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How HSPVA’s New Downtown Campus is Designed to Bring the Arts Together — and Be Flash Mob Friendly

BY ANNIE GALLAY // 10.16.18

HISD has set the stage for the students of the Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts with the school’s expansive new campus set to open in January. Things will be grand when they’re downtown in these brand new digs.

The sleek, innovative and minimalist campus comes in at 168,000 square feet, more than double the size of the existing high school in Montrose. You can say this education and performance space, designed by Gensler’s Houston office, will steal the scene. The architects have it down to a fine art.

The new campus will take up an entire 1.32-acre block downtown. And it should — unlike the 37-year old original campus, this one’s designed to be spacious enough for a growing number of students. The original building was constructed back when the high school for the performing arts only spanned three years, not four.

It wasn’t too easy for the building to absorb the incoming freshman classes when all that changed.

This new campus was designed for HSPVA’s 750 students, with some flexibility in case that number grows. These students run the gamut of visual and performing arts, from music to theater, writing, dance and art, and they need a pretty specific setup in order to thrive.

Think an $88.3-million project to fund the building of five performance spaces, gallery space for studio art students, dance studios, a recording studio, a ceramics studio, sound-proofed practice rooms, a print-making lab, a creative writing wing and more. The largest performance space, Denney Theater, can seat 800.

“We’re actually going to help bring the next-level institution to their learning,” Gensler architect Terry Newell tells PaperCity.

To satisfy creative types, you’ve got to think creatively. And that’s just what Newell did.

“A lot of the finishes are kind of raw and modern,” the architect says. “Polished concrete, blank white walls, simple finishes. And a lot of that is to allow the students to express themselves.”

Newell calls the five-story, vertical building a living canvas, a blank palette.

“What we enjoyed about that was allowing the students to treat their own space as a studio and make it their own,” he says.

The Denney Theater is the heart of the new campus, holding roughly 20 performances each academic year. The theater itself pays homage to the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House, where HSPVA students have performed for years.

Having the theater as the core of the whole building way key for Newell.

“The vertical arrangement of the building was going to be unique for a high school campus,” he says. “Typically, you’re looking at two or three or four buildings sprawled out with parking lots around it.

“This one wanted to be a good neighbor to the theater district downtown. It’s situated in a full city block. It’s almost like a Jenga puzzle around this central main theater.”
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Sam Houston State sets groundbreaking date for medical school in Conroe

By Emily Wilkinson – Managing editor, Houston Business Journal
Oct 24, 2018, 1:13pm

Sam Houston State University will break ground on its first medical school Nov. 16, according to a spokesperson. The school will be in Conroe at the former Camp Strake site.

The initial investment cost for the College of Osteopathic Medicine is $65 million, according to the spokesperson. The five-story, 216,000-square-foot college will be on 7.3 acres within Houston-based Johnson Development Corp.’s Grand Central Park master-planned community. Johnson Development purchased the site from the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America for an undisclosed price in November 2013. Johnson Development later gifted some of the land for the medical school to Sam Houston State, according to the spokesperson.

The structure will be split into two phases: The first phase calls for 108,000 square feet with surface parking, and the second phase will add 108,000 square feet and a parking garage.
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Above The Cars, Museum Fine Arts, Houston Adds New Conservation Center

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Indirect natural light (and lots of it) fills the studio bays of the new Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation at Museum Fine Arts, Houston.COURTESY OF MUSEUM FINE ARTS, HOUSTON/RICHARD BARNES

One of the largest contiguous spaces for a public museum's conservation efforts now caps and cantilevers over an existing parking garage at Museum Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).

Freshly completed, the two-story Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation has been the second phase of the museum's ongoing campus $450 million redevelopment, which is slated to wrap up in 2020.

A two-story project, the 39,000 SF conservation facility was designed by Lake|Flato Architects. The center consolidates the museum's previously dispersed conservation department, established 20 years ago.


