Memorial Park Running Center & Trail Pavilion

Civic & Community, LEED and Sustainability, Recreation

LEED Registered New Construction

Houston, Texas


4,400 sf

Project Features
  • Outdoor deck
  • Locker room/showers
  • Lobby & retail area
  • Coffee shop
  • Office & support space
As part of a joint venture, the Memorial Park Conservancy and City of Houston selected Kirksey to design the new, 4,400-sf Memorial Park Running and Trail Pavilion. Kirksey collaborated with these organizations to design an inspirational facility that is highly functional, sustainable, and integrated into its environment so that it will change the running “center of gravity” to its location. The Pavilion sets the style for future buildings at Memorial Park and creates a welcoming, open space for park enthusiasts to enjoy. Kirksey worked with the client to generate fund-raising and educational ideas to integrate throughout the Pavilion.

Designed to meet very aggressive sustainability goals, this 4,000-sf facility provides locker rooms, shower facilities, a small coffee shop, and a generous meeting deck for runners and trail users. Nestled in the woods just south of the living bridge that crosses Memorial Drive, the facility is designed to generate more electricity than it uses, conserve substantial amounts of water, and will be constructed using felled trees from the Park.
Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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Janis brings 24 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey's Community Projects 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.

  • AGC Houston Chapter, APEX Award: Small Project, 2016