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.
Schoolâ€Żofâ€ŻNursing project School of Nursing and Student Community Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston client University of Texas Health Science Center architect BNIM Architects with Lake/Flato Architects design team (BNIM) Steve McDowell, FAIA; Kimberly Hickson, AIA; Chris Koon, AIA; David Immenschuh; (Lake|Flato) David Lake, FAIA; Greg Papay, AIA; Kenny Brown contractor Jacobs Vaughn, Inc. consultants Jaster Quintanilla & Associates (structural); Carter Burgess (MEP); Ferguson Consulting (electrical); Supersymmetry (energy strategies); Clanton Associates (lighting); Epsilon Engineering (civil); Walter P. Moore (roadway & south parking); Coleman & Associates (landscape); Apex Busby (cost consultant); Rolf Jensen & Associates (code consultant); Arup (envelope studies); Pelton March Kinsella (AV & acoustics); Worrell Design Group (food service) photographer Hester + Hardaway resources concrete materials : TXI Houston; limestone : New Mexico Travertine; stone :San Jacinto Materials; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; glass : Viracon; glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; unit skylights : 68 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t Supersky; fences , gates and hardware : Myrex Industries; The School of Nursing enhances human health and productivity while having as little impact on the environment as possible. It is itself a healthy building that was built with 50-percent recycled materials and designed to reduce energy use by 40 percent and water use by 60 percent. The project, submitted for a LEED Gold rating, was selected by the AIA Committee on the Environment as a 2006 Top Ten Green Project. The building not only balances the art of architecture with the science of sustainability, it wears it as its clothes. The fabric of each facade was determined in response to the different solar demands of each exposure. Sustainable lessons are evident and presented in beautifully crafted ways: systems that reject heat, direct daylight, recycle rainwater, allow for photovoltaic panel integration, and use local materials. The building was designed in tiers with public spaces on the first two levels, teaching spaces on the third and fourth floors, and office and seminar spaces on the top four floors. architectural woodwork : retarders : Laynecorp Architectural Millwork; waterproofing and dampproofing : Henry Blueskin; vapor Henry Blueskin; roof and wall panels : ProClad (Wade Architectural Systems, dist.); membrane roofing : Carlisle Syntec; roof pavers and ballast: American Hydrotech/Terra Pavers; metal doors and frames : CECO; wood flooring : Kaswell & Co.; special wall surfaces : Agrifiber Panels; demountable partitions : KI 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 6