Thursday, June 1, 2017

North Texas Food Bank Ceremonial Ground-Breaking

GSR Andrade is proud (and happy) to be a part of the North Texas Food Bank's "Stop Hunger Build Hope" capital campaign - providing the design for the new Northern Distribution and Volunteer Center in Plano.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Dallas County Records Complex: History Preserved

GSR Andrade is proud to be a part of the Program Management Team leading the renovation and restoration process of the Dallas County Records Complex. 

Please click the link below for a video tour highlighting a bit of the building's history and the efforts that are underway to preserve it.

Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway Wins Illumination Award

GSR Andrade Architects is pleased to announce that one of our newest hospitals, Baptist Health Medical Center in Conway, Arkansas, has won an Illumination Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.


The main hospital opened its doors to the community of Conway on September 16, 2016 and the Women and Children Expansion opened February 2, 2017.
Baptist Health Medical Center houses 88 med-surge beds, 8 ICU beds, 9 LDR Beds, 15 Postpartum Beds, 8 ORs, 2 Cath Labs, 2 GI-Pain Procedure rooms, 1 Cystoscopy Procedure Room, a full service lab, full service in-patient pharmacy, 12 station pneumatic tube system, full service dietary department including room in service as well as a ground floor restaurant-like dining room, coffee bar, gift shop, admissions suite, billing suite and administration. In addition, main hospital features a full service Imaging Department including an 3T MRI, 64 slice CT, 2 Ultrasounds, 1 R&F machine, 1 Mammography Room, 1 Nuclear Medicine Room, a Stress-Echo Room, and houses multiple C-arms and mobile X-rays throughout the hospital. The Imaging Department also has a pad available for a mobile PET/CT that will be on site several days a week. The BHMC Conway Hospital also features a trauma level III Emergency Department including 2 multi-functional triage rooms, 14 Exam rooms including 1 Airborne Infection Isolation Room and 2 Secured Exam Rooms, 2 Trauma Rooms, Stat Lab, Satellite Pharmacy, direct adjacency to the Imaging Department, and a FAA approved helipad.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Karen Hoffmann: Panel Speaker at Fuse A+D Annual Conference

Karen Hoffmann, RID, LEED AP ID+C, AAHID, EDAC was honored to be a panel speaker at the Fuse A+D Annual Conference in Austin this week.  The topic of the panel discussion was, "How Can Flooring Contractors Help the Designer?".

Karen is a Senior Interior Designer with GSR Andrade Architects. With over 20 years of interior design work experience, she has managed numerous healthcare projects ranging from acute care to outpatient facilities. She also has experience in Science+Technology to Justice and Municipal projects. Karen is a licensed interior designer, and a founding member of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, as well as being LEED ID+C certified, and EDAC accredited in the application of evidence based research in the design of physical environments. Karen uses innovative solutions to make institutional and clinical environments a positive place for the client, patients, and community as a whole. She strives to articulate the goals of the client through the built environment with clarity and passion.

Thank you, Karen, for representing GSR Andrade Architects so well!

Hamilton Park Pavilion Honored by Preservation Dallas

GSR Andrade is honored to announce that one of our historic restoration projects is being recognized by Preservation Dallas.  Hamilton Park Pavilion will be presented with an award at the 18th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards to be held on May 31st.

Hamilton Park was one of North Dallas’ early parks, an 18.7-acre community park established in 1956 on land given to the city by the Citizens Interracial Association, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling the housing needs of black Dallas residents before they were protected by law from housing discrimination. The pavilion, constructed in 1965 during Mayor Erik Jonsson’s administration, was the exception to the city’s 1960’s-era standardized concrete “T” beam pavilion design. Original architect Jack Corgan & Associates of Dallas utilized the same durable concrete material of the prototypical pavilion, but crafted the material into an elegant cantilever roof structure, using the reinforced thin shell concrete structure technology that had gained popularity in the 1960’s. This is the last and only remaining Dallas park pavilion of this style.

The Hamilton Park Pavilion had been a regular target of graffiti, vandalism and illicit activity. However, it was still considered an important landmark along the White Rock Trail, and for the families that still heavily used Hamilton Park. With the exception of a conceptual rendering, no original construction documents of the pavilion could be located. As a result, the original contractor, in the process of removing cracked and heaving terrazzo flooring, severely damaged the monolithic concrete slab and the structure. This caused a partial collapse of the cantilever pavilion and required permanent shoring and bracing of the leaning roof structure until reconstruction could be done. Then the original contractor went out of business, which caused a years-long delay to the project. Preservation of the historic fabric of the park system remained important to Park and Recreation Department Planning and Design staff, who always advocated for the reconstruction of the pavilion over demolition.

The modern structure required both a complete restoration of the exterior and rehabilitation of the interior. With the lack of original construction drawings, extensive site assessment and investigation were required. An engineered shoring system supported the concrete roof structure as a new concrete foundation and slab tied into the tapered columns. Restoration treatment of the main brick masonry enclosure required cleaning, repointing and application of transparent graffiti-resistant coating. Character-defining details, such as the original men’s and women’s cast stone restroom plaques, were preserved, cleaned and accentuated. The existing decorative masonry block screen wall required structural repairs. All concrete surfaces, including the columns, roofs, and soffits, were repaired, cleaned and re-plastered. The integral roof drainage system, which ran through the columns, was repaired and reconnected to the underground stormwater drainage system. The restrooms, which had previously been shuttered and closed due to vandalism, were emptied of all plumbing fixtures, with new lockable metal doors enabling them to be used for park equipment storage.

Hamilton Park Pavilion in the news....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chuck Bennett, RA, LEED-GA Promoted to Associate

GSR Andrade Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Chuck Bennett, RA, LEED-GA to the position of Associate with the firm.

Chuck joined GSRA in August of 2011 and has proven to be an invaluable asset to our team. He possesses over twenty years of professional experience in managing, producing and coordinating projects ranging from retail and theaters to churches and healthcare facilities.  Specifically, for the past three years, Chuck has worked directly with our private developer clients and their construction groups to successfully complete over 60 freestanding emergency center projects.  Chuck ensures that each client receives special attention to ensure that every intended goal is met.

Congratulations, Chuck!

GSRA Wins "Best Use of Labels" Award in Annual Canstruction Competition

GSR Andrade recently participated in the 20th annual Canstruction® event. Canstruction® is a unique charity event that combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. Teams design and build giant structures made entirely of full cans of food. At the end of the exhibition, all the food is donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

Twenty-nine teams from Dallas-area architecture, engineering, and construction firms built their giant Can-Sculptures on Saturday, September 24th. This was the 7th year that GSRA has been involved in the charitable competition.

An Awards Ceremony was held Tuesday, September 27th, where GSRA was awarded the "Best Use of Labels" trophy. All winning structures will have the opportunity to compete in Canstruction's International Competition.

This year's event is being hosted once again at The Science Place at Fair Park and will be available for viewing throughout the 24 days of The State Fair of Texas (September 30th - October 23rd).  The exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day.