The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706
Location: Nederland, Texas
Date Bid: Jan 2013
Construction Period: Feb 2013 to Nov 2013
Total Square Feet: 4,983 Site: 0.22 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 4,983; total 4,983 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 19’ 4”; total, 19’4”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Pre-engineered metal building.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, cast
stone. Roof: Metal. Floors: Carpet, tile. Interior
Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Fittz & Shipman Engineers, Inc. - 1405
Cornerstone Court, Beaumont, TX 77706
General Contractor: Bruce's General Construction, Inc. - 1175
Reynolds Road, Beaumont, TX 77707
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lechtenberg Consulting, Inc. -
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101B, Beaumont, TX 77706
Founded in 1897 by Dutch, Nederland (meaning "lowland") was settled
along a railway financed by Dutch Banks. The city is rich with history
so it was only fitting that the design for their new City Hall would be
reminiscent of the early 1900's architecture seen along Boston Avenue,
one of the city's major streets. The building's entry elevation has
several cast stone sculptures with historical meanings: windmills,
tulips, the city's founding date of 1897.
The building's design is based upon 1930's retail architecture when
builders placed family names and founding dates on the facades, and
placed large umbrella type awnings to provide shade for the massive
glass display windows. The red brick and cast stone detailing of the
façade brings one back to the days of horse and buggy. The building is
sited on a quarter acre of property one block off Boston Avenue in the
heart of the City approximately 4 blocks from the City's previous
location. The north side of the building provides a drive up teller
station for access to the financial staff for paying water bills and the
purchase of other city services.
The buildings plan is designed around service to their citizens. The
front lobby provides easy access to citizens paying water bills or
seeking City services. Adjacent to the lobby is the City Council
chambers situated in the center of the building. The southern half of
the building provides access to the City's mayor, city manager and
staff. The northern half of the building is a secured area containing
the City's financial offices and public records safe. The rear of the
building contains break rooms, conference and restrooms used by staff on
a daily basis.
For economy, a pre-engineered metal frame with one-way sloping metal
roof were utilized for the base of the building.
Building Envelope: Acme Brick, Arlington Cast Stone
Roofing: Imetco Windows: Weathershield
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Cambridge Carpet, Daltile
Interior: U.S. Gypsum, Sherwin Williams, Wilsonart, Hanstone
Lighting: Cooper Lighting, Bevelo Gas Lanterns