Nestled on a modest 3.7-acre site within an affluent neighborhood, the Highland Village Public Works Complex practically goes unnoticed as a public works complex with its rich material pallet blending in with its surrounding neighborhood context. With several unique challenges with this compact site, the phased construction created four new facilities: a new 9,002-square-foot public works administration/training facility, a 13,250- and 3,108-square-foot equipment shop facilities, transformed an abandoned fire station into a 6,000-square-foot Parks & Recreation/Community Center, and redeveloped the entire site for improved circulation to seamlessly balance the safety between city equipment and community vehicles.
Anchored by a pair of stone wall axis, the building designs respond to the neighborhood context with a rich exterior pallet of limestone/CMU/brick, wood, aluminum and concrete that strategically flows into the interior spaces offering a rugged durability as programmatically required for field crew personnel. With exaggerated overhangs, expanded curtainwall glazing, light penetrating clerestories and broad cantilevered canopies, each façade responds to the solar demands of each exposure. With ever changing day light patterns which penetrate deep into the interior, an outdoor connection is achieved as diffused light washes over the interior forms and textures created in both the public and administrative spaces.
Sustainable design features included a condensed building program, a narrow floor plate for daylighting benefits, energy efficient building systems, use of local sustainable materials, and drought resistant native landscaping. Through a delicate master planning and continual cost analysis effort, the comprehensive phased design solution not only enhances the city’s public service capabilities, but enhances the neighborhood with a community hub offering a win-win for both the city and the community it serves.