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  Attack PovertyAttack Poverty

Architect

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

General Description

Location: Richmond, Texas
Date Bid: Nov 2013
Construction Period: Dec 2013 to July 2014
Total Square Feet: 6,935 Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 6,935; total 6,935 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 20’ 6”; total, 20’ 6”.
Basic Construction Type: II-B/New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam. Exterior Walls: Pre-engineered metal building.
Roof: Metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: CJG Engineers - 3200 Wilcrest Drive, #305, Houston, TX 77042
Mechanical Engineer: GH Air Conditioning - 11706 South Garden Street, Houston, TX 77071
Electrical Engineer: D & L Electric - 15353 Vantage Parkway East, Houston, TX 77032
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Rosenberger Construction, LLC - 1 Sugar Creek Center Boulevard, #400, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Civil Engineer: ALJ Lindsey - 6111 FM 1960 West, #208, Houston, TX 77069


When the Attack Poverty organization commissioned Turner Duran Architects to design their Neighborhood Resource Center in Rosenberg, Texas, their office was charged with the task of designing a creative learning environment with a limited budget. The result, as the owner described, was a beautiful and humble building for after school programs for children and adult education. In addition, the new building houses a large, flexible meeting space supported by a serving kitchen and fully wired for audiovisual presentations and is designed for workshops, talks, exhibits, and video presentations as well as dinners, and live music. As a community resource, the new building also welcomes private conferences, meetings and
celebratory gatherings.

Conceived as a shed barn that is contemporary rather than nostalgic, the building is authentic and honest, resonating with the areas rural past while also engaging in its present-day culture. With the help of the region's many environmentally minded citizens, the building and grounds share Attack Poverty's embrace of community, sustainability and place.

With the help of a local contractor, Schulte Building Systems, Turner Duran Architect's design employs off-the-shelf pre-engineered metal build components to create a modern, refined take on the region's shed barn vernacular. The unconventional use of Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings (P.E.M.B.) is an ongoing area of investigation for Turner Duran Architects. Through a series of projects, the firm has exploited these systems' inherent spatial possibilities, material efficiency and cost effectiveness - qualities that express Turner Duran Architect's ideology, literally and figuratively.

Buildings manufactured mostly off-site and quickly assembled on location generate less construction related waste, site erosion and pollution. The largely pre-engineered structure, metal-panel cladding, and quick low-impact construction all reinforce the project's environmental values, while it's rigid structural frame enable expansive interior spaces and generous connections with the entry plaza and
surrounding neighborhood.

Turner Duran Architect's design uses metal panels to realize multiple advantages. The lightweight, prefabricated panels form both the roof and walls of the building, providing interior and exterior finishes, and waterproofing in one quick-to-install, energy-efficient, and low-maintenance package. The panels were fabricated to specified lengths in a factory, complete with Kynar' exterior finish and painted white interior finish. Once delivered to the job site, they were rapidly installed with minimal waste.

The panels run continuously over the outside of the building frame with over lapping panel connections providing a water and air-tight seal at each seam. This creates a monolithic envelope that eliminates the traditional framing and enclosure systems. The deep sturdy seams create strong shadow lines and give the relief and rhythm to the building volume. The Kynar exterior requires no maintenance.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Schulte Building Systems, DuPont-Tyvek
Flashing: Grace Waterproofing Products
Glazing: PPG
Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Doors: CECO
Hardware: Ives, Von Duprin, Hager, Glynn-Johnson, LCN
Tile: Crossville
Carpet: Philadelphia Commercial
VCT: Armstrong
Polished Concrete: Ameripolish-Surelock
Lighting: Philips, LiteControl, LSI Industries, Juno Lighting Group
 

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