked with the TCH team and the architects to incorporate the Signage Standards into these facilities as well as the new parking garage. In 2015, TCH announced it would once again expand its TMC campus with a new 19-floor pediatric tower which will increase the number of ICU room, add operating rooms and add a helipad. Currently called “Tower E”, the new building will be added to the existing base next to the Pavilion for Women. In 2013, TCH also embarked on another extensive construction project by building a new medical campus in The Woodlands. The 22-acre site will house a free-standing children’s hospital, a medical office building, parking garage and is scheduled for completion in 2017.

The District Wharf Branding and Signage Program Awarded to D|G’s DC Office

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The District Wharf is the center of the DC commercial real estate universe at the moment, by virtue of its location—right on the Washington Channel, a short walk from the National Mall—and its scale as the second-biggest mixed-use project in the country. While there are more than 10 different architecture firms working on the project, leading the team is Perkins Eastman serving as the master architect for the 3.2 million square foot project. D|G, working in collaboration with Gelberg AEC, is supporting Perkins Eastman on Parcel 1 which include a subterranean parking garage and the exterior podium, Parcel 2A apartments, Parcel 3A office tower, Parcel 4 condominiums and the performing arts center.

Texas Children's Hospital West Campus Signage and Wayfinding program

Texas Childrens Hospital

D|G Studios, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Signage and Wayfinding program. The new campus, Houston's first community hospital campus dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children, sits on 55-acres at the intersection of I-10 and Barker-Cypress. The facility is 534,000 square feet, 48-beds, and offers inpatient and diagnostic services, as well as ambulatory care services such as pediatric emergency room, surgical suites and advanced imaging services. D|G worked with Texas Children's Hospital and the architect, PageSoutherlandPage, to modify and implement the TCH Signage Standards into this new facility. The Hospital opened in March, 2011.

Along with the Signage program, D|G also developed Donor Recognition systems including a brick paver landscaping system and a donor wall located in the interior of the Hospital. To add to the colorful landscaping of the site, D|G also developed sculptural artwork in the form of oversized dimensional letterforms spelling out "TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL". The letters are elevated on painted concrete bases and are slanted at different degrees; positioned as a wave to create a look of playful movement reminiscent of children’s playing blocks. They are produced from translucent 3Form materials and use 12 different colors. The letters are externally wash-lit so that the effect at night translates into glowing color blocks. Day or night, the letterforms create a dramatic, eye-catching effect for all those who pass by them.

D|G Studios celebrates employee anniversaries

One of the greatest strengths of D|G Studios is the depth of experience of the staff and the length of time that the staff was worked together. Recently, many of D|G’s employees enjoyed important hiring anniversaries including President, Lee Jones and Marketing Director, Carol Devlin, both of whom have been with the firm now 20 years and Dawn Diamond, Senior Project Designer, 21 years. 2012 will see additional staff celebrating hiring anniversaries including Senior Project Designer, Bryan Lightsey, 15 years, and Project Designer, Nicole Kurtz, 5 years. D|G is very proud of this tradition of hiring and maintaining dedicated members of the staff.

D|G Studios announces the completion of significant projects

With the start of the new year, D|G Studios has completed a number of significant projects. While we continue working with many of these clients on new projects, we are proud to see the completion of Memorial Hermann Memorial City campus and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, Pavilion for Women and the Neurological Research Center. In downtown Houston, the firm has completed Houston's newest skyscraper, developed by Hines, BG Group Place and for Chevron 1400 Smith and 1500 Louisiana. D|G also completed a corporate exhibit project for U.S. Steel's Tubular Products division in Houston.

The Douglas|Group announces a refreshed identity to coincide with ownership transition

Frank Douglas is the founding partner of The Douglas|Group and has served as Principal-in-Charge from the 1987 inception until 2011. Upon planning for retirement, Frank has transitioned the ownership of the firm to Lee Jones, thereby creating DG Studios. Frank is still serving the firm in a consultancy capacity bringing his established direction and management skills to projects.

Henceforth, the Douglas|Group will be known as DG Studios. To help visualize this transition, DG Studios has refreshed their own brand identity, corporate collateral and website.

The National Museum of the Pacific War opens in Fredericksburg, Texas

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The Douglas|Group is pleased to announce the completion of the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. On the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 2009, President George H.W. Bush rededicated the newly renovated and expanded National Museum of the Pacific War. In his remarks, President Bush noted that “within the walls of this wonderful Museum, you will learn the facts, the true story and the living history of what happened during that memorable time so many years ago”. The Douglas|Group designed the exhibits and managed a team of A/V producers, A/V specifiers, lighting specialists and writers to produce 6 major immersive experiences as well as all the interactive media displays. D|G also designed custom casework for the artifacts selected from the Museum’s collection of over 45,000 artifacts. The expansion features 33,000 square feet of exhibit space that tells the stories of how ordinary people met the challenges of World War II.

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Michael Glatting, SEGD, has joined The Douglas|Group in their Washington, DC office.

Portrait of Michael Glatting

Houston, Texas - The Douglas|Group announces that Michael Glatting, SEGD, has joined the firm in their Washington, DC office. Michael has over 30 years in the Environmental Graphic Design industry including many years previously working with D|G. Michael manages the DC office and the principals and senior staff members of D|G are glad to welcome him back. Recently, the firm was awarded St. Luke Episcopal Hospital’s Vintage campus in Northwest Houston, is supporting Texas Medical Center’s efforts to improve the identification of their parking garages, and is continuing to work with Chevron, Memorial Hermann and Texas Health Resources to develop and implement wayfinding and branding graphics throughout their many campuses and facilities.

The Douglas|Group announces new projects and partnerships

Houston, Texas - The Douglas|Group recently started working with Robert A.M. Stern Architects to develop both the exterior and interior signage program for the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. D|G is also working with Kirksey Architects to develop an interior program for Calhoun Lofts; University of Houston’s newest loft-style campus apartment facility specifically designed for graduate and law school students and is developing the signage program for Texas A&M University’s new College of Agriculture Headquarters Building which will serve as the department’s new administrative, research and teaching facility. Exhibit Design implementation services are being provided for the University of Texas at Austin’s H.J Luther Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports’ 10,000 square foot physical fitness history and educational exhibit gallery.

The Douglas|Group announces new staff and projects

Houston, Texas - The Douglas|Group announces that it has added to its staff and is pleased to welcome Rene Fernandez and Chris Baareman to the Houston office. In addition, it has recently been awarded a number of projects for both existing and new clients. Texas Children’s Hospital awarded D|G the Signage and Wayfinding program for all three of its new facilities, the new 790,000 square foot Maternity Center, the 344,000 square foot Neurological Research Institute and the 534,000 square foot West Campus. Each facility is being designed by a different architectural firm and each has an independent completion schedule. After completing the re-identification of all building mounting signage for Texas Health Resources, D|G will be continuing to work with THR to rebrand all exterior signage of their campuses in the Dallas/Ft. Worth/Arlington, Texas region. Working with the City of Rochester, Minnesota, D|G documented a Wayfinding Master Plan and is currently developing the design package for the first phase of implementation. And, D|G is also working with the City of San Angelo’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to develop a Wayfinding Master Plan for the City of San Angelo, Texas.