City of Wylie Municipal Complex
The City of Wylie Municipal Complex combines all city offices, a municipal recreation center, and the public library. It represents the community’s unwavering commitment to a facility that vastly expands citizens’ access to services, information, programs, and its city government. The expanded programs and services are organized into three buildings connected by a continuous 770-foot long Texas-limestone wall. Each building is punctuated by distinct shapes that create special rooms for the City Council chamber, the library teen center, a quiet reading room, and an extension of the indoor running track. The variety of shapes makes intimate areas for the community within the overall expansive facility.
Cedar Hill Government Center
The multi-functional civic building is a mark of the city’s pioneering spirit, bringing together three community functions for the first time: the City Hall, Independent School District administrative offices, and Police Department. Linking Cedar Hill’s rugged frontier past with its current enterprising image, the building uses local materials, regional symbols, and the character of the surrounding landscape in innovative, unusual ways. Cedar trees cleared from the site were milled and used as interior finishes for the Cedar Hill Room, and locally sourced Texas limestone and structural clay tile further tie the building to its community. A central vaulted atrium provides passage through the complex; bridges, stairs and lookout platforms provide opportunities for chance encounters among acquaintances.
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center
Housing both a city hall and library space, richly patterned, custom fabrics and flooring used throughout the complex reflect Frisco’s history and traditions. Dramatic vaulted spaces, multi-storied atrium, and light-filled, airy interiors appropriate for a municipal facility are awe-inspiring to visitors. Marked by a constant buzz of activity, the lively and dynamic interior spaces encourage residents to utilize the center as a place for gathering.
Globe News Center for the Performing Arts
Phenomenal grassroots support formed the driving force for the creation of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Embodying the community’s cultural aspirations, the Center located in the heart of downtown, serves the entire Panhandle region.A tribute to the sense of civic pride in Amarillo, the project was privately funded, an unusual feat for any community. At the heart of the Center is a 1,300-seat multi-purpose hall that will be used by the local orchestra, ballet, opera, and other regional arts organizations. The adaptability is possible through an innovative movable acoustic bandshell of oriented strand board panels that exactly match the interior of the hall. Custom-made elements, such as the seat coverings and terrazzo floors, which recall the quilt patterns of the irregular farmland when viewed from the air, and a ceiling of familiar panels typically used on cattle trailers, are part of a highly personal design vocabulary that captures the local flavor. The overall vitality of the building creates a special place unlike anything else in Amarillo or Texas yet totally at home in the panhandle.