A weather research facility and learning center for central Texas
Rios, Reuben Alekhine
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Theon/ Statement Sustainable design strategies can reduce the impact of buildings on the environment and contribute to the wellbeing of the occupants. Theory Paragraph By harnessing the inexhaustible energy already present in our environment, we can bring our buildings to life without endangering our very existence on the planet. It is necessary now for all people to think as a collective if we are to survive as a species. The best solution is to leave the site untouched, but circumstances point to the fact that a building is needed. In which case, the design should become a neutral part of its surroundings using nature in a way that goes unnoticed. If successful, it stands as a hope that we can live side by side with nature again, and maybe someday reverse the damage done. Facility and Context The facility type is a weather research center. It is to act as an early warning system for the people of central Texas but also a facility that would enable the continued research of our atmosphere. A learning center will be incorporated to educate the public about weather through interactive exhibits, tours of a working weather center and the availability of a meteorological database. The complex will be located near the shore of Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Bell County, central Texas.