Dear Saint Thomas’ Family:
We are pleased to announce that we have selected the architectural firm Merriman Holt Powell (MHP) for the planning and design of the Saint Thomas’ campus. This decision was made after three architectural firms presented their ideas for the future of our campus to members of our Campus Master Planning Committee, School Board, and Church Vestry, as well as representatives from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
Although all three of the firms we interviewed had compelling ideas on the future of our church and school, MHP was the strongest candidate for the following reasons:
- MHP has a track record of successful church and school projects, and the firm’s portfolio demonstrates its ability to conceive a design that aligns with our current campus architecture.
- The team understands our church and school culture, and MHP’s values align with ours.
- The MHP team has already delivered flood mitigation solutions on other projects that could be applied to our campus.
Members of the Campus Master Planning Committee have already begun meeting with MHP to initiate the next steps of our master plan development. In the next few weeks we will begin a series of town halls to introduce the MHP team to you, our church and school community. These events will also give you the opportunity to provide input for our master plan. We will send out the final schedule of these town hall meetings once we have it.
We will continue to provide updates as the design process moves forward. Although this is the start of much work, we are excited about what this will yield for the future of our church and school campus. We hope you will keep the Campus Master Planning Committee and the MHP team in your prayers as this important work progresses.
Michael F. Cusack, Jr.
(The Rev’d) David O. Browder