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World Birding Center project client World Birding Center, Mission Texas Parks and Wildlife architect Lake/Flato Architects design team David Lake, FAIA; Bob Harris, AIA; Roy Schweers; Isabel Mijangos; Darryl Ohlenbusch, AIA; Margaret Sledge; Heather DeGrella contractor SpawGlass and Wilson Construction consultants Architectural Engineer’s Collaborative (structural); Encotech Engineering Consultants (MEP); Kingscreek Landscaping (landscape); Archillume Lighting Design (lighting); Introspec (specifications) photographer resources Paul Hester masonry veneer assemblies : D’Hanis Brick & Tile; roof and wall panels : Kalwall; metal roofing : American Shelter Technologies; glass : Viracon; aluminum storefront systems : Manko Window Systems (BGR Specialties, dist.); custom copper light fixtures : Two Hills Studio; lighting control : 76 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t The design approach was to do more with less. The architecture learned from the regional vernacular, responded to the harsh climate, and minimized disturbance of existing habitat. The building creates a gateway between disturbed agricultural land and a 1,700-acre native habitat preserve. Sustainable features included reducing the building program from 20,000 square feet to 13,000 sq. ft., which resulted in a 35 percent savings in materials, energy, and maintenance. Breezeways and arbors link buildings together, which also reduced interior space by 4,000 square feet. The complex was designed with structures running east to west to catch prevailing breezes and with deep porches facing south, east, and west to block summer sun. Exterior trellises shade windows, and the narrow floor plate allows for cross ventilation and daylighting. Arch panels comprise an efficient structural system that also serves as roofing to enclose the maximum amount of space, while using 48 percent less steel by weight compared to traditional framing. The rainwater collection system harvests 47,000 gallons for irrigation. Lutron Grafik Eye Lighting System 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 6

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards

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