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 69 portfolio: government buildings deWitt County Courthouse Located in cuero’s downtown historic district, DeWitt county courthouse (1896) is a recorded texas historic Landmark, state archeological Landmark, and is listed in the national register of historic Places. having un- dergone a total interior “modernization” in 1953, the courthouse was restored in 2008 by tWc architects of austin as part of the texas historic courthouse Pres- ervation Program administered by the texas historical commission. the architects restored the exterior and primary public spaces to their 1896 appearance while sensitively addressing functional use of the building in the 21st century. Major challenges included interior historic reconstruction, exterior masonry deteriora- tion, asbestos, outdated MeP systems, an incomplete fire sprinkler system, outdated fire/smoke detection systems, non-historic roof materials, gutter and downspout deterioration, and site-drainage problems. the $7.4 million restoration incorporates a slate roof, Victorian floor tile from england, hundreds of square feet of pine woodwork recreated to match the original, complex exterior masonry restoration, and new MeP systems. county volunteers, trained and supervised by a paint conservator, painted hundreds of new ceiling tiles that were custom-made to match an original piece of pressed metal cornice. Dedications and inscriptions were marked on the backside of each tile for posterity. Most county services previously housed in the building remain located within the historic structure. Noelle HeiNze project DeWitt County Courthouse and Annex, Cuero client DeWitt County architect TWC Architects design team Kim A. Williams, AIA; H. Glenn Reed, AIA; Patrick Sparks, PE; Tom Green, PE contractor JT Michel Construction consultants Tom Green and Company Engineers (MEP); Sparks Engineering (structural); Source (paint/finish analyst and con- sultant) resources slate : North Country Slate (American Roofing & Metal Co.); reconstructed stone and masonry restoration : Curtis Hunt Res- torations; metal castings and handrails : Garces Metal Specialties; architectural metal work , roof tiles , roofing : American Roofing & Metal Co.; architectural woodwork and specialty doors : Lancaster Industries; tile : Maw & Company (Tile Source); paints : Sherwin-Williams; signage : Design Center Signs; blinds , shutters and shades : Hunter Douglas (Window Fashions of Texas) section 1 couNty clerk offices 2 couNty courtroom 3 district courtroom 1 2 3 3