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.
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undersized, inefficient, and inaccessible, with severely Burnett (landscape); Jones Engineers (MEP); Garza + McLain outdated technology.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