Soccer Shots Houston LIve/Work Headquarters
16,600 SF New Construction
Houston, Texas
Butler-Cohen Design Build: General Contractor
Completed Fall 2020
Winner of an 2021 AIA Design Award (Renovation/Restoration Category)

Adaptive re-use of an existing 1940s brick masonry building and adjacent 1950s prefabricated metal building into an office, futsal court, and residence.

The Gribble Stamp & Stencil Co. Building was designed by architect, C.R. Berry and built in 1948.  Even in decaying condition, the brick masonry industrial building with a stunning Art Deco curved glass block wall and adjacent 1950’s prefabricated metal building covered in graffiti, caught the eye of the owner of the Houston franchise of Soccer Shots. The owner’s strong interest in sustainability coupled with the location’s opportunity to benefit underserved communities made it the perfect site. 

Soccer Shots is a soccer program with franchises across the United States that supports physical and personal development of children. The Soccer Shots Houston's goal was to provide a new headquarters to house their rapidly growing business and to create a family friendly venue that could be a focal point for the community. Wanting not only to impact the community, but to be immersed in it, the owners also decided to transform the second floor into their family home.

ground floor plan
second floor plan

The existing manufacturing facility downstairs was converted into an open office space, preserving the existing building's clear spans, generous floor to floor heights, concrete floors and interior non-load-bearing partitions.

The headquarter's ground floor office is designed as a flexible and resilient space where coaches and staff from throughout Houston can gather for work, training and comradery. A key element of the design is the lounge which serves as a community gathering space and promotes social interaction of parents, neighbors, children and coaches. The space overflows to the street, reinvigorating the pedestrian realm with new sidewalks, landscaping and a long ramp to the playing field which doubles as a platform for spectators.

The second floor was converted into a residence and roof deck for the owner's family.

The repurposing of the two buildings was completed in October, 2020. The primary structural systems were in satisfactory condition and were retained where possible. The 1948 building’s brick masonry exterior walls, concrete walls, steel trusses and columns were all reused. The existing poured gypsum roof deck, mostly degraded and dangerous, was replaced with corrugated metal decking (sizable trees were growing on the existing roof!) The original operable steel windows were restored, and rusted steel lintels replaced.

existing building

existing building

Restoring the adjacent 1950’s metal building, the steel mainframes, girts, purlins, and corrugated roof deck were all retained. The concrete slab was reused, repaired where required and covered with a sports surface. This structure was originally a private garage, and later used as a screen-printing shop. It was converted into a covered Futsal court which now also serves as a location for community leagues and children’s soccer classes.

existing metal building

Some more construction photos.....