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P O R T F O L I O : 2 0 0 6 T A S A / T A S B A W A R D S 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 : 7 6 Southern Star Concrete; 6 5 4 concrete cast stone : Elgin-Butler; Cast Stone Industries; metal materials : glazed masonry United Structures of America; South Texas Woodmill; 9 2 3 Southern Star Concrete; masonry units : Pacific Clay, Sum10 8 7 1 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 2 0 0 7 6 andi beierman Built as a replacement for the original school, the new 1 / 2 6 multipurpose room open directly onto the covered play Matrix Structural Engineers (structural); Henderson consultants 6 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 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 47

Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning

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