The Girl Scouts of North East Texas (GSNETX) Welcome Center buildings at Camp Whispering Cedars STEM Center of Excellence are the first new facilities constructed at the camp. This Welcome Center is phase one of a master plan also designed by SHM that crafts a vision for GSNETX’s forty-acre site, which includes a protected escarpment zone.
The Welcome Center building, with its vaulted common room, greets both VIP guests, campers, and chaperones as they arrive at Camp Whispering Cedars. It also provides office and meeting spaces for the camp staff and Girl Scout personnel when needed.
The Girl Program Center is the first STEM-oriented building designed for Camp Cedars. It is a large, flexible space designed to hold a large group for various activities, or can be sub-divided into three distinct areas for a more intimate classroom setting. The building has two separate teaching stations and abundant storage for the many project bins used by the Girl Scouts for STEM learning. The large openings of glass from the front to the back of the building help tie the indoors visually to the outdoor nature of the camp, and the rear loggias allow for instant access to the camp. The separate indoor and outdoor restroom facilities allow the building to be used by campers at all times, even if the classrooms are locked and not in use.
The Boone Foundation Courtyard ties all of the Welcome Center’s buildings together with a nurturing space that honors three trailblazing women who stood up, spoke out, and devoted their lives to creating sustainable institutions to promote gender equality for a just world.
Nestled amongst a heavily wooded area with a backdrop of green foliage, the Bette Perot Aquatic Center offers an efficient, functional respite that can accommodate several Girl Scout troops at once.
The spacious, air-conditioned indoor area includes a kitchen, locker rooms, bathrooms, a health room, and manager’s office, the outdoor screened pavilion can shelter over 100 campers for a variety of activities, and the outdoor showers and changing rooms conveniently located by the pool provide privacy for campers. The sparkling pool design features beautiful glass tile and a shimmering beach entry, with four distinct and carefully incorporated swimming areas for swimmers of every level: the diving area, the intermediate area, the beginner area, and the wading area.
Built to endure the test of time but also evolve with it, the pool was designed for future expansion with an area for a water slide and multiple splash features in the wading area.
Completed for the start of the 2014 academic school year, Rhetoric Hall houses 9th-12th grade students at The Covenant School in Dallas.
Composed of fifteen classrooms, a library, administrative offices, and an outdoor meeting area, the all-brick two-story building also has a completely finished third floor attic designed to be used as flex space for the drama room.
Rhetoric Hall is the first completion of a master plan design, also designed by SHM, for the Covenant School’s campus.
A neighborhood amenity center and pool for a new master plan Pulte Homes development in northwest Ft. Worth, Texas.
The resort-style pavilion was designed to be both a changing area and restroom facility for the pool as well as an entertaining pavilion with two distinct covered gathering areas. Each of the pavilions has large fans to keep things cool in the summer heat, an outdoor grilling station with 48” gas grills, and beautiful stone fireplaces for the cool Texas fall evenings.
The amenity center serves as a gathering spot for the families of West Fork Ranch and as a valuable sales tool by the Pulte real estate professionals.