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Health & Science Building project client

Kingwood College Health & Science Building, Kingwood

North Harris-Montgomery Community College District

architect

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum

design team

Jay Tatum; Roger Soto; Jim Smith; Gregory Lake; Minsik

Park; Warren Johnson contractor

Gilbane Building Company

consultants

ARCADIS G&M (civil); Walter P. Moore & Associ-

ates (structural); Carter & Burgess (MEP); Trillant Technology (technology) photographer

resources

Aker/Zvonkovic Photography architectural woodwork :

Global Casework;

water -

proofing and dampproofing : Volclay; roof and deck insulation : Johns-Man-

ville; membrane roofing : Siplast; metal roofing : Berridge Manufacturing Co.;

metal doors and frames :

Ceco Door Products;

wood and plastic

doors : VT Industries; specialty doors : Cookson Rolling Doors, Cornell; access doors and panels : glass :

Acudor; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall;

Viracon, Old Castle Glass;

acoustical ceiling :

Chicago-Grid,

Armstrong; paints : Sherwin-Williams; protective covers : AVADEK

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a r c h i t e c t

The program is for a new Health and Science Building. The facility houses the chemistry, geology, biology, and physics/astronomy departments within the Natural Sciences Program, and the nursing, respiratory, occupational therapy, and dental hygiene departments within the Health Program. The $14 million, 77,000-sq.ft. building contains classrooms, science and computer labs, lecture halls, faculty offices, and a centralized storage area. It serves as a “bridge” between the oldest quadrangle on campus and new Student Services Building. The new building is located 10 to 100 feet from existing structures with covered connectors linking all entries. Each of the three pedestrian entries is oriented to student pathways and a large adjacent commons area. The main entry is covered with a large canopy roof that creates a shaded porch for students during the day, and the two-and-ahalf story atrium space serves as a campus beacon during the evening. The structure’s exterior facade is predominantly banded brick with intermittent windows. The atrium space opens to the entry porch and commons beyond through a clear glass curtain wall. Columns and the atrium ceiling are metal panels. Interior atrium finishes include curvilinear grooved panels, quartzite and slate flooring, and glass handrails.

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