All my architectural projects were designed during my 32 years at McCleary-German Architects in Houston, Texas, as an owner for 25 years. My partner was Dale McCleary, whose parents Tom and Lucille founded the company in the 40’s. It was my fortune to have several other jobs (including seven years in the Navy) but MGA was for certain my ‘career’. Dale was my roommate in college and the best business partner one could wish for. MGA carries on today and I would personally recommend Scott and Eric to you, in part because they were trained to be more than just ‘architects’. They will listen.
Architect of record for 12 multi floor office buildings, ranging from two story bank-only to four-story headquarters buildings designed to accommodate bank and tenant space. Space planning services were an integral part of these projects.
RETAIL FACILITIES/ SHOPPING CENTERS
Over 1,000,000 SF of retail space for developers and clients including Sakowitz, Palais Royal, Denhome, Kroger, Weingarten, Randall's and J.C. Penney. A major project while practicing architecture at MGA was the 400,000 SF Harding Mall renovation and expansion in Nashville, Tennessee, completed in the early 90’s.
A chosen expertise since the mid 70’s was ‘financial’ facility design. Clients included over 300 banks, credit unions and savings associations, including numerous multi-bank holding companies. Scope ranged from small remodels to multi-floor headquarters buildings. Responsible (personally) for more than 200 financial projects from 1976 to 2008.
MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (Apartments/ Condominiums)
Apartment and condo projects in Houston, Austin, Lubbock, Round Rock, Huntsville, Tulsa, San Antonio, Mesquite and Ft. Worth. Units built total 8,950. In the early 90’s multi-family design services were discontinued in favor of a specialization in financial facility design.
Since the early ‘80’s, I was involved with Interior Design as an A.S.I.D. member and board member of the Houston Chapter. Interiors was an integral part of design services for most every client. Over 200 projects were completed with an installed furniture value in excess of ten million dollars. The majority of financial clients requested both architectural and interior design services.
Enhancing the sales/lease potential of office, retail and residential properties through renovation was an integral part of the practice during the second half of the '80's. Examples include: Arena I Towers - 22 floors of atrium office; Kingston Westpark Office Service Center - 100,000 SF; Northpoint Central - 9 floors of office; and Harding Mall - 400,000 SF of retail.
Over 2,000,000 SF for tenants from 500 to 100,000 SF.
*Bill German retired in 2008