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  Trinity River Audubon Center

Tunxis Community College - Building 600Architect of Record

Brown Reynolds Watford Architects
3535 Travis Street, #250, Dallas, TX 75204

Cost Estimator

Hill International, Inc.
5307 East Mockingbird Lane, #700, Dallas, TX 75206

General Description

LEED® GOLD Pending
Dallas, Texas
Date Bid: Feb 2007 Construction Period: Apr 2007 to Sep 2008
Total Square Feet: 20,791 Site: 120 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 20,336; mezzanine, 455; total, 20,791 square feet.
Building Height: Varies.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade, elevated deck over crawl space. Exterior Walls: Curtainwall, wood siding, metal panel. Roof: Membrane, garden. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: 867.

Construction Team

Cost Estimator: Hill International, Inc. - 5307 East Mockingbird Lane, #700, Dallas, TX 75206
Design Architect: Antoine Predock Architect PC - 300 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Structural Engineer: Jaster-Quintanilla/Dallas - 2105 Commerce St. #300, Dallas, TX 75201
MEP Engineer: Lopez Garcia Group - 1950 North Stemmons Freeway, #6000, Dallas, TX 75207
Exhibit Designer: Lyons/Zaremba Inc. - 4 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

The Trinity River Audubon Center resides within the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States within a few miles of the nearby urban downtown environment. At this intersection of city and nature, the Center is sculpted by elements of the natural world - earth, water, and air. This site, previously overlooked for decades, was improperly used as a waste landfill while coexisting with century old native trees and serpentine, deeply cut riverbanks. The closed landfill is a visionary restoration project, reclaiming 120 acres of the Great Trinity River Corridor for the use of future generations. The Center was conceived as a teaching tool, promoting both a greater appreciation of surrounding ecosystems and an understanding of man"s impact on the environment. Additionally, the Center allows visitors to appreciate the uniqueness of this forgotten place, while understanding the evolution of the land caused by man's impact through domestic development. The facility distills the energy of this restored place through exhibits, classrooms, and research laboratories that celebrate the land.

The Center is not only part of the landscape, carefully placed within, but also a reflection of its surroundings. Each wing reflects a different biome of the Great Trinity Forest. The dichotomy of concrete feather walls softens the envelope while reminding visitors of Audubon"s focus. The spaces are flexible and energy efficient. An outdoor corridor to classrooms reduces the need for conditioned space. Partitioned rooms are used as small classrooms or opened for large meeting areas. The great hall and cafe are also open to house various types of events and provide visitors a comfortable space to appreciate nature from the indoors. Perhaps more significant however, is the dedication shown in restoring this expansive site. Following the state"s criteria and with the goal of returning the land to its natural state for use with future generations, the plan consolidated the waste into capped hills replanted with prairie grass and native trees. At the base of the hills, a series of cascading wetland marshes and ponds captures and polishes runoff from adjoining neighborhoods and prairies before returning the cleansed water to the river.

As one of the first of the Trinity River Corridor projects to be completed, the Center is a true testament to designing within the context of the natural environment. Perhaps greater than what the building represents - a sustainable model that responds to the specific conditions of its site - is what this building actually brings to the Southeast Dallas community; namely, an educational, and community shared space that is a catalyst and true example of change and hope within a community that has long needed both. With a living laboratory that will host thousands of school children a year and a gathering space for a variety of community events throughout the year, the new Trinity River Audubon Center has already succeeded in bringing together the urban community with the green environment virtually at their doorstep that most never realized existed.


Concrete Color: Davis Colors
Wood Treatments: Hoover Treaded Wood Products
Roof Accessories: Carlisle Syntec


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