Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards
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.
texas architect 36 9 / 10 2 0 0 6 Bonfire Memorial On nov. 18, 1999, the 55-foot-tall stack under construction for the annual Bonfire collapsed, killing 12 Texas A&M students and injuring 27 others. The memorial is intended to open outside eyes to a deep, strong spirit and tradition that has united thousands of Aggies. Twelve gates stand, oriented in the direction of the hometowns of the 12 fallen men and women. Twenty-seven panels complete the full circle representing the ring of Aggies who each year reunite to celebrate the Bonfire tradition. Entering the circle through one of the portals, the visitor fills the void created by the loss of an Aggie. While centering on the Bonfire tragedy, the memorial will continue to remind and reinforce this spirit that bonds Aggies of the past, present, and future. project Texas A&M Bonfire Memorial, College Station client Texas A&M University architect Overland Partners Architects design team Bob Shemwell, FAIA; Jeff Russell, AIA; Giorgio Colussi; Erik Christianson; Stephen J. Daly; Michael Rey contractor Madison Construction construction manager Browning Construction consultants Busby & Associates (cost estimator); Bos Lighting Design (lighting); Haynes Whaley Associates (structural); Kroll Schiff & Associates (security); The Planning, Research, and Design Group (exhibit design); Mitchell & Morgan (civil); Spencer J. Buchanan Associates (geotechnical); CCRD (MEP) photographer Frank White Photography