Texas Architect May/June 2011: Context
The May/June 2011 edition, Context, features projects that strike a balance between a building’s unique program and the desire for synthesis with its surroundings. The U.S. Courthouse in El Paso directly relates to the region’s geography while adhering to stringent security standards; the restoration of Ancient Oaks near Bastrop recaptures a once-lost sense of place through sensitivity to existing conditions; the Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg demonstrates how to tell a heroic story without overwhelming a small town’s historic fabric; and Singing Bell Ranch offers its city-dwelling owners a getaway of "ranch pragmatism" and prevailing breezes. Other articles include a news update on the City of Austin’s Great Streets program, two commentaries on the 82nd Texas Legislature, a profile of Sisters’ Retreat by Mell Lawrence Architects, and an account of how Ziegler Cooper Architects helped a historic church in Plantersville accommodate a sudden influx of members.
TEXAS ARCHITECT 5 / 6 2 011 50 project National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg client The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and The Texas Historical Commission architect Richter Architects design team David Richter, FAIA; Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA; Sheldon Schroeder, AIA; Blake Hillin, Assoc. AIA; Sam Morris, AIA contractor Duecker Construction Company consultants Calvetti & Associates Professional Engineers (structural); Randy Thompson PE (civil); Stridde, Callins & Associates (MEP); Doug Wade Landscape Architect (landscape); Cleary Zimmermann (commissioning); Stehling, Klein, Thomas Architects (field liaison); The Douglas|Group (exhibit design); Marek-Hill (assoc. exhibit design); Boston Production (A/V); Bowen Technovation (A/V); Wilson Dolman Ph.D (interpretive planning/writing) photographers : David Richter, FAIA; Richard Payne, FAIA; J.Griffis Smith/Texas Highways