- The project was developed in the museum district. A mixture of residential single family homes and apartment complex mix with cultural centers. The site and building position continue the pattern.
- A pre-design soil assessment was conducted allowing for existing soils to be amended.
- 80 trees were planted.
- Two trees were saved on-site.
- The project avoids annual planting.
- Native plants blend with Asian flora offering visitors a transition and authenticity associated with the mission of the center.
- 66% permeable surfaces on the building block.
- The site design mitigates runoff.
- The trees can intercept 40,000 gallons of stormwater runoff on-site, which is equivalent to the water usage for 400 American residents for one day.*
Carbon, Energy + Air
- A geothermal heating and cooling system were installed under the parking lot with 117 wells installed 250 feet underground. This is the first time this system was built in Houston, saving $7,000 -10,000 a month in electricity charges.
- The trees sequester 9,600 pounds of carbon annually.**
- Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke was minimized through designated smoke-free zones and prohibited smoking on-site.
- The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- The building serves the highly diverse Houston community by offering a continuous series of programs and events, focused on arts and culture, business and policy, education and outreach, and exhibitions.
- Users are still satisfied. Facebook has a rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 stars with more than 10,000 check-ins.