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 49 project Gloria Cisneros Pre-Kindergarten, Garland client Garland ISD architect SHW Group contractor Hisaw & Associates consultants RLK Engineering (civil); Estes, McClure & Associates (MEP); Grubbs Ramsey (landscape); SHW Group (structure); H.G. Rice and Company (food service) photographer Mark Trew PORTFOLIO: 2006 TASA/TASB AWARDS 1/2 2007 Gloria cisneros Pre-Kindergarten received the caudill award, the highest honor given in the 2006 tasa/tasB exhibit of school architecture. Designed specifically with four-year-old students in mind, the 45,793-sf school provides an environment that encourages children to feel welcome. through the use of shape, color, and material, as well as pre-K appropriate doors, windows, and furnish- ings, the school is playful, not intimidating. the intimate schoolhouse facade is achieved through materials, color, and a sloping roof. canopy columns at the front emulate children with their arms stretched toward the sky. On the inside, numbers, letters, and colors are used for way-find- ing throughout the school. corridor ceilings follow the slope of the letter designated to each hallway: peaked for the “a,” coved for the “B,” and rounded for the “c.” Over- sized numbers, color-coded appropriately for the corridor, label each classroom door. in the library, imagination is set free with bright colors of glass and uplifting ceiling treat- ments. classrooms are paired to encourage team teaching and enable shared wet activities, while four computers per classroom introduce technology as a teaching tool. a large indoor playroom and adjacent covered patio take the place of a gym, supporting supervised motor-skill development. the playground is wrapped on three sides by the building for added security and easy supervision. the 5.65-acre site plan includes other safety features such as multiple loading and unloading areas and a fenced waiting area bordered by a protected walkway in the front. ample seating and safe access to the school’s dining and auditorium area accommodate community-centered programs. andi beierman resources unit masonry wall assemblies : Acme Brick; architectural woodwork and manufactured casework : Terrill Manufacturing; laminates : Wilsonart; plastic fabrications : Sanymetal; vapor retarders : DuPont™ Tyvek® (Weatherization Partners); shingles : GAF; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; glass : PPG Gloria Cisneros Pre-Kindergarten GrOunD FlOOr Plan 1 CLaSSrOOm 2 FLeXibLe TeaCHinG SPaCe 3 adminiSTraTiOn 4 LibrarY 5 PLaYrOOm 6 CaFeTeria 7 KiTCHen 8 PLaYGrOUnd 9 WaiTinG/PLaY area 6 1 3 5 9 81 2 7 4