Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning
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.
P A P E R W O R K Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium The concept for the 2.3 million-sf sports venue in Arlington features a monumental pair of boxed arches that will support the largest retractable roof of its kind in the world. The stadium, designed by HKS Architects, is scheduled to open in 2009. Planned for a capacity crowd of 80,000 fans, the project is also noteworthy for having what will be the world’s largest retractable end-zone doors, each with five 38-foot panels of glass to cover openings measuring 120 feet high by 180 feet wide. Other distinguishing features are a canted, 86-foot-high glass exterior wall and the world’s largest center-hung video board. The stadium arches will soar 320 feet above the playing field and span 1,290 feet. Designed specifically to emulate the roof of Texas Stadium, the roof of the new venue will measure approximately 661,000 square feet and encompass 104 million cubic feet of volume. “This new stadium embodies the spirit of the Dallas Cowboys,” said team owner Jerry Jones, “and that starts with the familiar ‘hole in the roof.’ What we have designed is a building we believe is both architecturally significant and also reflects the emotion and competition that goes on inside.” TAMU Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building The 228,000-sq. ft. Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, designed by Perkins & Will’s Houston office, is the largest single construction project in the 130-year history of Texas A&M University. The $95 million, threestory building is sited prominently across from the historic Simpson Drill Field and will serve as both a physical and conceptual link between the main campus life sciences corridor and the west campus research facilities. The building will include 95,000 sq. ft. of modular laboratories and research offices to support chemical, biological, and computational work. Additional functions include a vivarium, limited-wet teaching labs, a 300-seat auditorium, a coffee shop, and a large atrium to help foster crossdiscipline collaboration. The project is part of a series of construction projects planned by the university at a total cost of approximately $300 million, including a technologies and economic development building and expansions in the animal sciences department. The project is targeted for LEED Silver certification. Amarillo International Airport Expansion The focus of the renovation and extension is the so-called “meeter-greeter” volume that serves as a hub to connect a new airside facility and the existing landside component. Shiver-Megert & Associates of Amarillo is the lead architect, with Reynolds, Smith and Hills as aviation consultant. Configured in gentle arcs, the addition features radiating walls that layer out from the meter-greeter hub, maximizing views of the air field. The curved shape also creates logical options for further expansion in the future. Other project goals include providing five new gates to the terminal (expandable to seven), relocating the baggage screening facility, improving passenger screening capabilities, as well as increasing the airport’s overall operational efficiency. The terminal addition features a statue of the airport’s namesake, Rick Husband, an Amarillo native who was commander of the Shuttle Columbia when all seven crew members died after the spacecraft disintegrated in flight on Feb. 1, 2003. 1 / 2 2 0 0 7 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 19