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 76 PORTFOLIO: SERVICE STRUCTURES Designed by Marmon Mok, the 290,000-sf parking ga- rage on the University of the Incarnate Word campus in San Antonio is located on a highly visible yet constrained site. The garage features 800 spaces for cars on nine tiers. The architects designed a skeleton-like steel structure that appears lighter and more open than a pre-cast concrete assembly. The main exterior cladding comprises 55,000 square feet of white fiberglass grate attached to wide-flange supports of fiberglass painted lime-green. The industrial-grade fiberglass grate, origi- nally designed for and installed in chemical plants, was chosen because it offered the most aesthetic opportuni- ties and economical feasibility. The grate creates a lacy grid that animates the building throughout the day with the changing sunlight. At night, the open-grid panels seem to uniformly glow, emitting interior illumination. The panels appear nearly transparent when viewed head- on and opaque from an oblique angle, rendering cars parked in the garage as invisible to motorists traveling along the adjacent highway. NOELLE HEINZE 1 2 2 3 4 project University of the Incarnate Word Parking Garage, San Antonio client University of the Incarnate Word architect Marmon Mok Architecture + McChessney/Bianco Architects design team Dror Baldinger, AIA; Mike McChessney, AIA; Cody McBreaty, AIA; Cindy De Hoyos, AIA; Alfred Brice, AIA contractor Joeris General Contractors consultants Danysh & Associates (structural); HMG & Associates (MEP); Kimley-Horn and Associates (civil); Laffoon Associates (landscape) photographer Dror Baldinger, AIA resources concrete : Urban Concrete; brick : Cloud Ceramics (D’Hanis Clay Products); structural and misc steel : Trans-Tex Fabrica- tion; electrical , electrical sleeves : Fisk; fiberglass skin : EPI; roofing and sheet metal : Superior Roofing; doors and hardware : Wessley-Thompson; cable rail and guardrails : Quality Fence; signage : Sign Resource Man- agement; access doors : T.H. Willis; elevator : Otis Elevator; hvac/ plumbing : AJ Monier; paint : Sherwin Williams University of the Incarnate Word Parking Garage SITE PLAN 1 PROJECT GARAGE 2 DORMS 3 INTERNATIONAL CONF. CENTER 4 PARKING GARAGE SECTION