Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools
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texas architect 2 8 10 7 3 6 1 9 5 3 4 2 22 2 3 3 3 11 1/2 2006 57 to accommodate a projected increase in student enroll- ment, the complete renovation of the harrington elemen- tary school has extended the school’s service life by an additional 25 years. the existing facility was reused to conserve materials and lower costs, while additions pro- vide space for an early childhood program and a full-time kindergarten. the 84,368-sf structure received five exhibit of school architecture awards in the value, design, educa- tion appropriateness, process of planning, and innovation categories. Prior to completion in October 2004, VLK architects worked with the campus and district staff to implement a phased construction plan allowing the campus to remain fully operational during the 12-month construc- tion period. the project design reorients the main entry to a less congested side street for safer student loading and unloading, and the drop-offs are strategically located adjacent to a public park for community use during peak traffic times on campus. the use of brick veneer on the PORTFOLIO: 2005 Tasa/Tasb awaRds project Harrington Elementary School, Plano client Plano Independent School District architect VLK Architects, Inc. contractor Core Construction consultants RLK Engineering (civil); MY-D Structural Engineers (structural); Reed, Wells, Benson & Company (MEP); H.G. Rice and Company (food services); Grubbs Ramsey (landscape) photographer Steven Vaughan school additions maintains consistency with the existing structure, and brightly colored glazed brick accentuates the building entrances. campus additions feature a hVac system, a central energy plant, two additional classroom wings, and a new gymnasium. existing clerestories were integrated into the library design and re-glazed with high- performance glass to maximize natural lighting while reducing heat gain and preventing UV degradation of the library materials. to facilitate team-teaching strategies, the architects reconfigured the open concept floor plan into grade-level clusters, with each classroom containing computer stations and grouped around a commons area with printer data drops. ashley st.clair resources concrete pavement : Southern Star; masonry units : Acme Brick; cast stone : Advanced Cast Stone; glazed masonry units : Pitts- burgh Corning; metal decking : Consolidated Systems; waterproofing and dampproofing : Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing; roof and wall panels : MBCI Metal Roof & Wall Systems; membrane roofing : Tamko; metal doors and frames : P-W Metal Products; wood and plastic doors and frames : Piper Weatherford; entrances and storefronts : U.S. Aluminum; glass : U.S. Aluminum; acoustical ceilings : Fry Reglet; wall coverings : Kenmark; acoustical wall treatments : Wall Technology, Inc.; paints : Sherwin-Williams; letters and plaques : A.R.K. Ramos; awnings : Avadek; manufactured casework : Case Systems 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 Harrington Elementary school