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UNT Health Science Center MET

LEVEL 2 PLAN 1 AUDITORIUM 2 OPERABLE PARTITION STORAGE 3 UPPER LOBBY 4 CLASSROOM 5 BREAK-OUT 6 RESTROOM 7 ROOF TERRACE 2

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Health Science Center’s Medical Education & Training

Building, Fort Worth

(MET) building is located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District,

c l i e n t  University

only blocks from the Kimbell and Amon Carter museums.

a r c h i t e c t  Jacobs

The project was designed by Ennead Architects (formerly

d e s i g n t e a m  Robert Young, AIA; Kevin McClurkan, AIA; Jesse Peck,

the Polshek Partnership) with Jacobs serving as architect

AIA; Nathan Carruth, AIA; Kyle Nix, AIA

and engineer of record. The MET is the first project to be

c o n t r a c t o r  Austin

completed as a part of the Health Science Center’s recent

c o n s u l t a n t s   Jacobs

master plan, which calls for a ‘greening’ of the campus

scape); Worrell Design Group (food service); The Access Partnership

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of North Texas System and Ennead Architects

Commercial (civil/structural/MEP/fire protection/land-

and an updated architectural vocabulary for new build-

(accessibility); WMA (hardware); Pruitt Consulting (codes)

ings. The program of the five-level, 113,000-sf building

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Thomas

McConnell

a café on the lower two floors. along with patient simula-

r e s o u r c e s unit pavers :

Pavestone;

tion and physical therapy training rooms, an instructional

Forms; precast architectural concrete: Gate Precast Company; limestone:

surgical suite, and faculty offices on the upper three

Texas Quarries; cast stone : Advanced Cast Stone; masonry anchors :

floors. Materially the building responds to the existing

Hohmann & Barnard;

campus context by using precast concrete as a bris soliel

Metal; architectural woodwork and laminates : Woodhaus; building insula-

and stair tower cladding. At ground level, a curving wall of

tion : Johns Manville; aluminum composite panels : Alpolic (Armetco Sys-

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mall furnishings :

ornamental railings :

Landscape

Quality Custom Rail &

Cordova Shell limestone wraps the 500-seat auditorium,

tems); corrugated aluminum panels : MBCI (Armetco Systems); membrane

divisible into two 250-seat halves. Recently certified

roofing : Duro-Last Roofing; roof accessories : Petersen Aluminum; roof

LEED Gold, the MET included numerous other sustainable

pavers :

features, which were important to the client, according

(Florida Glass of Tampa Bay); glass : Viracon (Florida Glass of Tampa

to Richard Escalante, UNT System vice chancellor for

Bay); glazed curtainwall: YKK AP (Florida Glass of Tampa Bay); gypsum

administrative services. “By building in this manner,” he

board framing : Dietrich, USG; tile : American Olean, DalTile; terrazzo :

said, “the sustainable features for energy efficiency of

American Terrazzo; acoustical ceilings : Hunter Douglas, Armstrong

the buildings pay for themselves typically within eight

(Architectural Materials); metal ceilings : Hunter Douglas (Architectural

years. Plus, environmentally responsible buildings mean

Materials); acoustical wall treatments : Armstrong; paint: PPG; signage :

healthier buildings with better air quality.”

Art-o-grafx; operable partitions : Hufcor; shades : MechoShade (Kites

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UNT Health Science Center Medical Education & Training

includes an auditorium, classrooms, break-out space, and

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Completed in June 2010, the University of North Texas

Wausau Tile;

wood doors :

Assa Abloy;

entrances :

Oldcastle

Interiors); elevators : Thyssen Krupp; software : Revit, Autodesk

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