Texas Architect March/April 2010: Performance Spaces
This edition highlights architecture deigned for performance throughout Texas, including thoughtful essays about the use of public space and the Dallas Arts District. 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.
PORTFOLIO : RELIGIOUS FACILITIES St. Stephen Deacon + Martyr G p r o j e c t St. Built last year, the St. Stephen Deacon + Martyr Sanctu- Stephen Deacon + Martyr Sanctuary, El Paso c l i e n t Catholic ary of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso represents the final Diocese of El Paso a r c h i t e c t Alvidrez Architecture phase of a project designed by Alvidrez Architecture. d e s i g n t e a m David Alvidrez, AIA; Jose Luis Lopez; Priscilla Velez; Comprising a total 42,000 sf on 7.5 acres, the project 1 took 10 years to complete. The 25,745-sf sanctuary, Enrique Spencer c o n t r a c t o r Lloyd its design inspired by the themes of light and journey, Hamilton Construction Engineering Consultants (civil); Henry accommodates a capacity of 1,000 people and was K. Ng and Associates (structural); Fluid Systems (mechanical); completed on a $3.6m budget. A small courtyard divides Gonzalo Aguilar Professional Engineer (electrical); Desert Elements the new and older buildings, creating a small gather- (landscape); AMEC Earth and Environmental (geotechnical); Scott ing space that encourages social interaction among Biggs Professional Estimating & Consulting (estimator); Julie parishioners. The sanctuary’s entry has three portals, Ericson Gereda (accessibility) referencing the Holy Trinity, that lead into the light-filled p h o t o g r a p h e r Fred worship space. Different from traditional double-aisle c o n s u l t a n t s Quantum Golden Photography 2 3 4 churches, St. Stephen’s pews are set in a semi-stacked Mullen Telles; masonry pattern facing the altar, a configuration that brings the units : Del Norte Masonry Products; metal materials : CMC Commercial congregation together in closer fellowship. Placement Materials; metal decking : Metal Dek Group; structural steel , concrete of the rectilinear baptismal font at the entrance further reinforcing steel : r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement and materials : railings and handrails : supports the sense of community, with surrounding seats Garcia’s Welding; metal studs : Dietrich Metal Framing (Rew Materi- and water gently cascading down the sides of the basin. als); Wanting the sanctuary to reflect the community’s diver- Structural Steel Services; architectural woodwork : Imperial Woodwork; waterproofing : membrane sity and communal spirit, church officials commissioned Johns Manville; metal and wood doors : Desert Construction works of art from regional craftsmen. Among them, Ken Specialties; entrances , glazed curtain wall : Architectural Aluminum Grlesemer, a liturgical designer from Albuquerque, as- & Glass; stained glass artist: Architectural Stained Glass; acoustical sisted on the design of the project, while Jeff Smith of ceilings : Best Sign Fort Davis created a wall of stained glass. Also, artist manufactured casework , ecclesiastical John Nava created nine tapestries of saints that corre- Chemprobe; building insulation : Tripolymer Foam Insulation; roofing : Armstrong; paint : Sherwin-Williams; Systems (Garcia’s Welding); furniture : Imperial Woodworks signage : spond with the ethnic spectrum of the congregation, a clear departure from Euro-centric tradition. S u s a n 3 / 4 2 0 1 0 B u t l e r 5 8 6 7 Sanctuary 1 tabernacle 2 altar 3 sanctuary 4 Baptismal Font 5 sacrist 6 Vesting 7 Exterior Narthex 8 children’s Chapel t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 69