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Houston Business Journal Honors Houston Ballet


Sleek Facility Designed by Gensler Also Honored with Awards by
the American Institute of Architects, the International Interior Design Association, and Interior Design Magazine 

HOUSTON, TX - Houston Ballet's Center for Dance has been honored with a 2012 Landmark Award in the category of "Special Project" by the Houston Business Journal. Houston Ballet's Center for Dance was also a finalist in two other categories: Community Impact and Public/Private Assemblies. The Landmark Awards recognize real estate projects that have made a significant impression on the Houston landscape. For more information about Houston Business Journal, visit www.bizjournals.com/houston/.

In addition, Houston Ballet's Center for Dance has won a series of honors, including the 2011 Institutional/Educational Design Excellence Award from the Texas/Oklahoma chapter of the International Interior Design Association. The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Design Excellence Awards recognize the highest quality and achievement in interior design, and honor the creative and innovation of the best of Texas and Oklahoma designers.

The Center for Dance was also recognized by the Houston chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the 2012 Houston Architecture Design Awards, winning in the category of architecture over 50,000 square feet, and 2011 Honoree in the education category by Interior Design Magazine.

The Gensler team members working on Houston Ballet's Center for Dance were: James E. Furr, FAIA, Managing Principal; J. Marshall Strabala, AIA, Director of Design; Richard Maxwell, AIA, Principal; Terence Newell, AIA, Project Architect; Michelle Hatton-Rodriguez, IIDA, Interior Designer; Vince Flickinger, Technical Designer; Sam Crawford, Technical Director; John Ruelas, Graphic Designer; Di Ann Hassloch, Specifier; Maria Perez, LEED Coordinator.

About Houston Ballet Center for Dance

Houston Ballet's sleek new Center for Dance held its grand opening on Saturday, April 9, 2011 with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided over by Houston Mayor Annise Parker at 601 Preston Street in the heart of downtown Houston's Theater District. The new, six-story, 115,000-square-foot facility, designed with sustainable features by globally-recognized architecture firm Gensler, came in at $46.6 million (an estimated $6.4 million under its original projected budget of $53 million), and opened ahead of schedule. The building features nine dance studios, a Dance Lab that seats 175 for presentations as well as rehearsals, and artistic, administrative and support facilities for Houston Ballet and its academy.  

Inspired by a proscenium stage, the granite façade frames daytime and illuminated nighttime views of dancers rehearsing within, so that the building becomes an animated billboard for dance.  The new structure is the largest professional dance company facility of its kind constructed in the United States. The Houston Chronicle has observed that the building "could be the most exciting new architecture Houston has seen in decades." (July 31, 2009)

Houston Ballet is America's fourth largest ballet company, an ensemble of 51 dancers with an annual budget of $19.2 million and an endowment of $57.6 million (as of May 2011). Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the nation's best ballet companies," Houston Ballet has toured over the last decade to New York, London, Montreal, Hong Kong, Spain, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and to cities large and small across the United States.