Texas Architect May/June 2010: Health
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 : g o v e r n m e n t b u i l d i n g s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services p r o j e c t Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship & The 56,700-sf Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration Services, Irving Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) building in c l i e n t JDL Dallas replaces two separate USCIS offices. Completed Castle Corporation a r c h i t e c t 4240 4 1 3 in 2008 and designed by 4240 Architecture of Chicago, Architecture d e s i g n t e a m Thomas Brauer, AIA; Robert Benson; Thomas Hanley; the two-story building includes a waiting room, informa- Keith Evans tion counters, a processing office, and a ceremony room c o n t r a c t o r Panatonni 8 7 on the first floor. An additional waiting room, adjudication Construction c o n s u l t a n t s MESA (landscape); Campbell & Associates Consulting offices, and a director’s office are located on the second Engineers (structural); Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers (civil); floor. The exterior walls are slightly tilted away from each Purdy McGuire (MEP); Accessibility Resource Specialists (accessibil- other in some areas to break up the mass of the simple ity); Thornton Tomasetti (blast); Charter Sills (lighting); Command box design. The ceremony room is dramatically lit with Commissioning (commissioning) natural light through glazing that also allows views of the p h o t o g r a p h e r s Perzel surrounding garden. Energy-efficient features include Photography Group 13 2 5 6 7 10 9 architectural overhangs and sunshades, as well as a Headwaters Construction Materials; pergola with sun-shading louvers around the ceremony Champion Stone; unit masonry wall assemblies : Blackson Brick room and lobby. Many materials, including brick, are r e s o u r c e s masonry units : stone : Co.; portland cement: Holcim; mortar color : Blackson Brick Co.; joists : from local manufacturers. Daylighting is achieved by CMC Joist & Deck; structural steel : Chaparral/Gerdau Steel, Nucor large amounts of glass, a louver product to push light Steel; plywood / particle board : Roseburg Forest Products (Haverda further into the space, and interior glazed partitions. Enterprises); adhesives : 3M; laminates : Nevamar; slides : Grass; hinges : Reflective hardscape materials and a highly reflective Blum; building insulation : Certainteed; membrane roofing : Firestone; roofing membrane decrease the heat-island effect. The fireproofing : composite metal design team chose indigenous plants that are highly ELCO; aluminum drought tolerant, along with low-water use irrigation YKK AP America; unit skylights : equipment. In addition to water-saving landscaping, Birdview Skylights; glass : PPG; overhead door : Overhead Door Corp.; high-efficiency/low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless panels : ISOLATEK; seal ants : Armetco Systems; metal doors and frames : storefronts and curtain wall system : gypsum board framing : Dow Corning; Dietrich Metal Industries; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; athletic surfacing indoor : EcoSurfaces by Ecore; paints : PPG; carpet: Interface; rubber tile : Roppe (Resource Flooring Group); toilet accessories : Bobrick; toilet partitions : Ampco; elevators : Thys- urinals were specified. The building has achieved LEED Gold certification. N o e l l e H e i n z e 11 12 First Floor Plan 1 Visitor Entrance 2 Security 3 Reception 4 Waiting Area 5 Employee Entrance 6 Breakroom 7 Office 8 Public Information Counter Area 9 Open Office 10 File Room 11 Storage 12 Loading Dock 13 Ceremony Room senKrupp; design software : AutoCAD 5 / 6 2 0 1 0 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 65