WORLD BIRDING CENTER

Mission, TX

This eco-tourism headquarters is located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, one of the richest bird habitats in the world. The design responds to the harsh climate, and minimizes disturbance of the adjacent 1700-acre native habitat preserve. Sustainable features included a 35% reduction in building program, outdoor circulation, a narrow floor plate for effective cross ventilation and daylighting, steel arch panels as both structure and roofing, efficient building systems, water conservation and re-use, and restorative landscapes.

publications
2009 - Texas Highways (May)
2009 - City By Design: An architectural perspective of Texas
2008 - Inspired by Nature: Plants/ The Building|Botany Connection
2008 - Sustainable Facilities: Green Design, Construction, and Operations
awards
2007 - AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture
2006 - AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award
2006 - Texas Society of Architects / AIA Design Award
2005 - AIA San Antonio Design Award
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