Star of Hope Cornerstone Campus
Award of Merit
Owner: Star of Hope
Lead Design Firm: Kirksey Architecture
General Contractor: Tellepsen
Civil/Structural Engineer: Walter P Moore
MEP Engineer: DBR Inc.
Program Manager: The Mathis Group
Subcontractors: Kilgore Industries LP; Mitchell Chuoke Plumbing; Pieper Houston Electric LP
Serving 3,000 homeless women and their families, the 190,000-sq-ft campus comprises eight buildings on 48 acres and offers services that include emergency, medical and dental care; counseling and job search; educational advancement; day care and after-school care; and safe, affordable housing.
Challenges for the team included timing and budget, location, scale and construction techniques. Because the owner is a nonprofit, the team adjusted the schedule and scope according to the donations received for each phase.
In addition, the jobsite soil was moist, and the buildings were designed as slab-on-grade foundations, which required remediation and attendant budget and scheduling changes.
Finally, the buildings were constructed with both commercial and light-commercial techniques. This flexibility helped keep the project within budget and on schedule. Work was completed in August 2017, allowing the Star of Hope Cornerstone Campus to help women create new lives for themselves and their children.