Posted: February 5, 2020 | Projects
Built at an (adjusted) cost of $207.21 per square foot, this 180,446-square-foot middle school was designed with a special focus on safety and security. Security was integrally designed using clear lines-of-sight, electronically-controlled public access, and secure exterior/interior student spaces. For safety, the gymnasium doubles as a FEMA-rated storm shelter accommodating three times the school population. Michael Dorn, of Safe Havens International, commented that the school ranks in his Top 5 safest school designs of the more than 7,800 schools he has reviewed.
Posted: January 28, 2020 | Projects
Built at an (adjusted) cost of $202.13 per square foot, this 80-unit affordable senior housing complex provides a rich blend of amenities and resident services to support healthy living and social interaction. The building’s large lineal mass is articulated to echo the rhythm of a downtown street. Window bays project from the façade and vibrant color is used to emphasize the form and enliven the street. The building brings masonry down to the pedestrian level and provides steel canopies for weather protection and a strong urban feel.
Posted: January 20, 2020 | Projects
Built at an (adjusted) cost of $428.43 per square foot, this new Fast Lane convenience store is located at an extremely busy intersection along an Interstate 10 feeder road in Beaumont, Texas. The building area of the site is constrained to a triangular piece of land that required the 4,035-square-foot building to be negotiated in place to maximize curb appeal to the feeder road and Laurel Avenue – a major artery from a densely populated area connecting to the interstate. The building actually has two façades, one to service Laurel Avenue and one for the feeder road. The final touch that sets this convenience store apart from others is the arranged landscaping that borders the perimeter and then continues to interact with the building along the façade, providing harmony and symmetry with nature.
Posted: January 14, 2020 | Projects
This two-story 45,000-square-foot state-of-the-art medical facility was constructed using concrete tilt-up, with an internal steel frame and concrete and steel-composite floors. Window openings were carefully sized to provide ample daylight while minimizing unnecessary solar gain. The lighting is high efficiency LED with a central networked lighting controls system throughout the building. High efficiency rooftop package units were also installed to provide for heating and cooling needs. The architectural expression of the building is intended to reflect the area’s desert setting and agricultural history. Custom patterning of the concrete wall panels evokes the land division of fields and parcels. The panels are painted in shades drawn from the surrounding desert landscapes.
Posted: January 6, 2020 | Projects
Sitting on a former asphalt plant and coal yard, this new 30,000-square-foot office facility has transformed the surrounding area into an economic hub. Built at an (adjusted) cost of $126.66 per square foot, this two-story office building accommodates the current staff of 75 employees, with expansion capabilities to accommodate up to 50 more. It includes three large conference rooms, two conversation rooms, four private offices, and a large open café/kitchen for informal meetings.