An aerial view shows the studio bays at Museum Fine Arts, Houston's new Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation.COURTESY OF MUSEUM FINE ARTS HOUSTON/RICHARD BARNES

In profile, the new center's exterior unfolds in a series of glass-and-steel boxes atop the museum's four-level parking garage. These studio bays along the perimeter (one for each discipline: painting, sculpture, textile and decorative arts) each has clerestory windows to catch the indirect, conservation-friendly north light and ceiling heights of up to 22 ft. The building's floor plan also has facilities for conservation functions requiring darkness, such as imaging and x-ray studios. Support spaces occupy the corridor bisecting the light and dark work areas. Mechanical support is located a level below, which freed up ceiling space from duct work and piping.

MFAH's master plan for its 14 acres calls for a more connected, pedestrian-friendly campus that incorporates existing and new buildings, plazas and landscaped public spaces as well as improves the sidewalks, lighting, tunnels and parking.
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Plucking the Cloverleafs off Waugh Dr. at Memorial So Extra Park Space Can Take Their Place

10/31/18 1:00pm
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HERE’S another highlight from the city council’s meeting this morning: Plans to get rid of the cloverleaf interchange that moves traffic between Waugh Dr. and Memorial Dr. got the green-light and will be sent over to the Houston Galveston Area Council as part of an application for funding. The idea first emerged in the Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 2002 Master Plan as a way to make room for more bayou-side park space at the crossroads. Right now, all the land adjacent to the ramps — shaded gray in the map above — is vacant, except for the portions lassoed by the circular roadways, where 4 isolated tree groves continue to undergo seasonal color changes. You can see they’re gone in the east-facing rendering at top included in the Partnership’s plan — replaced by inlets, islands, stormwater detention, and what looks to be a boathouse at the southeast corner of the 2 roads — all accessible from a network of new walkways that link up to existing bayou-adjacent trails.

In total, 16 new acres are expected to become part of the park — providing a continuous swath of green between Spotts Park and Cleveland Park, shown below on opposite sides of Waugh in a map from the 2002 plan:







As for the drivers who’ll still need an interchange: They’ll get one that’s something like what this diagram depicts. Formally known as a Single Point Urban Interchange, the design takes up less space than the existing loops and would allow all cars (shown in green) making left and right turns off Memorial to get onto Waugh at the same time as one another. Likewise, everybody (red) gunning for Memorial from Waugh could do so simultaneously, too. The catch: Traffic lights are what make the whole thing work.
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A freehand sketch of the 170-efficiency unit affordable housing development, New Hope Dale Carnegie. The nonprofit plans to break ground by the end of 2018.
By Fauzeya Rahman – Reporter, Houston Business Journal
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Houston-based nonprofit New Hope Housing Inc. will break ground on its first affordable housing project in southwest Houston before the end of the year, according to company president and CEO Joy Horak-Brown.

New Hope Dale Carnegie, a $28 million project, is funded from a mix of different sources, including $14 million in low income tax subsidies, $8.5 million from the city of Houston and $5.5 million from private fundraising.

This will be New Hope’s first new construction project since Hurricane Harvey.

Thus far, Houston Endowment Inc., the Vivian L. Smith Foundation, the John P. McGovern Foundation and Houston-based Hanover Co. have collectively pitched in $2.5 million, Horak-Brown said.

“We love being in this neighborhood. It’s new for us and for a lot of new Americans that first come into this country, into this city,” Horak-Brown said. The apartments will sit on a two-acre site off Regency Square Blvd. and Dale Carnegie Lane.

New Hope Dale Carnegie will have 170 efficiency studio apartments, with rents starting at $550 a month that include utilities and cable. The apartments will come with a kitchenette with a microwave, sink and fridge but oven ranges will be in the building’s common room. Other features will include a business center, community TV room, training areas, washer-dryer facilities and social service offices on site.
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Nov. 5, 2018 Updated: Nov. 5, 2018 11:27 a.m.



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Stream Realty Partners plans to break ground on a five-story medical office building at 1001 Katy Freeway in Spring Valley Village in the first quarter of 2019. The building is being developed in partnership with Wellington Development.
Stream Realty Partners plans to break ground on a five-story medical office building at 1001 Katy Freeway in Spring Valley Village early next year.

