Texas Architect May/June 2006: Nature
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.
N E W S AIA Lubbock Design Awards Announced l u b b o c k Two projects received Honor Awards in AIA Lubbock’s 2005 Design Awards ceremony held on Dec. 5. The jury – David E. Lewis, AIA, of David E. Lewis, Architect; MJ Neal, AIA, of MJ Neal Architects; and Al York, AIA, of McKinney Architects – selected the award recipients among the entries. Jurors presented Honor Awards to two projects by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper—the Academic Classroom Building and the Dollye Neal Chapel. The 65,000-sf Academic Classroom Building provides an open, interactive learning environment for students of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The facility incorporates ample indoor circulation, lounges, and outdoor gathering spaces. The Dollye Neal Chapel, located on the Midland College campus, is designed to serve as a threshold between solitude and community while providing a spiritual sense of place. The chapel accommodates seating for up to 50 people and includes a bride’s room and an enclosed garden with additional seating and open spaces for gathering. Merit Awards were presented to Mullin Hoard & Brown Law Offices by Michael Peters; North University Avenue Gateway by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; Southwest Cancer Center by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; and Omni Office Cafe by sls partnership. The jury also awarded Citation Awards to City Bank North Overton by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; Overton Park Residential by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper; and Raintree Christian Church by Michael Peters. Dollye Neal Chapel Academic Classroom Building Mullin Hoard & Brown Law Offices Southwest Cancer Center North University Avenue Gateway Omni Office Cafe New USGBC Chapter Totals 3 for Texas a u s t i n Last summer the U.S. Green Building Council incorporated its third and newest chapter in Texas. The Central Texas-Balcones Chapter joined two others – the North Texas and Greater Houston Area chapters – to represent the state on the USGBC’ board of directors. The Washing ton D.C.-based coalition of building industry companies and other groups has promoted environmentally sensitive building nationwide since its inception in 1993. The USGBC currently boasts 66 local chapters and organizing groups across the nation. Total membership was 6,123 in April, but that number represents companies and organizations instead of 12 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t individual members. The three Texas chapters account for 295 individual active members. W hile the green building movement in Austin began long before the chapter’s formation, the Central Texas-Balcones Chapter meets some of the need outside of the urban area, says Katie Jensen, chair of the chapter’s board. The Texas chapters offer members education and leadership opportunities and provide access to local green building resources. Each chapter leads state and local initiatives to encourage green building and use of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system – a USGBC certification program for sustainable development – through local symposiums, training, LEED workshops, and tours of LEED certified buildings. The Greater Houston Area Chapter dates to 2001 and currently has 147 individual active members. The North Texas Chapter was organized in 2004 and currently has more than 200 individual active members. The Central Texas-Balcones Chapter currently has a total of 113 individual active members from Austin, San Antonio, and the surrounding area. Each of the three Texas chapters is included in USGBC’s Lone Star Region, with local representatives from each chapter elected to the regional board. 5 / 6 2 0 0 6