Galveston Bay Foundation

Civic & Community, Master Planning


Kemah, Texas


20,000 sf

Project Features
  • Master Plan
  • New HQ Facility
  • Administration
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting Rooms

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) exists to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries. With substantial growth and success, the need for expansion was apparent. GBF purchased 30 acres in Kemah with bay frontage, and selected Kirksey to design a new master plan to include the construction of a new headquarters facility.

The master plan’s priorities include the design of a “green” building to showcase GBF’s mission and programs, a more efficient space for support staff collaboration and communication, direct water access for on-the-water education activities and demonstrations, offices for 30+ employees, classrooms, a laboratory and large meeting rooms for GBF and the community.

With design currently underway, the project is expected to be complete in 2018.

Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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As our Community Team Leader, Janis brings 20 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey’s Community Team. Besides her proven ability to keep projects in budget and on schedule, she is enthusiastic about developing relationships with her clients and seeing their ideas and goals become realized. Janis was the 2014 President of AIA Houston, the 2010 Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and also served on the Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston.