Our History Inventure was founded in 1997 to support people, solve their design problems and empower their visions. Over twenty years later, our clients continue to enjoy the services of a company that thinks differently, intentionally fosters a culture of innovation, and builds lasting client relationships. We originally developed our people-centered design process out of Jim’s house, a unique start-up environment created to support the advancement of new ideas and award-winning design solutions. Our clients selected us over larger, more established firms for our tailored solutions. We were pulled onto large corporate and healthcare projects and rapidly grew by embracing technology like 3D visualization software and by partnering with other top-tier firms drawn to our ability to repeatedly produce inspired, refined work of the highest quality. In 2004, we greatly expanded our offerings from corporate interiors and healthcare to include experiential design, retail and industrial. A decade and a half later, we have offices in Houston, Dallas, Nashville and Tulsa and complete projects around the world. The year we opened, we became one of the first firms to elevate the standard of interior architecture in the South. We sought to understand our clients’ goals, create custom solutions and ensure the process was seamlessly enjoyable throughout. Our commitment to our clients’ success, our understanding of their needs, and our investment in their people yields the great design we are now known for.
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Services Interiors & Architecture
→ Building Evaluations
→ Database Management
→ Site Tour & Selection
→ Periodic Plan Updates
→ Test Fits & Space Planning
→ Lease Manuals/Facility Surveys
→ Estimates & Schedules
→ Facility Consolidation Reports
→ Facility Handbooks: Finishes & Furniture
→ 3-D Visualization
→ Facility Standards
→ Documentation & Construction Reviews
→ Project/Construction Management
→ Fabric, Finish & Board Presentations
→ Existing Facility Review
→ Code, Zoning & Planning Studies
→ Asset/Inventory Management
→ Access Security & Technology Needs
→ Vendor Invoice Management
→ Urban Design Studies → Feasibility/Lending Packages
→ Evaluation of Furniture Standards
→ Environmental Graphics
→ Catalog Current Inventory
→ Graphic Design
→ Furniture Selection
→ Wayfinding + Signage
→ Furniture Mock-Ups
→ Identity & Brand Development
→ Furniture Bidding & Specifications
→ Information Design
→ Executive Furniture Consultation
→ Donor Recognition
→ Custom Furniture & Carpet Design
→ Print Design
→ Room Accessories & Finishes
→ Merchandise Design
→ Art Consultation & Coordination
→ User Experience & User Interface
→ Focus Groups
→ Comprehensive Site Evaluation
→ Departmental Programming
→ Employee Surveys
→ Growth Rate Study
→ Workplace Trends Workshop
→ Facility Scorecards
→ Project Goal Setting + Strategy
→ Cultural Landscape Evaluation
→ Workplace Dossier
→ Establish Project Objectives
→ Develop Initial Plans, Incorporating Programming Guidelines
→ Review Workplace Goals for Efficiency & Utilization → Set Guidelines for the Planning, Design & Budgets → Interview Organizational Leaders to Gather and Compile Personnel Requirements & Departmental Requirements
→ Coordinate Overall Concept with Building Requirements, Systems Integration & Regulatory Code Enforcement → Present Furniture Layout, Finishes & Design Concepts → Review Cost Data, Create Budget & Schedule → Inspect & Document Existing Building Conditions
→ Implement Design Direction & Solidify Project Intent
→ Finalize Building Systems
→ Select Finish Materials
→ Document Design Decisions
→ Create Final Plans
→ Coordinate Consultants
→ Review Budget & Maintain Project Schedule
→ Create Documents to Obtain Building Permits
Post Occupancy Evaluation
→ Solicit & Review Contractor Bids
→ Ensure Warranty Compliance
→ Review Contractor Requirements
→ Inspect Material Performance
→ Review Construction Budget Schedule
→ Occupancy Goals Analysis → Review Design Functionality → Present Findings & Review with Client
Invisioning InVisioning was developed to help our clients with the design process throughout the lifecycle of a project. Through the use of object based CAD software, we are working in 3D at all times, even during preliminary Test-Fits. As a result, we are able to show our clients how the space will look in 3D at a stage when decisive decision making will quicken the overall process.
