Oil States Warehouse Plant Expansion

Lampasas, Texas

Oil States Industries, Inc. produces hundreds of custom metal and molded rubber products for use in the oil industry, both domestically and internationally. The 42,000sf warehouse project primarily houses a large open area for storage of manufactured products. Within the space, 16’ high storage racks are arranged for maximum efficiency. Also included in the project is a chemical storage room, administration offices, break/training room, shipping docks and support areas.

The Interior spaces were metal stud and gypsum wall board with tile finished in restroom areas. Metal liner panels were used on the warehouse side of separation partitions. Bollards and railings were placed to separate employee areas from the warehouse for safety.

Due to the nature of the site with elevation changes of 12’, a special ramp system was designed to transport products form the existing manufacturing facility to the new warehouse. Sitework was extensive in preparing the building pad, site utilities and infrastructure. Vehicle parking, truck parking, shipping docks, fire lane roads, and water detention were all designed to accommodate the warehouse and the future planned Phase II expansion.

This project was the result of an intensive study completed by SLA in 2010 to provide design criteria, concepts and opinions of probable cost to aid in the determination for the short and long range goals for the Oil States Industries Lampasas Plant.

New Multi-Modal Transit Facility

Weatherford, Texas

The Multi-Modal Transit Facility serves as the center of operations for the Public Transit Systems, a rural bus system for Parker and Palo Pinto Counties in central Texas. The primary building contains administration space, call and dispatch centers, bus driver locker rooms and exercise areas, community/training room with full kitchen, bus maintenance administration, bus service bays, parts storage, drive thru bus washing system, and support areas. A public transit station is provided in a secondary building for commuter service to downtown Fort Worth. Commuter parking is also provided.

The main building structure (13,218sf) is a pre-engineered frame with standing seam metal roof system and cold formed metal framing for exterior walls with insulated sheathing and integral air barrier. Interior finishes include polished concrete floors throughout, gypsum board walls and suspended acoustic ceilings. The second building (825sf), the Public Transit Station, included interiors with polished concrete floors, burnished limestone CMU with graffiti costings, and gypsum board ceilings designed to be maintenance free and abuse resistant. A large, adjacent free-standing canopy protects patrons waiting for buses. All exterior facades used rock faced veneer water table with dark gray horizontal ribbed metal panels.

Funding was provided through Federal Transportation, TxDOT, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Construction was completed in May 2019 by Pete Durant & Associates.

Transportation Maintenance / SHARP Lines Facility

Wichita Falls, Texas

The Transportation Maintenance Center design was completed in January of 2020 by SLA. Once constructed, this facility will provide storage and maintenance facilities for the City’s FallsRide bus system as well as Rolling Plains Management Corporation’s (RPMC) SHARP Lines Rural Transportation.

The project scope includes administrative offices for the City of Wichita Falls Transportation staff and RPMC staff, maintenance facilities, parking, both covered and uncovered, for both organization’s fleet, and bus washing area and fueling station. The site is designed to handle the capacity of as many as forty-three transit vehicles of various sizes. Access control and surveillance systems are utilized for both the site and all buildings.

The 8,468sf administrative building includes multiple offices for RPMC SHARP Lines, FallsRide, Wichita Falls Metropolitan Planning Organization and the DAV Chapter 41 staff, along with a shared conference/training room, break room, and secure vault. The design also includes a wellness room with fitness equipment and shower facilities. A dispatch office is located right off the lobby area. Adjacent to the administrative building, and connected with a covered walk, is the maintenance repair building. The 11,426sf building consists of seven drive-thru bays, parts and tire storage areas, mechanic offices, mechanics work area.

TxDOT – Culberson County Safety Rest Area

Culberson County, Texas

This Safety Rest Area is located on both sides of Interstate Highway 10 in Culberson County which is roughly ten miles east of Van Horn, Texas. Each site features one main visitor building (8700sf) consisting of a bank of restrooms and anchored by a lobby with exhibit space, and one stand-alone restroom building (2700sf), one play area with a canopy structure, multiple picnic arbors, and a network of concrete walking trails.

