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Parkland’s Commitment to Dallas

October 2010

McKee & Carman, a WBE firm, and a member of the HOK team was awarded the Furniture Planning portion of the New Parkland Hospital. The 2.5 million square foot project is the largest hospital construction project going on in the U.S. currently and slated to complete in late 2014. We are so proud to be a part of Parkland’s commitment to serving the residents of Dallas County, our home, for generations to come and training tomorrow’s healthcare providers. - link

 

M & C visits the Boardwalk and gets ready to pass GO with Revel

January 2007

Bob Anderson, the new Vice President of Design and Construction of Revel Entertainment, makes M & C an offer we could not refuse. We began the project by interviewing the client and writing the program to help guide the team through the design process. After SOSH Architects, the Architect of Record, BLT Architects, of Philadelphia, PA and the Design architects, Arquitectonica, of New York were assembled; McKee & Carman began work on the design of the Back of House elements of the newest casino to be built on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City!

 

Shotguns and Designers — A lethal combination!

May 2006

Nothing smells better than gunpowder in the morning! Scary as it may seem, the office took up arms to raise money for a great cause. McKee & Carman was one of many sponsors at a charity event at the Cenikor Foundation Clay Shoot. The event was raising money to help people with chronic addictions, help them to overcome their problems, and get them back on track within society. Debbie was the lucky shot of the day. She hit the two clay pigeons that were released at the same time, named the Eagle and the rabbit (One high and one low). At the end of the day, M&C were awarded trophies for their sportsmanship and ribbing for being such poor shots. But we all survived the day with smiles on our faces

 

A New City Arises within the Desert — Search for Food & Water

March 2006

M & C was tasked by MGM/Mirage to design and document the Aria Employee Dining Room for CITYCENTER. This 26,000 square foot buffet style restaurant will rival any of the up-scale dining experiences offered to the guests within the hotel. This restaurant seats 600 people and is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

A New City Arises within the Desert— Part B

February 2006

McKee & Carman continues their work on CITYCENTER and begins space planning six hundred thousand square feet of Block B, in collaboration with Raphael Vinoly Architects of New York. This will be Vdara Condominiums and Hotel.

The amount of space designed, planned, and documented by McKee & Carman equals one eighth of the total square footage of the entire development.

 

The CITYCENTER Kick-Off Summit Party

September 2005

MGM/Mirage announced the CITYCENTER Project with the Summit Kick-Off Event that took place over a celebratory week at the Bellagio with all of the CITYCENTER consultants. McKee & Carman was in great company with many world-renowned design firms including, Pelli Clarke Pelli, RV Architecture, Adamson Associates Architects, Gensler, and HKS Architects to name only a few, for a fabulous week of meetings, seminars, shows and parties that culminated in an ultra-fabulous Summit party. The Ultra Lounge Party was set up with backlit sculpted ice bars with mouth-watering hors d’oeuvre & drinks set to music with an ultra cool suspended orchestra. The party continued until the surprise of the week – a private concert with Earth, Wind, and Fire. Too cool for words. - link

 

M&C Scores High in Victory Plaza

August 2005

McKee & Carman collaborated with HKS Architects, Hillwood Capitol, and the N9NE Group to design the new N9NE Steakhouse, Nove Italian restaurant, and Liquid Sky Nightclub within the Victory Plaza development that is connected to the new American Airlines Arena located in the Uptown district of Dallas, Texas.

 

Potawatomi: Designing the Circle of Life

May 2005

McKee & Carman collaborates with HBG on the renovation and new addition to the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee, WI. The interior themes of the casino and public spaces will reflect the tribe’s history of fire and its close ties to nature.

 

Design Inspired: Lake-Side Serenity

April 2005

McKee & Carman Design Group presents the redesign of the DFW Lakes Hilton Lobby. The Owner is excited with the proposed wood paneling over existing brick veneer walls and the richness and warmth of the color palette. The custom designed area rugs on new hand-scrapped wood floors below the custom two-tiered chandelier anchor the two-story lobby and offers a grand view from the hotel entry and the mezzanine. M&C worked closely with a local Texas artist that painted scenes from the lake and surrounding landscape of the hotel’s ‘back-yard’. The paintings of the lake hang behind the front desk in a triptych and throughout the lobby.

 

Living the High Life in North Dallas

March 2005

We finally get the opportunity to stretch our legs in our new offices in North Dallas on the LBJ corridor; just a stone’s throw from DFW airport and downtown Dallas. From our 7th floor corner offices we can see the gleaming high-rises of the city skyline (as long as the smog has lifted!).

 

A New City Arises within the Desert — Part A

March 2005

McKee & Carman was awarded the contract to design and space plan one and a half million square feet of Block A (the Aria Casino and Hotel) within the new MGM/Mirage CITYCENTER project on the Strip in Las Vegas. We worked closely with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects to organize services within the building and help set the perimeter of the building footprint.

The amount of space designed, planned and documented by McKee & Carman equals one eighth of the total square footage of the entire development.

