ARCHITECTURE | Approach
Able City believes architecture directly affects the environment – the citizens, the city, the culture, the history, and the economy. That’s why Able City designs buildings that enrich the urban fabric, preserve historic character, are sensitive to the human scale, and create a sense of place, pride, and safety in our communities. We work to connect people
and resources to tackle the most pressing challenges. We do this by creating connected spaces, connected communities, and advocating for better quality of life.
Laser scanning: Our firm has the capability to provide in-house, local, laser scanning of the building, providing the owner with a detailed 3D record of all existing conditions in the form of ⅛’ tolerance point cloud with geo-referenced high resolution photography.
This resulting data can be used to better inform the entire team about historic elements and details, and structural components. It also serves as a detailed record of the building to be archived and referenced for future improvements or modifications, and for historic preservation and rehabilitation decision-making and design.
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Able City has been involved in over 40 restoration preservation projects, many in historic downtown Laredo and is very experienced with all aspects of the historic preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration review processes and approvals with the local Historic Landmark Board, with SHPO at the Texas Historic Commission, the Historic Tax Credit Program (State and Federal) and the NHPA Section 106 process.
Able City defines the term “health and wellness” to be the sustained physical, emotional and social health of a community. Through targeted programming, planning, architecture and engineering, all of Able City’s projects strive to have a positive effect on the community’s health and well-being. With our methodologies and outcomes, our goal is to improve quality of life for the entire community.
Able City supports the health and wellness of our community by implementing the following active design strategies for programming projects:
Active Transportation – alternative modes of mobility including walking and biking
Active Recreation – providing physical activity places and spaces for all ages, interests and abilities
Active Building Design – design strategies in building design that focus on physical activity in daily life and a safe building environment
Access to Nutritious Foods and food safety -improving access to healthy food systems and developing local food systems and food security
- Outstanding Architecture Design and Achievement –
LISD Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts
Children’s Advocacy Center, Laredo, TX
- Zebby Citation of Honor Award
Viviana Frank, FAIA
Excellence in Construction and Design Award
TAMIU Student Center Expansion Building, Laredo, TX
Imaginarium of South Texas (Frank Architects Inc.)
- Merit Award
Excellence in urban design, placemaking, and community building
- Excellence in Green Building Design Award
James & Maria Haynes Health & Wellness Center, Laredo, TX
THC Annual Award of Excellence in Historic Architecture
Dimmit County Courthouse, Carrizo Springs, TX
- Community Impact Award
Grove Place Apartment Complex, Austin, TX
- Best of 2003 Award
(FAI was the associate/ design architect to LAN, Inc.)
Entertainment Center, Laredo, TX
- Awards(s): Value, Design, Educational Appropriateness
United ISD Borchers Elementary School, Laredo, TX
- Excellence in Historical Preservation, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Award.
Hamilton Hotel, Laredo, TX
- Design Excellence in Contemporary Architecture
WBCA (Washington Birthday’s Celebration Association) Museum, Laredo, TX