November 18, 2015
Congratulations to the City of Dallas, the Dallas Public Library System and PGAL's Dallas office. After a successful bond referendum in 2006, the Fretz Park Branch Library celebrated their grand re-opening on November 13th. The library was originally opened in 1974. The goal of the addition and renovation was to complement the 70's-style architecture with exposed brick, wood structure and extensive daylighting. The PGAL-designed project successfully adds 4,800 SF of program area to the library and its core spaces. The newly renovated library also houses a renovated black box theatre, stack spaces, classrooms, children's area, administrative offices, support spaces, parking lot, and landscaping improvements. The project is currently seeking LEED Gold certification.
November 3, 2015
The PGAL Alexandria office is being transformed into a nine-hole miniature golf course to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. On November 5, the architecture and engineering firm is hosting the Canstruction® Classic Mini Golf Tournament, with proceeds helping to fund PGAL's participation in the upcoming Canstruction® charity competition, sponsored by AIA Northern Virginia.
Golfers in the inaugural "tournament" will complete the nine-hole course, which features local Alexandria and DC landmarks and is designed and constructed by PGAL employees.
October 15, 2015
PGAL Associate Principal, Edwin Agudelo, AIA, will be presenting at Architecture Exchange East on Thursday, November 5 in Richmond, VA. Agudelo's presentation, "Visual Souplesse and the Architecture of Movement", examines how complex programs, especially those of transportation building types, require complex circulation systems to account for the variety of users and their points of ingress and egress. Further, these circulation systems rely on signage for enhanced way-finding, advertisement for revenues and public art for its delight and human sensibility. Agudelo will focus on how the architecture of circulation systems and opportunities for integrating signage, art and advertisement within the architectural whole can result in intuitive way-finding and visual souplesse.
August 13, 2015
PGAL employees Jennifer Beebee, Preston Gaines, Andrew Parker, Alysha Koenig, and Danny Salguero, were recently awarded "Best Presentation" at RiceDesignAlliance's (RDA) 15th Annual design charrette - 1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ - organized by rdAGENTS. Jurors Tei Carpenter (Agency-Agency), Scott Minnix (City of Houston), and Jake Donaldson (Three Square Design Group) convened to study the schemes and select the winners. 11 teams were challenged to conceive and present an outdoor plaza for the new three-story Houston headquarters of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star in one day.
July 27, 2015
PGAL's Bethel Park project was awarded the prestigious 2015 Design Award by the AIA Houston Chapter in the Urban Design category. A total of 18 winning projects were selected out of the 117 submissions. Judges for this year's program were Mark Lamster of the Dallas Morning News, Michael Maltzan of Michael Maltzan Architecture (Los Angeles) and Loan O'Herlihy of Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (Los Angeles). The awards were established to recognize design excellence based on certain criteria, including quality of design, resolution of the program idea, sustainability, innovation, thoughtfulness and technique.
July 10, 2015
PGAL has been selected to program and design a new Expansion project for the City of Sugar Land, Texas. The project's scope will include a new Municipal Court building, a new, hardened Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/Dispatch building, and the renovation of the existing Police and Municipal Courts Building. The expansion project will help the City accommodate the expected growth of the Police and Municipal Court system and will also alleviate inefficiencies in the existing building. Schematic design is scheduled to complete in late 2015.
May 29, 2015
Alexandria, VA - 5/29/15 - Last week the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) approved the selection of the AIR Alliance architectural-engineering team (a joint venture of AECOM and PGAL) to design improvements at Reagan National Airport (DCA). The $1 billion DCA capital improvement program will help ease crowding at the airport in response to record passenger growth in recent years.
May 22, 2015
The $45 million, PGAL-led addition to Concourse C at Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) recently opened to travelers (3+ weeks ahead of schedule). The Concourse serves both Delta and Southwest Airlines and was one of the last original concourses left to be expanded at ATL. The 52,000 SF Expansion of the concourse's midpoint was aimed at alleviating congestion, cramped quarters and lengthy lines, adding 4 new escalators, 2 new elevators and 25,000 SF of restaurant/concessions space that will anchored by Carrabba's Italian Grill.