Texas Architect May/June 2013: Preservation
This issue on historic preservation illustrates themany facets of the field, including restoration,rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse.
Portfolio: Sacred Spaces Texas Tech Campus Chapel Project Kent R. Hance Chapel, Lubbock Client Board of Regents of the Texas Tech University System Architect McKinney York Architects Design team Heather McKinney, FAIA; Al York, AIA; Jeff Featherston, AIA; Will Wood, AIA Photographer Dror Baldinger Architectural Photography SITE PLAN 1 VEHICULAR DROP-OFF 2 ENTRY 3 RECEPTION GARDEN 4 CAMPUS GROVE Completed in May of 2012, the Kent R. Hance Chapel stands on the southeast corner of the Texas Tech University Campus. Classical ideals of mathematical proportions, simplicity, and order are evident in this 7,000-sf non-denominational Spanish Renaissance chapel. External ornamentation is judiciously utilized to celebrate only the most important architectural features, such as the tiled roof, decorative stone medallions, and bell tower, or campanario. Texas Tech brick ties the chapel to the campus vocabulary while a strong ermine pattern on the east and west gable walls acknowledges the unique significance of the structure within the campus community. The entry doors feature sculpted metal panels hand-forged by Texas artist Joe Barrington, and an arcade lines a courtyard garden on the south side of the building. Inside, pendulant chandeliers and clerestory stained-glass windows illuminate the 250-seat main hall, which is also lined with arches and features configurable furniture. A stained glass rose window and gold-tinted, hand-plastered accent wall provide a focal point for the chapel. The simple-but-elegant, multifunctional building supports a broad range of religious services, as well as weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other events. 1 2 3 4 5/6 2013 Texas Architect 69