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 Fire Station No. 33 5 7 6 7 1 2 4 3 7 6 6 7 8 11 9 9 10 8 The City of Dallas’ new Fire Station No. 33, designed by p r o j e c t Dallas Brown Reynolds Watford Architects, replaces a previ- c l i e n t City ously existing facility on the same site in an established a r c h i t e c t Brown urban neighborhood. The four-bay station houses 15 fire- d e s i g n t e a m Gary DeVries, AIA; Chris Sano, AIA; Beth Brant, AIA fighters, including a lieutenant, captain, and battalion c o n t r a c t o r CME Builders & Engineers chief. The goal of the project was to provide a durable, c o n s u l t a n t s JQ (civil/structural); URS Corporation (MEP); cost-effective, LEED Silver-certified building with an ar- Sebesta Blomberg (commissioning energy modeling); Graphic chitectural image appropriate for the community. Green Content (artist) building strategies included maximizing natural daylight p h o t o g r a p h e r Michael Fire Station No. 33, Dallas of Dallas Reynolds Watford Architects Lyon and views while minimizing heat gain. Recycled building materials and energy-efficient mechanical systems r e s o u r c e s concrete materials : REDI-MIX; fences and gates : Cain Fence were also incorporated into the design. Since the fire Co.; concrete floor stain : Euclid Chemical Co.; masonry units : Tri-State station serves as a temporary shelter for its emergency Brick (Blackson Brick); cmu : Palestine Concrete Tile; metal materials : personnel to live and rest, careful attention was paid Weatherford Steel; steel joist: CMC Joist & Deck; building insulation : 9 to the building’s scale, materials, and site orientation. Owens Corning; roof and deck insulation : Atlas Rofing Corp.; roof / wall 7 Roof planes emerge from the back of the site, projecting panels , fascia : MBCI; membrane roofing : Certainteed; coping : Petersen upwards toward the street to create a welcoming public Aluminum; facade. The architects specified red brick for its exterior wood doors : VT Industries (DFW Door and Hardware); specialty doors : to reflect the 1950s-era traditions of the surrounding Overhead Door Fort Worth; entrances : YKK Dallas; gypsum : American neighborhood, yet included canted columns painted Gypsum; tiles : Stonepeak Ceramics; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; bright yellow to convey an energetic, modern image. The indoor athletic flooring : project was completed in 2009 for a cost of $3.1 million. Eurotex; signage : Benchmark Signs; louvers : Industrial Louvers; visual FLOOR PLAN 1 LOBBY 2 LIVING ROOM 3 DINING ROOM 4 KITCHEN 5 PHYSICAL TRAINING 6 COMMON SLEEPING AREAS 7 SHOWERS/RESTROOMS 8 OFFICES 9 SLEEP AREAS 10 GENERATOR 11 APPARATUS BAYS N O E L L E H E I N Z E air barrier : display boards : DuPont Tyvek (Weatherization Partners); Capri Cork; paint: ICI/Glidden; wall carpet: Claridge Products & Equipment; flagpole : PoleTech Co.; food service equipment: Fabrication Plus; blinds : Bali (Barber & Associates); sprinkler systems : Jordan & Sons Fire Protection; fuel storage tanks : Con Vault (Les Fray & Co.); vehicle exhaust system : Plymovent (Air Cleaning Technologies) 74 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 7 / 8 2 0 1 1