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Project Progression in Photographs

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
January 18, 2016


We are happy to announce that the Oak Point Park Nature and Retreat Center is now open to the public in Plano, Texas.  This 20,000sf building is the centerpiece of Oak Point Park, Plano’s largest municipal park.

Behind the entrance colonnade, the interpretive Visitor’s Center features stone walls, polished concrete floors, and exposed steel-and-wood roof trusses, which support a monumental butterfly roof.

The Center has begun hosting corporate retreats, parties, and educational programs in its four meeting rooms. These have an elegant-rustic aesthetic, with high wood wainscots and massive stone fireplaces. For indoor / outdoor events, they open onto a trellised arcade, overlooking the Center’s lawn and the lake beyond.

The iconic ‘lighthouse’ tower stands 45 feet tall, and can be seen from all across the park. Inside, custom light fixtures showcase the load-bearing sandstone masonry and the unique radial wood ceiling.

Plano’s Parks and Recreation department has moved into the east wing of the building, and the staff is enjoying their high wood ceilings, natural light from clerestory windows, and beautiful views from their office windows.

h+uo is proud to have been the architect for this remarkable project.



Oak Point Park Nature and Retreat Center

Posted in Uncategorized by Kristie
May 23, 2014

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h+uo architects is working on a new facility for Oak Point Park in Plano, Texas. This building will be a Nature and Retreat Center, and will also house Plano’s Parks and Recreation staff offices. The staff is excited to be moving from their old space downtown into one of their most spectacular parks, and the meeting rooms are expected to host corporate retreats as well as summer camps and outreach events.

The Nature and Retreat Center will overlook a forested creek and a lake, and the design complements nearby existing pavilion and restroom structures that h+uo designed in 2008.

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Natural stone, exposed steel, wood clerestory windows, and standing-seam metal butterfly roofs contribute to a design that we think will be both inviting and memorable. The 45-foot-high stone tower with its lighthouse clerestory will be visible from far away, and the grand entry and exhibit hall will serve as a ceremonial entrance to the natural world of Oak Point Park.

Right now, the City is selecting a contractor for the project, and hopes to break ground soon. We will post photos of construction as the project progresses.


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