WKMC Architects possesses a diverse portfolio of projects for federal, state, and local governments thanks to our many community partners. Driven by sustainable, energy-efficient design, our team works in partnership with city governments and community organizations to create unique buildings that add value to the organization, and the community at large.
Each project comes with its own unique set of challenges. From designing beautiful, multi-purpose spaces to working on projects with space and budget constraints, our team of architects work in collaboration with cities to produce cost-effective structures that will stand the test of time.
Some of our design highlights include:
City of Aransas Pass Public Safety Facility
When the City of Aransas Pass needed a cost-effective method of housing several city departments 25 years ago, our team created a plan to take the existing features of a community building and implement a design that was functional and cohesive with the capacity to withstand the test of time. The end result is a 10,800-square foot coastal design public safety facility with stucco towers and clay tile roofs, accentuated by lush tropical landscaping that is quintessential South Texas.
To accommodate individual spaces for the police and fire departments, courts system, and city hall, WKMC added respective entrances for each division. The building’s interior makes use of the brilliant year-round sunshine with skylights that highlight a repurposed layout with simple masonry block construction featuring decorative banding and contrasting paint.
City of Rockport City Services Building
Nestled in beautiful scenery, the coastal town of Rockport was in need of a comprehensive City Services Building that would serve as a one-stop shop for all of its operations including the City’s public works, water, wastewater, natural gas, building and development, permits/inspections, code enforcement, and environmental services divisions.
With proximity to the Texas Gulf Coast, the facility was designed to blend with the area’s natural beauty while also withstanding the yearly threat of hurricanes. The WKMC design plan called for an 18,550-square foot energy-efficient City of Rockport City Services Building with insulated concrete forms (IFC) to reinforce the building’s exterior and protect the structure from damaging hurricane force winds. The roof is standing seam metal, insulated on the underside with polyurethane foam insulation to improve thermal efficiency and reduce air infiltration.
A comfortable and inviting interior features warm gray polished concrete floors, exposed wood framing, and reclaimed wood cladding for walls in public circulation spaces. The addition of showers, toilets, and training rooms sized to accommodate up to 100 personnel make the structure self-sustaining, and an ideal base for 24-hour emergency operations during inclement weather and natural disasters.
Site work constructed under a separate contract, includes storage yards and equipment buildings, a new one-million-gallon elevated water tower, and a sanctuary sewer lift station.
United States Federal Courthouse – Corpus Christi Bayfront
Prominently located on the Corpus Christi bay front, this 172,350-square foot courthouse is a centerpiece at this main public entrance to the downtown area and waterfront.
In partnership with Hartman –Cox, WKMC worked to ensure that the iconic building retained its natural charm. Its style, proportions, and materials reflect an American tradition of fine architecture in public buildings with sensitivity to historic precedent for courthouses.
Its interior features a central atrium rises three stories to the courtroom level, a second-floor balcony with expansive glass at the east end of the atrium provide vistas across the bay and along the city’s shoreline.
This highly crafted, sophisticated and very secure building was designed to meet the projected future needs for the U.S. Courts in the Southern District of Texas. It houses two Districts, two Magistrates, and one Bankruptcy Court, along with office space for the Clerk of the Court, U.S. Pretrial Services, U.S. Probation Service, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service. It was designed with the capacity to convert office space into three additional courtrooms.
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