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Edward R. Nelson AIA

Name

[Nelson AIA, Edward R.]

Biography

Mr. Nelson began practicing as a professional architect in 1993, as a sole practicioner, early projects included planning for new retail, hospitality and and office facilities. In 1996 the firm was incorporated and projects have since expanded in size and complexity. Special interests include sustainable building and planning practices with a special emphasis on urban revitilization and historic preservation.

Professional Preparation

    • 1982 BA in Visual ArtsUniversity of Texas at Dallas
    • 1988 BS in ArchitectureUniversity Texas at Arlington
    • 2011 M ARCH in ArchitectureUniversity Texas at Arlington

Appointments

    • Jan 2009 to Present Lecturer
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1994 to Present President
      ERN Architects, Inc.

Memberships

  • Membership
    • July 2006 to Present Preservation Dallas
    • Mar 2005 to Present National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
    • July 1994 to Present American Institute of Architects
    • July 1994 to Present Texas Society of Architects

Research and Expertise

  • Professional Registration

    NCARB, 2005

    LEED AP, 2008

    Registered Architect:

    Texas, 1993

    Colorado, 1998

    California, 1999

    New York, 1999

    New Jersey, 1999

    New Mexico, 2000

    Missouri, 2000

    Louisiana, 2006

    Connecticut, 2008

    North Carolina, 2014

Other Creative Activities

  • 2017
    • Architecture Commission
      • Aug 2017 New Extended-Stay Hotel, Plush at the Galleria, Dallas, Texas

        New-build, 175,000 square foot 6 story, 205 room hotel with basement, structured parking and rooftop patio. Designed to comply with City of Dallas Green Building Program. Currently in schematic design phase.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Mar 2017 New Guest Relations Facility, State Fair of Texas

        New-build facility to house Guest Relations, Dallas Police and various Fair operations. Located in the Midway at Fair Park. Approximatelky 4,000 square feet.

        Civil Engineer: Mycoskie, McEnnis + Associates

        Structural Engineer: MK & Associates

        MEP Engineer: Nova Engineering

        Commissioning Agent: Evans Service Company

        Contractor: Con-Real, LLP

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Jan 2017 New Holiday Inn Tech Ridge, Austin, Texas

        New-build 140 Room, full service hotel with 4000 square foot meeting room, full service restaurant, and bar. Designed in compliance with City of Austin's Sub-Chapter E Design Standards.

        Civil Engineer: Stantec

        Structural Engineer: MK & Associates

        MEP Engineer: Pat Corbett P.E.

        Interior Design: Material Design

        Commisioning Agent: Delphi Group

        Contractor: EBCO General Contractors

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2016
    • Architecture Commission
      • Jan 2016 New Office Building

        New, 17,000 square foot corporate offices for Dallas Lite & Barricade Company in Dallas, Texas on a cleaned-up, brownfield site of former lead smelting facility. The building will utilize a variable refrigerant HVAC system with supplemental RTU's providing 100% fresh make up air combined with interior finishes featuring low VOCs for enhanced indoor air quality. A Highly reflective roof system is part of the high performance building envelope utilizing an air barrier and continuous exterior wall insulation.

        Civil Engineer: DHR Engineering, Irving, Texas

        Structural Engineering: Frank Neal & Associates, Fort Worth, Texas

        MEP Engineering: Robert Anderson & Associates, Dallas, Texas

        Commisioning Agent: Evans Service Company, Dallas, Texas

        Contractor: Yet to be awarded

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Jan 2016 Addition to State Fair of Texas Office Building

        New addition to the State Fair of Texas historic office building located in Fair Park. Project included approval from Landmarks Commission and compliance with Dallas Green Building Program. Scope of work included the addition of new office space, renovation of existing restrooms and entry for ADA compliance. Completed August 2016.

        Structural Engineer: MK & Associates

        MEP Engineering: Nova Engineering

        Commissioning Agent: Master Code Inc.

        Contractor: J.A. Green Associates

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2015
    • Architecture Commission
      • 2015 New Hotel, Austin, Texas

        New four story, 83,291 square foot Marriott Residence Inn. The projct was designed to comply with the City of Austin's form-based zoning ordinance and incorporates numerous sustainable features including 100% fresh make-up air system for enhanced indoor air quality while utilizing energy recovery. A highly reflective roof system, solar heated hot water system and interior finishes with low VOC's are some of the facilities sustainble attributes.

