Dallas, TX

Southern Methodist University, George W. Bush Presidential Center


The George W. Bush Presidential Center houses the Presidential Library and Museum along with the George W. Bush Institute and Foundation.  The Presidential Library and Museum serve to preserve the records documenting the life and career of our 43rd president.  SGH consulted on the building enclosure design for the brick- and limestone-clad structure.

SGH assisted with the design and detailing of the building enclosure systems, including exterior wall cladding and waterproofing, roofing, below-grade waterproofing, curtain walls, windows, and doors. Highlights of our work include the following:

  • Reviewed proposed systems to address typical building enclosure performance criteria, as well as site-specific issues such as high wind-driven rain loads, expansive soils, and rooftop solar components (photovoltaics, water heating)
  • Evaluated hygrothermal performance criteria for this building and established requirements for heat flow, vapor diffusion, air leakage, and waterproofing
  • Worked closely with the mechanical engineer and LEED consultant to maximize the thermal performance of the enclosure and the resulting LEED points associated with reduced building energy use
  • Recommended alternative design approaches and met with the design and construction teams to review options for window and curtain wall integration, waterproofing, roofing, and related systems
  • Provided construction administration services, including site observations to review mockups, compare as-built construction with the design intent, and observe performance testing of windows and curtain wall systems

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New Construction
Building Enclosures | Performance & Code Consulting | Structures
Culture & Entertainment
Robert A.M. Stern Architects LLP
Specialized Capabilities
Building Science | Facades & Glazing | Roofing & Waterproofing | Energy & Sustainability

Key team members

Vince Cammalleri
Vince Cammalleri
Building Technology Region Head, East
Sean O'Brien
Sean O'Brien
Building Technology Division Head, New York