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Beck Group "tears down silos"
at 2006 Rowlett
The Beck Group, a 93-year-old architecture, construction and real
estate development company headquartered in Dallas, was the featured
firm at the 26th annual Rowlett Lecture on Feb. 3 at the Annenberg
Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University.|
The lecture, "Beck: Tearing Down the Silos," focused
on the company's interdisciplinary integration of built environment
services. The event was sponsored by Texas A&M's CRS Center
for Leadership and Management in the Design and Construction Industry
and the College of Architecture.
The 2006 Rowlett Lecture offered a peek at the history, inner-workings
and transformation of The Beck Group, which was founded almost
a century ago as a family-owned construction company and has evolved
into an international firm providing fully integrated architecture,
construction and development services. The lecture format included
a series of panel discussions featuring company executives and
practitioners talking about the Beck philosophy and sharing their
experiences with integrating a wide range of services in design
and construction. Using case studies, panel participants explored
the benefits and challenges of integrating services and examined
the challenges that lie ahead for the architecture, engineering
and construction industries.
Representatives from all of Beck's built environment service areas
contributed to the panel discussion. Peter Beck, managing director
and CEO of the company, provided the introduction. The first panel,
discussing Beck's integration process, featured managing directors
Rick del Monte and Paul Higgins. The second panel, examining the
benefits and challenges of integration, included Betsy del Monte,
principal; Joe Flores, senior project manager; Bryan Jones, associate;
Mike Murray, principal; and Gary Pille, senior project manager.
The third panel examined the future of integrated built environment
services and discussed challenges, new tools and current initiatives.
Leading this discussion was Peter Beck; Steve Loneman, director
of preconstruction services; Brian Miller, associate principal;
and Stewart Carroll, technology director.
The John Miles Rowlett Lecture Series is made possible through
a grant to the Texas Architectural Foundation from the founders
of CRS of Houston and Mrs. Virginia Rowlett. The firm was established
in 1946 by William W. Caudill and John M. Rowlett, professors of
architecture at Texas A&M.
Beck-designed Hunt Oil Corp. headquarters.