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 University of the Incarnate Word Parking Garage SECTION Designed by Marmon Mok, the 290,000-sf parking ga- project rage on the University of the Incarnate Word campus in San Antonio San Antonio is located on a highly visible yet constrained c l i e n t University site. The garage features 800 spaces for cars on nine a r c h i t e c t Marmon tiers. The architects designed a skeleton-like steel Architects structure that appears lighter and more open than a d e s i g n t e a m Dror pre-cast concrete assembly. The main exterior cladding McBreaty, AIA; Cindy De Hoyos, AIA; Alfred Brice, AIA comprises 55,000 square feet of white fiberglass grate c o n t r a c t o r Joeris attached to wide-flange supports of fiberglass painted c o n s u l t a n t s Danysh & Associates (structural); HMG & Associates lime-green. The industrial-grade fiberglass grate, origi- (MEP); Kimley-Horn and Associates (civil); Laffoon Associates nally designed for and installed in chemical plants, was (landscape) chosen because it offered the most aesthetic opportuni- p h o t o g r a p h e r Dror University of the Incarnate Word Parking Garage, of the Incarnate Word Mok Architecture + McChessney/Bianco Baldinger, AIA; Mike McChessney, AIA; Cody General Contractors Baldinger, AIA ties and economical feasibility. The grate creates a lacy 2 1 grid that animates the building throughout the day with r e s o u r c e s concrete : the changing sunlight. At night, the open-grid panels (D’Hanis Clay Products); structural and misc steel: Trans-Tex Fabrica- seem to uniformly glow, emitting interior illumination. tion; electrical , electrical sleeves : Fisk; fiberglass skin : EPI; roofing and The panels appear nearly transparent when viewed head- sheet metal : Superior Roofing; doors and hardware : Wessley-Thompson; on and opaque from an oblique angle, rendering cars cable rail and guardrails : Quality Fence; signage : Sign Resource Man- parked in the garage as invisible to motorists traveling agement; along the adjacent highway. plumbing : N O E L L E access doors : Urban Concrete; T.H. Willis; brick : elevator : Cloud Ceramics Otis Elevator; HVAC/ AJ Monier; paint: Sherwin Williams H E I N Z E 2 3 4 SITE PLAN 1 PROJECT GARAGE 2 DORMS 3 INTERNATIONAL CONF. CENTER 4 PARKING GARAGE 76 T E X A S A R C H I T E C T 7 / 8 2 0 1 1