As the preliminary drawings progress, we are able to modify and update the 3D views as changes are requested to allow the client to walkthru the space and view updates in real time. When the design becomes finalized, we use a software package in-house that gives a photorealistic view of the design and implements the actual finishes. This powerful software, used by Sony and Pixar, allows clients to actually â€˜seeâ€™ the final space. The last phase of inVisioning is the use of a tablet-based application that allows the client to have the final working drawings and images linked to the actual CAD-based information model. This app gives the client and the contractor the ability to access a complete set of current drawings with the touch of a finger. Using touch based controls, the app allows simple navigation around and through the workspace.
History 1997 James W. O’Neill formed Architecture + Interiors Interior Architecture Honor Award AIA Houston Loomis Fargo & Co.
1998 Firm name changed to Facilities Design International
1999 Design Award Winners First Place SMPS - Special Market Brochure SMPS - Special Events Piece
2000 Best of 2000 Awards | Mechanical/Electrical | Award of Excellence | F.W. Dodge Texas Construction | Albert B. Alkek Building Best of 2000 Awards | Outstanding Renovation/Restoration Project | F.W. Dodge Texas Construction | Rice University Keck Hall American School and University Architectural Portfolio Competition | Rice University Citation | Howard Keck Hall
Healthcare Environment Award | Ambulatory Care - First Place | Contract Magazine | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center APEX Award | AGC of America | PetroCosm Interior Design Awards | Healthcare First Place ASID/Houston Chronicle | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center Interior Architecture Honor Award AIA Houston | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center
2003 Firm name changed to O’Neill & Associates Interior Architecture Honor Award | AIA Houston | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center Interior Design Awards | Commercial, Healthcare | Honorable Mention | ASID | Texas Children’s Hospital | Feigin Center Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center ASHE/AIA AAH | Project Team Award | Honorable Mention | Texas Children’s Hospital Clinical Care Center, West Tower, Feigin Center and Abercrombie
Excellence for Design-Build Projects | Texas Contractors Magazine | University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Prevention Building
Architect of the Year Award | Excellence in Construction | American Subcontractors Association | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center
Firm Name Changes to O’Neill Hill, & Associates
Interior Design Awards Healthcare - First Place | ASID/Houston Chronicle | Texas Children’s Hospital | West Tower Design is Good Business Award | Business Week/Architecture Record/AIA Texas | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center Design Excellence Award | First Place | IIDA/Texas Oklahoma Chapter | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center & West Tower The Top 10 Most Innovative | Facilities in Healthcare | Center for Innovation in Health Facilities | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center
Joint venture with FKP Architects Excellence in Construction Award | Associated Building Contractors | University of Texas M.D. Anderson | Ambulatory Clinical Building Best Healthcare Project & Best of Construction for Healthcare over $15m | Texas Construction Magazine | University of Texas M.D. Anderson Ambulatory Clinical Building Excellence Award | Design-Build Institute of America | University of Texas M.D. Anderson | Ambulatory Clinical Building ASHE/AIA AAH | Project Team Award | Honorable Mention | Texas Children’s Hospital | Clinical Care Center, West Tower, Feigin Center and Abercrombie
Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | University of Texas M.D. Anderson | Ambulatory Clinical Building
Facility Awards of Excellence | IFMA Houston Chapter | Small Sized Project - Huntsman
Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | Inventure Design Corporate Office
Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | MHSW | Heart & Vascular Institute
SMPS Houston Design Award | Most Liked Award
Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence American Association of Critical Care Nurses Children’s Hospital of Orange Co. Best Higher Education/Research Project Texas Construction Magazine Texas Children’s Hospital Feigin Center Dissolve joint venture with FKP Firm name changed to Inventure Design
2010 Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | Texas Children’s Hospital Feigin Center Laboratory of the Year | Honorable Mention | R&D Magazine | Texas Children’s Hospital Feigin Center
2011 Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative
2012 Landmark Award | Houston Business Journal | Texas Children’s Hospital | Pavilion for Women
2013 Firm purchases building & relocates into new office IIDA Pinnacle Award | Medium-sized Firm Facility Awards of Excellence | IFMA Houston Chapter | Small Sized Project - The Center | Medium Sized Project - LLOG
