The Botanical Research Institute of Texas - photos by Chris Cooper
Tour AA: The Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:15 am - 1:15 pm
Class Code: 121
Room / Location
Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor
Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00
Beck - Title Sponsor
L.A. Fuess - Supporting Sponsor
Project: The Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Architect: H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Corgan
Design Team: Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Daniel Pizzetta, AIA, Gabriel Hernandez, AIA (H3); Jon Holzheimer, AIA, Alan Richards, AIA, LEED AP B+C, Matt McDonald, AIA, Regina Stamatiou AIA, LEED AP (Corgan)
Consultants: Balmori Associates (Landscape); L.A. Fuess Partners (Structural Engineering); Hart, Gaugler & Associates (Civil Engineering); Summit Consultants (MEP); inCon-trol Water Systems (Irrigation Consultant); The Projects Group (Owner’s Representative); theGreenTeam (LEED Consultant)
Tour Guide: Dr. D. S. H. Sohmer, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is an international nonprofit research and learning center focused on conservation. Its collection of more than 1 million dried plant specimens is among the largest in the United States. BRIT’s new 70,000-sf headquarters, located in the Fort Worth Cultural District, opened to the public on May 21, 2011. The organization’s commitment to conservation is reflected in every aspect of the new facility and campus, including its LEED-NC Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The complex sits on a 5-acre site adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The design organizes a variety of functions by dividing the building into two structures: the “Think Block,” which houses administration and research offices, the education department, the exhibit area, and public spaces, and the “Archive Block,” which houses the herbarium and library.
The Think Block is a place for people. The precast concrete panel structure is punctuated with glass: broad expanses on the north side to bring in plentiful light without the heat of direct sunlight, and smaller openings on the south. The second level features three terraces to allow daylight into the depth of the building. In the office and research spaces, the conference rooms are cantilevered out from the north facade, providing further visual connection to the greenery outside. Bamboo ceiling panels and a dramatic sinker cypress feature wall in the lobby highlight sophisticated materials that are handsome, durable, and emblematic of BRIT’s mission.
The Archive Block houses the botanical specimen collection in the Herbarium, a two-story 20,000-sf climate-controlled storage hall, together with the library. A nearly solid box of tilt-up concrete panels, adorned in overlapping vines of foliage that change color and texture throughout the year, provides maximum temperature and humidity controls.
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