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Gragg Building Renovations
City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Urban Land Institute – 2013 Heritage Award
Texas Construction – Best of 2010
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance – Good Brick Award

Completed 2009
Renovation | Historical
40,755 sq. ft.
LEED Gold Certified

The Gragg Building was designed in the late 1950s by noted Houston architecture firm MacKie & Kamrath, and exhibits the influence of notable American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built by the Farnsworth and Chambers Construction Company as their suburban corporate office building, Gragg then served as a temporary headquarters for NASA in the early 1960s. Since 1976 the Gragg Building has housed the Headquarters for the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department. This gem of a building exemplifies the Wright-influenced architectural style and development pattern popular in the mid-twentieth century.

HarrisonKornberg won the commission to reinvigorate the Gragg Building and improve the surrounding park and adjacent maintenance facility. Upgrades respect the historically significant building exterior and interior public spaces while bringing more daylight and open views into the previously dark interior. HarrisonKornberg combined new finishes with many reused materials, like mahogany veneer panels on the interior and the building’s signature green stone on the exterior. The project incorporates many sustainable design features and strategies, such as salvaged and recycled materials, highly efficient HVAC and lighting, and an abundance of controlled natural light. Gragg has been listed on local, state and national historical registries, has been featured in Texas Architect, and has garnered design awards from Texas Construction (Best of 2010), a Good Brick Award from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and most recently the 2013 Heritage Award from the Urban Land Institute. This project also achieved LEED Gold certification.

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