        Total Contract: $9,300,000.00

        Civil Engineer: LJA Engineering, Austin, Texas

        Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers, Austin, Texas

        MEP Engineers: TTG Goetting, Austin, Texas

        Interiors: Belterra Design, Austin, Texas

        Commisioning Agent: The Delphi Group, Austin, Texas

        Contractor: DCA, Construction, Austin, Texas

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2013
    • Commissions
      • Oct 2013 New Hotel, Austin Texas

        A new, four story, 63,342 square foot, Holiday Inn Express hotel. The new facility utilizes numerous sustainable design and building techniques including an active solar water heating system and an HVAC system designed to provide 100 percent, fresh make-up air to the public spaces for enhanced indoor air quality. The system utilizes a rooftop unit with an energy recovery wheel. Return air and building exhaust are directed through the wheel transferring its energy to the incoming stream of fresh, make-up air. The system also uses R-410A refrigerant.  A commissioning agent was employed, providing guidance and oversight through the HVAC system design, construction and final delivery of the completed building.

        Total Contract: $6,800,000.00

        Civil Engineer: LJA Engineering, Austin, Texas

        Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers, Austin, Texas

        MEP Engineers: TTG Goetting, Austin, Texas

        Commissioning Agent: The Delphi Group, Austin, Texas

        Interiors: Belterra Design, Austin, Texas

        Contractor, EBCO Construction, Cameron, Texas

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2009
    • Commissions
      • Mar 2009 Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Gibbs Building as Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

        Adaptive re-use of historic, 1909 office building as a hotel. The 8 story, 58,000 square foot building was originally designed by the firm Sanquinet & Staats, and located across from the Alamo in the Alamo Plaza Historic District. The scope of work included building envelope evaluation and restoration, planning for new hotel services including guestrooms, bar, food service and meeting facilities, structural modifications for new fire rated stair enclosures, new hoistways and modifications for new chilled water system, preparation of federal historic tax credit application and representation of owner at numerous public hearings for local tax abatements and design approval. Placed on the national Register of Historic Places 2009.

        Total Contract: $12,608,200.00

        Civil Engineer: Macina, Bose, Copeland & Associates.

        Structural Engineers: Hlavaty & Associates with Luis Faraklas P.E.

        MEP Engineer: The Alex Group

        Interiors: HIS Design Group

        Contractor: TNJ Construction

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2008
    • Commissions
      • Sept 2008 Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Vandergriff Building as Professional Offices, Arlington, Texas

        The adaptive re-use as an office building of a 2 story, Beaux-Arts car dealership from 1928 by architect Harve D. Whithers. The restoration of this 16,900 square foot, historic building is the cornstone for planned redevelopment of downtown Arlington. Project scope included the evaluation and restoration of the building envelope, planning for new office space, new MEP systems, new fire safety systems and preparing  the application for federal historic tax credits. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 2008.

        Total Contract: $1,816,518.00

        Civil Engineer: Mycoskie+McInnis+Associates

        Structural Engineer: Blake Wilson P.E.

        MEP Engineer: The Alex Group

        Interiors: L. Jane Mills with The Interior Design Group

        Contractor: Dennett Construction

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2003
    • Commissions
      • Feb 2003 Sunset Station Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

        New building, designed for an urban, infill site in the Dignowity Hill Historic District of San Antonio. The facility was intended to respect the scale and character of the 19th century commercial buildings along East Commerce street while utilizing features that project modern influences. This had to be balanced with meeting the Intercontinental Hotels design program and a pro forma driven room count. The 49,000 square foot, four story facility was planned to enhance pedestrian connectivity with the public street by its alignment, maintaining the urban street wall, locating the main entry on Commerce street and positioning the parking at the rear of the site.

        Total Contract: $3,541,480.00

        Civil Engineer: Coyle Engineering

        Structural Engineer: Martin Ledford P.E.

        MEP Engineer: Robert Frias P.E.

        Interiors: April Loescher, ASID

        Contractor: EBCO Construction

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2002
    • Commissions
      • Aug 2002 Adaptive Reuse 923 Pennsylvania Avenue, Medical Offices, Fort Worth, Texas

        Adaptive re-use of an early 20th century boarding house as a professional office building. The scope of work included removal of load bearing interior partitions and the integration of new steel beams and columns, removal of existing roof joists and replacement with new metal plate connected wood truss system, new MEP systems, site modifications for ADA compliance and new exterior masonry/stucco veneers and windows. A building addition at the rear provided a double volume entry and space for the new elevator.

        Total Contract: $1,100,000.00

        Structural Engineer: Blake Wilson P.E.

        MEP Engineer: Robert Frias P.E.

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]
  • 2001
    • Commissions
      • July 2001 Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Icke Building as Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

        Adaptive re-use of an 1880 commercial building with 47,000 square foot addition. The historic building was utilized as the public spaces of the new hotel including lobby, meeting rooms, exercise facility and administrative offices. The new addition was carefully placed along side to house the hotel guestrooms and aligned to maintain the urban streetwall. The hotel's main entrance was placed on Commerce street to encourage pedestrian connectivity. Located in the St. Paul Historic District of San Antonio, numerous public hearings were required to obtain design approval, a variance and tax abatements for the project.