2016 Good Brick Award | Preservation Houston | Excellence in Historic Preservation Facility Awards of Excellence | IFMA Houston Chapter | Small Sized Project | Armadillo Financial/Johnson Law Group BUILD 2016 Architecture Awards | Interior Design Firm of the Year - Texas | Best for Healthcare Architecture & Interior Design Best Places to Work | Houston Business Journal | Finalist for 10 to 100 Employees in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016
2017 BUILD 2017 Architecture Awards | Architecture Design | Firm of the Year - Texas Firm Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary Fast 100 | Houston Business Journal Facility Awards of Excellence | IFMA Houston Chapter | Medium Sized Project - Cemex
2018 Firm has offices in Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, & Nashville BUILD 2018 Architecture Awards | Best Corporate Architecture Firm - West South Central States CRE’s Best Places to Work 2018 | Real Estate Forum
2019 Best Places to Work | Houston Business Journal | Finalist for 10 to 100 Employees in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2019
13,000 sf BUD GET
Interior Architecture, Experiential Design & Furniture Services YEAR COMPLETED
iOfficeâ€™s relocation allowed this Houston founded tech company to stay in a central city location and to foster continued growth, offerings and opportunities. The new office sits on Memorial Drive in 13,000 square feet, and takes advantage of direct elevator lobby access with inviting double glass doors. While there is a reception space when entering, iOfficeâ€™s technology welcomes visitors in the form of an iPad. Inventure took advantage of a long open space for a dedicated work area for the programmers. Ceilings were removed and ductwork and pipes were left exposed and celebrated helping to recall the feeling of the original Singer Lofts.
Meeting rooms fully integrated with technology provides a customer experience for clients to see the products that iOffice develops. Employee amenities showcase a vintage Atari game table at the employee lounge and a break room with seating styles that accommodates a wide variety of group sizes for lunch and impromptu meetings.
53,000 sf BUD GET
Interiors & Furniture YEAR COMPLETED
HighRadius, a Software-as-a-Service company, partnered with Inventure to infuse their existing office space with their gritty, bold, fail-fast, learnfast culture. HighRadius is revolutionizing the accounting software industry with its Artificial Intelligencebased Autonomous systems to help companies automate Accounts Receivable and Treasury process. They wanted their office to reflect the important work they are doing as well as speak to the culture that they have worked hard to build. The project involved converting their current office space to an open floor plan to facilitate collaboration and cross pollination of ideas between departments. Community areas were added throughout the open work zone to give users the ability to have casual breakout sessions or an opportunity for
free address work style. Private offices, huddle rooms and conference rooms were added for focus zones that reinforce the companyâ€™s corporate culture of efficiency and productivity. The main highlight of the space is their chalk board wall where their culture has a chance to shine. They wanted the most important things to them, clients and employees, to be the first highlight you see as you walk through their front door. This unique design element helps tie together the culture of HighRadius and is a stand out feature in the room.
12,000 sf BUD GET
Full Interiors, Furniture, Signage & Exterior HVAC Yard YEAR COMPLETED
DUGS a geoscience company wanted a high-end office that emphasized its corporate brand within a contemporary design. The space is divided into a public zone and private work area. The public zone includes the reception area, break room, training room and meeting rooms. Inventure created a custom reception desk and ceiling inspired by the companyâ€™s hexagonal logo. The break room serves as a gathering area with an in-house barista and custom espresso machine. The private work area, separated by glass doors from the main space, contains the workstations, IT server room and a hoteling area. The server room, an important feature to showcase to DUGâ€™s clients, has two large cooling towers that were provided for the computer room with server racks submerged in mineral oil tanks.
5,800 sf BUD GET
Interior Architecture, Experiential Design & Furniture Services YEAR COMPLETED
EAG Services, a tech consulting firm, reinvents their workplace to align with their core values. EAG Services, a tech consulting firm serving the oil & gas industry, chose to relocate to a downtown Houston office building and brought on Inventure to help translate their unique culture ino their new corporate space. The office needed to accomodate the existing staff while allowing for flexibility and growth in their sister company, EAG 1Source, which offers accounting and other back office services. In addition to schematic design, renderings, and furniture services, Inventure also provided Visual Communication services, with dimensional signage in the lobby and film on various conference and huddle rooms. The space consisted of an open workspace, private offices, an intimate lobby, and a bright and spacious breakroom.
