Texas Architect May/June 2008: Healing Environments
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 o r t f o l i o : s e r v i c e B u i l d i n g s McAllen Convention Center p r o j e c t McAllen c l i e n t City The design of the McAllen Convention Center integrates Convention Center, McAllen state-of-the-art technology with traditional architectural of McAllen a r c h i t e c t Gignac Architects (architect of record); Thompson, forms. Building materials including stone, brick, and clay Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (design architect) tile reflect the cultural history of the Rio Grande Valley. d e s i g n t e a m Mike Ezell, AIA; Raymond Gignac, AIA; Jack Plaxco, The 170,000-square-foot Convention Center includes a AIA; Rob Svedberg, AIA; Jeff Wierenga, AIA; Paul Rybalka, AIA; 60,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 10,000-square-foot Rolando Garza, AIA ballroom, referred to as the Monarch Room, and 15,000 c o n t r a c t o r SpawGlass c o n s u l t a n t s Halff Associates(civil); SWA Group Landscape Archi- Stainback & Associates, in association with Gignac tects (landscape); Walter P. Moore (structural); CHPA (MEP); BAi, Architects, the 175-acre convention center campus also LLC (acoustics/AV); William Caruso & Associates (food service); TVS includes a future 300-room headquarters hotel, a future Interiors (interior design); FMG Design (graphics/signage) 2,500-seat performing arts center, a veterans’ memorial, photographers 4 1 sf of meeting rooms. Designed by Thompson, Ventulett, Contractors 3 2 6 over 600,000 square feet of retail space, and an oval Brian Gassel, TVS 6 6 5 park located at the center of the campus. The McAllen r e s o u r c e s unit pavers : and hardware : Pacific Clay Products, Inc.; fences , gates Ametco Manufacturing; site , street, and mall furnish- the Public Realm by the Texas chapter of the American Redondo Society of Landscape Architects. The landscape archi- Manufacturing; cast stone : Advanced Cast Stone; unit masonry wall tect for the project, SWA Group, designed all exterior ings : Landscape Forms; precast architectural concrete : assemblies : Valley Builders Supply, Inc.; glue- laminated timber : Struc- pedestrian pavements, special vehicular pavements, tural Wood Systems; architectural woodwork : South Texas Woodmill the palm courtyard, water features, outdoor lighting, Inc.; waterproofing : DuPont Tyvek; building insulation : Owens Corning; grading, and planting. SWA Group also incorporated roof tiles : Gladding McBean (Sechrist-Hall Co., Inc.); wood and plastic stormwater detention to respond to stormwater manage- doors and frames : ment criteria and bioswales to aid in filtering run-off from The Maiman Co. (Link & Assoc.); specialty doors : Cornell (Harlingen Door Co., Inc.); entrances : Kawneer; unit skylights : Naturalite Skylight Systems; glass : Viracon; glazed curtainwall : Kawneer; tile : Daltile; acoustical wall treatments : Tectum, Inc.; paints : Sherwin-Williams; carpet : Axminster (Ulster Carpets); signage : Esbee Sign Systems; operable partitions : Moderco 62 Convention Center received a Merit Award for Design in t e x a s a r c h i t e c t the large parking areas. megan braley 8 7 site plan 1 Convention Center 2 Main entry drop-off 3 clock tower 4 ballroom drop-off 5 oval park with fountain 6 arcade 7 future performing arts center 8 Future hotel 5 / 6 2 0 0 8