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Best Project Team

front facing facade of the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences showing glass curtainwall

Photo credit: Casey Dunn Photography

Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences | Lubbock, Texas

Nominating company: YKK AP America

  • Jumbo glass
  • Window wall, curtain wall, thermal entrances, sloped glazing
  • LEED Silver target

Winning Team

  • Metal systems manufacturer: YKK AP America Inc.
  • Glazing contractor: Texas Industrial Glass
  • Glass fabricator: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope
  • Additional façade manufacturer: Fiblast Alabama
  • Façade consultant: Curtainwall Design Consulting
  • Architects: Parkhill Smith & Cooper Inc., MWM Architects, Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • General contractor: Lee Lewis Construction Inc.
  • Owner: Lubbock Entertainment Performing Arts Association

The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences is Lubbock, Texas’s newest landmark. The 220,000-square-foot campus includes a main theater, studio theater and pre-professional ballet academy. The ambitious project required careful coordination and cooperation for the YKK AP America project team, which manufactured and supplied the metal systems. “This project showed firsthand the crucial nature of a collaborative, valued relationship―and the success that comes from it,” says Steve Schohan, marketing and communications manager, YKK AP America.

spiral multi-story staircaseThe project’s scope was extensive, says Schohan, with a combination of oversized glass, sloped glazing, curtain wall, window wall, multiple sets of all-glass entrance doors, acrylic panels, and custom box office framing and glazing. During the project’s preliminary stages, YKK AP was intricately involved in the process, he says. This played a big role in enabling the entire team―from manufacturer to glazing contractor and architect―to stay ahead of the curve in terms of product selection and lead times, says Schohan.

The team faced a range of challenges, including the fact that the project was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the partners were able to stay on the tight schedule, Schohan says.

“The Buddy Holly Hall and projects similar to these always present challenges in balancing the demanding artistic requirements, building performance and technological requirements. ... And yet, despite these challenges, having the project team complete the project within the timeline was indeed no small feat!” —Glass Magazine Awards judge, William Green market team member, Technoform

“I’m impressed with the planning necessary for material scheduling and handling to meet the timelines of this unique design both inside and out.” —Glass Magazine Awards judge, Mary Avery, vice president of marketing, Tubelite

“Elegant design and execution.” —Glass Magazine Awards judge David Dumas, AIA, Associate Principal, Beck Group


Norah Dick

Norah Dick

Norah Dick is the associate editor for Glass Magazine. She can be reached at