The project is expected to open December 16th, 2009 (Expect more to follow after we attend the opening gala. Pictures could be damaging!)

 

511 N. Akard Scene and be Seen in Downtown Dallas

November 2003

McKee & Carman has begun design work on the 511 N. Akard building, renovating a vintage 1958 15-story abandoned office building in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The conversion will take the building back to its shell and turn it into 110 luxury condominiums. After completing many studies and pricing exercises, it was found that it would be more financially feasible if the existing building was demolished and a new tower put in its place. In late 2004, MCDG worked closely with the Owners of the property and contractors to design a new all-glass 45 story condominium tower. After completing several design studies, cost analysis scenarios and the declining condo market, the client decided to cancel the project and sell the property in 2006.

 

McKee & Carman Sets Sail for the Intra-Coastal Waterway

July 2003

McKee & Carman is teamed up again with Grande Dunes and HKS for the next phase of the master planned community of Grande Dunes. The Marina Inn at Grande Dunes will be a 4 Diamond hotel and condo resort located on 12 acres of the Intra-Coastal waterway in Myrtle Beach, SC. The design of the property will reflect the Mediterranean villa experience of a world-traveler, with inspiration of the South.

 

Under the Barcelona Sun in Myrtle Beach

February 2003

McKee & Carman will be joining the project team for the Barcelona at Vista del Mar. This luxury high-rise condo tower in Myrtle Beach, SC is situated on the Intra-Coastal waterway and part of the master planned community of Grande Dunes. M&C is teamed up with the Dallas office of HKS.

 

McKee & Carman Design Group, LLC is announced

September 2002

Debbie McKee & Stanley Carman created a new Interior Design company with over 40 years of combined experience to develop a realistic approach to design that both meets the client’s needs and creatively solves problems.

 

 

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M&C Events

Hot Cars — Fast Laps

July 2006

Not letting a chance go to waste to take the company cars out and stretch their legs, Stan and Debbie joined with the Dallas Corvette Club in laps around the Texas Motor Speedway benefiting the Speedways favorite charities. All the monies raised stays in the DFW area to support local organizations in need of funding. Stan wanted to pass the pace car at every chance! The Z06 was not being given its opportunity to shine! Debbie, on the other hand, did an excellent job following the line of the pace car and got many compliments from the speedway crew and other performance car drivers. Looks like Debbie may embark on a new career.

 

Shotguns and Designers &mdash A lethal combination!

May 2006

Nothing smells better than gunpowder in the morning! Scary as it may seem, the office took up arms to raise money for a great cause. McKee & Carman was one of many sponsors at a charity event at the Cenikor Foundation Clay Shoot. The event was raising money to help people with chronic addictions, help them to overcome their problems, and get them back on track within society. Debbie was the lucky shot of the day. She hit the two clay pigeons that were released at the same time, named the Eagle and the rabbit (One high and one low). At the end of the day, M&C were awarded trophies for their sportsmanship and ribbing for being such poor shots. But we all survived the day with smiles on our faces.

 

 

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M&C Las Vegas Highlights

Knobhill Tavern at the MGM Grand

M & C rating: 5 Forks

Everyone’s entrée was fabulous, the wine selection was nice and the dessert left one wanting to try another… The separate and private dining ‘nooks’ near the entry were very cool.

 

Vintner Grill in Summerlin near Red Rock Casino

M & C rating: 5 Forks

As an upscale restaurant off-the-strip in West Las Vegas, the people watching was fun with many men having a nice evening out with their ‘nieces’. The menu was a wonderful read — it was hard to choose and everything was amazing. Of course, the company of good friends made for a memorable evening!

 

Terra Rossa at the Red Rock Casino

M & C rating: 4 Forks

During the walk thru the casino, it was great to see the attention to detail of the interior design and construction. The Italian cuisine was wonderful, but the molten lava cake was to die for!

 

FireFly ‘off-the-strip’ on Paradise (near the airport)

M & C rating: 4 Forks

Tapas were fun for the variety and endless combinations! We had many lunches, although sadly, without a pitcher of Mojitos that would have been perfect for an afternoon on the patio!

 

Hash House a go go ‘off-the-strip’ on West Sahara Ave.

M & C rating: 4 Forks

“Twisted Farm Food” — great tag line and logo items! The entrée portions were the largest we’ve ever seen, in fact, the entrées were served on ‘Thanksgiving turkey’ platters. No joke!

 

Hogs & Heifers (around the corner from the Fremont Street Experience

M & C rating: 5 Shots

A great place to stop for a drink and mix with ‘suits and boots’! Too much fun, so the details will stay in Vegas!

 

Serendipity — The Airport-A-Rental near the airport entrance

M & C rating: Priceless

During our Las Vegas commuting, we discovered the nice guys at the Airport-A-Rental who cheerfully picked us up at the airport on arrival and dropped us off to head back to Dallas. -> Airport-A-Rental: 800.243.9656

 

 

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