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LID and Building Resilience on the Gulf Coast: A Case Study


Kathleen English, AIA, English + Associates Architects


CE Sessions
1.00 HSW
1.00 SD/GBCI
1.00 LUH


Thursday, November 7, 2013
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Class Code: 13

Room / Location

Room 202 CD / Convention Center Second Floor


A case study of a library building incorporating LID (Low Impact Development) design techniques and building envelope durability designed for the City of Seabrook, Texas. The site is located approximately 1,500 feet from Galveston Bay in a currently developed portion of the ecologically sensitive Galveston/Trinity Bay area. The prior library was inundated by the storm surge from Hurricane Ike, but the new design has incorporated multiple LID storm-water management techniques, an elevated finished floor, and an extensive storm shutter system, all designed to enhance the building's resilience while minimizing the impact of construction in a sensitive ecosystem. The presentation will include a discussion of how cost control was incorporated into the modest budget, while maintaining the LID and durability features. The case study reviews the LID features as well as building envelope and systems design as a model for coastal construction.


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