BRW together with Port Neches city officials designed a building that reflects the vernacular of the planned river front community development as well as sets the tone for the entire city while meeting their operational needs. The Tower entrance is reminiscent of old Texas court houses and signifies the entrance to welcome all the citizens to see their city government at work. The cap stone masonry units, clay bricks and metal roof are all hardy materials that will keep the facility as maintenance free as possible.
In light of the recent hurricanes which have devastated the greater Texas coastal regions this new City Hall is designed to withstand 150 mph hurricane winds and remain operational throughout a storm as an EOC. The entire building was also raised 6’ above finish grades in order to endure storm surges. The building’s generator will kick on during a power outage while the council chambers and conference room are converted through technology hookups into an E.O.C. and situation/war room. The building is also wired to be a backup for the central dispatch should something happen to the current dispatch center.