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Project Spotlight: IBC Bank

If you’ve driven down 5th Street lately, you’ve probably noticed a different scene on the corner of 5th & Nueces compared to this time last year. The block is now home to IBC Bank Plaza, a new 13-story, 194,794 square foot, class “A” building.

The facility is the new headquarters for IBC Bank-Austin, whose space encompasses 27,000 square feet, including a bank lobby and drive-thru on the ground level. The building also includes retail spaces, a parking garage, and additional office space. It offers multiple balconies overlooking Republic Park, with Capitol views from the upper floors.

Developed by Endeavor Real Estate Group and designed by architectural firm HKS, the building is designed to meet LEED Silver standards. Core and shell construction was performed by JE Dunn Construction, and Harvey-Cleary Builders was the general contractor for several of the office tenant finishout spaces, IBC Bank plaza and lobby.

With retail space to include buzzed about and new-to-Austin restaurants Fixe and Wu Chow, this new facility is sure to become a downtown Austin fixture. Congratulations to the IBC Bank Plaza team!

Rendering: HKS, Inc.

Southern Regional Conference

Early Bird Pricing Ends Wednesday, November 19th!

What We're Reading

Gillian Flynn


On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

The Arbinger Institute

Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.

This book with teach you how to consistently tap into an innate ability that dramatically improves both your results and your relationships.

New Member Breakfast

Welcome New SMPS Austin Members! This group gathered for the New Member Breakfast at CRAVE on November 12th! Thanks to Membership Director Marisa Jarmon for organizing a great event honoring our latest membership additions.  

Pictured new members are: Marina Reynaga, Cosella- Dorken; Sita Lakshiminarayan, BLGY Architecture; Nadia Battle, Parson and Brinkerhoff; Patricia Hunt, Architecture Plus; Lesley Gillaspie, Austin Commercial; Leah Kenney, IE² Construction, Inc.; (Bottom from left): Tusi Partsch, Parson and Brinkerhoff; Isabelle Encela, Design Workshop; Amber Kells, Furman + Keil Architects

New Member Spotlight

Lesley Gillaspie
Austin Commercial

Where do you work and what’s your position? 
Austin Commercial, Office Manager and Marketing Assistant
Austin Industries is one of the nation’s largest, most diversified U.S.-based construction companies. With more than 6,500 employee-owners, Austin Industries provides nearly every type of civil, commercial and industrial construction services through the expertise of our operating companies.

Where is your hometown and where did you go to school? Tecumseh, KS
I attended Baker University in Baldwin City, KS and studied Art History and Medieval History

What do you like to do in your free time? Hobbies? I am an avid reader and enjoy visiting wineries and going on hikes.

What prompted you to join SMPS Austin? A desire to learn and network more in the marketing world.

Members on the Move

Kristy Nice has been promoted to Marketing Manager for STG Design. Congrats Kristy!

Christin Menendez is the Marketing Coordinator at Alliance Transportation Group Inc. Congrats Christin!