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  The Salvation Army, Sally’s HouseThe Salvation Army, Sally’s House

Architect

Turner Duran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094
www.turnerduran.com

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Jan 2012
Construction Period: Mar 2012 to Dec 2012
Total Square Feet: 7,812 Site: 0.6026 Acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 2,912; first floor, 994; second floor, 3,906; 7,812 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 14’; first floor 14’; second floor, 14’5”; total, 28’5”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, metal panel. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: CJG Engineers - Houston, LLC - 3200 Wilcrest Drive, #305, Houston, TX 77042
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Rosenberger Construction, LLC - One Sugar Creek Center Boulevard, #400, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: The Tower Company - 5444 Westheimer Road, #1680, Houston, TX 77056


Established in 1999, Sally's House has offered a transitional program for adult single women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, and who are living on the streets. Since then, Sally's House has helped hundreds of homeless women rebuild their lives by making the transition from homelessness to independent living.

Sally's House was in need of a major expansion to accommodate the increased homeless population. However, with the existing facility situated on a small lot in downtown Houston, in the shadow of Minute Maid Park, the lack of available land on which to build was a major challenge of the design. This "challenge" of a limited site was turned into an opportunity, in which design of the new two (2) story addition makes the most use of the limited lot by elevating the programmatic living spaces above the required on-site vehicle parking. The result was a unique solution in which the basis of design was clearly "form follows function".

The building addition, which is a free-standing structure, is accessed through a double height ground level security lobby, which houses an administration office, elevator and grand stairway to access the living quarters above. The second level utilizes a series of open lounge areas with seating and television monitors to create a sky-lit concourse that provides access to an office, a nurse's station, meeting rooms and the dormitory/sleeping area. Daylight floods the building's interior and uses colorful accents of structural and mechanical elements to provide visual interest.

Though situated in the downtown of a large metropolitan city, the design incorporates residential "transitional" forms and human scaled components to act as a foil to the larger surrounding buildings. The building's textures work in harmony to reflect a "sense of home" in the harsh downtown environment. Sustainable strategies were an important part of the project's design approach providing an opportunity for users to benefit from the investment, while allowing the owner's to be good stewards of the environment. The site's constraints enhance the overall sustainable design approach. The designers implemented best practice strategies towards energy conservation. Exterior windows are (low-E) double insulated glazing. The exterior sheathing is covered with R-19 insulation at the walls and R-30 at the roof. Due to comprehensive day-lighting strategies, the energy consumption is significantly reduced compared to the existing facility.

Product Information
Building Envelope: New Millenium Building Systems, Sonneborn, Dow, Berridge Manufactuing
Metal Framing: Clark Dietrick Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing
Flooring: Tandis Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Glazing: PPG Elevator: Schindler
 

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