January 22, 2016
Visitors to Space Center Houston can explore one of America's greatest engineering marvels with the January 23 opening of Independence Plaza, a $15 million exhibit complex designed by architecture and engineering firm PGAL. The attraction's four-level structure provides visitors with unprecedented access to a high-fidelity replica of the Space Shuttle Independence mounted on top of the historic original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft.
November 30, 2015
Congratulations to PGAL Principal, Chris Larsen for his Henderson Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year Award! Chris was recently recognized at the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) 16th Annual Economic Development and Small Business Awards Dinner by his fellow Board Members and Chamber staff for his exemplary dedication to the mission of the HCC and its members and for his volunteerism at levels above-and-beyond expectations.
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.