Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2009: Design Awards
This issue features the 12 projects awarded with the Texas Society of Architects' 2009 Design Awards. Texas Architect, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects|AIA, publishes the best projects by Texas architects and thoughtful articles on design and the architecture industry, and maintains an award-winning standard of quality.
texas architect 9 / 10 2 0 0 9 91 Portfolio: recreation facilities imagined as an oasis at the edge of the chihuahuan Desert, the Westside community recreation center within the three hills (Mulberry Dam) Park in el Paso acts as a gateway to hiking the adjacent undeveloped terrain. Designed by Parkhill, smith & cooper in col- laboration with shrickel, rollins & associates, the 21,200-sf recreation center and associated outdoor amenities, budgeted at $5,857,000, are the first phase of the master plan. sited on a remnant parcel of flood control land, the project includes a gym, basketball and volleyball courts, and covered playgrounds. Preliminary collaboration with the city’s parks and recreation staff and interested citizens affirmed the building as the park’s center of activity, an idea that is reflected in its radiating geometry. this design maximizes visual control for staff while orientating patrons to their destinations through a series of arches that correspond with various activities. the center stands out as a beacon against the desert landscape with bright washes of color, while simultaneously offering patrons opportunities to connect with nature. the Westside community recreation center has proven to be an asset, both visually and physically, to the area. SUSAN BUTLER project Westside Community Recreation Center, El Paso architect Parkhill, Smith & Cooper design team Hector De Santiago, AIA; Eric Perea, Assoc. AIA contractor SamCorp General Contractors consultants Schrickel, Rollins & Associates (landscape); Parkhill Smith & Cooper (irrigation, structural, civil, MEP) photographer Geof Harral resources concrete pavement : Cemex; fences , gates and hardware : Mesa Fence; recreational facility and playground equipment : Landscape Structures (Exerplay); rubber safety surfacing : Totturf (Exerplay); shelters : Icon Shelter Systems; masonry units : Del Norte Masonry Products; stone : Advanced Cast Stone; metal decking : CSI Metal Dek Group; architectural woodwork : Heron Millwork; building insulation : Johns Manville; roof and wall panels : Berridge; glazed curtainwall : United States Aluminum; gypsum / acoustical ceilings : USG; indoor athletic flooring : Mondo Sports Flooring; athletic wood flooring : Connor Sports Flooring; laminate flooring : Armstrong; fluid applied flooring : Daltile; paint : Dunn-Edwards Paint; cable supported fabric structures : Exerplay FLOOr PLaN 1 LoBBy 2 RECEPTioN dESk 3 RECREATioN Room 4 CommUNiTy Room 5 ExCERCiSE Room 6 gymNASiUm 7 kiTChEN 8 RESTRoom ANd ChANgiNg AREA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 6 8 Westside community recreation center