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 70 Wanting to update the look of its offices but remain in the same high-rise building in downtown Dallas, Energy Future Holdings hired lauckgroup to fulfill the vision of the utility company’s new leadership. The renovation project involved reshuffling operations on the seven floors of the existing 143,000-sf office space. The client requested an energy-efficient space that also reflected a “casual elegance.” In addition, the architects were asked to create an open, egalitarian, and collaborative environment where each floor had a consistent aes- thetic quality. Recycled materials were used extensively throughout: wood floors were salvaged from neighbor- hood buildings; existing furniture systems were reused and reconfigured; and elements were reclaimed from the company’s old offices, including countertops, floor tile, ceiling tile, hardware, and doors (repurposed for walls and frames for marker boards). In all, 640 tons (75 percent) of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. The project, which has received LEED Gold certification, was completed in June 2009. NOELLE HEINZE Energy Future Holdings EXECUTIVE FLOOR, 41ST FLOOR 1 RECEPTION 2 BREAK ROOM 3 CONFERENCE ROOMS 4 KITCHEN 5 BOARDROOM 6 AV ROOM 7 STORAGE project Energy Future Holdings Corporate Headquarters, Dallas client Energy Future Holdings architect lauckgroup design team Cribb Altman, AIA; Brigitte Preston; Steve Breuer, AIA; April Warner; Kate Crumrine; Caro Novick contractor Scott + Reid General Contractors consultants JJA (MEP); LuM Lighting Design Consulting (lighting); PMK Consultants (AV/acoustics) photography Brian Harness resources wood treatments : Bacon Veneer; laminates : Wilsonart; solid surfacing : Klip Bio Technologies; metal doors : RACO; tile floor - ing : DalTile; tile flooring : Eco-Friendly Flooring; acoustical ceilings : CertainTeed; special ceiling surfaces : AEC Corp.; wood flooring : Woodwright Hardwood Floor Co.; acoustical wall treatments : Designtex; carpet : InterfaceFLOR; wall base : Johnsonite; operable partitions : Dorma; foodservice equipment : GE, Hoshizaki, Asko; shades : Lutron (Extravagant Design); drapery : Silent Gliss; plumbing fixtures : Kohler, Just, American Standard 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 5 6 7