About This Project
In 2007, The Arkitex Studio, a Bryan-College Station architecture firm, rehabilitated a 4,500-square-foot, dry goods store (originally built in 1929) in downtown Bryan for their offices. The building features load-bearing masonry walls and three open-span steel bow trusses. The exterior of the building has been partially remodeled (the brick has been cleaned and wood storefront windows have been rebuilt). Brick restoration and the addition of street-front awnings are slated for a future phase. The interior of the building was completely remodeled and required a portion of the wood roof deck to be replaced and the plaster veneer to be removed. The steel trusses, wood roof deck and brick walls were exposed providing a varied and interesting textural palette. A skylight was added with translucent panels to provide a soft light into the space. Existing metal ceiling panels were salvaged and reused to provide references to the history of the building. The overall result is a warm, inviting and invigorating workspace.
The Arkitex Studio won a Design Award from AIA Brazos in 2011 for this project.