Special Recognition Award: The Girl Scouts: Building confidence, character and a new Headquarters
August 11, 2010
|The Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History features timeline panels and interactive displays from the start of the Council in the 1920s until today.|
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Program Place is the headquarters for the largest Girl Scout Council in the U.S., with 63,000 scouts. The
The Houston office of architect Gensler held numerous charrettes, in which Girl Scouts and administrative staff participated, throughout the design process. This allowed the Scouts themselves to become involved in the vision and design solutions. One idea that came out of the charrettes was the pavilion sculpture in the courtyard of the new campus; the sculpture represents the sash that all Girl Scouts wear to display their merit badges.
As construction began, the team from general contractor JE Dunn worked with the Girl Scouts operations group to solve the many logistical issues of constructing on an existing operational campus.
The interior portion of the project consists of the 14,000-sf first level, which houses the expanded Girl Scout retail shop, the Goodykoontz Museum of Girl Scout History, and the Program Place for Girls. All three functional areas are expansions of existing spaces in the original building. All administrative functions were moved to the new building.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Program Place Project
Submitting firm: JE Dunn South Central, Inc. (GC)
Structural engineer: Matrix Structural Engineers
Construction time: March 2006 to December 2007
Project size: 14,000 sf
Project cost: $3.2 million
Delivery method: Design-bid-build