The Historic San Jacinto Memorial Building in Houston, Texas is a three-story 180,000 SF building originally built in 1914. Now a part of Houston Community College, the building is currently undergoing a complete interior renovation and is being redeveloped as an administrative and academic classroom building. BRW is currently in the process of restoring the historic exterior of the building back to the glory of its original design. Additionally, the finished building interior design will highlight its history while creating state-of-the-art spaces for the College’s future academic and education environment.
Here is a look at the current progress on the project:
BRW principal, Lisa Lamkin AIA and Senior Associate Anne Hildenbrand, AIA recently published an article entitled “Reborn on the Bayou” in the October issue of College Planning and Management Magazine. Click here to view the article about the renovation of Houston’s San Jacinto Memorial Building for Houston Community College.
I recently attended the 2012 Southern Regional Conference for CEFPI. (The Council of Educational Facility Planners). The day was full, touring the exhibit hall, attending sessions, and reconnecting with colleagues and friends.
While touring the exhibit hall, I met an interesting vendor, Lactette. Lactette is a product designed to solve the complex problem of inadequate facilities and barriers facing nursing mothers. This company’s products and designs for lactation rooms are needed in today’s schools, colleges, and universities. The timing was perfect, as this is the kind of design solution we have been seeking for our Houston Community College Project.
There were many interesting exhibitors on hand as well. I spoke with Armko about roofing and waterproofing; the Gordian Group about Job Order Contracting (JOC) and how to successfully implement JOC in a school district; and others.
I attended several information sessions. The one that really spoke to me was about building restoration and adaptive reuse. While we have significant experience with this, hearing how colleagues and school district personnel implement them was interesting and educational. Adapting reuse of existing buildings has great potential for getting students out of temporary buildings and into positive permanent learning environments.
POSTED BY: JEFFREY CHOYCE, AIA