Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools
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P O R T F O L I O : 2 0 0 5 t a s a / t a s b a w a r d s Harrington Elementary School project client Harrington Elementary School, Plano Plano Independent School District architect school additions maintains consistency with the existing structure, and brightly colored glazed brick accentuates VLK Architects, Inc. the building entrances. Campus additions feature a HVAC Core Construction system, a central energy plant, two additional classroom contractor RLK Engineering (civil); MY-D Structural Engineers wings, and a new gymnasium. Existing clerestories were (structural); Reed, Wells, Benson & Company (MEP); H.G. Rice and integrated into the library design and re-glazed with high- Company (food services); Grubbs Ramsey (landscape) performance glass to maximize natural lighting while consultants photographer Steven Vaughan 1 4 3 3 reducing heat gain and preventing UV degradation of the library materials. To facilitate team-teaching strategies, To accommodate a projected increase in student enroll- the architects reconfigured the open concept floor plan ment, the complete renovation of the Harrington Elemen- into grade-level clusters, with each classroom containing tary School has extended the schoolâ€™s service life by an computer stations and grouped around a commons area additional 25 years. The existing facility was reused to with printer data drops. conserve materials and lower costs, while additions pro- 2 3 2 6 s t . c l a i r 2 3 2 8 kindergarten. The 84,368-sf structure received five Exhibit of School Architecture awards in the value, design, educa- r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement : tion appropriateness, process of planning, and innovation Brick; cast stone : Advanced Cast Stone; glazed masonry units : Pitts- categories. Prior to completion in October 2004, VLK burgh Corning; metal decking : Consolidated Systems; waterproofing Architects worked with the campus and district staff to and dampproofing : implement a phased construction plan allowing the campus panels : to remain fully operational during the 12-month construc- metal doors and frames : P-W Metal Products; wood and plastic doors and tion period. The project design reorients the main entry frames : Piper Weatherford; entrances and storefronts : U.S. Aluminum; to a less congested side street for safer student loading glass : and unloading, and the drop-offs are strategically located Kenmark; adjacent to a public park for community use during peak Sherwin-Williams; letters and plaques : A.R.K. Ramos; awnings : Avadek; traffic times on campus. The use of brick veneer on the manufactured casework : 2 0 0 6 5 7 a s h l e y vide space for an early childhood program and a full-time 1 / 2 3 2 Southern Star; masonry units : Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing; roof and wall MBCI Metal Roof & Wall Systems; membrane roofing : Tamko; U.S. Aluminum; acoustical ceilings : Fry Reglet; wall coverings : acoustical wall treatments : Wall Technology, Inc.; 9 Acme paints : Ground floor plan 1 public entrance 2 classrooms 3 commons area 4 special education 5 library 6 office 7 art 8 music 9 stage 10 cafeteria 11 gymnasium N 10 11 Case Systems t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 57