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  Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Administration BuildingBrazos Valley Schools Credit Union Administration Building


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

General Description

Location: Katy, Texas
Date Bid: Aug 2010 Construction Period: Dec 2010 to Mar 2012
Total Square Feet: 30,700 Site: 3.48 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 15,350; second floor, 15,350;
total, 30,700 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 13’; total, 48’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type IIB Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: CJG Engineers - 3200 Wilcrest Dr., #305, Houston, TX 77042
General Contractor: Collier Construction - P.O. Box 1889, Brenham, TX 77834
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Advanced Technologies Incorporated - 13105 Northwest Freeway, #690, Houston, TX 77040
Civil Engineer: Halff Associates, Inc. - 14800 Saint Mary's Lane, #160, Houston, TX 77079
Landscape Architect: Robinson & Company Landscape Architecture, Inc. - 4611 Montrose Blvd., #A240, Houston, TX 77006

Designed by TurnerDuran Architects, the new headquarters building for Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union is located in Katy, Texas, a booming area situated about 25 miles west of downtown Houston. Near Interstate 10 on the western end of the famed "Energy Corridor" district (center of headquarters and research facilities for many of the top names in worldwide energy exploration and development), the new building sits on a 3.5 acre site within a large commercial development. Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union originated to serve employees in school districts in the region. The region stretches roughly from College Station, Texas (home of Texas A&M University) to Sugar Land. It has grown since to serve other membership groups in its area.

The new 2 story, 30,700 square foot building will be used as an administrative headquarters and training facility for this rapidly growing, regional financial institution. Its design had to be sensitive to deed restriction requirements of the Katy Mills development, within which the property sits, as well as to municipal authorities. Thus, separate design reviews were necessary. Further more, variances from the City of Katy were required to provide utility services routing to the new building.

Budgeting required the cost of construction to be carefully examined and monitored, from the value engineering phases of pre-construction, all the way through to construction completion. Although this was to be the flag-ship building of the large credit union, extravagance would not be considered due to the institution's mission as well as various regulations that control how credit unions can use capital holdings. TurnerDuran approached these considerations in a number of ways. For one, the basic structure of the building employed a pre-engineered metal building system. Secondly, finished materials were carefully selected and carried throughout the building to take advantage of "economies of scale" pricing. Working within these boundaries, the project team carefully and creatively utilized the opportunities thus created by emphasizing a colorful and elegant building envelope, and a spacious two-story entry lobby orientating visitors and workers to the basic functional organization of the facility.

A simple office building would not accommodate the needs of the client; communications in the early project stages to properly program and space plan the building were crucial. Multiple options of stacking and blocking the spaces were explored. Since, in addition to administrative activities, the building would be used as a training facility and have operational capacities for credit union activities for its clientele, wayfinding, functional adjacencies, and operating separations were vital planning considerations. Although this structure's principal role is as the administrative center of a large entity, the friendly openness and hospitality of a small credit union must be conveyed, since serving the credit union's membership is of paramount concern.

Product Information
Brick: Endicott
Interior: 3Form, Citadel, Sherman Williams
Curtain Wall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
Entrances & Storefronts: DoorPro
Flooring: Roppe, Mohawk
Elevator: ThyssenKrupp
Lighting: Lightolier, Lamar, Litecontrol, Pathway, Visionaire

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