West Texas A&M University – Virgil Henson Activity Center

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    Amarillo College West Campus
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    Texas Tech University HSC – Amarillo Research Building
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    Texas Tech University HSC – Family Medicine Clinic
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    Texas Tech University HSC – School of Medicine and Allied Health
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    Wayland Baptist University – Jimmy Dean Museum
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    West Texas A&M University – Buff Hall
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    West Texas A&M University – Harrington Academic Hall
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    West Texas A&M University – Virgil Henson Activity Center
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Amarillo College West Campus

The Amarillo West Campus originally consisted of 4 buildings in an industrial setting.  Our firm was commissioned to master plan and transform the existing into a new student friendly campus.  Parking was moved to the exterior and the buildings were tied together with open landscape and hardscape pathways between buildings making the campus more inviting and safe for pedestrians.  New building sites were planned for to give the campus a blueprint for the future.  As part of the West Campus revitalization, our firm also designed the Lecture Hall and Student Center and a large addition to the School of Allied Health.  The campus has seen constant growth and has followed the master plan established by our firm.

  • "Through their innovative design and good architectural supervision of the construction of new buildings and additions to existing buildings, renovation of others, landscaping and other site work, they transformed that site into a highly functional and attractive college campus." Bill Valentine, Former Bond Director for Amarillo College

Size

40,000+ SF of New Construction

50,000+ SF Renovation

Services Provided

Master Planning

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

Campus designed around the safety and enjoyment of the pedestrian student

300 seat Lecture Hall with full operable wall to divide into 2 spaces

Design Team

John Jenkins, Architect

Sheila Sims, AIA, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect

Tom Lavin, Principal

Texas Tech University HSC – Amarillo Research Building

This new state of the art research facility is used by both the School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine for medical research. The 3 story structure has a 10,000 sf basement finished out as a Vivarium, as well as office space on the first and second floors for the Principal Investigators and their staff. The research area is an open lab concept with centralized shared equipment allowing for maximum flexibility for the research teams.  This project marked a huge step forward for medical research in the Texas Panhandle.

  • "As a designer, Lavin Associates and their team of consultants have been extremely innovative and responsive to the challenges of designing a high tech building." -Mike Ellicott, Former Vice Chancellor, Texas Tech University

Size

49,000 SF

Services Provided

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

2 story open atrium at collaboration / lounge area

Open lab concept with centralized shared equipment areas

Vivarium

Design Team

Sheila Sims, AIA, Architect

Tom Lavin, Principal in Charge

Texas Tech University HSC – Family Medicine Clinic

The Texas Tech University HSC Family Medicine Clinic outgrew it’s current space in a local hospital building and had a desire to relocate to the TTUHSC Amarillo campus.  The decision was made to add a fifth floor was added to the existing School of Medicine and School of Allied Health building to accommodate the new clinic. The plan includes over 30 exam rooms with additional procedure rooms and support spaces for the doctors and residents.

  • "They took the time to understand our needs, and combined our ideas with their experience to yield an exceptional clinical practice, teaching, and administrative workspace." -Rodney Young, MD, FAACP, Professor and Regional Chair

Size

28,070 SF

Services Provided

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

Open and centralized Doctor/Nurse station to allow for an enhanced teaching environment

5th floor addition to existing School of Medicine

Design Team

Sheila Sims, AIA, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect

Tom Lavin, Principal in Charge

Texas Tech University HSC – School of Medicine and Allied Health

A 165,000 square foot, four story structure with a full basement and penthouse. The facility consolidated the Amarillo Schools of Allied Health and School of Medicine into one academic and clinic building. Lavin Associates provided full architectural services on this building as well as doing the original master planning for the entire campus.

  • "They have proven to be an exceptionally talented team of dedicated professionals as we have worked through difficult situations to design and construct the New Academic/Clinic building at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo." - Mike Ellicott, Former Vice Chancellor at Texas Tech University

Size

165,000 SF

Services Provided

Master Planning

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

3 story Atrium at main entry

Designed to receive 2 additional future floors

Full basement with exterior courtyard

Design Team

John Jenkins, Architect

Sheila Sims, AIA, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect

Tom Lavin, Architect

Wayland Baptist University – Jimmy Dean Museum

An addition to the existing Museum of the Llano Estacado made possible by the widow of entertainer Jimmy Dean, The Jimmy Dean Museum houses exhibit space for artifacts and memorabilia detailing his rise from poverty and obscurity in Plainview to become an influential entertainer and food industry entrepreneur. The new facility also contains a store for merchandise and serves as the new entrance to the existing museum.

Size

7,610 SF

Services Provided

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

Museum Displays for Jimmy Dean memorabilia

Large open gathering areas for museum visitors

Design Team

Mark Phillips, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect

Will Holton

Tom Lavin, Principal in Charge

West Texas A&M University – Buff Hall

Buff Hall was designed with the Super Suite concept consisting of 4 bedroom / 2 bath apartments.  The facility also featured several student support spaces including laundry facilities, small group study areas, and recreation space for community engagement.  The building features multiple 3 story atrium spaces tying the different floors together at their commons.  The building was designed to house 176 students.

  • "We have been impressed with their attention to the user needs, and with their imagination, ingenuity, and practicalness." - Gary Barnes, Former VP for Business and Finance at West Texas A&M University

Size

64,700 SF

Services Provided

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

3 story atrium spaces at common areas

4 bedroom / 2 bath student suites

Design Team

John Jenkins, Architect

Sheila Sims, AIA, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect

Tom Lavin, Principal

West Texas A&M University – Harrington Academic Hall

For many years, West Texas A&M University has had a presence in downtown Amarillo with offices and classrooms in the Chase Tower. The programs have outgrown their current space and are now moving into the 4 story former “Commerce Building” in downtown Amarillo. Phase I involved the complete renovation of the exterior of the building changing the appearance and improving the envelope. Phase II finished out the interior of the building with new classrooms, student gathering spaces, faculty offices, and labs. The building opened in 2019 and gives WTAMU a strong permanent residence in downtown Amarillo.

Size

100,800 SF

25,200 SF each floor

 

Services Provided

Architecture

Interior Design

 

Project Features

4 story Monumental Stair Atrium

Buffalo Council Board Room

Cases for artifacts from Panhandle Plains Museum

Exterior architecture to compliment Old Main at WTAMU Campus

 

Design Team

John Jenkins, Architect

David Nowell, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect / Interiors

Will Holton

West Texas A&M University – Virgil Henson Activity Center

The complete renovation of an existing 170,000 square foot activity center including Clinic, Locker Rooms, Health Club, Cardio-Theatre and the conversion of an existing Olympic size swimming pool to a Recreational Pool.  A new entry was added incorporating a state of the art climbing structure designed to model the “Lighthouse” formation at Palo Duro Canyon.

Size

170,000 SF

Services Provided

Master Planning

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Features

Recreational pool with slides and lazy river

Elevated jogging track around gymnasium area

30 foot high rock climbing structure

Design Team

David Nowell, Architect

Sarah deGrood, Architect

Will Holton

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