Galveston Fire Station #4
CDR played a vital role in helping Galveston recover first responder facilities lost in Hurricane Ike. Fire Station #4 was built to withstand a hurricane with 125 mph winds and 20-foot storm surges. The innovative and architectural award-winning design and construction makes it nearly immovable but flexible to withstand catastrophic events. The fire station is also equipped with its own generator and communications system, allowing the facility to be fully operational when needed most.
- Cover of Architectural Record magazine
- 2012 - Studio Design Award from the Texas Society of Architects
- 2012 - Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects
- Feature in “Coolest Fire Stations on Earth” presentation by Galante Architecture Studio in Boston
Galveston Waste Water Treatment Plant
The Galveston Waste Water Treatment Plant is the largest single prevention and protection project ever to be administered by the GLO.
The original waste water treatment plant was built in 1953 and was last improved by the city in 1972. During Hurricane Ike, floodwater destroyed the plant's electrical system, taking the plant offline for a week. The resulting loss of water and sewer services forced limited access to the island and created a lack of potable water supply, the build-up of untreated sewage, and compromised emergency services.
The new treatment plant contains mitigation features that will allow it to withstand a storm surge during future hurricanes. In 2011, this project won the Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants due in part to the resulting legacy of creating intelligent, better-performing infrastructures. In total, 270 organizations from 42 countries competed for this award. This vital project benefits the 47,743 residents of Galveston.
Quiroz House in Galveston receives 2016 Honor Award
Preservation Texas, Inc. recognized the work done in the rehabilitation of the circa 1897 Quiroz House. The project team included DSW Homes, AECOM and the Texas General Land Office.
Located at 2518 Church Street and built by Peter John Vautrin, the Quiroz House was damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Relief money poured into the island in the form of repair and rehabilitation programs, but without appropriate guidance, recovery might have come at the expense of Galveston’s rich heritage. Fortunately, the City of Galveston worked with local and statewide preservation organizations and the General Land Office to promote sensitive repairs and compatible new construction. The rehabilitation of the Quiroz House represents the best of those efforts.
As part of its rehabilitation, the house’s foundation was leveled, structural framing was repaired and the roof was replaced. All flooring was refurbished and the exterior siding was replaced in the areas that were too damaged to save. The original front and rear stairs were preserved and worked into the new decking of the porches. On the doors and porches carpenters hand-crafted trim to match the original detail.
“The most important part of this project is that 82-year-old Mary Quiroz is able to continue living in her historic home,” said Preservation Texas Executive Director Evan Thompson. “This project teaches us that award-winning rehabilitations can improve accessibility and make houses livable for the 21st century without compromising historic character.”