Texas Architect May/June 2007: San Antonio
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5/6 2007 texas architect 57 project United Way Center, Houston client United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast architect Gensler contractor Tellepsen Builders, LP consultants IA Naman & Associates (MEP); Haynes Whaley & Associates (structural); RG Miller (civil); Camden Builders (con- struction manager); Office of James Burnett (landscaping); HFP Acoustical Consultants, Inc. (A/V, acoustical); Datasors Consulting LLC (information technology) photographer Joe Aker, Aker/Zvonkovic in contrast to its previous ‘anonymous’ office building, United Way’s new campus near downtown houston establishes a highly visible presence for the nonprofit organization that is also an asset to the surrounding community. composed of two brick-and-glass buildings, a parking garage, and gardens, the 90,000-sf complex designed by Gensler was completed in March 2005. the larger administration building’s glass exterior encloses four parallel interior walls, each painted a bold color, either yellow, red, green, or blue. Within each segment is a large, open hall that becomes a hub for volunteers and loaned executives during the annual campaign, meeting United Way’s need for versatile as well as regular office spaces. each segment also holds meeting rooms, offices, and other flexible workspaces to meet the organization’s seasonal needs. the distinctive roof of each segment pro- vides shade on the south and captures light on the north, letting natural light complement the interior’s bright, airy feel. Next door, the community resource center continues the open design with its own angled roof, glass exterior, and bright yellow interior wall spanning the length of the building. With residential development increasing in the surrounding houston heights neighborhood, a direct con- nection to the parking garage affords access to community spaces in the center on evenings and weekends. jeanette wiemers GroUNd Floor plaN 1 entry 2 pre-function gallery 3 reception 4 campaign hall 5 meeting room 6 board room 7 office area 1 3 2 4 4 4 4 6 portfolio: interior design United Way Center 5 5 5 5 7 7 7 7 fea gan str eet waugh drive resources transluscent panel : American Mainline Products, Inc.; acoustical ceilings : Clunn Acoustical Systems; precast concrete : East Texas Precast; terrazzo and ceramic tile : Southern Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.; masonry units : Acme; roofing membrane : Firestone