Page 33

(left) courtesy Perkins+Will; (right) courtesy Texas A&M University

of-the-art educational and research facility a prominent campus centerpiece, Perkins+Will’s design creates an unobtrusive building that honors its landmark neighbors, the drill field to the south and the historic YMCA building to the east. The ISLB’s wedge shape points to the YMCA and its eastern facade is stair-stepped to reflect its older neighbor’s scale and street proportions. Borrowing key neoclassical features from the historic campus buildings, including their consistent low-rise profile, the threestory ISLB uses tiered massing, rabbeted corners, and multiple entry niches to disguise its enormous volume. Exterior stairs connecting the terraces and ground-level covered walkways provide a human scale to make the largest building on campus less daunting and more accessible. While the ILSB is on the west edge of the historic core and in the middle of campus, its younger sibling, the ETED will be located beyond the current eastern edge of campus and north

1 / 2

2 0 0 8

of the Williams Administration Building. This site represents a departure from its originally planned location flanking both sides of the administration building. According to Charles A. Sippial Sr., A&M’s vice president for facilities, the reason for the departure from the plan is because of the latest desire for a less symmetrical campus. As such, the ETED will serve as an east entrance to the campus’ engineering enclave. Although initial conceptual sketches are not available, according to P+W principal Edwin Cordes, AIA, the ETED will retain some of the stylistic features of the ILSB and like its threeyear-older sibling is targeted for a LEED Gold certification. A&M’s new science buildings are among the vanguard of this latest generation of higher-education facilities being developed on campuses across the U.S. Lawrence Connolly, AIA, is a Texas Architect contributing editor.

t e x a s

a r c h i t e c t

31

Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2008: Design for Education  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2008: Design for Education  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...