Wimberly Building

Project Name

Wimberly Building

Square Footage:

50,000

Location:

Downtown Bryan, Texas

Category:

Institutional

About This Project

Located in the heart of downtown Bryan, the Wimberly Building started its life in 1965 as the Woolworth department store. The Arkitex Studio, a Bryan-College Station architecture firm, transformed the three-story, 50,000-square-foot building into a state-of-the-art Tier IV data center. Two back-up generators and three air-conditioning cooling towers were installed on the roof, with plans for a future generator. This required extensive structural work to transfer these large loads to the foundation. Security and back-up power were the top priorities for the owner and their clients. Bullet-resistant materials, biometric access and 24-hour security guards are all incorporated into the facility’s design.

The building’s high security and emergency power capability attracted the Brazos Valley Community Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), which set up in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The CEOC coordinates emergency response for the cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas A&M University, and Brazos County. The Arkitex Studio worked hand-in-hand with these four civic entities to design their space. By the time hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008, the CEOC was operational and ready to respond.