Innovative Enclosure Design at the Menil Drawing Institute

Date: June 12, 2019 6:00pm
Location: Flatland Gallery at Cafe Brasil, Houston, TX
Speaker(s): Nick Floyd Amy Hackney Nicholas Hofstede
sgh houston

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Flatland Gallery at Cafe Brasil 
1709 Westheimer Road 
Houston, TX 77098

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, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
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.

amy hackney

Amy Hackney, P.E., LEED AP | Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Amy Hackney is head of SGH’s Building Technology division in Southern California, with extensive building enclosure engineering experience. Her primary emphasis is on new design building enclosure consultation. Her work addresses issues related to the integrity of glazing assemblies, opaque exterior walls, roofs, plaza decks, balconies, and below-grade systems. She has experience working with architects, contractors, and developers on a wide range of structures, including high-rise residential buildings, hotels, health care facilities, museums, stadiums, and commercial and mixed-use projects. Her experience also includes investigating existing building enclosures and waterproofing systems and repair and rehabilitation design of those components. Amy is the President of and on the Board of Governors for the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Nicholas Hofstede

Nicholas Hofstede | Managing Director, Johnston Marklee
Nicholas Hofstede is the Managing Director of Johnston Marklee, an internationally recognized architecture firm based in Los Angeles, CA, and Cambridge, MA, that has forged a leading role in the cultural discourse around contemporary art and architecture. Since 2007, he has overseen the development and management of the significant cultural and institutional projects for the firm. As Managing Director, he is involved in directing all project commitments of the office. Nicholas led the southern expansion of the Menil Collection campus, including the Menil Drawing Institute and Energy House in Houston, Texas, from its initial competition phase in 2012 to its completion in 2018. He received his B.A. in architecture from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Architecture from Rice University.



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