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Mark Twain Elementary

project client

Mark Twain Elementary School, Houston

Houston ISD

architect

Courtney Harper + Partners

contractor

Satterfield & Pontikes

are stacked in a two-story configuration with kindergarten, first grade, and second grade on the first floor and grades

pavilion and are accessible from all instructional areas.

Engineers (MEP); Kuo & Associates (civil); Kudela & Weinheimer

The pavilion is extensively used by the school for both

(landscape); Price Consulting (roofing); Frank Clements & Associ-

recreation and academic programs and by the neighbor-

ates (food service)

hood for community celebrations.

photographer

Hester + Hardaway r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement :

86,150-sf Mark Twain Elementary School continues to

materials :

support its long-established philosophy toward educa-

mit Brick & Tile;

tion: focus on each child’s experience while celebrating

units :

all aspects of learning. The layout of the building evolved

architectural woodwork :

during planning sessions with the school community and

dampproofing :

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Southern Star Concrete;

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concrete

cast stone :

Elgin-Butler;

Cast Stone Industries;

metal materials :

glazed masonry

United Structures of America;

South Texas Woodmill;

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Southern Star Concrete; masonry units : Pacific Clay, Sum10

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waterproofing and

Sonneborn, Hydrocide Damproofing; wall panels : Ber-

neighborhood. Twain’s enrichment programs are linked

ridge Manufacturing;

together in a prominent curved form that comprises the

panels :

front elevation of the building. This form is expressed

and plastic doors and frames : VT Industries; entrances and storefronts :

membrane roofing :

Firestone;

fascia and soffit

Berridge Manufacturing; metal doors and frames : CECO; wood

through both the exterior and the interior of the school to

Vistawall; metal windows : Vistawall; unit skylights : Major Industries;

highlight these programs. The Literary Development Center

glazed curtainwall :

is located at the heart of the school. Classroom wings are

Southern Tile & Terrazzo; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; decorative

accessed from a light-filled primary corridor with areas

finishes :

for informal instruction and break-out groups. Classrooms

Lighting, Delray, Allscape, Alko, Luminis

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andi beierman

Built as a replacement for the original school, the new

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multipurpose room open directly onto the covered play

Matrix Structural Engineers (structural); Henderson

consultants

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third through fifth on the second floor. The cafeteria and

Duroplex;

Vistawall; vct :

tile :

Daltile, Interceramic;

Tarkett Commerical;

terrazzo :

light fixtures :

Cooper

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

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning