Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2006: Schools
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t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 1 / 2 2 0 0 6 59 Previously serving grades 10-12, richardson high school admitted 720 freshmen earlier this year. PBK architects designed the campus renovations and additions to provide space for the increased student population. the project received tasa/tasB exhibit of school architecture awards in the value, design, educational appropriateness, and process of planning categories. Featuring a 116,000-sf expansion, the additions include a new freshman building, science building, gymnasium, and expansions to the fine arts, library, and administrative spaces. renovations and additions – including a culinary arts kitchen, a black-box theater, and enlarged music halls – allow for an approxi- mate 50-percent increase in admissions capacity to the school’s magnet program. transforming the $22.7 million campus into a community landmark, the structure’s entry was relocated to a more prominent position on the east side of the school. a significant limestone facade marks PORTFOLIO: 2005 Tasa/Tasb awaRds project Richardson High School, Richardson client Richardson Independent School District architect PBK Architects, Inc. contractor Cadence McShane consultants Raymond L. Goodson Jr., Inc. (civil, structural); Basharkhah Engineering (MEP); H.G. Rice (food service); PMK Con- sultants (audio/visual); Newman, Jackson, Bieberstein Landscape Architecture (landscape); Norm Ackerman (culinary arts) photographer Jud Haggard Photography the entryway and offsets the original limestone elements used on the auditorium at the west side of the building. a curtain wall system, windows, and clerestory sidelights filter natural light into the structure at the entry. the architects designed the interior with spacious walkways, improving circulation within the building. Brick color on the addition’s exterior matches that of the existing building, maintaining the character of the original 1952 structure. in response to indoor renovations and to improve traffic flow, the campus plan reconfigures practice fields and parking areas. Following a phased construction plan to minimize disruption to classroom activities, rhs was completed in august 2004. ashley st.clair resources concrete pavement : Cortez Group; unit pavers : Cortez Group; flexible pavement coating and microsurfacing : Cortez Group; porous paving : Cortez Group; fences , gates , and hardware : A & M Fenc- ing, Corporate Metals; translucent panel systems : Metal Systems, Inc.; roofing : Seyforth Roofing Co.; doors and frames : Piper-Weatherford; metal canopy systems : Avadek; rigging and curtains : Texas Scenic 4 12 10 115 2 2 1 98 3 6 Richardson High school Ground Floor Plan 1 public entrance 2 administration 3 auditorium 4 theater 5 fine arts 6 Gymnasium 7 field house 8 technoloGy/art 9 science 10 commons 11 culinary arts 12 cafeteria 13 library n 6 6 7 13