George W. Bush Presidential Center

November 27, 2012

The George W. Bush Presidential Center at the SMU campus in Dallas, Texas recently became the home of four Thermo-Kool walk-ins consisting of an 8’5” x 20’11-1/2” x 9’2” high cooler/ freezer combination; a 6’0” x 9’2” x 9’2” high freezer; a 6’2” x 6’3-1/2” x 9’2” high trash cooler and an 8’3” x 12’3-1/2” x 9’2” cooler. Each of the walk-ins were uniquely designed and manufactured to exact job site dimensions to fully utilize the available space. The actual dimensions and unique design were accomplished by Thermo-Kool’s ability to manufacture in 1” panel increments with every ceiling, wall and floor panel locking in place preventing the necessity of field cutting and pasting which allows installation time to be kept to a minimum. The special floor design consisted of a foamed-in-place floor along with 12” high extended foam screeds to accomplish the needed recess and special floor conditions. Other accessories included 14” x 14” peep windows, three hinges per door, aluminum treadbrite wainscot on the interior and the exposed walls of the exterior, fluorescent lights and to maximize energy efficiency vinyl swing doors and audio/visual alarms were provided.

Pictured are the four walk-ins preassembled at Thermo-Kool’s factory awaiting final quality control inspection prior to shipping.

“Rising to 67 feet at the top of Freedom Hall, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is a modern brick and limestone structure that complements the American Georgian character of the SMU campus, set within an environmentally-sustainable native Texas landscape. In this setting, the Bush Center will become an integral part of the educational experience and campus life of 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and the University faculty. The center’s location is along the eastern edge of Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of former first lady Laura Bush. Utilizing green building materials and energy-efficient technologies, the Bush Center has been designed to attain Platinum certification, the highest possible distinction under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.” (Source:

Thermo-Kool Customer Account Representative, Varina McCurley worked on the project with consultant associate, Siu Mey Fung with Cini-Little International, Inc., New York, New York; Ryan Williamson, Account Executive with Strategic Equipment and Supply, Irving, Texas; and Thermo-Kool Marketing Agent, Greg Rosini with Ettinger-Rosini & Associates, Dallas, Texas.