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Oak Forest Library p r o j e c t  Oak c l i e n t  City

Completed in January, the makeover of the City of

Forest Library Renovation/Addition, Houston

Houston’s Oak Forest Library includes a 4,500-sf addi-

of Houston

a r c h i t e c t  Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Architect Works;

tion and a complete renovation of the original 7,500-sf

James Ray Architects

structure. The project was a collaboration among three

d e s i g n t e a m  Natalye Appel, FAIA; Donna Kacmar, FAIA; James Ray,

local firms—James Ray Architects, Natalye Appel + As-

AIA; Alan Creech, AIA; Stuart Smith, AIA

sociates Architects, and Architect Works. The original

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1960s library of steel and masonry construction was

Construction Company Guy, & Maybik (civil); The Office of James

undersized, inefficient, and inaccessible, with severely

Burnett (landscape); Jones Engineers (MEP); Garza + McLain

outdated technology. The existing public entry on the

Structural Engineers (structural); Inclusion by Design (accessibility,

north side was overshadowed by a strip center and dis-

signage, furniture); Beck Architecture (LEED)

connected from the shaded lawn and walk on the west.

c o n s u l t a n t s   Martinez,

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To address this issue, the architects designed adult and r e s o u r c e s site , street, mall furnishings : Landscape Forms; polished

teen wings on the west that define a new entrance and

concrete :

Hebron Brick

outdoor reading room under mature oaks and pines. Staff

Company (AMP Brick & Stone); architectural metal work , structural

areas, conference space, restrooms, and mechanical

steel , railings : Hollywood Steel; wood doors : Haley Brothers; entrances ,

areas now occupy a new service zone to the south within

glazed curtainwall :

Georgia Pacific;

the original structure, giving the children’s area access

tile : DalTile, Walker Zanger; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; flooring :

to natural light from the north. In addition, a tile mosaic

ECOsurfaces (Flooring Specialties International); signage : Hardman

and globe-light canopy at the old circulation desk were

Signs; exterior sun control: Construction Specialties; library equip -

restored to create a toddler-sized reading nook. Lobby

ment :

space, lit by a continuous clerestory, occupies the seam

Action Services, Decocrete;

Vistawall;

glass :

masonry units :

PPG;

gypsum :

Worden (Library Interiors of Texas); floor mats : Balco; shades : new and

between the old and new and unites the two entries.

Creative Furnishings & Design; library shelving

New materials, systems, and details complement the

MechoShade Systems (Creative Furnishings & Design); refinished furniture : and furniture :

Estey, Bretford, Gressco (Library Interiors of Texas)

integrity of the original architecture while updating the facility. The project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. N O E L L E

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FLOOR PLAN 1 CHILDREN 2 TEEN 3 ADULT 4 LOBBY 5 WORKROOM 6 MEETING ROOM

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Texas Architect July/Aug 2011: Placemaking