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Temple Emanuel

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The new Temple Emanuel is the most recent addition

Emanuel, McAllen

to McAllen’s growing Jewish community. When the first

Emanuel

a r c h i t e c t  Boultinghouse d e s i g n t e a m   Daniel

Temple Emanuel was constructed on a nearby site in

Simpson Architects

Boultinghouse, AIA; Ray Urdaz, Assoc. AIA;

c o n t r a c t o r  D.

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with hopes for even greater numbers in the future. To

Wilson Construction

c o n s u l t a n t s   Donald

1948, the congregation consisted of 28 families. The congregation has since expanded to 160 members,

George Quintanilla; J.R. Guerra Dragutski Consulting Engineer (structural);

accommodate that growth, the congregation turned

CRC Engineering (MEP); Spoor Engineering (civil)

to Boultinghouse Simpson Architects to design a new

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Coles

temple, one that would fit in contextually with its sur-

Hairston Photography

r e s o u r c e s metal materials : Southern Steel Fabricators; metal studs :

contemporary yet includes elements that recall histori-

Dietrich;

cal precedents of the faith. The architects responded by

architectural woodwork :

AAE Manufacturing;

laminates :

Wilsonart; cherry wood paneling : G.L. Veneer Co.; waterproofing : W.R.

employing traditional archways and a veneer made of

Meadows, STS Coatings; building

simulated Jerusalem stone, the material that comprises

roof and vapor

the Jewish holy site, the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Other key requirements included the need

metal doors :

Glass);

CertainTeed;

Tyvek; metal roofing : MBCI (Southern Steel Fabricators);

deck insulation : retarders :

insulation :

Ceco (H&H Overhead Door); entrances : Vistawall (G&S

glass :

door hardware : cal ceilings :

Firestone Building Products, Atlas Roofing;

Ascalon Studios;

the architects were asked to plan the four-acre site for future expansion after the 14,900-sf building was

Armstrong;

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paint :

Sherwin-Williams;

operable partitions :

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cabinets :

stained glass :

carpet :

Patcraft

JL Industries (DEA Specialties);

temple so the ark, which holds the sacred Torah scrolls,

toilet

would be on the east wall, with the congregation facing

ecclesiastical equipment :

toward Jerusalem. The new synagogue, completed in the

Best Restaurant Supply;

fall of 2008, represents the future of the congregation

manufactured casework : AAE Manufacturing; ark and podiums : Ascalon

in McAllen while bringing together design, function,

Studios; auditorium seating : Sauder Worship Seating; lighting : Peerless

and religion.

partitions :

Scranton (DEA Specialties);

Ascalon Studios;

food service equipment :

Lighting (Spectrum Lighting)

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constructed. Most important was the orientation of the

fire

Hufcor (DEA Specialties);

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for the sanctuary to seat 200 with wide aisles. Also,

REFCO; gypsum : USG, GP; tile : Mohawk Tile; acousti-

PPG (G&S Glass);

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roundings. The design objective was a building that was

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first floor plan 1 Drop Off 2 future parking 3 mechanical yards 4 social hall 5 kitchen 6 sanctuary 7 office 8 restroom 9 classroom

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Texas Architect March/April 2010: Performance Spaces