Texas Architect July/Aug 2012: Healthcare & Wellness
In this edition about design for healthcare and wellness, we look at good buildings of both types. But the role of architects in public health goes far beyond their work on the hospitals, clinics, and fitness facilities routinely associated with these two categories. The broader purview includes their role in shaping more livable, sustainable, and healthy communities — the premise being that there is a direct correlation between the design of a community and the health of its people.
14 Texas Architect 7/8 2012 Recognition On April 19, the American Institute of Archi- tects’ Committee on the Environment (AIA– COTE) announced its Top Ten projects for 2012. This year’s batch of winners highlights commu- nity ties, social equity, and attentiveness to water issues. One Texas firm and three national/inter- national firms with offices in Texas are among the winners. “These projects really demonstrate that you don’t need a client with bottomless pockets or a purely pedagogical mission related to sustain- ability,” wrote one juror. Another juror empha- sized the enduring importance of buildings that inspire people and connect neighborhoods: “It is the true measure of sustainability—the fact that a project becomes so embraced by its community that its value far exceeds the value of a conven- tionally designed building.” 1 ASU Polytechnic Academic District Lake|Flato Architects This pedestrian-oriented campus in Mesa, Ar- izona, replaced a decommissioned Air Force base. The design team resolved longstanding flooding issues by supplanting 14 acres of as- phalt and concrete with naturalized habitats. “Extroverted circulation” in protected atria and courtyards optimizes the available space, providing outdoor connections and gathering spaces while also reducing construction costs and minimizing the amount of impervious surface. 2 1315 Peachtree Street Perkins+Will This project entailed the transformation of a conventional 1986 building in Atlanta into a high-performance office space and demon- stration project incorporating daylighting, an open office plan, rainwater catchment, high-performance glazing, and photovoltaics. Reducing reliance on the region’s coal- dominated energy mix through a grid-tied trigeneration system (combined heating, cooling, and power) helped the project achieve aggressive carbon targets. 3 Chandler City Hall SmithGroupJJR The team behind this municipal building strove to reinvigorate a Phoenix suburb’s his- toric downtown by bringing the city govern- ment into one central building. The goal: to foster community identity and seed economic development. Community art projects in- tegrated within the building and site bring awareness to sustainability features. 4 Iowa Utilities Board Office of Consumer Advocate BNIM A singular focus on responsible use of resourc- es—both natural systems and taxpayer funds— led to this ultra-high-performance building in Des Moines, Iowa, that boasts an energy use intensity of 22. In a state that has experienced a number of recent devastating floods, stormwa- ter management was a prime consideration; native prairie habitat re-established over infil- tration basins treats stormwater on site while also serving as green space. Other 2012 Winners Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building Opsis Architecture Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts SMP Architects Mercy Corps Headquarters THA Architecture Portland Community College Newburg Center Hennebery Eddy Architects University of California–Merced Campus UC–Merced University of Minnesota–Duluth Classroom Building Salmela Architect 1 2 3 4 Texas Firms among AIA COTE Award Winners