Due to the nature of the site, the architectural theme revolves heavily around the expansive desert landscape and voluminously star-filled night skies. The main visitor buildings are elevated on the mesa which allows the motorists to venture upwards toward a higher perspective as they approach the buildings. The buildings then continue to escalate in height, directing the public toward views that encapture Guadalupe Peak (75 miles away) and the surrounding desert terrain. The main lobby wall is angled to toward the mountain views to lead visitors to an open air observation deck where they can experience the arid environment and vast views. Lobby materials include durable terrazzo flooring to mimic the desert sand, clear finished maple wood slat ceiling like the ceiling of the adobe huts that once stood in its place, plaster finished walls, and exposed steel structure.

The facility’s primary purpose is to prevent road weariness and accidents by attracting drivers to break for a few minutes. Educational and interactive exhibit areas are used for this purpose which illustrate the local culture and history as well as to provide information on the native surroundings. Amenities include storm shelters, DPS Offices, vending areas, restrooms and video surveillance systems.

Chapel for America’s Airmen

JBSA-Lackland AFB, Texas

SLA Architects was the architectural and interiors consultant on this project for the Fort Worth District US Army Corps of Engineers on the Kenall/Freese and Nichols JV team. The goal of the project is to consolidate the current insufficient and scattered worship and educational facilities into one well-planned, well-designed area. The new building(s) should inspire spirituality and be welcoming for all trainees at JBSA-Lackland AFB and will serve as a place of spiritual respite for all trainees during their stay.

Our task was to develop the Planning Charrette Report, Level II which documents the validation of programming and initial budget for the Chapel for America’s Airmen at Joint-Base San Antonio in Lackland AFB. The facility must accomodate nineteen separate religions while respecting the traditions of each but not giving more significance than any other. The Chapel Center & Ed/Admin facility totaled 86,977sf and featured a 10,370sf canopy. The proposed design provides worship spaces, administrative and religious educational classrooms for the great variety of religious groups that attend the Basic Military Trainee (BMT) program at JBSA-Lackland AFB.

The challenge was to design an “architecturally significant building” that would serve as a showcase location on base “similar to the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel” in Colorado Springs, CO. With no budgetary numbers given at notice-to-proceed, we provided a cost estimate based on other significant buildings such as the Perot Museum in Dallas, TX and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. The initial budget came in at $150M, which well exceeded the government’s preliminary costing analysis. Through an intensive week-long charrete at Lackland AFB with the full Project Delivery Team on site, we engaged with the nineteen different religions who required both worship and educational space to determine their space requirements and special needs (which were abundant). After the charrette, we returned back to the office and developed a new program that provided a slightly less “architecturally significant” facility, but that still met all user needs and had an initial cost estimate of $49M.

Falcon Troop Medical Clinic Renovations

Fort Drum, New York

SLA provided architectural support to Gensler for this USACE design/build project, which is a major transformation and renovation of an existing, one-story, 11,700sf modular building built in 2006 for use as a Battalion Headquarters. The new clinical facility supports the mission of the Falcon TMC to provide medical services to active duty assigned to the Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB).

The facility’s modular structure supports a spatial configuration optimized for a new clinical accommodation, which is defined by the circulation corridors for ease of access and flexibility within the facility. The reception desk is positioned as the gate-way for all patients entering the clinic, as well as Behavioral Health, and is the touch point when exiting. This area has direct access to the public restrooms and the wheelchair alcove and is the on-stage hub for services for the Primary Care Clinic, the Behavioral Health Clinic, Physical Therapy Clinic, Phlebotomy, and the Hearing and Vision Clinic. The Behavioral Health Clinic is its own separate suite and is located off the main waiting area and has direct access to an existing exterior egress door as part of the “escape corridor”. The floor plan visually defines the on-stage areas and the off-stage areas optimizing the facility operational spaces by grouping the departments and their programmed functions.

Building services are centrally located (communications room, administration spaces, copy and record rooms, soiled and clean services, and the waste recycling room) in the offstage areas for ease of access for staff. The staff lounge and toilets, janitor’s closet and equipment storage and supply are located near the staff and service entry.

