Spotlight on Architect Michael Bennett

Ever thought of turning an elevator into a mobile conference room?  That’s an idea Architect Michael Bennett has for a project in downtown Fort Worth.

The building, owned by Purple Land Management, was built in the 1920’s.  At that time, parking garages had multiple stories without connecting ramps – so they built car elevators to move them up and down.

Instead of wasting a car-sized elevator, Bennett would like to turn it into a conference room that can move up and down to different floors.  That’s just one example why most of us are not architects.  Who could come up with that idea?!

Bennett is actually a Fort Worth guy – he received his undergraduate degree from TCU and his Masters from UTA.  After working as an architect in Berlin, Amsterdam and New York, the Bennetts decided to move back to Fort Worth.  In 2008, he became a partner and CEO at Bennett Benner & Partners.

Almost all of their work is in Fort Worth and his hope is that he leaves the space better than when he got there.  He particularly enjoys the older, historical buildings that can be restored, rehabbed and re-used.

Bennett and Fort Construction have partnered on a number of occasions and it has been a real pleasure to work with him.  And once renovations are complete at the Thrifty Nickel in Fort Worth, take note of the glass staircase.  That was his idea as well.

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