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June 04
Houston Food Bank - A Case Study 


This project highlights the activities of RdlR Architects and Milliken, which joined together to renovate the Houston Food Bank - the nation’s largest charitable food center that distributes food to more than 865,000 families within the Texas Gulf Coast area.

The new facility includes a volunteer center, several community rooms, as well as a café – to offer an enjoyable experience for staff and volunteers. Working within the warehouse’s existing structures, the design team used bright colors and super-graphical design elements to bring the building to life.

  • Variations of Milliken’s award-winning Sound and Fury collection, Gesture patterns are incorporated throughout most of the second floor. 
  • Featuring solid accents, the 50-centimeter tiles also contain different characteristics that became an important part of wayfinding for the interior. 
  • The carpet’s color and texture work integrally with the lighting to serve as focal points that highlight key spaces – waiting areas, entry points, conference rooms and print stations – for individuals.

“Our success is based on the fact that we all worked together as a team to bring this space back to a functional facility. We believed in the Houston Food Bank’s mission and – under tight deadlines and cost considerations – were able to make the impossible happen.”

- Lorie Westrick, AIA, LEED AP, principal at RdlR Architects

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