Four Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities (TEMFs)

Fort Hood, Texas

SLA Architects was the architectural and interiors consultant on this project for the Fort Worth District US Army Corps of Engineers on the Kenall/Freese and Nichols JV team. The team completed this renovation design project for approximately 99,843 SF of the Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities (TEMFs).

The purpose of this project was to bring each TEMF Complex (B17047, B38053, B44012 and B26014) as close as possible to the current standard design, to make the facilities more functional to allow units to meet mission requirements, and to achieve a longer useful life for the legacy TEMF facilities. The design called for consolidation of core functions which welcomes the opportunity for additional high bay spaces to be carved out the existing bay wings. For the facilities to accommodate the new 10-ton bridge crane, a selected bay is enlarged to the standard minimum width. New high-bay building structures were designed to fit within the confines of the current facility to support the new cranes and to raise the eave height to the standard minimum.

The design utilized the findings and guidance in the TEMF Legacy Facilities Renovation Study, dated 26 February 2013, Revision 1.0 dated 6 May 2013 and DA Facilities Standardization Program, Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities (TEMF) Standard Design UFC 4-214-02 dated 24 March 2015. Design includes site functional requirements within the TEMF Complex footprint as described in DA Facilities Standardization Program; Tactical Equipment Maintenance Facilities (TEMF) Standard Design UFC 4-214-02 dated 24 March 2015.

Renovations to Multiple Buildings for Army North

JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, Texas

SLA Architects was the architectural and interiors consultant on this project for the Fort Worth District US Army Corps of Engineers on the Kenall/Freese and Nichols JV team. Our team was tasked with the simultaneous development of five separate D/B/B RFPs in support of Army North at Fort Sam Houston. The overall goal is to provide the users with comfortable offices and administrative/operational facilities that are conducive to their performance for the next twenty-five years.

Building 16: Required additional office space, updated hallways, fire suppression considerations, and renovated restrooms.

Building 44: Included renovations to the second and third story floors (60,000sf) to provide additional office space and to provide installation of fire suppression and detection systems; new interior finish out; new building systems; and design considerations to repair all elevators and to install a new passenger elevator in the lobby.

Building 615: Required renovation to both floors of the 27,453sf facility to provide training and admin space for the 323d Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own”. This included selective demolition/protection of historical elements; removal and replacement of all doors and windows; new elevator addition; new entry portico and stair; new interior finish-out; and new utility systems.

Building 2002: Required additional admin & conference space for the 5th Recruiting Brigade. The scope included selective demolition; removal and replacement of all exterior doors and windows; interior updates and finish-out; and new utility systems.

Building 2006: Required additional admin space for the 5th Recruiting Brigade. The scope included selective demolition; removal and replacement of all exterior doors and windows; new porches and stairs; replacement of wood framing; interior updates and finish-out; and new utility systems.

Special Ops Forces (SOF) Support Battalion

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

This project is new construction through the Design/Build project delivery method with SLA as the prime design firm and 4KG/ACC JV as the general contractor. The objective is to design and construct a quality SOF Support Battalion Administration Facility which includes the Support Battalion and Charlie Company’s Headquarters. The new building is a single-story structure with a gross square footage of 39,915sf for 66 persons. The program of spaces is for the following functions: Battalion Command Suite, HHD Commander, S-1 Suite, S-3 Suite, S-4 Offices, Chaplain Suite, Supply Room, Printer Room, Secure Document Storage, Life Cycle Storage, Breakroom, Building Services and Circulation.

This admin facility required a Structural Interior Design (SID) package which included the building interior and exterior finishes, interior and exterior signage, millwork, and window treatments. Though LEED certification was not required, the project did require completion of the Army’s High Performance and Sustainable Design Record Card. Special consideration was provided for NIPR/SIPR requirements. The security for the NIPR and SIPR rooms proved to be a challenge in order to incorporate multiple companies within the same complex while being in accordance with the latest editions of the security standards. We were able to provide the necessary separation of the companies and levels of security through close coordination with the Design/Build Team, USACE and the User(s).

