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.
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 childâ€™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. Twainâ€™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