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P O R T F O L I O : S E R V I C E S T R U C T U R E S Oak Forest Library p r o j e c t  Oak c l i e n t  City Completed in January, the makeover of the City of Forest Library Renovation/Addition, Houston Houston’s Oak Forest Library includes a 4,500-sf addi- of Houston a r c h i t e c t  Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Architect Works; tion and a complete renovation of the original 7,500-sf James Ray Architects structure. The project was a collaboration among three d e s i g n t e a m  Natalye Appel, FAIA; Donna Kacmar, FAIA; James Ray, local firms—James Ray Architects, Natalye Appel + As- AIA; Alan Creech, AIA; Stuart Smith, AIA sociates Architects, and Architect Works. The original c o n t r a c t o r  Teal 6 1 1960s library of steel and masonry construction was Construction Company Guy, & Maybik (civil); The Office of James undersized, inefficient, and inaccessible, with severely Burnett (landscape); Jones Engineers (MEP); Garza + McLain outdated technology. The existing public entry on the Structural Engineers (structural); Inclusion by Design (accessibility, north side was overshadowed by a strip center and dis- signage, furniture); Beck Architecture (LEED) connected from the shaded lawn and walk on the west. c o n s u l t a n t s   Martinez, 5 4 2 To address this issue, the architects designed adult and r e s o u r c e s site , street, mall furnishings : Landscape Forms; polished teen wings on the west that define a new entrance and concrete : Hebron Brick outdoor reading room under mature oaks and pines. Staff Company (AMP Brick & Stone); architectural metal work , structural areas, conference space, restrooms, and mechanical steel , railings : Hollywood Steel; wood doors : Haley Brothers; entrances , areas now occupy a new service zone to the south within glazed curtainwall : Georgia Pacific; the original structure, giving the children’s area access tile : DalTile, Walker Zanger; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; flooring : to natural light from the north. In addition, a tile mosaic ECOsurfaces (Flooring Specialties International); signage : Hardman and globe-light canopy at the old circulation desk were Signs; exterior sun control: Construction Specialties; library equip - restored to create a toddler-sized reading nook. Lobby ment : space, lit by a continuous clerestory, occupies the seam Action Services, Decocrete; Vistawall; glass : masonry units : PPG; gypsum : Worden (Library Interiors of Texas); floor mats : Balco; shades : new and between the old and new and unites the two entries. Creative Furnishings & Design; library shelving New materials, systems, and details complement the MechoShade Systems (Creative Furnishings & Design); refinished furniture : and furniture : Estey, Bretford, Gressco (Library Interiors of Texas) integrity of the original architecture while updating the facility. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. N O E L L E 7 / 8 2 0 1 1 H E I N Z E 3 FLOOR PLAN 1 CHILDREN 2 TEEN 3 ADULT 4 LOBBY 5 WORKROOM 6 MEETING ROOM T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 71

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