Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
texas architect 47 project Mark Twain Elementary School, Houston client Houston ISD architect Courtney Harper + Partners contractor Satterfield & Pontikes consultants Matrix Structural Engineers (structural); Henderson Engineers (MEP); Kuo & Associates (civil); Kudela & Weinheimer (landscape); Price Consulting (roofing); Frank Clements & Associ- ates (food service) photographer Hester + Hardaway PORTFOLIO: 2006 TASA/TASB AWARDS 1/2 2007 Built as a replacement for the original school, the new 86,150-sf Mark twain elementary school continues to support its long-established philosophy toward educa- tion: focus on each child’s experience while celebrating all aspects of learning. the layout of the building evolved during planning sessions with the school community and neighborhood. twain’s enrichment programs are linked together in a prominent curved form that comprises the front elevation of the building. this form is expressed through both the exterior and the interior of the school to highlight these programs. the Literary Development center is located at the heart of the school. classroom wings are accessed from a light-filled primary corridor with areas for informal instruction and break-out groups. classrooms are stacked in a two-story configuration with kindergarten, first grade, and second grade on the first floor and grades third through fifth on the second floor. the cafeteria and multipurpose room open directly onto the covered play pavilion and are accessible from all instructional areas. the pavilion is extensively used by the school for both recreation and academic programs and by the neighbor- hood for community celebrations. andi beierman resources concrete pavement : Southern Star Concrete; concrete materials : Southern Star Concrete; masonry units : Pacific Clay, Sum- mit Brick & Tile; cast stone : Cast Stone Industries; glazed masonry units : Elgin-Butler; metal materials : United Structures of America; architectural woodwork : South Texas Woodmill; waterproofing and dampproofing : Sonneborn, Hydrocide Damproofing; wall panels : Ber- ridge Manufacturing; membrane roofing : Firestone; fascia and soffit panels : Berridge Manufacturing; metal doors and frames : CECO; wood and plastic doors and frames : VT Industries; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; metal windows : Vistawall; unit skylights : Major Industries; glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; tile : Daltile, Interceramic; terrazzo : Southern Tile & Terrazzo; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; decorative finishes : Duroplex; vct : Tarkett Commerical; light fixtures : Cooper Lighting, Delray, Allscape, Alko, Luminis Mark Twain Elementary 1 3 4 5 2 8 grounD FLoor pLan 1 adminiSTraTiOn 2 LearninG reSOUrCe CenTer 3 CaFeTeria/mULTiPUrPOSe rOOm 4 mUSiC 5 KinderGarTen 6 CLaSSrOOmS 7 enriCHmenT CLaSSrOOmS 8 arT STUdiO 9 SCienCe CLaSSrOOm 10 COvered PLay PaviLiOn 66 6 6 6 7 7 9 10