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Sweet Leaf Tea Headquarters

p r o j e c t  Sweet c l i e n t  Sweet

Designed by San Antonio firm Wiese Hefty Design Build,

Leaf Tea Headquarters, Austin

the Austin headquarters of Sweet Leaf Tea highlights

Leaf Tea Company

a r c h i t e c t  Wiese

the company’s brand while also displaying its eclectic

Hefty Design Build

d e s i g n t e a m  Kristin

office culture. The architects used building information

Wiese Hefty, AIA General Contractor

modeling (BIM) software to design the almost 8,000-sf

c o n s u l t a n t s  Spaulding Structural Engineering (structural); Design

space, which is an adaptive reuse of a 1918 building in

Build Lighting (lighting); Power Quality Engineering (MEP)

the Penn Field office complex. The project team gutted

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Philip

the building to expose its structure, then devised an

c o n t r a c t o r  Qual-Con

Thomas

open-grid interior that balances the building’s historical r e s o u r c e s concrete restoration : Penca Construction; metal laminate :

quality with modern requirements. A restrained material

Wilsonart (Travis Tile Sales); Design;

plastic fabrications :

Paul Mair

palette was used, with knotty cedar added to existing

metal / wood doors

wood elements. The interior was configured as three

architectural woodwork :

Hiatt & Kramer Co.;

and windows : RACO (Hull Supply); unit skylights : Metalux; glass : Listo

“buildings,” one each for a conference room, offices,

Glass; decorative glazing : Sun Pro Tint (Listo Glass); gypsum board :

and a kitchen/multi-use area (also available for public

Temple-Inland;

lighting :

functions). New skylights enhance interior daylighting,

DaSal Industries, Solavanti, Spectrum Lighting, Texas Flourescent

which comes predominantly from east-facing windows

(Elliot Electric Supply);

and is partially blocked by a large, unmovable air-con-

tile :

Autodesk (D|C|CADD)

American Tile;

signage :

emergency lighting :

Joan Bell;

Emergi-Lite;

software :

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add durable, low-cost accents to high-use areas. The

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project was completed at a cost just under $355,000. N O E L L E

H E I N Z E

FLOOR PLAN 1 LOBBY/RECEPTION 2 MAIN CONFERENCE 3 SMALL CONFERENCE 4 LOUNGE 5 KITCHEN 6 OFFICES 7 MAIN OFFICE AREA 8 MEDIUM CONFERENCE 9 SHOWER/CHANGING

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Texas Architect May/June 2011: Context