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Mansfield Independent School District Center for the Performing Arts, Mansfield, Texas

Photo courtesy of Huckabee Inc.

Photo courtesy of Huckabee Inc.

Huckabee Inc. designed the 141,000-squarefoot Mansfield Independent School District (ISD) Center for the Performing Arts with oversized entrances, large, curving spans of glass-and-aluminum storefront and curtainwall with sunshades.

Tubelite Inc. supplied approximately 3,400 feet of its 400 Series curtainwall and 14000 Series storefront to wrap the center. Tubelite's 7-inch-deep curtainwall and Max/Block sunshades were selected for aesthetics and to prevent heat from entering the building. The sunshades' 5-inch airfoil blades and tubular fascia direct wind and water away from the building. Linetec finished all of the aluminum framing and sunshades in clear anodize.

Kelly Townsend, CSI, local client development manager at Tubelite, says views and daylight bring warmth to the interior. "This is truly a standout building," he says. "The entrances, curtainwall and sunshades magnify the scale and sweep of the design viewed from the exterior."

Patric Murphy, vice president and operations manager at Texas Commercial Glass Concepts, the glazing contractor for the project, says the facility was one of the larger projects his company completed. "[The client] wanted an impressive building with big stretches of radius curtainwall, lots of glass and monumental doors," he says.

Visitors gather in a forecourt plaza as they approach Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts. Concrete columns accent the façade for a sense of flow and cascading mass. A short set of stairs emphasizes the procession up the covered walkway, leading to 9-foot-high wide stile doors at the central lobby tower.

The 5,500-seat Cunningham Performance Hall is located in the heart of the performing arts center. Its multiuse hall can to be divided into three separate event venues including two lecture halls, each with the capacity to accommodate 750 people. A professional development center for 500 people can be divided into six break-out rooms for meeting, training and banquets. Three computer labs are adjacent to the professional development center.

Byrne Construction Services was the general contractor for the $40 million, two-year project. Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts' hosted its first event in 2012.

General contractor: Byrne Construction Services, Fort Worth, Texas

Architect: Huckabee Inc., Fort Worth

Glazing contractor: Texas Commercial Glass Concepts LP, Weatherford, Texas

Glazing systems finisher: Linetec, Wausau, Wis.

Glazing systems: Tubelite Inc., Walker, Mich., www.tubeliteinc.com