Weeks Hall Renovation Wins Merit and Citation Awards

September 10, 2021

Weeks Hall Renovation recently won an ENR Texas & Louisiana 2021 Best Projects Award of Merit in the category of healthcare/research, a Citation Award from the Texas Tech University College of Architecture 2021 Design Award, and an AIA Amarillo Excellence in Design Award in the category of Best Preservation and Rehabilitation.

ENR's independent panel of experts from all corners of the AEC industry reviewed a total of 120 projects and selected 18 Best Projects and 29 Awards of Merit across 18 categories. 

The purpose of the TTU CoA Design Awards is to encourage public interest in architecture, recognize excellence in design, and promote the work of TTU College of architecture alumni. The 2021 jury consisted of Nick Deaver of Nick Deaver Architects, Barry Hughes of Benoy Architects, and Wes Jones of Jones, Partners: Architecture. 

Texas Tech University Weeks Hall

Constructed in 1957, Weeks Hall is a historic landmark on Texas Tech University’s main campus. Weeks Hall was originally constructed as a three-story dormitory and named after the Dean of the School of Home Economics, Margaret Weeks. With its location at the intersection of University Avenue and Broadway Street, Weeks Hall sits at the main entrance to the Texas Tech campus.

An L-shaped building of approximately 67,000 square feet, Weeks Hall was designed in the campus’s typical Spanish Renaissance style with a blend of buff-colored brick in a Flemish bond pattern. It is listed on the Texas Historical Register and frames the main entrance to the campus. The building officially closed in 1991 and remained vacant until 2015, when a portion of the building was renovated to serve as the Costume Shop.

An initial study determined that the building was structurally sound, and TTU chose to renovate Weeks Hall to breathe new life into this historic landmark. The renovation project addresses the demand for office space for student services departments and creates flexible, collaborative spaces for faculty, staff, and students from a wide variety of departments. The renovation transforms the dormitory building, improving the existing building’s efficiency and space utilization and creating a flexible and dynamic environment.

The exterior appearance of this historic building was maintained, and the building envelope was made more energy efficient while providing an appealing and modern interior. State Historic Tax credits were achieved through this approach which benefits the University. The renovation scope included site utilities, new heating/ventilation/ air conditioning systems, life safety improvements, lighting, technology, interior materials, and ADA modifications. It also included accessible surface parking, landscape enhancements, and new public artwork.

Areas of the renovated Weeks Hall provide a mixture of faculty and staff workspace and other amenities such as flexible teaching spaces, student use spaces, collaboration, break, and meeting spaces. These larger, flexible spaces could not be provided without modifying the doubled-loaded corridor, single-occupancy room layout of the existing dormitory. 

Compared to the common approach of just reusing individual dorm rooms as offices, which would yield just 69 seats using the same core and shared support space, the reconfigured layout yielded a capacity of 224 seats as well as a diversity of uses. 

A combination of comfortable lounge seating groupings, unassigned desks and work tables, carrels, and computer labs all provide more welcoming and collaborative spaces in Weeks Hall.

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