Texas Architect March/April 2012: Destinations
Destinations represent different points of arrival, whether a temporary stopping place during a student’s busy day on campus or destinations for entertainment and cultural events.Of particular note is the destination for dignitaries from around the world who will travel to Houston in mid-April for the official unveilingof the Asia Society Texas Center, previewedon page 44. Yoshio Taniguchi’s design for the$48.4 million building establishes the New York based Asia Society (founded in 1956 by John D.Rockefeller III to educate the public about Asia)with its first branch between the two coasts. Thefour-day celebration culminates with a free openhouse on April 14-15 for the public, featuringtours, food, and performances, as well as theopening of Treasures of Asian Art: A RockefellerLegacy, a temporary exhibition of works from theMr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection atAsia Society New York.
Portfolio: Public Buildings Gragg Building Renovations Project Gragg Building, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Client City of Houston Parks and Recreation Dept. Architect HarrisonKornberg Architects Design Team Daniel Kornberg; Kristopher McGraw; Christina Hattenbach, Nubia Carino, Ryan Marchesi Contractor Gilbane Construction Consultants Concept Engineers (structural); Infrastructure Associates (MEP/civil); Michael Gaertner and Associates (preservation architect); Asakura Robinson (landscape) Photographer Michael Stravato Harrison Kornberg Architects was commissioned to reinvigorate the 40,755-sf Gragg Building and improve the surrounding park and adjacent maintenance facility. Designed in the late 1950s by noted Houston architecture firm MacKie & Kamrath, the Gragg Building exhibits the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright. Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department has occupied the building since 1976, and over time made small changes to respond to staffing needs. While the original character-defining elements of the building were intact, small adaptations exacerbated the separation of personnel and undermined communication and a collaborative work environment. Building upgrades respect the historically significant building exterior and interior public spaces, while bringing more daylight and open views into the previously dark interior. HarrisonKornberg combined new finishes with many reused materials, such as mahogany veneer panels on the interior and the building’s signature green quartzite stone on the exterior. Other upgrades include re-planned interiors, new building systems, and exterior repairs. The building is listed on national, state, and local historic registries and is certified LEED Gold. 6 6 11 14 10 16 10 3 6 6 7 14 5 14 5 5 7 10 6 9 12 2 7 10 15 6 14 Resources 5 1 6 5 10 6 10 10 courtyard planting accessories: Key- 8 12 Noelle Heinze Floor Plan 1 Lobby 2 Dining 3 Kitchen 4 Library/Planning 5 Conference 6 Offices 7 Coffee/Copy Room 8 WorkRoom 9 Server Room 10 Restrooms 11 Loading/Recieving 12 Mechanical 13 Electrical 14 Storage 15 Courtyard 16 Chiller Yard 12 7 14 6 scape Landscape Construction ; concrete/masonry restoration/waterproof- 7 ing: Western Waterproofing ; 6 mercial Flooring; granite: limestone: Allstate Com- Builders Granite & Tile ; metal 6 materials: Myrex Industries; 7 14 architectural woodwork : NC Group; building insula- 13 tion : Diversified Thermal ; 4 exterior insulation : Exte- rior Finish Systems; metal and wood doors: Door Pro Systems; glass: Ranger Specialized Glass; tile: Texas Floor Coverings; signage: Ad Display Sign Systems 64 Texas Architect 3/4 2012