For many years the Ellen Harris Center has served as home base for Operation Shoestring’s after school program, summer program and community resources. With a 50-year anniversary approaching, Operation Shoestring was growing in programming and services, while its physical building was failing. Duvall Decker began servicing the building by providing maintenance to keep the building functional, while working with Operation Shoestring to plan a complete building renovation, a physical fulfillment of the organization’s amazing mission of service to its community.
The renovation transformed the 14,000 sf building from a dark, poorly utilized space into a well-lit, open and flexible education center. Through a collaborative design process, the design team and staff brought forward innovative teaching strategies to create a built environment that inspires student’s creativity and curiosity. Explorative forms and textures invite imagination to children’s experience of the space, and large framed openings capture moments to observe the world beyond from new perspectives. The impact extends beyond the building’s walls, to the new colorful playground, a fun opportunity to support healthy lifestyles for children and families in the community.
A new 6,000 SF building for the Army National guard simulation training and skill development facility. The Squad Advanced Marksmanship Trainer (SAM-T) is Training as a Service (TaaS) solution designed to enable army readiness and bridge the dismounted virtual collective training capability gap pending fielding of the Soldier/Squad Virtual Trainer (S/SVT) in FY21. The facility must accommodate multiple arrangements of staging of three-dimensional projection screens with props for simulated battle environments. The technology for simulation training is changing yearly and as such the building infrastructure must also look forward to accommodate many types of simulation and virtual training equipment needs.
This two-building complex consists of an office building to house all agency service staff and a data center comprised of critical digital systems. The buildings are sisters, related but very different, each protecting the other. The light and airy 74,000 square foot office building is home to the agency’s administrative headquarters with offices for service staff and a full training suite for other state agencies. The data center is a hardened facility that provides in-state backup capacity, 24-7 emergency operations and redundancy for critical data, telecommunications, and network systems. Utilizing FEMA and GSA guidelines for critical facilities, the building and site are designed to resist F4 level tornados, hurricanes with 200 mph winds, and terrorist attacks to ensure no interruption to vital state data processing and voice systems.
2014 AIA Mississippi Merit Award
2014 Design with Brick President’s Award
The project includes Main and Satellite Fire Crash and Rescue Stations to support emergency response for the Air National Guard 172nd Airlift Wing and the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Designed as a pair, the structure and details of the buildings are shared for efficient construction and to create a family of service buildings. An outer wing-like roof and wall enclosure is poised over the building to both protect and evoke potential movement – as firefighters are always poised to respond.
Designed to meet LEED Gold criteria, the two-story buildings stack second-floor living and administration spaces over the first-floor apparatus bays to reduce building footprints and roof/enclosure areas. The outer enclosure wraps the interior building and shelters windows, egress stairs, and building surfaces from sun and rain exposure. At critical midday hours, window areas are completely screened from solar heat gain. While maintaining required visibility to the flight lines, vertical sun shading louvers are specifically positioned to shade windows during the morning and evening hours.
Duvall Decker, through its development entity, Eldon Development, secured and developed an abandoned 1950s historic department store in downtown Shreveport for a new data center. Eldon researched and identified potential candidate locations, capable of accommodating a critical facility. Eldon then negotiated the purchase of the best location, sought and secured development incentives and historic tax credits on behalf of Venyu Solutions, a cloud data center provider. Duvall Decker, as the architect for the project, completed the historic restoration and design improvements for a new Tier III data center. The Venyu Data Center in Shreveport is the first Tier III in the state of Louisiana.
A three-bedroom single family home with open living/dining space and detached screen porch and pool. The L-shape house plan consists of a public wing designed like a courtyard sitting between the street and the private rear yard, and a more private bedroom wing along the south side of the property. An inner green rear yard is an extension of the living space connected by a full wall of curtainwall. The design comfortably accommodates daily living patterns and is durable and ecologically mature. Direct and indirect light color and characterize interior spaces throughout the day. The sun is directly harnessed to produce energy and heated water. The material pallet builds space for experiences through expanded contrasts; between rough to smooth, hard and soft, cool and warm.
2016 National AIA Housing Award
2013 AIA Gulf States Region Honor Award
2012 AIA Mississippi Honor Award
ARCHITECT Magazine, 2016
Huffington Post, 2016
Houses for All Regions, 2014
50 US Architects: Residential Planning, 2012
PORTICO Jackson, 2012
Founded in a place defined by both palpable need and engaging culture, Duvall Decker is a diverse and expanded architectural practice, employing planning, development, design, and building care to promote the quality of the built environment and the health and well-being of its inhabitants. Duvall Decker delivers design excellence and promotes social, economic and environmental quality, no matter the scope, type, budget, or scale of the project.