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McKinney Fire Station Named TDA Presidents Award Finalist

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The Wysong Central Fire Station and Museum in McKinney by Jim Wilson Architects of McKinney has been named as a finalist in the Best New Construction category for the 2007 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Program. Since 1998, the Awards Program has recognized more than 100 projects, events, and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. The Best New Construction award recognizes outstanding excellence in new construction in downtowns or commercial districts. Completed in April 2007, the Wysong Central Fire Station and Museum incorporates design elements that preserve the best traditions in firehouse architecture. Integral to the concept was the influence of the Wysong family, whose contributions widely impacted the city. The TDA is a statewide non-profit organization comprised of more than 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects. By fostering development and revitalization, TDA strives to enhance the economic vitality of Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by providing resources, networking opportunities, education and advocacy. Visit www.texasdowntown. org for more information.

Landscape Architects Release Green Roof Performance Report

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The American Society of Landscape Architects’ (ASLA) released a report that examines various components of ASLA’s green roof demonstration project, ranging from water and temperature monitoring to individual plant performance. The Society’s green roof demonstration project began in July 2006 when ASLA replaced the conventional roof on its downtown Washington, DC, headquarters with a green roof, installing equipment to gather data on stormwater runoff, water quality, and temperature. As of May 2007, ASLA’s green roof had prevented nearly 75 percent of all precipitation on the roof from flowing into Washington, DC’s overburdened sewer and stormwater system. ASLA’s green roof retained thousands of gallons of stormwater, reduced building energy costs by hundreds of dollars a month, and significantly lowered outdoor air temperature according to the performance report. The full report, along with detailed information, can be found at www.asla.org/greenroof. ASLA works to promote the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.

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Hardwood Council Offers Its Web Site to Promote Projects The Hardwood Council has launched a new “Promote Your Hardwood Project” feature on its Web site at www.hardwoodcouncil.com. Click on the button located on the home page, complete a brief form describing your project, and submit. The feature allows firms to showcase their eco-conscious applications of North American hardwood as a green building material. The Hardwood Council is especially interested in green design projects and projects using locally sourced hardwoods along with other sustainable materials.

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Texas Architect March/April 2008: The Walkable City  

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

Texas Architect March/April 2008: The Walkable City  

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