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 Morris Frank Library p r o j e c t Morris Frank Library, Houston The Morris Frank Library, designed by m Architects c l i e n t Houston Public Library of Houston and completed in 2009, represents a new a r c h i t e c t m direction in services for the Houston Public Library Architects d e s i g n t e a m Michael Morton, AIA; Derek Webb, AIA; Mara McCum- System. Relocated from its original building, the library ber, Assoc. AIA now resides on the ground floor of an existing atrium design builder SpawMaxwell Company, a Balfour Beatty FH MAIL SLOTS building in a revitalized low-income area of Houston. 6 The primary emphasis for the $2.5 million facility is Company (MEP); Garza + McLain (structural); Lauren to provide expanded access to computers and digital Griffith Associates (landscape); Infrastructure Associates (civil); media for residents of the local community. The bulk of Landtech Consultants (survey); Geotest Engineering (geotechni- the program is dedicated to computer workstations and c o n s u l t a n t s HRE community teaching areas. Reading areas, study rooms, cal) p h o t o g r a p h e r G. and support spaces round out the 9,000-sf facility. Lyon Photography 3 7 8 9 9 10 r e s o u r c e s site , street and mall furnishings : Landscape Forms; rail- glazing reduce energy usage. Interior glazing was re- Alucobond (Southern Architectural Systems); laminates : Wilsonart; used. Finishes and furniture were selected for durability, solid surfaces : DuPont Corian (Colt Industries); metal doors and frames : ease of maintenance, recycled content, and low VOC CURRIES (Chapman Smidt Hardware); entrances and storefronts : counts. The design is a break from the traditional style Horton Automatics; plastic glazing : Panelite; gypsum board framing : evident in Houston’s older public libraries. Structure and Dietrich Metal Framing; gypsum fabrications : USG; tile : DalTile; metal mechanical lines were left exposed and painted black ceilings : Armstrong, Ceilings Plus; rubber flooring : Nora Systems; to provide a sense of openness despite the existing low acoustical wall treatments : Armstrong; paints : Sherwin-Williams; high floor-to-ceiling elevations. The computer workstations performance coatings : TRIARCH Duroplex (Kenmark Architectural and millwork were custom designed by the architects. Products); signage and graphics : Neiman & Co.; exterior sun control A strong emphasis on the use of color provides visual devices : Construction Specialties (Wade Architectural Systems); excitement and cues to different programmatic areas. library equipment: Kingsley, 3M, MJ Shelving (Cultural Surroundings); A dedicated exterior entrance courtyard and canopy is design software : carved into the existing building’s facade. Autodesk AutoCAD (Total CAD Systems) N o e l l e 2 0 1 0 1 4 systems, and natural light from full-height perimeter Texas Metal Tek; composite aluminum panel system : ings and handrails : 5 2 Low-voltage and zoned lighting, efficient mechanical 5 / 6 FH floor plan 1 entrance/lobby 2 circulation/exhibit 3 adult reading area 4 children’s reading area 5 teen’s reading area 6 Teen’s gaming lounge 7 Meeting room 8 conference room 9 study room 10 staff work area H e i n z e t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 67