Two Phases: Rolling Pin Barracks Renovations

Fort Hood, Texas

SLA has served as the Designer of Record on two phases of renovations to the Rolling Pin style barracks at Fort Hood, with both phases being Design/Build partnerships with Guyco, Inc., the general contractor. The purpose of these renovations is to improve energy efficiency, mitigate mold growth, and provide a better living environment for our nation’s soldiers that will last the next twenty-plus years.

Phase I included five barracks on the 12000 Block (B12003, B12004, B12006, B12008 and B12009) and totaled 255,000sf in interior/exterior shell renovations. Phase II also included five barracks, but on the 16000 Block (B16003, B16004, B16006, B16008, and B16009) that total approximately 245,000sf. These buildings are each three-stories above grade with a mechanical room located in the basement level. Three of the barracks on each site have an Arms Vault room, also located in the basement. The first floor of each building contains a Company Operations Facility (COF) comprised of a TA-50 Gear storage locker room, office space, rest rooms, electrical room and mail room.

For the 12000 Block, there are 68 dwelling units provided in each of the buildings, totalling 340 rooms designed for two soldiers per room, so 680 occupants total. For the 16000 Block, there are 69 dwelling units provided in each of the buildings, totalling 345 rooms designed for two soldiers per room, so 690 occupants total. Each room is designed for two soldiers with separate beds, closets and workspace, as well as a shared bathroom/shower, shared kitchen and a shared common space. In each barracks, a Day Room is located on the second and third floors on both the east and west ends, and a laundry room is located on the west end.

Two Phases: H-Frame Barracks Renovations

Fort Hood, Texas

SLA has designed two separate phases of the H-Frames Renovation at Fort Hood, both through the Design/Build project delivery method. For Phase I on the 9200 Block, SLA Architects provided architectural services to a Design/Build team. Phase II was the 14000 Block H-Frame Barracks with Guyco, Inc. as the General Contractor.

The purpose of the renovations to these barracks is to improve energy efficiency, mitigate mold growth and provide a better living environment for the soldiers that will last for the next twenty-five years. Phase I consisted of the complete interior and exterior renovation of Barracks B9210, B9211, B9213 and B9214 along with a Central Energy Plant upgrades for 112 soldiers. Phase II consisted of the complete interior and exterior renovation of Barracks B14019, B14020, B14022 and B14023 for 112 soldiers. In selective demolition of the barracks, all interior spaces were gutted in the structure except at the COF areas which received patch and repair. The utilities were removed with the exception of provisions for general lighting.

These renovations provide living quarters for 224 soldiers with a typical living suite arranged for two soldiers per suite with individual bedrooms and closets along with shared bathroom, kitchen and common space.

Other improvements consisted of providing a new fire protection system with an approved automatic sprinkler system; re-mediating major uneven floor slab settlement issues on the first floor of the barracks buildings; minimizing vapor transmission through the building envelope, improving energy efficiency, providing dehumidified make-up air to provide proper space relative humidity, sealing of building envelope to minimize infiltration; and providing consistent and proper chilled water supply temperatures.

Lampasas ISD – Weight Room Addition

Lampasas, Texas

SLA was contracted by the Lampasas ISD for three individual task orders: 1) Reroof of Middle School; 2) Utilities Upgrade & Renovations to Middle School; 3) Design for New Weight Room Addition to Field House.  The design and construction has been completed for each of these projects.

The Scope of Work for the Field House Addition included an independent building of approximately 8,858sf located south of the current Lampasas ISD High School Field House. The building included a mezzanine for general storage and mechanical system. Site work included demolition of concrete walks, new concrete walks, chain link fencing, new prefinished canopy, and site utilities to accommodate the new addition. The building is a pre-engineered metal building structure (clear span gable system) with split face CMU veneer water table and prefinished metal wall panel exterior, and prefinished standing seam metal roof system.  These elements were designed to match the existing campus of the High School.

More recently, SLA was commissioned to provide design services for the reroof on three campuses utilizing a foam-roof system totaling 180,000sf.

