Texas Architect July/Aug 2011: Placemaking
The July/August 2011 edition explores the theme of “placemaking” through feature projects designed to foster a sense of a greater whole instead of just a single building. Such a comprehensive approach to architecture requires a concerted effort to understand what works best for a neighborhood, an urban center, or an isolated development. Feature articles spotlight the Wylie Municipal Complex, the Omni Hotel and Residences in Fort Worth, the City of Grand Prairie’s The Summit, the Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Bayou Bend, and the Byrne-Reed House in Austin. Other articles include a commentary on the loss of the idyllic greenspace in front of the Kimbell Art Museum now that construction is underway to expand the museum, plans for new bayfront development in Corpus Christi, and the architectural improvements brought to tiny Albany due to its up-and-coming arts scene.
TEXAS ARCHITECT 7 / 8 2 011 71 PORTFOLIO: SERVICE STRUCTURES Completed in January, the makeover of the City of Houston’s Oak Forest Library includes a 4,500-sf addi- tion and a complete renovation of the original 7,500-sf structure. The project was a collaboration among three local firms—James Ray Architects, Natalye Appel + As- sociates Architects, and Architect Works. The original 1960s library of steel and masonry construction was undersized, inefficient, and inaccessible, with severely outdated technology. The existing public entry on the north side was overshadowed by a strip center and dis- connected from the shaded lawn and walk on the west. To address this issue, the architects designed adult and teen wings on the west that define a new entrance and outdoor reading room under mature oaks and pines. Staff areas, conference space, restrooms, and mechanical areas now occupy a new service zone to the south within the original structure, giving the children’s area access to natural light from the north. In addition, a tile mosaic and globe-light canopy at the old circulation desk were restored to create a toddler-sized reading nook. Lobby space, lit by a continuous clerestory, occupies the seam between the old and new and unites the two entries. New materials, systems, and details complement the integrity of the original architecture while updating the facility. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. NOELLE HEINZE FLOOR PLAN 1 CHILDREN 2 TEEN 3 ADULT 4 LOBBY 5 WORKROOM 6 MEETING ROOM 1 2 3 4 5 6 Oak Forest Library project Oak Forest Library Renovation/Addition, Houston client City of Houston architect Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Architect Works; James Ray Architects design team Natalye Appel, FAIA; Donna Kacmar, FAIA; James Ray, AIA; Alan Creech, AIA; Stuart Smith, AIA contractor Teal Construction Company consultants Martinez, Guy, & Maybik (civil); The Office of James Burnett (landscape); Jones Engineers (MEP); Garza + McLain Structural Engineers (structural); Inclusion by Design (accessibility, signage, furniture); Beck Architecture (LEED) resources site , street , mall furnishings : Landscape Forms; polished concrete : Action Services, Decocrete; masonry units : Hebron Brick Company (AMP Brick & Stone); architectural metal work , structural steel , railings : Hollywood Steel; wood doors : Haley Brothers; entrances , glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; glass : PPG; gypsum : Georgia Pacific; tile : DalTile, Walker Zanger; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; flooring : ECOsurfaces (Flooring Specialties International); signage : Hardman Signs; exterior sun control : Construction Specialties; library equip - ment : Worden (Library Interiors of Texas); floor mats : Balco; shades : MechoShade Systems (Creative Furnishings & Design); new and refinished furniture : Creative Furnishings & Design; library shelving and furniture : Estey, Bretford, Gressco (Library Interiors of Texas)