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Methodist Healthcare Ministries project client Methodist Healthcare Ministries, San Antonio Methodist Healthcare Ministries architect Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc. Gautam K. Dey, AIA; John H. Kell, Jr., FAIA; Geoffrey design team S. Edwards, AIA contractor Keller-Martin Organization consultants Lundy & Franke Engineering (structural); Goet- ting & Associates (MEP); Bury + Partners (civil); Rialto Studio (landscape) R. Greg Hursley; Chris Cooper; Paul Hester photographers resources precast architectural concrete : Redondo Manufactur- ing; architectural woodwork : Kenneth Moore; roof and deck insulation : Samuel Dean Roofing; membrane roofing : Johns-Manville; structural glass curtainwall : Arrowall; tile : Daltile; exterior sun control devices : Arrowall; metal ceiling : Gordon, Inc. (Specified Interiors, dist.); a c o u s tic wall panels : ceilings : 62 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t The architect’s commission for a new building to house the largest charitable religious foundation in South Texas was based upon the designers’ ability to represent the visionary culture of Methodist “works.” The client asked for a headquarters that would represent the purity and simplicity of the foundation’s calling to help the poor with healthcare while quietly asserting its importance to the region. The site, at a major intersection within the Medical Center Complex, slopes away from the top of a hill. The site was raised to give the building a notable presence. Three basic materials – pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete, transparent glass, and aluminum – were used for the sake of simplicity. The result is a building of pure white set against the sky, with transparent public spaces that evoke light and enlightenment. The vertical progression is significantly represented in the building’s geometry. The building forms a courtyard, creating a contemplative space at the center of the plan. Decoustics (Specified Interiors, dist.); stairwell Hunter Douglas (Specified Interiors, dist.) 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 6

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