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 62 TOP HEAD: GOES HERE 10 11 11 12 12 12 12 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 8 9 Designed by Studio Red Architects, the 54,000-sf Arts Center at Texas Southmost College on the grounds of the University of Texas at Brownsville is carefully sited to fit within the campus master plan. The building shares a connection with the campus through the incorporation of design elements – such as arches, arcades, and brick patterns – used on historic Fort Brown. A unique nautilus floor plan was developed to add multiple entrances. The building’s theater serves as a focal point for the campus and for the performing arts in South Texas. The three-level structure features small classrooms, large rehearsal halls, a performance hall, and a visual arts exhibition space. The facility’s 800-seat theater has a fully equipped stage and adjustable acoustical system designed to accommodate theater, opera, dance, and orchestra productions with up to 150 people on the stage. Interior design elements include a red curving staircase, starburst chandeliers, and a large terrace overlooking the adjacent lake known as Fort Brown Resaca. Ironwork along the sculpted exterior ties the building to the existing campus architecture; the same crafted element was brought into the interior spaces. The $26 million project was completed in 2009. NOELLE HEINZE Arts Center at Texas Southmost College FIRST FLOOR PLAN 1 ENTRY 2 TEACHING STUDIO 3 REHEARSAL HALL 4 LOADING DOCK 5 LOBBY 6 STAGE 7 MECHANICAL 8 EQUIPMENT YARD 9 TICKET BOOTH 10 AUDIENCE CHAMBER 11 DRESSING ROOM 12 RESTROOM project The Arts Center – Texas Southmost College, Brownsville client Texas Southmost College architect Studio Red Architects design team Pete Ed Garrett, AIA; Jared Wood, AIA; Michael Nguyen contractor Skanska USA Building consultants Haynes Whaley Associates (structural); CHPA (MEP/FP); Ambiotec Civil Engineering Group (civil); JaffeHolden (acoustics); Schuler Shook Theatre Planners (theater); SSP Designs (landscape) photographers Greg Phelps; Keith Talley resources fences and architectural metal work : Scalise & Co.; masonry units and cast stone : RAS Masonry; granite and tile : Vintage Tile & Stone; metal decking : Vulcraft; laminates : Wilsonart, Formica, Lamin- art, Pionite; roof accessories : Bilco Smoke Hatches; metal , wood and specialty doors : Door Pro Systems; entrances and glazed curtainwall : Kawneer; glass : Viracon; gypsum fabrications : USG; acoustical ceil - ings : CertainTeed; stage flooring : Long Flooring; laminate flooring : Mannington; acoustical wall treatments : Mellotone Fabrics, Guilford of Maine Fabrics, KM Fabrics; paint and high performance coatings : Sherwin Williams; manufactured casework : MGC