Lone Star College Energy and Manufacturing Institute

The 70,000-square-foot Engineering and Manufacturing Institute for Lone Star College is designed to take advantage of typical suburban office park construction typologies to provide an integrated classroom and lab space. The structure serves as a new front to the community college, opening accessibility from the street and other campus buildings. To elevate the design of typical tilt-up construction, elements were incorporated such as zinc details and a micro textured formliner capturing the linearity of the loblolly pines. Tilt-up is joined with 'Lift' wall and 'Cast' wall to create thresholds and highlight the public entry and teaching. Tilt and lift wall is also used at the site's interior and allows visual and physical connections between the classroom and lab. Interior tilt-up panels define the lobby space and function as structure for the monumental stair. The project was also recognized with a 2014 AIA Houston Design Award.  
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Project Location

Houston, TX 77070
United States

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Project Specifics

Project Category:
Higher Education
Building Types:
Classroom Building
College & University
Laboratory
Finishes:
Concrete (Raw/Sealed)
Features:
Cantilevered Panels
Reveals
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Number of Floors:
2
Number of Panels:
68 panels
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
33,830 sq ft (3,143 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
70,648 sq ft (6,563 sq m)
Project Footprint:
42,687 sq ft (3,966 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
Widest Panel:
27 ft 5 in (8.36 m)
Largest Panel:
809 sq ft (75.2 sq m)
Longest Spandrel:
24 ft 6 in (7.47 m)