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.
TEXAS ARCHITECT 3 / 4 2 011 60 TOP HEAD: GOES HERE UP UP UP 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 Designed by SHW Group and located adjacent to Texas High School in the Texarkana Independent School Dis- trict, Sullivan Performing Arts Center is a 38,000-sf facility that houses the 1,000-seat John Thomas Theatre. The design is intended to serve as a catalyst for the local arts community. The architect worked with acoustical and theater consultants to design a space that enables adjustable dispersion or absorption of sound depending on the type of performance occurring within the space. The theater features two catwalks and a tech gallery that provides ample light locations for all types of per- formances. Supporting spaces include a choir room and green room, a 1,800-sf drama lab, and two drama class- rooms. Makeup and costume storage rooms double as an expanded dressing area for larger performances. The building facade complements the adjacent high school. Exterior materials were brought inside the lobby, which is wrapped with a curtain of glass to provide a visual connection with the outdoors. The transparency ties to the Greek root of the word theater (‘a place of seeing’). NOELLE HEINZE Sullivan Performing Arts Center project Larry Sullivan Performing Arts Center and John Thomas Theatre, Texarkana client Texarkana Independent School District architect SHW Group design team Kent Leach, AIA; Mark Hill, AIA; Mike Hall, AIA; Elenna Smith; Greg Horne, PE; Kevin Rogers, PE; John Creed; Gwen Morgan; James Smith contractor Altech, Inc. consultants Estes McClure and Associates (MEP); Acoustic Dimen- sions (acoustical and performance technologies); MTG engineers & surveyors (civil) photographer Paul Bardagjy resources concrete pavement / slab : H&H Concrete; retaining walls : Pavestone (H&H Concrete); masonry units : Palestine Concrete Tile Co.; masonry veneer assemblies : Acme Brick; metal decking : Consolidated Systems; architectural metal work : McNichols; railings : Parks Metal Fabricators; laminates : Panel Specialists; ; exterior insulation and finish systems : TEIFS; vapor retarders : Dupont Tyvek; roof and wall panels : Berrdige Manufacturing Co.; prefabricated roof specialties and roof accessories : Nystrom; specialty doors : Total Door (Modernfold Doors of DWF); entrances and glazed curtainwall : YKK Architectural Products (Modern Glass Co.); glass : AGC (Modern Glass Co.); tile : DalTile, Interceramic; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; paint : Sherwin Williams; grilles and screens : Cascade Coil Drapery; signage : Hightech Signs; wire mesh partitions : The G-S Company; video production and audio systems : AVI-SPL, Dallas; manufactured casework : Texarkana ISD; auditorium seating : Irwin Seating Co.; wheelchair lifts : Garaventa Lift (Lift Aids); elevator : Thyssenkrupp; design software : Sketch Up, Revit FIRST FLOOR PLAN 1 LOBBY 2 HOUSE 3 STAGE 4 DRAMA ROOM 5 SCENE SHOP 6 CHOIR 7 CLASSROOM