“This project seamlessly draws a direct relationship to the existing school of architecture and offers an expansion of the communal condition between those spaces, allowing for a prioritization of collaboration on a consistent basis.”
— Bryan Lee Jr.
Location Prairie View
Client Texas A&M University System
Architect Kirksey Architecture
Design Team Brian Richard, AIA; Luis Vivar, AIA; Gary Machicek, AIA; Michelle Old, AIA; Brian Lemmon, AIA
Structural and Civil Engineer Walter P Moore
Landscape Architect Clark Condon
Technology/AV DataCom Design Group
MEP Engineer E&C Engineers
Cost Management CCS International
The Prairie View A&M Fabrication Center was conceived as an elevated plane that references the prairie and hovers over an exterior of earthen brick walls, allowing light to filter into the state-of-art fabrication facility. The deeply recessed entrance creates a covered outdoor gathering space, while the landscape embraces the building and connects it to the existing architecture school. The project is divided programmatically into three areas: shops, assembly, and digital fabrication. As the visitor moves through the space, light monitors and clerestory windows offer illumination and connection to the sky.
For more on the Prairie View A&M Fabrication Center, see the article “Little Sibling” in the May/June 2019 issue of TA.