Innovative Enclosure Design at the Menil Drawing Institute

Date: June 12, 2019 6:00pm
Location: HESS Club, Houston, TX
Speaker(s): Nick Floyd
sgh houston

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

5430 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited.



The new Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) is dedicated entirely to the art of drawing, with distinct areas for study, exhibition, and conservation surrounding an open-air courtyard. Wide roof overhangs shade the building from the Houston heat while still allowing natural light into certain spaces through full-height custom curtain walls. The building also includes critical storage and conservation space below grade, requiring innovative waterproofing solutions to mitigate leakage and flood risks. SGH consulted on the building enclosure at MDI with involvement from schematic design through construction. This presentation will discuss the project’s building enclosure and highlight innovative design features employed by the project team for the below-grade waterproofing, custom glazing features, and exterior wall systems.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the importance of collaboration between the architect and enclosure consultant early in the design phase.
  • Recognize potential design and construction challenges when using new, innovative, or custom systems and components.
  • Identify key waterproofing considerations when locating critical spaces below grade in Houston.
  • Understand new enclosure requirements resulting from recent updates to the Houston energy code.


nick floyd

Nick T. Floyd, P.E. | Senior Project Manager
Nick Floyd specializes in new design, investigation, and remedial design of building enclosures. His past and current projects include design and construction administration of several historic and large public structures, including the New York State Capitol Building, the Massachusetts State House, and the Beinecke Library Plaza at Yale University.  Since moving to Houston in 2015, Nick continues to seek out and perform enclosure investigation and repair design work, but also regularly consults on new construction projects in the Houston region.



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