BRAVE / ARCHITECTURE
4617 Montrose Boulevard, #C230, Houston, TX 77006
Fretz Construction Company
6301 Long Drive, Houston, TX 77087
Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Oct 2009 Construction Period: Nov 2009 to Oct
Total Square Feet: 31,628 Site: 4.88 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Size: First floor,
22,570; second floor, 9,058;
total, 31,628 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’; second floor, 19’2”; floor to
floor, 16’; total, 37’2”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type IIB
Foundation: Cast-in-place, structural slab. Exterior Walls:
CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete,
wood. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, glass partitions.
Projected and/or modeled energy use:
Electricity: 32.448 KWH/SF-Yr Gross Area; Natural Gas: 0.935
Therm SF-Yr Gross Area.
Associate Architect: Smith & Company Architects - 1500 McGowen
Street, #150, Houston, TX 77004
LEED Consultant: Kirksey Architecture - 6909 Portwest Drive,
Houston, TX 77024
Project Manager: The Mathis Group, Inc. - 13135 Dairy Ashford,
#390, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Structural Engineer: Matrix Structural Engineers, Inc. - 24
Greenway Plaza, #1508, Houston, TX 77046
Located near the intersection of the 610 Loop and I-45 south, the
Houston Texans YMCA building, named after the city’s NFL team, is a
31,000-square-foot ground-up facility designed for the south central
area of Houston. The building, located on 5 acres of previously
undeveloped land, is an engineered steel structure clad in brick.
The organization and design of the two-story floor plan maximizes the
use of outdoor space and allows for the building’s possible future
growth. The floor plans are laid out around circulation that facilitates
the staff’s ability to supervise traffic while also providing many
opportunities for user interaction. A community room is centrally
located to provide easy access and visibility when it houses a community
The project includes a child care area, administration offices, a large
meeting room designed as a community partner area, basketball court,
cardio and fitness areas, two aerobics/program rooms, locker rooms, a
welcome center, and a teen center complete with computers. The facility
also includes a display wall to honor the memory of community leader
Quentin R. Mease.
Some programmatic priorities included the relationship of the building
to a nearby area, the involvement of the local community, and the
diversity of its users. The building's relationship with the community
and the two adjacent streets was carefully considered during early
design stages to allow for safety and privacy where needed while
maximizing visibility of marketable indoor activities.
The new facility is the first YMCA in Texas to achieve a LEED® Gold
certification, and the eleventh to achieve LEED Gold in the country.
Some of the building’s environmentally friendly features are 40%
reduction in potable water use, 30% more energy efficiency than code,
use of 10% recycled materials, 10% regional materials, and 58% of the
construction waste diverted.
Houston Texans YMCA is a neighborhood success due to Brave/Architecture,
Fretz Construction Company, The Mathis Group, Smith & Company
Architects, and Kirksey Architecture all working together in delivering
a world class LEED Gold facility.
LEED® Points Acheived
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality 12
Innovation & Design