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  The Forge for FamiliesThe Forge for Families


TurnerDuran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Jan 2007
Construction Period: May 2009 to Sep 2010
Total Square Feet: 29,860 Site: 2.53 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three.
Building Size: Activity center, 22,734; administration building, 2,780; educational building, 4,346; total, 29,860 square feet.
Building Height: Total, 44’8”. Basic Construction Type: New/II-B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade, reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: Pre-engineered building, metal panel, cement board, masonry. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Robert S. Henry Company - 3120 Gano, Houston, TX 77009
General Contractor: Fretz Construction Company - 6301 Long Drive, Houston, TX 77087
Mechanical Engineer: Graves Mechanical - 5910 Schumacher Lane, Houston, TX 77057
Electrical Engineer: Lakey Electric Co. - P. O. Box 40279, Houston, TX 77240

The Forge for Families is a non-profit, inner city youth recreation center located in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood. The Forge partnered with a nearby Christian school to offer adult and youth programs to the community. While the facility provides a place of learning and activity for all ages, it focuses on at-risk youth. The programs at The Forge consist of education classes, counseling, life skills classes, vocational programs, and sport & recreation activities.

TurnerDuran Architects was responsible for the design of the entire campus master plan which consists of a free standing administration building, youth activity center and an education building. In addition, TurnerDuran was contracted to undertake detailed design of the activity center on campus. The youth activity center totals 22,734 square feet and has a main core that is flanked on either side by two separate gymnasiums. The gymnasiums are metal building construction and feature clerestory and storefront windows to allow natural light to flood the spaces and to allow for exterior views. The main core of the building contains activity and administrative spaces, the kitchen, locker rooms, restrooms and service areas. The facility fosters the ability for children and youth of the community to socialize while playing basketball or volleyball. The commercial kitchen and dining facilities provide a place where children can eat warm meals, play a game of pool, check email, or just relax with friends.

Product Information
Roofing: Johns Manville, Berridge Metal Penals: Berridge Canopies: Avadek
Flooring: Cambridge Carpet, Armstrong VCT, Wood: Robbins
Lighting: Lightolier, Litecontrol, Exceline
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer, Steelcraft


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