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 DeWitt County Courthouse p r o j e c t DeWitt c l i e n t DeWitt County Courthouse and Annex, Cuero a r c h i t e c t TWC Landmark, State Archeological Landmark, and is listed Architects d e s i g n t e a m Kim A. Williams, AIA; H. Glenn Reed, AIA; Patrick in the National Register of Historic Places. Having undergone a total interior “modernization” in 1953, the Sparks, PE; Tom Green, PE c o n t r a c t o r JT Located in Cuero’s downtown historic district, DeWitt County Courthouse (1896) is a Recorded Texas Historic County courthouse was restored in 2008 by TWC Architects of Michel Construction Green and Company Engineers (MEP); Sparks Austin as part of the Texas Historic Courthouse Pres- Engineering (structural); Source (paint/finish analyst and con- ervation Program administered by the Texas Historical sultant) Commission. The architects restored the exterior and c o n s u l t a n t s Tom primary public spaces to their 1896 appearance while North Country Slate (American Roofing & Metal sensitively addressing functional use of the building Co.); reconstructed stone and masonry restoration : Curtis Hunt Res- in the 21st century. Major challenges included interior torations; Garces Metal Specialties; historic reconstruction, exterior masonry deteriora- architectural metal work , roof tiles , roofing : American Roofing & Metal tion, asbestos, outdated MEP systems, an incomplete Co.; architectural woodwork and specialty doors : Lancaster Industries; fire sprinkler system, outdated fire/smoke detection tile : Maw & Company (Tile Source); paints : Sherwin-Williams; signage : systems, non-historic roof materials, gut ter and r e s o u r c e s slate : metal castings and handrails : Design Center Signs; blinds , shutters and shades : (Window Fashions of Texas) Hunter Douglas 3 3 2 downspout deterioration, and site-drainage problems. The $7.4 million restoration incorporates a slate roof, 1 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 section 1 county clerk offices 2 County Courtroom 3 District courtroom 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. N o e l l e 5 / 6 2 0 1 0 H e i n z e t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 69