Guided by Forward-Thinking

ERO was the first architectural firm in South Texas to shift to Revit CAD and BIM platforms, enabling ERO to view designs in 3D, refine design efficiencies, and isolate sections, structures and systems. With BIM utilization on over 30 recent design projects, ERO is able to strengthen workflow in the design, detail, production, coordination and submission processes. All project participants are able to access the design and construction information in a single database to collaborate and efficiently manage all disciplines involved in the process and reduces the likelihood of additional costs.

In addition, our ERO design group is committed to producing quality designs utilizing the latest 3D software and hardware for visualizations with photo realistic renders, video walk-through and fly-over animation and physical 3D models to help communicate and streamline the design process. As the project is developed, ERO is able to offer owner’s various design perspectives and options.

ERO has the latest in 3D printing technology with its powerhouse Fortus 360mc and its ability to produce large physical scale models of buildings and sites that can help improve the design process and communications among owners and stakeholders, especially for pre bond programs. ERO has a full-service marketing department with graphic design, photography, video, web site and social media development capabilities including 4K-Drone video production for aerial site and construction update videos.

3D visualization video of TSTC University Center at Harlingen

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3D model created in-house with ERO's 3D printer

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Proven Experience

With more and more school districts dealing with aging facilities and rising construction costs, the cost of financing improvements can only be achieved by passing a bond referendum.

Engaging the community early in discussions and recommendations regarding capital facility improvements is one of the most critical first steps when a bond election is inevitable. A step-by-step strategic pre-bond program will undoubtedly be the difference between the success and failure of an election.

ERO can help school districts assess, develop and implement effective strategies to make a compelling presentation for the evidence of need, articulate and design those needs, engage your community, and win broad-based community support for a school bond proposal.

Brian Godinez, chief marketing officer and partner with ERO, has over 35 years of communications and community engagement experience. He has managed state and local political campaigns and referendums with over a 75% campaign success rate and over the last three years has helped pass county, city and school district bond referendums with an average of a 66% voter approval.

ERO provides a variety of bond planning services including community assessment; voter research, analysis and projections; opinion and attitude surveys; assist with citizen, community and/or political action committee creation and management; community engagement and consensus building; and develop a message and campaign strategy of need. For the bond election, working with a PAC and the District, ERO can assist with the development of all campaign data, tools, presentations and materials as well as help coordinate and implement the “pro” bond campaign to win broad-based community support.

Prebond services

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Prebond services

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Long-Term Facility Master Planning

Master planning deals primarily with current and long-term arrangement, appearance, harmony and functionality of facilities in the utilization of building additions, and the best way buildings are located, experienced, accessed and used by staff, visitors and citizens.

The master planning process focuses primarily with current and long-term arrangement, appearance, harmony and functionality of school facilities and campuses as well as the location of future facility additions. This should reflect the best way education facilities are experienced, accessed and used by staff, students and the community. A successful master plan should align with the school district’s philosophy and programmatic goals and objectives into the necessary physical development of long-term needs and growth, with the impetus, support and promotion coming from the district.

Municipalities, school districts, businesses and neighborhoods go hand-in-glove in the successful development of communities, and schools now serve more than ever the important needs for higher quality of life. ERO believes that schools are tied closely to neighborhoods and perform a key role in the prosperity and development of a community. For centuries, the churches were the “centers of community,” not just for faith and spiritual growth but also for education, safety and social interaction. We believe school facilities reflect much of that same role today and in many cases they are the center of the universe for families and businesses.

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Conserving Energy and Resources

ERO has exceptional experience with green design concepts and sustainability. ERO buildings have been recognized LEED® Gold and LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

We completed the first LEED Gold education facility south of San Antonio—the University Center at Texas State Technological College (TSTC) in Harlingen. This unique facility was the recent winner of both the Associated Builders and Contractor’s Excellence in Construction Award and the Engineering News Record Excellence in Design Award.

We've also completed the first LEED Certified building for Donna Independent School District—Donna 3D Academy.

With other sustainable projects in our portfolio, our approach has always been to recommend sustainable measures that are practical, easy to maintain and provide the most efficient use of budgetary costs, while maintaining a positive end-user experience. We were awarded twice by the Lower Rio Grande Valley AIA Chapter with design awards for sustainable facilities in Zapata County: the Zapata County Museum and Zapata Educational Technology Center.

TSTC University Center at Harlingen