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.
texas architect 5 / 6 2 010 65 portfolio: government buildings the 56,700-sf Department of homeland security U.s. citizenship and immigration services (Uscis) building in Dallas replaces two separate Uscis offices. completed in 2008 and designed by 4240 architecture of chicago, the two-story building includes a waiting room, informa- tion counters, a processing office, and a ceremony room on the first floor. an additional waiting room, adjudication offices, and a director’s office are located on the second floor. the exterior walls are slightly tilted away from each other in some areas to break up the mass of the simple box design. the ceremony room is dramatically lit with natural light through glazing that also allows views of the surrounding garden. energy-efficient features include architectural overhangs and sunshades, as well as a pergola with sun-shading louvers around the ceremony room and lobby. Many materials, including brick, are from local manufacturers. Daylighting is achieved by large amounts of glass, a louver product to push light further into the space, and interior glazed partitions. reflective hardscape materials and a highly reflective roofing membrane decrease the heat-island effect. the design team chose indigenous plants that are highly drought tolerant, along with low-water use irrigation equipment. in addition to water-saving landscaping, high-efficiency/low-flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals were specified. the building has achieved LeeD Gold certification. Noelle HeiNze project Department of Homeland Security U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, Irving client JDL Castle Corporation architect 4240 Architecture design team Thomas Brauer, AIA; Robert Benson; Thomas Hanley; Keith Evans contractor Panatonni Construction consultants MESA (landscape); Campbell & Associates Consulting Engineers (structural); Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers (civil); Purdy McGuire (MEP); Accessibility Resource Specialists (accessibil- ity); Thornton Tomasetti (blast); Charter Sills (lighting); Command Commissioning (commissioning) photographers Perzel Photography Group resources masonry units : Headwaters Construction Materials; stone : Champion Stone; unit masonry wall assemblies : Blackson Brick Co.; portland cement : Holcim; mortar color : Blackson Brick Co.; joists : CMC Joist & Deck; structural steel : Chaparral/Gerdau Steel, Nucor Steel; plywood / particle board : Roseburg Forest Products (Haverda Enterprises); adhesives : 3M; laminates : Nevamar; slides : Grass; hinges : Blum; building insulation : Certainteed; membrane roofing : Firestone; fireproofing : ISOLATEK; sealants : Dow Corning; composite metal panels : Armetco Systems; metal doors and frames : ELCO; aluminum storefronts and curtain wall system : YKK AP America; unit skylights : Birdview Skylights; glass : PPG; overhead door : Overhead Door Corp.; gypsum board framing : 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- senKrupp; design software : AutoCAD u.s. Citizenship and immigration services 10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 7 13 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