Texas Architect March/April 2011: Workplace Design
In its March/April 2011 edition, Texas Architect looks at Workplace Design and features four recent projects: Logica (Houston) by Powers Brown Architecture; McGarrah Jessee (Austin) by McKinney York Architects; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Regional Headquarters (Richardson) by Corgan Associates; and the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Redbud Center (Austin) by Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects. The residential feature profiles 1810 Bermuda (Dallas) by Ron Wommack Architects. The issue also includes Reagan W. George’s recollection of an impromptu meeting between an elderly Frank Lloyd Wright and a group of Texas A&M architecture students, as well as Charlie Burris’ description of new offices for The Arkitex Studio in a historic building in downtown Bryan.
P A P E R W O R K Ebb and Flow The concept by two UT Arlington School of Architecture graduate students – Sarah Kuehn and Nakjune Seong – shared first place in an international urban design context to explore “live, work and play” opportunities in the heart of Fargo, N.D. The contest, called “Downtown Fargo: an urban-infill competition” and sponsored by local design company Kilbourne Group, challenged professionals and students to envision a multi-use block accommodating retail, residential, parking, office, and civic space. The 90,000-sf canvas encompasses the U.S. Bank plaza and a surface parking lot. Competition entries will be used to generate public interest in redevelopment of the commercial district. Kuehn holds a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Colorado State University and Seong holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Korea and a master’s degree in architecture from UT Arlington. The pair’s entry tied with one by a team of professionals from Wallace, Roberts and Todd. Both first-place winners will receive a $10,000 cash prize. See www.kilbournegroup.com for more information. Tobin Center for the Performing Arts The renovation of San Antonio’s Municipal Auditorium will retain the historic entrance and front facade of the 1926 Spanish Colonial Revival landmark originally designed by Atlee B. Ayers and Associates. The new design by LMN Architects of Seattle (in association with local firm Marmon Mok Architects) removes previous alterations and adds a multi-purpose performance hall to seat an audience of 1,750 for symphony, ballet, and opera productions. The juxtaposition of new and old elements is intended to capture space for a 250-seat studio theater positioned between the auditorium’s lobby and the adjacent River Walk Plaza. An outdoor theater will accommodate more than 500 patrons. The exterior will be wrapped with a metallic veil that unites the disparate volumetric parts into a cohesive visual composition. Exterior lighting will animate the new skin and illuminate the rhythmic articulation of the historic facade. Fisher Heck Architects of San Antonio is the consultant for historic preservation. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer. The Park’s Restaurant and Pavilion The 5.2-acre park currently under construction over Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the north side of downtown Dallas will feature a performance pavilion and an adjacent restaurant, both designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners of New York, along with other public amenities. Known simply as the Park, it is intended as a front lawn for the Arts District that will promote increased pedestrian, trolley, and bicycle use in the central city. Phifer envisions the restaurant as a simple garden pavilion that physically and visually connects visitors to the surrounding park landscape, with a folding glass facade opening to a covered dining veranda. A system of skylights and ceiling coffers will infuse the space with daylight. The Muse Family Performance Pavilion (in background) will share similar architectural features, providing a venue for a wide variety of entertainment. Construction on the deck plaza began in October 2009. The base park is scheduled to be complete in early 2012 with completion of amenities in late 2012. The design team for the Park includes The Office of James Burnett and Jacobs Engineering Group. 20 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 3 / 4 2 0 1 1