15, 096 sf BUD GET
Interior Architecture, Experiential Design & Furniture Services YEAR COMPLETED
RPS is a leading professional services firm with a global presence. The main goals for the new office in Houstonâ€™s Energy Corridor was to ensure all employees had a view to natural light, give room for innovation and collaboration, and to provide a workplace that promoted RPSâ€™s new rebranding efforts. To highlight cultural behaviors and reinforce the corporate brand, the design utilizes color while staying light, bright, and modern. Beyond traditional conference rooms, each neighborhood has focus rooms, huddle spaces, and inviting collaboration spaces. The office sets new design standards and goals that will be incorporated into the other offices in North America.
524,323 sf BUD GET
Interior Design, Furniture, Graphics, Workplace Strategy YEAR COMPLETED
McDermott International, a fully integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, chose to partner with Inventure to consolidate their Houston area corporate offices into one central headquarters. As part of this consolidation, the team was tasked with relocating 1,200 employees and developing new corporate standards to align with their newly formed corporate brand after their acquisition of CB&I (Chicago Bridge and Iron). The goal of the project was to create a space that reflected their values, enhanced their brand and embraced a new way of work. The project encompasses 18 floors of a Class A office building. Collaborative spaces and strategically placed intersections were utilized to encourage inter-departmental collaboration.
Right-to-light and views to the outdoors was a commitment the team made to every employee. Every workstation and private offices has a direct view to the outdoors, a strategy widely recognized to boost productivity, engagement, and daily well-being. LED lighting design and color temperature are utilized to reduce eye strain and improve the human comfort of the work zones. A wellness room is located on every floor to provide employees with private space for respite throughout the day.
Working with the client to enhance their brand and work style realignment align their workArrival on each floor gestures occupants toplace with their work styles to curates a space ward the employee lounge, which serves as both that truly reflects the future of McDermott. point of departure and nexus of connection Strategic use of brand colors, custom-designed between employees. Meals and meetings can workstation and office furniture, and full techshare these spaces with sweeping views of the nology integration set McDermott on a path of Houston skyline serving as the backdrop. sustained growth and employee retention.
Daikin Industries, LTD.
300,000 sf BUD GET
Interior Design, Graphics, Facility Management YEAR COMPLETED
Daikin, a global air conditioning manufacturing company, enlisted Inventure to enhance their facility in Waller, TX after determining it needed more of a presence for customers and manufacturers visiting the facility. The focus was on the front lobby, the conference center, and making sure graphics were incorporated to be part of the building. Clean lines and simplicity were key to the design as well as a focus on the foundation of the company - air.
which displayed employee photos, company goals, community events, and inspirational quotes from management.
Visitors and employees alike could walk through the corridor to stay invested in everyDaikin, a technology-forward company, wanted thing to do with Daikin. to have the design encompass this in every room. Innovation is one of the values at Daikin, The client also wanted to dedicate a portion of so this was an important design element. the space to the Waller community and asked children from local elementary schools to To achieve this, the design team created a wavy submit artwork on being green to be displayed wall to mimic the fluidity of wind. Given Daiin the lobby. kinâ€™s strong emphasis on employee satisfaction, another essential feature was the employee wall
80,000 sf BUD GET
Cemex, a technology company that specializes in the sale of cement and building materials, selected Inventure to design their expansive new office in Houston, Texas.
LEED Coordination & Graphic Management YEAR COMPLETED
The space needed to possess many elements, including brand reiteration, reduced hierarchy, conference and huddle rooms throughout and a tour path for visitors. The most challenging design element was uniting multiple floors through an internal staircase installation. The space is open and bright, yet still provides privacy. All private offices have some glass components, and office groupings are interrupted by workstations to bring light further into the space. Inventure used a white and gray color scheme, integrating occasional accent colors to create energy and vibrancy. Exposed concrete floors, textural stone details, wood elements, and polished surfaces were
used to further emphasize brand identity. The break room was intended to be used by the entire company, and encourage communication and socialization. It also serves as a collaborative team area. Cemex frequently uses conference rooms, and required several rooms in varying sizes throughout. Sustainability is a key pillar of Cemexâ€™s values and played a large role in the design of the space. Recycle centers located in copy areas and break rooms encourage employee participation in green practices. Inventure used sustainable materials throughout, and utilized refurbished furniture where possible. Cemex is currently pursuing LEED certification.