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Portfolio: Libraries Julia Ideson Building Project Julia Ideson Building, Houston Client Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners Architect Gensler Houston Design team Barry Moore, FAIA; Paul Homeyer, AIA; Lenny Camargo, AIA; Andrew Balden; Adam Ruelas; Julie Markham Contractor SpawMaxwell Company, a division of Balfour Beatty Construction Consultants Ward, Getz & Associates (civil); Haynes Whaley Associates (structural); Redding Linden Burr (MEP); Windrose Land Services (survey); Bos Lighting Design (lighting); TBG Partners (landscape); PCI (building envelope); Mack Finishes (furniture restoration); Houston Arts Alliance (art conservation); Whitten & Proctor Fine Art Conservation (art restoration); Evergreene Architectural Arts (historical architectural woodwork/paint restoration); Sue Murphy (archives); Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies (hardware); Terracon Consulting Engineers & Scientists (hazardous abatement); Affiliated Engineers (commissioning) Photography Courtesy of Gensler

The Julia Ideson Building — recently updated by Gensler and originally designed by Boston architects Cram & Ferguson (with associates Watkin and Glover) — opened its doors as Houston’s main library in 1926. However, Cram & Ferguson’s vision for the Ideson was not fully realized. A south wing and reading garden were eliminated due to budget constraints. In 2006, the Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners raised $32 million to build a new archival wing for Houston Metropolitan Research Center and restore the Julia Ideson Building. The new wing opened in 2009 and follows Cram’s original plan, with some modification. on the Spanish Renaissance building began in March 2010. In addition to the abatement of hazardous materials; electrical, plumbing, and air-handling upgrades; as well as a new elevator and a new roof; all exterior surfaces were cleaned and repaired, and the front plaza was re-landscaped with the addition of a perimeter fence. Inside, decorative ceilings, plaster walls, woodwork, lighting and original furniture and artwork were restored. Providing a repository for Houston memorabilia and rare archival material, the “new” library serves as the official city reception space and venue for exhibits, meetings, and special events. Completed in December 2011, the renovation was executed to LEED Silver standards.





concrete pavement: Southern Star Concrete (Tas

Concrete); stone: Walker Zanger (Quality of Service Flooring); cast stone: Brazos Valley Stone; manufactured stone: For-

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mglas (Drake Interiors); brick: Sioux City (Upchurch Kimbrough Company); well stone: Upchurch Kimbrough Company; laminates: Wilsonart (FC Designs); roof tiles: Ludowici Roof Tile

(Brinkmann Roofing); metal doors: Ceco Door; wood doors: VT Industries; fire doors: McKeon Door Company (Griesenbeck


Architectural Products); wood windows: Pella; unit skylights: Skyline Sky-Lites (Rob Pelletier Construction); gypsum board: USG (Drake Interiors); tile/stone flooring/terrazzo: DalTile (National Terrazzo Tile & Marble); acoustical ceilings: CertainTeed Ceilings (Drake Interiors); paints: Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore; high density & static shelving: Spacesaver Storage System (Southwest Solutions Group)

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Gensler’s restoration work

SITE PLAN 1 Existing 2 Addition 3 Outdoor Reading Garden 4 FRONT PLAZA 5 MECHANICAL YARD


Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2012: Design Awards  

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2012: Design Awards

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2012: Design Awards  

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2012: Design Awards