The project, which is being developed in partnership with Wellington Development, consists of a 125,000-square-foot office building connected with a seven-story parking garage at the northwest corner of Interstate 10 and Campbell Road. Kirksey Architecture designed the building, which is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2020.

"We've seen tremendous demand in the area for off-campus medical office space," Stream vice president Richard Barbles said in an announcement.
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Local firm selected to design park in downtown Houston

By Olivia Pulsinelli – Senior web editor, Houston Business Journal
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Houston’s Downtown Redevelopment Authority has selected local firm Lauren Griffith Associates to lead the design of a new park.

The previously announced park will occupy three-fourths of a block bounded by Bell, San Jacinto, Leeland and Fannin streets in the southern portion of downtown Houston. The property currently houses a Goodyear Auto Service Center, at 1519 Fannin St., and is about three blocks northwest of the Toyota Center and two blocks southwest of the mixed-used development GreenStreet. The remaining one-fourth of the block currently serves as a surface parking area for faculty and staff of South Texas College of Law, which owns that portion of the lot.

Proposed features for the new park include sustainable plantings, safe pedestrian and bicycle connections, interactive water features, functional art and on-site food service, according to a Nov. 13 press release.

The design phase is expected to begin later this month and last through July. In addition to Lauren Griffith Associates, other companies working on the park include Gensler providing architectural services for the fast-casual restaurant, storage building and other structures; Gandy2 Lighting Design providing lighting services; Kuo & Associates providing civil engineering; and Waterscape Consultants providing water feature engineering, per the release.

Additionally, Houston-based A’La Carte Foodservice Consulting Group is consulting on the park’s café component, and a request for proposals for a café operator will be released in January.

The park is expected to open in October 2020 and will be managed and programmed by the Downtown District, per the release.
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Works On Paper Have Gained A $40M Home And Hub At New Menil Drawing Institute

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The Menil Drawing Institute on the campus of The Menil Collection in Houston has opened. It's the first freestanding facility in the country built expressly for the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation and storage of modern and contemporary drawings.CALPIX
As crisp as a fresh sheet of paper awaiting an artist's mark, a new building housing The Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) has opened at the Menil Collection in Houston.

Designed by Johnston Marklee with landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the $40 million freestanding facility of 30,000 square feet is the first to be built expressly for the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation and storage of modern and contemporary drawings, the project announcement noted. It's the fifth building for the 30-acre campus of art facilities, landscaped parkland and meandering pathways.

As a program that has been part of the museum since 2008, MDI had previously organized traveling exhibitions and scholarly projects. The building is its new, permanent home and accommodates what museum sources ranked its fastest-growing body of work.

Prior to the opening, Menil Collection Director Rebecca Rabinow reflected on the museum's commitment to its founders belief that "art is essential to human experience." The quiet, innovative architecture of MDI "allows us to make drawing, the most personal of all artistic practices, accessible as never before" to artists, scholars, students and the public, whether they come to visit or explore, she said.

Rising 16 feet from its 17,000-square-foot footprint, the building bridges the scale between the museum's main building — a celebrated 1986 design by Renzo Piano — and the gray-painted vintage bungalows around the campus, located in a residential neighborhood developed a century ago.
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Site chosen for UH's College of Medicine
By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter
Posted: 4:46 PM, November 15, 2018
Updated: 6:00 PM, November 15, 2018

HOUSTON - On Thursday, the University of Houston got one step closer to opening the first medical school in Houston in nearly a half century.

The UH Board of Regents approved the MacGregor site on the UH campus, an undeveloped 43-acre piece of land the university bought in 2008.

It’s near MacGregor Park on MLK at Old Spanish Trail.

“It's in this community, the community we hope to serve (to) help improve health and health care,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the College of Medicine.

The school’s mission is to fill the gap of primary care physicians, particularly in under-served communities. Texas ranks 47 out of 50 states in primary care physician to population ratio.

“We have a significant number of geographic communities with major health disparities, some of which have health indexes that are similar to the developing world. So we have a lot of work to do,” Spann said.

The goal is to have 50 percent of the graduates practice primary care. The national average is about 25 percent. The university can next begin negotiating and executing contracts for design and construction.

The goal is to have the building complete by 2022.
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