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TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS REPLACEMENT FACILITY

CITY OF HOUSTON

2200 Pattterson Street - Houston, Texas | September 2011


Project Information Traffic Operations Facility

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New Replacement Facility - 37,477 sf and New Paint Building - 4,528 sf Total Project Budget: $6,800,000 LEED - Seeking Silver Certification

SD - CD Fee: Terry Greiner Team: Trace Saenz, Dan Hassebroek, Jon Ward, Terry Greiner, Randall Walker

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Guiding Principles / Big Ideas Traffic Operations Facility

“ The New Operations Facility reflects

energy and movement like the traffic it orchestrates�

photo by blirk.net

Our goal is to create a New Facility that wil become a beacon to the community and take advantage of the site location in terms of visibility. The New facility will be more efficient with programmatic space and will improve work flow and operations. Incorporation of traffic elements throughout the interior and exterior architecture (street signs, signal lights, recycled street sign poles) will play a role in the architectural language throughout. Views and daylighting will also be provided for offices and communal spaces to enrich the interior environment.

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Project Image Traffic Operations Facility

“ Like the state agency that occupies it, the building is about

movement.”

CALTRANS BUILDING - CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT 7 HEADQUARTERS - BY MORPHOSIS

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Site Analysis - Existing Conditions Traffic Operations Facility

WHITE OAK BAYOU

north

EXISTING FACILITY (TO BE DEMOLISHED)

I-10 WEST

PATTERSON ST

EXISTING PAINT SHOP (TO BE DEMOLISHED)

I-10 EAST

Site is in the 100 year flood plain

Great visibility opportunity

Site is made up of almost 100% impervious material

Views of downtown skyline toward the east

located off the I-10 Freeway (Corner site)

Site utilities are located along the south of site (not desireable)

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Site Planning - New Facility Traffic Operations Facility

WHITE OAK BAYOU

north

EXISTING FACILITY (TO BE DEMOLISHED)

I-10 WEST

PATTERSON ST

NEW FACILITY AND PAINT SHOP

VIEWS TO DOWNTOWN I-10 EAST

Site is in the 100 year flood plain

Great visibility opportunity

Site is made up of almost 100% impervious material

Views of downtown skyline toward the east

located off the I-10 Freeway (Corner site)

Site utilities are located along the south of site (not desireable)

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Site Planning - Options Traffic Operations Facility

OPTION A

OPTION B

We created a series of site plan studies to examine building form, location, and circulation. With our clients help and input we identified that the building form should be inunterrupted with all program space under one roof, like Option B. The building location toward the South side of the property was an evident and natural decision with a two fold benefit - 1). the building is on the highest elevation of the site, which is good for storm water management and 2). the building will have maximum visilibilty from the surrounding neighborhoods as well as maximum views toward downtown. Traffic seperation between employee parking/ work vehicles is an important requirement and we’ll continue to study this relationship.

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Final Site Plan - Schematic Design Traffic Operations Facility

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Program Traffic Operations Facility

Traffic Signal Operations

3,877 sf

Signal Technical Support Group Technology Support

4,243 sf 1,436 sf

Sign Maintenance Section 1,728 sf Sign Shop

7,851 sf

Street Marking Maintenance Section Shared Spaces

945 sf 7,186 sf

Warehouse

10,212 sf

Paint Building

4,528 sf

Total

42,005 sf

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Floor Plan - Options Traffic Operations Facility

OPTION A

OPTION B

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Final Floor Plan - Schematic Design Traffic Operations Facility

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Traffic elements incorporated into the architectural design Traffic Operations Facility

The new facility will incorporate various traffic elements used in the industry from the past to the present. Recycled street sign poles will be used to create a vertical sun screen to proctect from the southern sun exposure, and will be used for all guardrails. Vintage signal lights and street signs will be refurbished and repainted and displayed throughout the interior space to pay tribute to the industry and it’s history. Lastly, the exterior of the building will incorporate the same yellow stripping material used for stripping the very roads we drive.

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Schematic Design - Design Concept Traffic Operations Facility

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Schematic Design - Concept Sketches Traffic Operations Facility

Conceptually the exterior of the building is a supergraphic or billboard that reflects and mimics traffic generated by Interstate 10 and assoicated to traffic movement diagrams generated by the City of Houston Traffic Operations Facility. The “windsheild� window allows for views out and provides visiible connection to downtown Houston as well as to the community.