Legend Bank

Wichita Falls, Texas

SLA designed the renovations of a vacant bank into a new branch location for Legend Bank.  The facility sits near the corner of Fairway and Kell Freeway.  The project consisted of the complete renovation of approximately 2,340sf and included a new addition of approximately 1,400sf.  Existing banking equipment was able to be utilized including the tube feeder system at the drive thru and the existing vault.  The roof was replaced with a new TPO system.  The building also received all new HVAC, lighting, power, security and plumbing systems.  Sitework included the addition of new pavement areas and replacement of selected pavement areas, landscaping, site lighting and signage.

The interior space matches the color pallet already established by Legend Bank.  A welcoming, open-space lobby greets patrons of the bank as they approach the teller counter.  Wood trim and flooring complements the exterior façade.  Multiple offices and a conference room were included in the layout of the building which was designed with considerations for a future expansion.

The exterior of the building reflects a modern hill country look with ‘wood’ siding and stone veneer. The original bank building form was a square box.  A main entrance tower was added to the building in order to add interest and indicate entry.  A low-sung canopy with stone columns shades the aluminum storefront entrance inviting members into the building. The rest of the building is clad in low maintenance manufactured stone and aluminum ‘wood-looking’ siding. The choice of materials was important to help reduce the bank’s exterior maintenance requirement. Awnings over east facing windows help to eliminate morning glare and add to the hill country look of the building. The existing drive through canopy was re-clad in matching materials to tie it into the new finishes on the building.

The Pines – Rolling Meadows Retirement Center

Wichita Falls, Texas

The Pines is a 23,000 s.f. Assisted Memory Care Unit with 22 beds for persons with various stages of memory loss. This is the third major project SLA has completed for Rolling Meadows. Being a very modern and state of the art facility, the architecture complements and enhances the existing campus theme. Large expanses of glass and light wells via dormers bring natural light to the interior space. Large overhangs and canopies provide covered pathways as well as protection from the summer sun. A unique Meditation Garden was designed in collaboration with the nationally recognized landscape architect Jack Carman from Design for Generations, LLC. The Meditation Garden provides a quiet area for peace and the enjoyment of nature. A contemporary sun screen arbor provides outdoor shade protection from the western sun.

Interior finishes are based on a color pallet that enhances wayfinding as well as provides a comfortable homelike environment. Wood flooring with various patterns along with wood trim detailing and wainscoting enhance the interior providing a peaceful relaxing lifestyle. Large living areas include: Dining Hall, a state-of-the-art Kitchen, Living / Lounge Area, Activity Room, Garden Room, Therapy Room, and Salon. Staff support areas such as laundry, medication, and linen storage are placed strategically for optimum function. Each bedroom suite has a separate bath and all units are ADA compliant.

Wichita County Sheriff’s Office – Citizen Academy Alumni Association Memorial Monument

Wichita Falls, Texas

SLA provided the design for the Wichita County Sheriff’s Memorial Monument located on the east lawn of the Wichita Falls County Courthouse. The monument serves as a reminder to passers-by of the fallen sheriff’s deputies and volunteer firemen in Wichita County. Visitors to the monument are diverted off the main sidewalks leading to the courthouse and on to a diagonal walk through mature oak trees. The monument is surrounded by elevated walls to create a quiet space to reflect on the fallen. Visitors will find prayers for each of the occupations on the walls. Two bronze statues sit atop a concrete pedestal surrounded by varying steps. A statue of a uniformed deputy stands with his back to a suited fireman representing the strength and support that the two have for each other. Each of the steps surrounding the pedestal represent the challenges that these dedicated servants face during their careers. On the steps are plaques listing those that have fallen. Pathway lights illuminate the walk leading up to the monument. Ground lights create a glow on the memory walls and light the statues. A ring of light shines from beneath the monument to remind all of the continuous service and dedication of the fallen.

SLA is proud to have donated design services to this worthy cause.

Mr. Mac’s Automotive

Wichita Falls, Texas

SLA designed a new 10,600 sq. ft. vehicle maintenance facility for light duty vehicle maintenance and repair. The facility has 14 repair bays that allow for vehicle inspections, tire alignment, general maintenance and oil changes.

