We are very happy to announce that h+uo architects’ project, the Sparky Park Building Rehabilitation, has won a 2016 Preservation Merit Award!
The Preservation Austin jury absolutely loved this project and its impact on the surrounding neighborhood community. The award will be presented to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), at an awards luncheon.
Tickets are on sale for the community to attend the 56th Annual Preservation Awards Celebration at the Driskill Hotel on Friday, October 28th. h+uo architects is proud of the many hours of creative energy, vision, and care poured into this neighborhood revitalization project in collaboration with PARD, Warden Construction, and the North University Neighborhood Association
One of our on-going projects, located in Humble, Texas, is The Groves. It is a large master planned community with Phase I well underway. We previously completed the Welcome Center, and the Phase II “Fish Camp” amenity is under construction.
We are currently in the design phase for the future swimming pool amenity, also located further down the meandering waterway, from the Fish Camp.
We have enjoyed working with Crescent Communities, the forward-thinking developer of the project, as well as TBG Partners, the very talented land planning and landscape architecture firm responsible for the exceptional site design and unusually wooded neighborhood. Stay tuned for more updates on this project!
One of our projects, the Athena Montessori Academy, here in Austin, Texas, was mentioned in the How We Montessori blog highlighting inspirational Montessori school kitchens. Their mission is to guide and encourage the natural development of students in a Montessori learning community.
The founder of Athena Montessori and Head of School, Lisl Friday, is a long-time friend of Tom Hatch, the Partner in Charge of the project and our firm’s founder. Architect Kelly Stephenson, the Project Manager, and Lisl are also related through marriage.
h+uo architects is glad to have and build new community relationships and often times our clients end up like family.
You can see the full article HERE.
Nestled off a quiet street in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the newly rehabilitated historic building at Sparky Pocket Park opened its doors to the public last week with a bang. Austin mayor, Steve Adler, and district 9 representative, Kathie Tovo, spoke at the ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, where they cut the ribbon. Neighborhood leaders Mary Ingles and Douglas Plummer also helped kick off the evening soiree.
The celebration was to commemorate the completion of the last phase of Sparky Pocket Park, rehabilitating the historic building on site. Built in the early 1930s, this historic building served as a North Austin Electric Substation until it was decommissioned in the early 2000s. Neighborhood leaders worked hard to keep the plot of land and salvage the building, with the vision that it might someday serve as a neighborhood park and community space, administered by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
hatch + ulland owen architects designed the project, and with close assistance from the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, neighborhood residents, and general contractor Warden Construction, saw the project through completion.
The rehabilitation updates include a new accessible bathroom, a long steel-supported counter top in the main space with a sink, chair and table storage, air-conditioning, lighting, refurbished historic windows, and freshly painted surfaces. Additionally, the most noticeable update to the building is the 20-foot long opening cut in the brick wall to accommodate a new folding glass door system. The doors can be opened up fully to connect the building to the park. To complete the gesture, hatch + ulland owen architects’ senior partner, Tom Hatch, FAIA, designed a handsome awning structure over the area where the new doors empty into the park. The space under this large awning was designed to accommodate small theater events, evening dinners with friends, and a variety of neighborhood gatherings.
The awning features an exposed galvanized steel structure, a cypress wood ceiling, lighting, and high steel columns topped by glass plate ‘finials’ which light up at night. The glass plates are resistors, which are elements typically used for power-lines. They were incorporated into this community project as a nod to the park’s namesake, thought of by local residents because the electrical substation equipment used to spark during electrical storms.
hatch +ulland owen architects is proud to have been a part of this very special project.