VOL. 110 | NO. 166 | Tuesday, August 27, 1996
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The harmony of function and form
TaylorGardner Architects profiled in regional publication for its largest FedEx project to date
By LAURIE JOHNSON
The Daily News
TaylorGardner Architects Inc., an award-winning Memphis planning and design firm, has been recognized in the July issue of Texas Construction magazine for its design of the FedEx Southwest Hub in Fort Worth, Texas.
The project, which will be one of FedExs first fully automated parcel distribution centers, was selected as one of the top three public/private Texas facilities for which construction was started in 1995.
"TaylorGardner Architects has had a long-standing professional relationship with Federal Express, dating back to 1982," said project architect Rick Gardner, one of the firms two principal architects. "The selection of our firm to design the Southwest Hub is a product of our experience with projects of this type, as well as our assembly of a project team with the necessary skills."
TaylorGardner, established in 1970 and located Downtown in the Cotton Exchange Building on Union Avenue, specializes in master planning, architecture and interior design of a broad range of commercial projects, including aircraft and distribution facilities, office buildings, schools, churches, banks, hotels and training centers.
Although TaylorGardner has completed numerous construction and renovation projects both locally and nationwide for FedEx during the past 15 years, the Southwest Hub is the firms largest design project to date for the shipping company.
The Southwest Hub, scheduled for completion in April 1997, will encompass almost 1 million square feet of space, and the project site is located on a 168-acre parcel of property in Fort Worth.
The design for the FedEx regional sorting hub includes a 510,000-square-foot primary sorting building, an 81,000-square-foot secondary sorting building, a 70,000-square-foot truck freight building and a 60,000-square-foot office building that will house operations personnel, flight administration, engineering, security and customer service.
Also included in construction plans are a 30,000-square-foot equipment/vehicle maintenance and storage building, a 15,000-square-foot backup generator building, an aircraft fuel and de-icing facility and a 20-acre aircraft parking apron.
"As a result of our work on the Southwest Hub, we have had the opportunity to further develop our expertise in the design of aircraft and distribution facilities," Gardner said.
Other projects TaylorGardner has completed for FedEx include an operations center in Baltimore, a flight training facility in Anchorage, Alaska, as well as distribution facilities in Washington and Minnesota, said Granville Taylor, who first established the firm in 1970.
The association between FedEx and TaylorGardner began with the architecture firms renovation of the shipping companys office space in Clarke Tower, Taylor said. Subsequently, the firm was called on to provide renovation and design services as FedEx operations were moved from Clarke Tower to locations closer to the companys hub facility near the airport.
In addition to FedEx, TaylorGardners client list includes a number of local corporations, organizations and government agencies, including Schering-Plough Corp., Smith & Nephew Richards, TowerMarc, the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, Henry Turley Co., the Tennessee Air National Guard, the U.S. Postal Service, Shelby County government, the state of Tennessee and the Naval Air Station, Memphis.
The firm has designed distribution facilities for Nissan, American National Can, Snap-On Tools, Kimberly Clark Corp., Jostens and the city of Memphis.
Other projects completed by the firm include the Crowne Plaza Convention Center Hotel complex, the Memphis Police Academy, the Jackson State Community College Technical Education/Conference Center in Jackson, Tenn., Collierville High School and the training center for Memphis Light, Gas & Water.
The firm has won a number of local, regional and professional association awards for its design, renovation, consultation and restoration projects, including the Music Building and McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College, Holy Apostles Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 81 Monroe Avenue, the Main Post Office in Collierville, the Memphis Police Academy and Harbor Town.