Turner Duran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094
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.
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,
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
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
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.
Building Envelope: Schulte Building Systems, DuPont-Tyvek
Flashing: Grace Waterproofing Products
Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Hardware: Ives, Von Duprin, Hager, Glynn-Johnson, LCN
Carpet: Philadelphia Commercial
Polished Concrete: Ameripolish-Surelock
Lighting: Philips, LiteControl, LSI Industries, Juno Lighting