City of Houston Central Permitting Center Renovation Wins Good Brick Award

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The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance has awarded the 2012 Good Brick Award for Studio RED’s recycling and repositioning of a 1920’s rice warehouse as the City’s new Green Resource and Central Permitting Center. (Learn more about the renovation here)

“There is something special about receiving a good brick award because it recognizes projects that contribute to the fabric of Houston as an urban place,” says Bill Neuhaus of Studio RED Architects. “To receive one this year is special as there were outstanding candidates like the Julia Ideson Library and the Harris County Court house. The mayor was recognized for her contribution to preservation: and the Permit Building is a great example of that commitment.”

The Good Brick Awards have been given since 1979 to recognize local contributions to the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Houston’s architectural and cultural heritage. Nomination categories include the renovation, restoration, or adaptive use of a building; new buildings or sympathetic additions that enhance the existing historic fabric of Houston; recognition for the craftspeople who continually maintain, build, and restore our important buildings and cultural fabric; preservation-related programs or activities; project planning; publications; and outstanding service or leadership in preservation.

This is not the first Good Brick Award Studio RED has received for its sustainable architecture. Last year Studio RED Architects’ Brennan’s of Houston– restored after hurricane damage and a fire- received the award.

In addition, Bill Neuhaus served as architect for three other projects that received Good Brick Awards:

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