Administrative space is located at the front of the building where customers will drop their vehicle off under a covered drive and wait inside the main lobby while employees take their vehicle to the shop bays. The administrative space consist of lobby and waiting area with retail space, reception counter, public restrooms, office space, storage and janitor space. An employee break room and restrooms are located off of shop area. There is a storage and mechanical mezzanine located above a portion of the administrative area.

The site includes vehicle storage area located behind a chain link security fence, customer parking area, landscaping and detention areas. Parking areas are concrete throughout the site and lit with energy efficient LED fixtures.

First United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall Addition

Lampasas, Texas

Through thoughtful form and material selection, Secord and Lebow carefully blended the design of the new First United Methodist Church Addition to match the Texas Hill Country architecture of the existing facility.

The 12,000 square foot addition houses a new fellowship hall which accommodates seating for 500 with a full size warming kitchen, youth educational space and administrative offices. The addition provides a new distinctive primary entrance to the church as well as doubling the size of the existing campus.

TxDOT – Hopkins County Safety Rest Area

Hopkins County, Texas

The project is located each side I.H. 30, approximately 16 miles east of Greenville, Texas near the town of Cumby. Both East Bound and West Bound sites are heavily wooded with segregated areas of open pastureland.  A natural creek runs through and bisects both sites.  This setting provides a natural park theme which is carried throughout the design.  Steel trusses simulate tree forms and shapes. Natural red cedar is used for ceilings. Natural sandstone is used for exterior and interior wall veneers. Galvanized standing seam roof systems are used to provide a natural feel and sustainable design. Main lobbies contain full clear glass curtain walls to provide panoramic views of the surrounding natural environs.

The facility’s primary purpose is to prevent road weariness and accidents by attracting drivers to break for a few minutes.  Educational and interactive exhibit areas are used for this purpose which illustrate the local culture and history as well as provide information on the native surroundings.  Amenities include storm shelters, DPS Offices, vending areas, restrooms and video surveillance systems.

Nature trails stroll through the park which connect parking areas to the main buildings as well as private picnic arbors and secure themed playgrounds.  Security lighting is provided throughout pedestrian ways, parking areas and nature trails.

THHSC – Renovation of Heatly Building

Vernon, Texas

SLA designed the renovation to the Heatly Building 701 at North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, Texas for the Health and Human Services Commission. The overall project consisted of the renovation of 69,776sf of a single story facility. The renovation accommodates the relocation of the Adolescent Forensic Program (AFP) from their previous location.

The building was originally construction in 1971 and designed as an Academic Center that included five major pods consisting of classrooms, infirmary, administrative, natatorium, and gymnasium space along with a connecting corridor. The design for the renovation addresses the reconfiguration of interior spaces along with modifications, upgrades and repairs to the major building systems in support of the reconfiguration, Life Safety Code requirements, and ADA Upgrades. The primary renovation space is 45,000sf.  Interior work included selective demolition, hazardous material abatement, concrete work, roofing, EIFS cladding of existing walls, flooring, drywall, masonry, tiling, suspended ceilings, millwork, doors and hardware, aluminum storefront, wheelchair lift, fire alarm, fire sprinkler, and more.

Design for the project was completed in late 2015 with the construction completed in January of 2017.

Dr. Johnson’s Pediatric Clinic

Wichita Falls, Texas

SLA completed the design for a new Pediatric Clinic for Dr. Terry Johnson in August of 2014 with the construction completed in May of 2016.  Located in the Cherokee Industrial Park near the Kickapoo Airport in a rural area on the outskirts of Wichita Falls, the Clinic is designed for eight medical providers with associated Nursing and Support staff offering clinical services in 22 exam rooms.  Waiting room space accommodates 116 total and is segregated to provide separate sick waiting and play space.  Support functions and employee areas are arranged in the central building core, which includes a tornado shelter.  The 11,200sf building is a single story structure sitting on three acres.  Site development included a significant amount of space dedicated to paved parking for patients and staff.  The Clinic is designed with a conventionally-framed, structural steel superstructure on a reinforced concrete slab-on-grade with drilled pier foundation system.  The building’s exterior envelope is designed with cold-formed steel framing with insulated sheathing and a combination of both EIFS and Adhered Stone Veneer masonry.  The building interior consists of board partitions, suspended acoustical ceilings, carpet and vinyl tile flooring, wood doors in steel frames, millwork cabinets, solid surface and plastic laminate counters.

