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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

Texas Architect May/June 2008: Healing Environments

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