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The Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center has been selected to receive the Texas Forestry Association’s (TFA) 2018 Excellence in Wood Design Award for outstanding use of wood in the new William H. Hodges Education Building.
The selection committee for TFA went so far as to create a category to better reflect the City’s building and its contributions to the community, according to Executive Director Robert E. Hughes, III. The committee also relayed how impressed they were with the beautiful use of wood and the vintage design of the facility.
“We are excited. A lot of work went into achieving a building that would address our needs and fit aesthetically with the current Visitor Center, gift shop, and grounds,” Director of Tourism and Cultural Services Kimm Thomas said. “It is a wonderful feeling to be acknowledged by the Texas Forestry Association. Congratulations to City Council, City staff, and PGAL Architect & Timberline Constructors, Inc. for a job well done!”
Thomas was notified by mail in mid-August of the honor and was also invited to attend the TFA annual meeting in October. City Manager Aron Kulhavy said he was pleased with the recognition the new facility is receiving.
“This was outstanding work by the project architect, PGAL, and contractor, Timberline Constructors, delivering on the Council’s vision in a first-class fashion,” Kulhavy said.
The award was first presented in 1967 and has become a symbol of outstanding achievement in project designs using wood and wood products in Texas.
The TFA has been a voice for forestry
for over 100 years, promoting the economic, social, and political climate that will
advance forestry in Texas, according to www.TexasForestry.org.
For more information about the William H. Hodges Education Building, or to book your next event at the Visitor Center, email Thomas at KThomas@HuntsvilleTX.gov or call 936-294-9726.