City of McAllen
Opening in the Winter of 2016, the New McAllen Performing Arts Center will present a wide variety of nationally-recognized productions of music, dance and theater to the people of South Texas. The theater will feature approximately 1,800 seats. It will be located located adjacent to the McAllen Convention Center, will offer world-class performances and a wider variety of entertainment enriching the lives of all. The three-story performing arts center will welcome traveling Broadway shows, as well as local performers, dance and theatre.
The 93,471-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art technology in acoustics, audio, lighting and stage support. The lobby will equip a grand staircase, balconies overlooking the lobby and the Convention Center’s Oval Park, restrooms at each of the three levels and elevators to the upper balconies. The building will incorporate adjustable acoustics to accommodate popular music to symphonic orchestra; and a robust acoustical shell with a celestial ceiling. The McAllen PAC will have four levels of seating; approximately 465 seats in the orchestra level, 595 seats in the parterre level, 430 seats in the first balcony level and 310 seats in the upper balcony.
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The new facility will remain on the same existing property and provide increased governmental services in an accessible, highly-secure, 21st century judicial facility. The six-story courthouse features a glass facade on the north providing an abundance of natural light and views while maintaining energy efficiency. The design and floor plans incorporate critical security measures by the separation of defendants-in-custody from the public and staff to ensure safety. The lower two floors provide high volume court services such as the county clerk, district clerk, jury assembly and grand jury rooms. The courtrooms are provided in a six-courtroom per floor set located on the upper floors.
ERO’s idea of interpreting Zapata’s rich history is based on the idea of incorporating many historical elements into The Museum of Zapata County’s contemporary design. Laja stone walls decorate the north and west façades with window troneras and ranch-style wooden doors. The original troneras were loopholes or small holes in the walls which embraced a controlled field of fire for muskets used in defense of the Mexican Indian.
An aqua-blue multi-colored meandering walkway that symbolizes the Rio Grande River leads you to the entrance of the exhibit hall. Translucent blue water rippled clouds are hanging overhead as you enter the museum while motioned lighting washes the wall, representing the underwater effect of Falcon Lake.
The Zapata Higher Education project features two alternate sources of energy systems as part of its design. The building envelope is keyed into a natural grade that extends along Highway 83 sloping to the old Rio Grande River. This passive solar energy design creates an earth shelter on all sides except for the southern exposure where a metal trellis provides quality filtered shading. In addition, the combination of energy efficient interior lighting with exterior solar screens control the direct sunlight. Furthermore, the well insulated building envelope and a partial “green” roof contribute to a high energy-efficient building.
The design forms a strong sense of place and campus community. In addition, the building’s curved arrangement with a passage way that alternates the indoor and outdoor environment helps shape the landscaped courtyard creating a campus setting.
The Zapata Technology Center Educational Facility is a distance learning center for regional Universities located in South Texas. It offers state-of-the-art telecommunications, networking and media technology. The program includes six classrooms and faculty offices with flexible interior layouts which support the college’s mission to provide diversified instruction in an undersized complex.