Browne Penland Mcgregor Stephens Architects, Inc.
520 Post Oak Boulevard, #880, Houston, TX 77027
Total Square Feet:
Jan 2005 to Oct 2005
Structural Engineer: ASA Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 1155 Dairy Ashford, #111, Houston, TX 77079
General Contractor: Farnsworth & Lott Construction Services - 3103 Nottingham, Pearland, TX 77581
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. - 9990 Richmond Avenue, South Bldg., #300,
Houston, TX 77042
Cost Estimator: Farnsworth & Lott Construction Services - 3103 Nottingham, Pearland, TX 77581
The owner and lead physician, Dr. Deborah Gant, of Pearland Pediatrics wanted to provide an environmentally friendly workplace for her staff and a healing environment for her young patients, and to make a statement about the kind of future her patients will inherit.
To meet the owner’s goal of an environmentally responsible building, Browne Penland McGregor Stephens Architects and the design team used the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) sustainable design criteria to create a holistic environment. The result is the first privately owned LEED® certified healthcare facility in Texas.
The single-story, limestone clad, tilt wall, concrete building is 10,388 square feet with a 6,000 square foot pediatric clinic space. With the original plan of utilizing natural daylight and preserving the oak trees on the property, the design team incorporated energy efficiency and indoor air quality to their design. The design team chose a white reflective roof, daylight monitors and an exterior canopy/light shelf to illuminate the interior, while glazing transoms and high performance insulated glazing were used to reject heat, yet let in daylight. Indoor air quality was maintained by using low-emitting materials such as adhesives, paints, sealers, and flooring. A mechanical ventilation system and CO2 monitoring system were installed to minimize the exposure of young patients and staff to hazardous indoor particulates and chemical pollutants. Also, to help reduce waste, water saving fixtures and a dual flush plumbing system was installed.
The owners operate the building on wind generated power and have a storm water detention pond behind the building. Rapidly renewable resources were used such as linoleum flooring. The split faced limestone, masonry perimeter wall, fly ash concrete tilt wall structure, and ceiling tile are all local Texas building materials found within 500 miles of the site. With the first energy bills the owners noticed half the energy consumption and cost in the new clinic, which is double the size of the previous building.
The design team utilized a coastal theme, with two aquarium eco-systems and a special educational area that includes nature-oriented books and games that makes the waiting area special for the patients. The waiting areas, exam rooms, corridors, and work stations are illuminated by natural daylight and have views to the outdoors.
Jim McGregor, AIA, LEED AP of Browne Penland McGregor Stephens Architects was project manager for Pearland Pediatrics.
DIV 07: White Reflective Membrane: Firestone.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Vistawall; High Performance Insulated Glazing:
Arch Aluminum & Glass
Co.; Doors, Frames & Interior Window Frames: Versatrac.
DIV 09: Linoleum: Forbo; Low Emitting Paint: Harmony™ by Sherwin