PRESS RELEASE: Bennett Benner Pettit becomes Bennett Benner Partners
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tarrant County College - Trinity River East Campus (TREC) in Downtown Fort Worth has been named by international architecture blog, Architizer.com as one of “The Lone Star State’s Top 13 Buildings to See in 2013.”
The campus received additional accolades with its recognition by Texas Senate Resolution No. 270 acknowledging the campus’ being named to the blog’s prestigious list. “The Trinity River East Campus is already a Fort Worth landmark and is representative of both our colorful past and our bright future,” said Texas Senator, Wendy Davis.
Fort Worth based firm Bennett Benner Pettit Architects + Planners worked in conjunction with Bing Thom Architects of Vancouver, Canada to design the 130,000 sf campus with a series of buildings and interior spaces oriented to take advantage of the dramatic vistas along the historic Fort Worth Trinity River bluff.
“Architizer is the largest and fastest growing database of architecture online. Being recognized by such an authority is a big honor,” said Michael Bennett, AIA, principal and CEO of Bennett Benner Pettit.
“The TREC’s modern buildings provide a contrast to its surrounding context of traditional buildings and connects Fort Worth’s downtown district to the Trinity River,” said Bennett. “Cutting into the river bluff itself, the campus brings the landscape of the bluff into the core of the city while also extending the urban fabric of the city to the river and its trail system.”
The campus is expected to be an important link to the City’s planned Trinity Uptown district just across the river, which will almost double the size of the existing downtown and add thousands of new residential units.
“The TREC is a great example of how great buildings can influence and be influenced by their urban context, offering clues for future development and connecting the existing fabric of the city,” said Bennett.
Nina Petty, TCC Vice Chancellor for Real Estate and Facilities appreciates the quality of design, “It’s a great privilege to work in this world-class facility,” she said. “We expect all of our facilities to provide inspiring environments, high functioning spaces and efficient systems, but this facility goes far beyond that – it provides a high profile home representative of the quality of the programs it hosts.”
Now home to TCC’s Allied Health and Nursing Departments, students studying health care professions fill the buildings and the campus’ central plazas and exterior courtyards which meander gently between the buildings descending down the riverfront.
This unique landscape provides students and residents with an intimate setting to enjoy the natural environment, which can be a calming experience for students in the midst of hectic schedules and rigorous exams. “The open and welcoming design of this newest Tarrant Community College facility will be a place conducive to learning for thousands of students for years to come," Davis said.
“Working with Michael Bennett and the Bennett Benner Pettit team was a great experience. We knew we were building something phenomenal,” Petty said. “It’s just fantastic to recognized by a global authority on architecture as well as our leaders in Austin,” Petty said.
Tarrant County College Trinity River East Campus was the only Tarrant County project to make Architizer’s list. Other projects included: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Architecture, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department Pavilions, Cotillion Pavilion, Richland College, Sabine Hall Science Building, all in Dallas; Kimber Modern, Block 21 and The University of Texas’ Student Activities Center, all in Austin; Lubbock Arts District Firehouse, Lubbock; Houston Food Bank, Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA and “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace, all in Houston; as well as the Haven for Hope in San Antonio.