UrbanTech to Host News Conference, First Friday Art Trail on Friday

UrbanTech to Host News Conference, First Friday Art Trail on Friday

UrbanTech, a program within the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, has partnered with the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers to develop their northeast Lubbock facility.

WHAT: UrbanTech will introduce to the public a new playground and sports field expansion planned for the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers, located at 405 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

WHEN: 12:15 p.m. Friday (Feb. 5)

WHERE: First floor lobby, Texas Tech University Downtown Center, 1120 Main St.

EVENT: David A. Driskill, the Mark E. Humphreys, AIA, Chair for Urban Design at Texas Tech, will welcome attendees and explain the UrbanTech program.

Dela Esqueda, executive director of the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers, will talk about the nonprofit and its mission.

Lyle Scovell, a board member for the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers, will talk about the redevelopment project and the fundraising efforts involved.

Pizza will be provided.

UrbanTech also will host a public showing of the expansion plans during that evening’s First Friday Art Trail.

WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Friday (Feb. 5)

WHERE: First floor lobby, Texas Tech University Downtown Center, 1120 Main St.

EVENT: The exhibition will focus on 10 areas to be developed at the facility, each itemized with a budget that enables individuals to adopt the project for actualization:

  • Fencing and gateways
  • Glass garage doors from existing gymnasium to expanded outdoors areas
  • New and relocated heating, ventilation and air conditioning units for the existing gymnasium
  • Playground with three zones for different age groups and purposes
  • Developed free-play zone with loose parts
  • Football field and bleachers
  • Volleyball courts (2)
  • Basketball courts (2)
  • Picnic pavilion with concessions, toilets and storage
  • Landscape and paths

The Texas Tech Mariachi los Matadores will provide entertainment and refreshments will be served. Graduate work focused on downtown redevelopment also will be on display.

About UrbanTech
Urban Tech is a program within the Texas Tech College of Architecture. It is a place for students to think, draw, design, model and create; a product of ideas and information in public exhibition in the form of drawings and models and transportable information via digital media; and a process of civic engagement and exploration. UrbanTech clarifies the public benefits of architecture, promotes the creation of new knowledge and serves as a laboratory for ethical professional behavior where community needs supersede private agendas.

UrbanTech’s involvement with Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers is sponsored by FBT Architects and HB Construction. The project started in September 2015. UrbanTech has previously been involved in projects with the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, High Cotton Homeless Facilities and downtown redevelopment projects.

About the Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers
Guadalupe-Parkway Sommerville Centers, a United Way Community Partner, has been serving families in the Guadalupe and Parkway neighborhoods for more than 50 years. It was founded in 1962 by the Lubbock Area United Way to address the needs of the families living in the Guadalupe neighborhood. After the 1970 tornado destroyed and damaged much of downtown and East Lubbock, director Barbara Sommerville perceived the need for a similar center in the Parkway-Cherry Point neighborhood. Over the years, the centers have served thousands of children and their families, providing literacy training, language skills, family living training and academic support.

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CONTACT: David A. Driskill, Mark E. Humphreys, AIA, Chair for Urban Design, College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, (806) 543-7165 or david.driskill@ttu.edu


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