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.
p r o j e c t El Paso Texas United States Courthouse, El Paso c l i e n t General Services Administration a r c h i t e c t Antoine Predock Architect, WHPacific d e s i g n t e a m Mary Ellen Broderick (project manager); Sam Sterling, AIA; Danny Partida, AIA; Jon Anthony, PE; Matthew Schneider, PE; Ross Krayer, PE c o n t r a c t o r Caddell Construction Company c o n s u l t a n t s 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) p h o t o g r a p h e r Alexander 62 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T Vertikoff 5 / 6 2 0 1 1