Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
P A P E R W O R K Texas State University Campus Master Plan With help from Boston firm Ayers/Saint/Gross, Texas State University began development of a 10-year master plan in 2003 to accommodate its expected growth of the 455-acre campus in San Marcos. The plan is based on five principles: to maintain identity, emphasize sense of community, accentuate the natural environment, exhibit cohesive architecture, and develop ease of mobility around the campus. To preserve the historical character of the campus, the plan calls for the addition of intimate gathering spaces between residence halls and an architectural approach that complements campus landmarks such as Old Main and the Quad. Architectural individuality of new buildings (indicated in red) is in harmony with existing structures (indicated in black) and in context with the balance of the campus. Proposed structures express unified design, respecting tradition and embracing modern technological advancement. Mansfield Medical Center Christopher Lamb and Daniel Romo’s design for a 269,000-sf medical center was among 14 concepts presented in December by teams of Texas A&M University architecture students working in collaboration with architects at Dallasbased HKS. The proposed site covers 40 acres in Mansfield, just south of Fort Worth. Twenty-nine juniors and seniors enrolled in an architecture-for-health studio directed by George J. Mann, AIA, took part in the semester-long project that focused on sustainable design solutions emphasizing energy conservation, renewable resources, and evidence-based design. “A real-world project means so much more to the students than a routine hypothetical homework assignment,” Mann said. Lamb and Romo designed a three-level facility with a 100,000-sf footprint under roofs equipped with solar panels and a drainage system that stores rainwater in cisterns for irrigating indoor and outdoor gardens. The third floor of the lobby opens to landscaped “healing” gardens, a retreat from the hospital’s stressful environments. School of the Woods–High School Scheduled to open its doors in August, the School of the Woods-High School in Houston strives to enable experiential learning through its environment. Natalye Appel + Associates Architects with Architectsworks are set to complete the $10 million project. This high school faces several design challenges in keeping with the Montessori philosophy, including the need to engage the community and natural environment, fostering intimacy for individual and small group work, and supporting future population expansion and community activities. Classroom-patio-balcony clusters create seamless indoor/ outdoor environments. The building also incorporates daylighting, natural ventilation, and rainwater harvesting as an extension of the philosophical goals of the school. 22 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 1 / 2 2 0 0 6