Texas Veterans Land Board

GSC Architects February 8, 2016

Watkins-Logan    Tyler, Texas

As GSC Architects’ fourth project for the Texas State Veterans Home, the design places the 100 residents in a series of homes across the campus. This is a direct reflection of the small homes concept that a better quality of life is achieved through these means, rather than house all of the functions of the institution in one single building. The standards of the Veterans Administration are incorporated into this unique arrangement, with the end result being a prototype for future Veterans Homes. Each of the 10 homes function as an independent unit for 10 residents, with a “residential” kitchen, living room, media room, front porch and back porch. Walking paths connect each home to the other units, as well as the central Community Building. Housed in the common area are administration space, family consultation rooms, and a chapel.

GSC Architects drew on the expertise gained from previous Veterans Home projects, giving extra attention to the longevity and durability of the buildings and furnishings, as well as highlighting resident comfort and the generation of a strong sense of community. Interaction with the environment and other residents is spurred by the arrangement of the site. The design intentionally engages the surroundings, rather than standing out as an obvious institutional entity.


Alfredo Gonzalez     McAllen, Texas

The Alfredo Gonzalez Texas State Veterans Home was named after a young marine killed in Vietnam and was built to help more than 16,000 veterans aged 65 and older. The 12-acre tract of land was donated by the City of McAllen. The 74,197 SF project is a 160 bed Skilled Nursing Facility in a “Destination Resort Lodge” theme. It includes 60 beds in two Alzheimer wings. The veterans home includes Living and Activity Areas, a dining room, a commercial kitchen, physical and occupational therapy spaces and areas for the administrative staff.


Ussery-Roan     Amarillo, Texas

This 73,300 SF project is a 120 bed Skilled Nursing Facility with a “Destination Resort Lodge” theme. It includes 30 beds in one Alzheimer wing. The building has 66,648 SF of conditioned space with 6,662 SF of covered porches and porte-cochere. The building is site adapted to the local conditions of the land which was donated by the City of Amarillo to the Texas Veterans Land Board.

Client: Texas Veterans Land Board

Size: Various sf

Services Provided: Planning/Programming, Architectural Design, Interior Design, Construction Administration