        Total Contract: $3,596,375.00

        Civil Engineer: Coyle Engineering

        Structural Engineer: Martin Ledford P.E.

        MEP Engineer: PBS 2000, Inc.

        Contractor: Metropolitan Contracting

        [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Courses

      • ARCH 3331-001 Arch 3331-001

        An overview of sustainability, explaining its importance to architects and how it can influence design. The course explores sustainable practices, that by their very nature influence form, space and architectural expression.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 5336-001 Arch 5336-001

        Introduces the student to the intitial procedures of evolving a building design from code research and the client interview to program documentation. The course emphasizes the importance of communication with the client, while interpreting their needs in the context of the building code, accessibility standards and municipal zoning ordinances. Students learn the fundamentals of how to determine the form giving elements of a program and how these can be utilized to deliver a successful project for the client.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 5395-008 Pro Practice: Programming and Site Planning

        Introduces the student to the initial procedures of evolving a building design through the development of a program. The course emphasizes the importance of communication with the client, interpreting and understanding their needs and the fundamentals of how to shape a client's vision into a well-defined, tangible project. The second half of the semester will focus on the technical aspects of site design including grading, ADA compliance, utilities, site structures and coordination with the civil engineer.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 3331-001 ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

        An overview of sustainability, explaining its importance to architects and how it can influence architecture. The course intent is to explore sustainable practices that by their very nature influence form, space and architectural expression. Initially, the course examines planning concepts that support alternate forms of transportation, increased density, enhanced community connectivity, and creating public space through the arrangement of buildings. Next, the building envelope is considered, investigating insulation materials, roofing membranes, thermal mass, glazing, daylighting and various cladding methods to appreciate the significance of how the building envelope effects the design of HVAC systems and energy consumption. In conclusion, the value of re-using existing buildings is demonstrated through examining historic preservation and adaptive reuse as a method to channel development to existing neighborhoods, preserving rural landscapes, natural habitats and farmland.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 4346-001 CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
        Course explores the techniques of building construction, the communication of technical information and the process of preparing contract documents for permitting and construction. Exercises include determination of occupancy type, allowable building area, height, type of construction and IECC building envelope compliance. Additional assignments include developing glazing, door and hardware schedules. Finally the integration and coordination of CSI specifications with the drawings is implemented.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 3331-001 ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

        An overview of sustainability, explaining its importance to architects and how it can influence architecture. The course intent is to explore sustainable practices that by their very nature influence form, space and architectural expression. Initially, the course examines planning concepts that support alternate forms of transportation, increased density, enhanced community connectivity, and creating public space through the arrangement of buildings. Next, the building envelope is considered, investigating insulation materials, roofing membranes, thermal mass, glazing, daylighting and various cladding methods to appreciate the significance of how the building envelope effects the design of HVAC systems and energy consumption. In conclusion, the value of re-using existing buildings is demonstrated through examining historic preservation and adaptive reuse as a method to channel development to existing neighborhoods, preserving rural landscapes, natural habitats and farmland.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 5395-008 Pro Practice: Programming and Site Planning

        Introduces the student to the initial procedures of evolving a building design through the development of a program. The course emphasizes the importance of communication with the client, interpreting and understanding their needs and the fundamentals of how to shape a client's vision into a well-defined, tangible project. The second half of the semester will focus on the technical aspects of site design including grading, ADA compliance, utilities, site structures and coordination with the civil engineer.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • SUST 5305-003 Sustainability Project Studio

        The Course is part of the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability Track, offered by the School of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Students prepare an urban plan for the redevelopment of an underutilized site in a first ring suburb, adjacent to a DART light rail station. The plan is developed in conjunction with the creation and maintenance of a financial pro forma. The course is taught jointly with Michael Buckley, Clinical Professor of Architecture.

        Spring - Intersession - 2011 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2012 to  Jan 2014 Architectural Advisor to the City of Texarkana Historical Committee

      Assist in the development of the downtown Texarkana Historic District and review and comment on the appropriateness of proposed renovation work in the district.

    • Jan 2002 to  Aug 2006 Downtown Arlington Development Council, Housing Committee

      The committee works to promote the redevelopment of downtown Arlington, including redevelopment of public sidewalks and streets and the integration and coordination of the Downtown Arlington Master Plan with the Master Plan for UTA's future campus growth.

  • Appointed
    • Jan 2003 to  Aug 2006 Board of Directors, Central Arlington Housing Corporation

      The non-profit corporation was formed by downtown Arlington, business leaders and the Chamber of Commerce as an organization to promote new housing in the downtown area.