Forge for Families|
TurnerDuran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094
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:
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.
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.
Roofing: Johns Manville, Berridge Metal Penals: Berridge
Flooring: Cambridge Carpet, Armstrong VCT, Wood: Robbins
Lighting: Lightolier, Litecontrol, Exceline
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer, Steelcraft