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.
Energy Future Holdings 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 1 4 5 6 EXECUTIVE FLOOR, 41ST FLOOR 1 RECEPTION 2 BREAK ROOM 3 CONFERENCE ROOMS 4 KITCHEN 5 BOARDROOM 6 AV ROOM 7 STORAGE T E X A S A R C H I T E C T p r o j e c t Energy the same high-rise building in downtown Dallas, Energy c l i e n t Energy Future Holdings hired lauckgroup to fulfill the vision of a r c h i t e c t lauckgroup the utility company’s new leadership. The renovation d e s i g n t e a m Cribb Altman, AIA; Brigitte Preston; Steve Breuer, AIA; project involved reshuffling operations on the seven April Warner; Kate Crumrine; Caro Novick floors of the existing 143,000-sf office space. The client c o n t r a c t o r Scott requested an energy-efficient space that also reflected c o n s u l t a n t s JJA (MEP); LuM Lighting Design Consulting (lighting); a “casual elegance.” In addition, the architects were PMK Consultants (AV/acoustics) asked to create an open, egalitarian, and collaborative p h o t o g r a p h y Brian Future Holdings Corporate Headquarters, Dallas Future Holdings + Reid General Contractors Harness environment where each floor had a consistent aes7 70 Wanting to update the look of its offices but remain in thetic quality. Recycled materials were used extensively r e s o u r c e s w o o d treatments : throughout: wood floors were salvaged from neighbor- solid surfacing : hood buildings; existing furniture systems were reused ing : and reconfigured; and elements were reclaimed from CertainTeed; the company’s old offices, including countertops, floor Woodwright Hardwood Floor Co.; acoustical wall treatments: Designtex; tile, ceiling tile, hardware, and doors (repurposed for carpet : InterfaceFLOR; walls and frames for marker boards). In all, 640 tons Dorma; foodservice equipment : (75 percent) of construction waste was diverted from (Extravagant Design); drapery: Silent Gliss; plumbing fixtures : Kohler, the landfill. The project, which has received LEED Gold Just, American Standard Bacon Veneer; laminates : Wilsonart; Klip Bio Technologies; metal doors : RACO; tile floor- DalTile; tile flooring : Eco-Friendly Flooring; acoustical ceilings : special ceiling surfaces : wall base : AEC Corp.; Johnsonite; wood flooring : operable partitions : GE, Hoshizaki, Asko; shades : Lutron certification, was completed in June 2009. N O E L L E H E I N Z E 5 / 6 2 0 1 1