Lobby Design for Museum of the Great Plains

Lawton, Oklahoma

The Museum of the Great Plains underwent a major renovation of both the main entry lobby and the exhibit space.  SLA Architects was contracted to redesign the 2800sf lobby area to include a museum store, benefactor displays, and queue space for visiting guests. The lobby acts as a transition through the facility as the guests enter the main entry and venture into the exhibit space.

The museum provides a “hands-on” environment to its visitors and the lobby renovation compliments this experience with its use of natural materials and linear forms.  Wood finishes on the ceilings and in the details of the space along with some industrial touches harken the melding of past and present.  Natural light is infused throughout allowing the lobby to grow beyond its footprint.

In the center of it all is the museum store, doubling as a control point for both exhibit and administrative access.  The store acts as the hub of the lobby.  Its features are demure, allowing the museum wares and displays to provide the visual enticement as visitors browse at their convenience.

Another key feature of the lobby renovation is the eye-catching attraction that is the donor wall.  Custom engraved brass buffaloes designate benefactors and their contributions.  Buffaloes are mounted on a rolling plains backdrop handcrafted from wood and leather which aesthetically ties into the overall design and influence of the region.

The new lobby renovation provides the needed space and function to transition from entry to exhibit while maintaining a sense of place for itself.

Wichita Falls ISD – Barwise Middle School & McNiel Junior High

Wichita Falls, Texas

SLA Architects, in conjunction with Perkins + Will – Dallas, provided programming, planning services, and project budget numbers for Barwise Middle School and McNiel Junior High School additions and renovations.  The design for the two middle schools was half of the total 2015 bond, with the other half for the construction of a new Career Technology Center.

SLA performed an initial assessment of the two buildings and provided a concept design based on the space planning and programming that was required to meet the needs of students.  Both middle schools saw an increase in student enrollment as the School Board voted to close a different middle school campus.  This resulted in an increase of roughly 400 students to each campus.  The additions included new classrooms, kitchens, locker and dressing rooms, and fine arts areas.

SLA, along with Perkins + Will, provided the Opinion of Probable Cost and worked together (along with the school district personnel) to develop the public presentation package to inform the community of the proposed changes.  The bond was voted on and passed in May of 2015.

We then provided the construction drawings and specs.  At the outset, the District established and acknowledged very tight budgets and schedules.  Our assigned task was to meet both of these restraints.  To fast-track the design process, we split the design into three packages for both campuses, which allowed work to proceed prior to the completion of the architectural drawings.  The three packages were: Site – Civil Package, the Structural & Site Work Package, and the Architectural & MEP Package.  Both projects were completed on schedule and under budget.  Due to the nature and fast-track method being utilized, construction contingency funds were established for both projects to expedite changes in the work.

Programming for Spellman Hall Renovations

West Point Academy, New York

SLA, through CSG/SLA Joint Venture Company, was contracted through the USACE Army and Support Center – Huntsville to provide a Design Synopsis for the Bed-Down of Spellman Hall Building 2101 at West Point Academy. The purpose was to develop a Whole Building Analysis of Building 2101 to determine bed-down requirements. This required additional evaluation of Bldg 685 and another building for space displacement requirements, with programming and funding requirements for displaced tenant organizations: Logistics Readiness Command, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Army Garrison IMO.

Charrettes, Facility Condition Assessment, Programming, Cost Estimating, AT/FP Assessment, and Development of Demolition Plans were all undertaken on a Fast Track schedule of 150 days including 48 days of Government Review.  Design elements included site work such as parking and walks, interior finishes, furniture & equipment, compliance with ADA standards, roof replacement, life safety, security, mechanical systems, electrical systems, fire alarm systems, and telecommunications systems.

The Design Charrette was performed and CSG/SLA provided the final documents for the Design Synopsis and performed an out-briefing for the Users and USACE. This included a parametric cost estimate and contract schedule.