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Berger Iron Works Receives AIA Houston Artisan of the Year Design Award CONGrATuLATIONS TO BErGEr IrON WOrKS, recipient of the AIA Houston Artisan of the Year. Nominated by the AIA Houston Honor Award Committee, the company received the award at a reception on Thursday, September 3, 2015. According to Berger President Joe Rigano, the honor of "having been named AIA Houston's Artisan of the Year does not happen without the valued relationships we have with our clients, owners, and architects. Berger has been a member of AGC Houston since 1939 and has grown up alongside many of the titans of our industry who have nurtured and furthered the interests of the AGC these many years." Through the end of October 2015, AIA Houston featured an exhibit of Berger Iron Works' project photos, shop drawings, historical documents and materials alongside model and sample work. Rigano added, "We are thankful for every opportunity given to us and are committed to the high standards to which we have always strived to attain." The 2015 AIA Houston Design Awards also featured works by PGAL, kinneymorrow Architecture, studioMET, Gensler, SMLA, Interloop-Architecture, Murphy Mears Architects, Nonya Grenader, FAIA, Curry Boudreaux Architects, Page, Kirksey, CONTENT Architecture, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, BRAVE/Architecture and Powers Brown Architecture. ■ Winter 2016 How It All Started A.A. Berger began fabricating ornamental iron work for residences and office buildings in 1893. By the 1930's Berger was the choice of many of the most elegant estates in Houston, Galveston and the surrounding areas. As Houston grew, the company diversified and, in the 1940's, helped to supply the U.S. war effort with fabricated iron and wire products. Berger also manufactured special marsh buggies which were used in oil exploration. When defense contracts declined after the war, Berger Iron and Wire Works focused on commercial and industrial fabrication. In January 2016, Berger Iron works will be leaving its home of 75 years in the Rice Military area and head approximately 12.6 miles northwest into a new facility at 8107 West Little York. "We are currently on two acres of land and will be moving to a brand new facility on 5.5 acres that features a 9,000 square-foot office space and 40,000-square foot shop," stated Rigano. This will be the second time since the company's foundation that it will relocate. "We were originally downtown for [Left] The exposition at the Architecture Center Houston. [Top] Berger Iron Works' employees in the shop. [Above] The drawings of the Texas state capitol building restoration. From 1991 to 1999, Berger Iron Works helped to restore the Texas state capitol building. The work entailed four phases including the north expansion, the interior and exterior building restoration, as well as the grounds. "We worked closely with the architects and general contractors," stated Rigano. This included railings, stairs, fencing and 20 column capitals that surround the capitol dome. 45 years," he said. "We're excited about the move. It will encompass all of the shop equipment along with 45 employees." The company has been in continuous operation for 120 years. Congratulations! COMMERCIAL * INDUSTRIAL Galvanized and Vinyl Coated Chain Link Fence, Wood Fencing Galvanized Ornamental Iron with Powder Coated Finish Electric Powered Gates * Access Control Equipment Temporary Fencing Location: 16700 Beaumont Hwy, Houston, TX 77049 P.O. Box 96116 Houston, TX 77213-6116 683796_Foster.indd 1 Office: (281) 456-7273 Fax: (281) 456-0221 Website: Specializing In The Petro Chemical Industry ® Professional Sales Staff and Experienced Installers 3/31/14 13 6:54 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Winter 2015

From the Chairman of the Board, Bill Scott, III
Meet Your New Board of Directors
Upskill Houston: The nation’s first business-led, community-wide, integrated effort to increase the “middle skills” workforce.
Berger Iron Works Receives AIA Houston Artisan of the Year Design Award
Great Apes Return to Houston: W. S. Bellows Construction Corp. takes on a unique journey to create the Houston Zoo’s African Gorilla Forest
Target Budget Design: Providing Value with Cost Certainty
Past Events
Member News
Index of Advertisers/

Cornerstone - Winter 2015