HKS Gets AIA|DC UnBuilt Award for North Texas Food Bank Balch Springs Pantry
Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
HKS Architects green-build design for a future North Texas Food Bank pantry in Balch Springs.
Posted: 3-24-2017, 12:54 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Balch Springs (Dallas County) - The American Institute of Architects Washington, D.C. (AIA|DC) on Wednesday awarded the Dallas office of HKS Architects a 2017 UnBuilt Merit in Professional-Commissioned Projects award for its sustainable design of a North Texas Food Bank pantry in Balch Springs.
According to the HKS submission, the design is intended to create a hub for the community through the introduction of interrelated programs, as a counter point to a single use facility.
The pantry facility floor plan and grounds are divided 18 functional areas: the entry pavilion, shopping area, dry storage, office space, restrooms, community pavilion, farmer's market, community garden, general parking, and service/loading, a second retail shop, break room for volunteers, SNAP office, waiting area, walk-in freezer/refrigerator, donation-based cafe, a porch and communal seating.
"The design responds directly to regional culture, environment and sense of place. Drawing on elements of domestic architecture and inspired by the large farming sheds and structures found throughout Texas, the design for the pantry and market is defined by a series of large, sloping shed roof forms supported on a simplet 30-foot by 30-foot column frame system," the HKS contestant submission states.
HKS use practically every conceivable green design to provide carbon-free, sustainable alternative sources for energy needs and human comfort.
"A number of strategies have been integrated into the design of the pantry and market. Educational displays located throughout the site will inform patrons of the many sustainable features incorporated into the design and provide a better understanding of the relationships between food, the land, and the built environment," HKS said.
Sustainable systems integrated into the food pantry design include:
- On-site energy generation through Combined Cooling, Heat and Power System, and propane for refrigeration system.
- 820 square meters of photovoltaic panels generating nearly 200,000 kWh annually.
- Design leverages prevailing winds for passive ventilation and cooling of covered communal spaces. Massing and screening blocks prevailing winter winds from the north.
- On-site waste management; community garden composting; reduced food waste through "client choice" pantry.
- Large roof areas as catchment for rainfall collection; above grade cisterns; captured water for drip irrigation and toilets.
- Clerestory glazing provides indirect daylighting. Clerestory pop-ups and large scale ceiling fans aid with air circulation and thermal comfort. Deep overhangs along the southern edge provide shade from summer sun.
- Texas Smartscape sustainable landscaping strategies. Permeable roadway surface to reduce storm water runoff and trap and filter pollutants.
HKS employed construction logic and a digital fabrication model containing all major elements and components for streamlined and coordination.
The roof contains all of the individual parts that make up the design. Each structural member-columns, beams, rafters-have a unique ID for coordination. The roof includes an exterior roof structure clad with polycarbonate panels.
Anna Kurian, communications director for the NTFB, told VBX that the pantry is part of the organization's future plans and is not yet funded.
"This project is a part of the North Texas Food Bank's efforts to ensure that healthy food is distributed in underserved areas, and areas of high need," Kurian said.
"We recently launched a capital campaign called Stop Hunger Build Hope with a goal of raising $55 million by 2025. Part of these funds will help us build a new distribution and volunteer center in Collin County. The other part will be reinvested into the community, helping ensure that our partner agencies have the adequate infrastructure to distribute nutritious meals."
Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has previously worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He is a communications graduate of the University of Texas-PanAmerican.
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