2015 Outstanding Construction Award Winner
Building 1: 0-$2,000,000
Builder: Wm. Taylor & Co.
Design Firm: rbdr, PLLC
Owner: Peel Industries Waco, TX
1125 Washington was a gutted historic building located on 11th and Washington in Waco, Texas. The three story, 23,000 sf building, was built in 1928 for McDermott Motors as a Buick car dealership. This interior finish-out project is a perfect example of how an Owner’s desire to maintain the building’s historical significance while creating a modern efficient manufacturing facility can come together. The
creative efforts of the architect to insure code compliance joined with the Contractor’s thinking “outside of the box” resulted in a final product of which the Owner, Architect and Contractor are proud.
Contrasted with most buildings designed in this era, the exterior walls are not load bearing. The mezzanine level, third floor and three story ramp are supported by concrete columns and concrete beams poured on site. The Structure was “Bomb Shelter Proof” as proven by its surviving the deadly tornado that hit Waco in 1953 killing 114 people. The existing building had concrete floors that were out of level as
well as walls that were neither plumb nor square. None of the openings were sized consistently. The wood frame staircases and additions to the mezzanine level were custom built to match the existing mezzanine floor. Each individual floor joist and each wood stud were hand cut to an exact length to elevation.