Northwest Crossing


My Assignment

Coordinate with a team to develop a set of 3D renderings for the Northwest Crossing Industrial Park, a new facility from IDV and Carson Companies in Houston, Texas. I was provided with the site plan and elevation plans for the building. My responsibly is to bring the construction drawings to life for marketing, fundraising and planning purposes.

About IDV

Investment and Development Ventures, LLC is a privately held real estate investment, development and management company based in Houston, Texas. IDV’s foundation is built on a strong team environment and an ethos of integrity, perseverance and respect. IDV is uniquely experienced in all facets of the real estate investment and development cycle with the ability to understand the motivations of all parties to a transaction. IDV brings experience as tenant reps, landlords, asset managers, general contractors, developers, and equity and joint venture partners providing a 360 degree view of the real estate industry.

About Carson Companies

The Carson Companies is one of Southern California and Houston, Texas’ leading providers of buildings ideally suited for the logistics, distribution and supply chain management business. The Company is organized as a private Real Estate Investment Trust and has been in business for almost 100 years.

Headquartered in Newport Beach, California with offices in Carson, California and Houston, Texas, The Carson Companies is a developer and long-term owner of industrial property with property management, asset management, leasing, construction management and development capabilities. The portfolio of properties owned exceeds 11 million s.f. and is located in major distribution hubs throughout Southern California and Houston, Texas. The strategic real estate holdings include the 438-acre Dominguez Technology Center located in Carson, California, the 52-acre Homestead Business Park located on the Alameda Corridor in Rancho Dominguez, the 172- acre Chino South Business Park located in the Inland Empire, the 80 acre Bayport Distribution Center, and the Portwall Distribution Center adjacent to the port of Houston, Texas.

Project Details

Client: IDV & Carson Companies

Date: 2014

Skills & Software: Architecture Rendering, SketchUp, Shaderlight, AutoCAD, Photoshop

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The Finished Renderings

How do I make my renderings?


Create a 3D model in SketchUp from the construction plans. Plans are submitted in AutoCAD .dwg files or .pdf for me to use.


Render the model using rendering software. The software uses texture and material definitions I have provided in the model to create a photorealistic image.


Finish the image in Photoshop. The rendered image is almost done, but it still needs to be completed in Photoshop for the final touches.

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