College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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Facilities CAMPUS SPACES Reborn on the Bayou Restoring, updating, and preserving Houston's San Jacinto Memorial Building strikes a careful balance between maintaining historical character and bringing the facility up to code. BY ANNE HILDENBRAND, AIA, LEED-AP, AND LISA W. LAMKIN, AIA, LEED-AP T HE CROWN JEWEL OF Houston Community College (HCC), the San Jacinto Memo- rial Building, is undergoing an extensive renovation. The building closed 18 months ago while preparations for the abatement and rebuilding of the entire interior of the building got underway. The exterior will be restored to its original glory. The renova- tion is planned for completion in the spring of 2014, in time for the centennial celebra- tion of the building. The renovation of HCC's San Jacinto Memorial Building, which began life in 1914 as the South End Junior High School, provides architects with a unique chal- lenge: bringing this historic building up to existing code while maintaining its original appearance and character. The San Jacinto Memorial Building was designed in the Classic Renaissance style, complete with Doric columns, carved pedi- ments, and copper spandrels. The building currently welcomes visitors to the Central College in the Houston Community College System, although it has served in many capacities and passed through many hands (including the Houston Technical Insti- tute and the Houston Independent School District) in its almost century of life. Since its original construction in 1914, it has also had a major addition in 1927 and a second major addition in 1939, as well as other more minor renovations. BRW Architects of Dallas, TX, is leading this $35M project. When completed in September 2013, it will include a historic renovation of the exterior; full interior de- molition to structural frame; interior col- legiate offi ce and classroom construction; and additions of stair, mechanical, and elevator towers. It will also include a new state-of-the-art cardio/wellness center; the replacement of the building's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; and the OCTOBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 25

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