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Schematic Design - Design Concept Traffic Operations Facility

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Perspectives - Schematic Design Traffic Operations Facility

SOUTH PERSPECTIVE - WITHOUT EXISTING SITE CONDITIONS

SOUTH PERSPECTIVE - WITH EXISTING SITE CONDITIONS

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Schematic Design - Design Concept Traffic Operations Facility

NORTH PERSPECTIVE

NORTH PERSPECTIVE - LOOKING AT EMPLOYEE ENTRY AT THE LEFT AND VISITOR ENTRY TOWARD THE RIGHT

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Perspectives - Schematic Design Traffic Operations Facility

SOUTH PERSPECTIVE (FROM I-10 FREEWAY) - WITHOUT EXISTING SITE CONDITIONS

SOUTH PERSPECTIVE (FROM I-10 FREEWAY) - WITH EXISTING SITE CONDITIONS

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Schematic Design - Design Concept Traffic Operations Facility

OUTDOOR PATIO VIEW TOWARD DOWNTOWN

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Design Details - December 16, 2011 Traffic Operations Facility

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Design Details - Recycled materials used in the architectural design Traffic Operations Facility

1,110 LINEAR FEET OF 12FT (2”DIA.) AND 111 LINEAR FEET OF 10FT (3” DIA.) RECYCLED GALVANIZED POST

VARIOUS RECYCLED STREET SIGNS

SIGNAL LIGHTS - VINTAGE AND CURRENT MODELS

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Design Details - Solar screen wall (recycled street post) Traffic Operations Facility

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Design Details - Solar screen wall Traffic Operations Facility

SOLAR SCREEN WALL CLOSE UP PERSPECTIVE

WELDED CAP PLATE OWNER PROVIDED GALV. METAL TUBING CONTRACTOR PAINTED COLOR T.B.D

3/8" CARRIAGE BOLTS @ EA. END OF POLE (12" LENGTH AND CUT DOWN AFTER INSTALLATION)

1"X1/8" HARDENED PLATE WASHER

GALV. HSS COLUMN RE: STRUCT

RE: A3.20 EQ: SPACING

2"X1/8" HARDENED PLATE WASHER @ EA. END OF POLE

2 ADDITIONAL 2"X 1/8" PLATE WASHTERS TO SECURE METAL SCREEN PANELS SPACE @ 1'-0" O.C. E.W.

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Design Details - Recycled post continued... Traffic Operations Facility

VISITOR ENTRANCE SCREEN

DOCK / ENTRY AREA - GUARDRAILS

Recycled street post are used througout the project including at the exterior of the visitor entrance (top image) and as guardrails located at the dock area (bottom image).

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Design Details - Interior sign wall Traffic Operations Facility

SIGN WALL MODEL

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Design Details - Interior sign wall Traffic Operations Facility

The sign wall is created with both painted stop signs and original stop signs mounted in profile and located in the employee break room. The signs mounted in profile creates a three dimensional texture and effect and represents the stop sign in an artistic way.

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Design Details - Visitor entrance Traffic Operations Facility

The interior of the visitor’s entrance above demostrates another use of various common street signs. The signs in this space are mounted in a more organized way and utilizes a specific sign per wall in a tiled pattern.

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Design Details - Signal light (refurbished) Traffic Operations Facility

Vintage signal lights are displayed throughout the interior space to represent the present and the past requested by our client’s. The exact locations are roughly located in the design detail phase (images above) but will be finalized in the construction document phase.

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Design Details - Exterior accent color Traffic Operations Facility

The exterior of the building incorporates the same exact yellow reflective strip and specifications used by the City of Houston for stripping the roads we drive on as an accent color throughout the building.

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Design Values Traffic Operations Facility

Is it beautiful? (because if it isn’t beautiful it isn’t sustainable) The project appeals to the project team and client and aesthetics have been discussed

Is it effortlessly functional? (because spaces that work beautifully enrich our lives) The plan is organized to help operations run more smoothly and efficiently

Is it innovative? (because building should be technically, functionally, and aesthetically smart) Traffic Operations Facility integrates recycled materials and other elements used in traffic operations as part of the architectural design

Does the design reflect the community which it is in? (because local is the opposite of generic) The design reflects the energy and movement generated by the traffic it serves and neighbors

What is special about the site? (because it is free) Optimum views toward Downtown Houston and bordered by White Oak Bayou

Have I provided daylight and views to all? (because research directly connects this to health, learning, and wellbeing) The building takes advantage of daylight harvesting and maximizes views towards Downtown Houston

What is special about my client that is expressed in the design? (because the best ideas and concepts come from our clients) The architectural design expresses traffic elements used and created by the workers in the facility and reflect their present and past

Does it sip energy or give energy back? (because efficient buildings pay back) Daylight harvesting, with the use of skylights and exterior windows, are part of our Leed Silver goals

Does it collect, filter, and conerve water? (because it is a precious resource) The orignal site is made up of almost 100% impervious material and we are investigating best storm water management practices. We are also using native plants that dont require any irrigation.

Is it healthy? (because indoor air quality is directly related to heath) Yes. The building will have plenty of natural light and the material finishes will be low VOC

Is it a good neighbor? (because everyone likes a good neighbor) The building is a direct reflection of the function it serves and will enrich and improve the overall community.

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