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 62 project El Paso Texas United States Courthouse, El Paso client General Services Administration architect Antoine Predock Architect, WHPacific design team Mary Ellen Broderick (project manager); Sam Sterling, AIA; Danny Partida, AIA; Jon Anthony, PE; Matthew Schneider, PE; Ross Krayer, PE contractor Caddell Construction Company consultants MBA (interiors); RicciGreene Associates (programming/court design); Kroll Schiff & Associates (security); Rolf Jensen & Assoc. (fire protection); Hinman Consulting Engineers (blast engineering); Polysonics Corp. (acoustics/technology); Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller (landscape) photographer Alexander Vertikoff