Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning
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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 Bridgeport Elementary School 4 project client Bridgeport Elementary, Bridgeport architect Claycomb Associates Architects construction manager on adjacent neighborhoods during and after construction. The residential setting provides a quiet campus where Bridgeport ISD Baker Construction Co. teachers can employ the outdoors as a learning environ- Basharkhah Engineers (MEP); Hart Gaugler and were used on the exterior to make the atmosphere fun and Associates (structural); DWA Engineers (civil); Ackerman Barnes inviting, and playful elevations mimic the housing shapes (kitchen) of the neighborhood. Insulated skylights and clerestory in consultants photographer Kevin Smith, AIA 5 ment. Glazed brick with bright colors and accent patterns 1 2 the commons areas enhance the educational experience 3 while providing healthy natural light. Bridgeport Elementary was designed with the idea of andi beierman 6 creating a facility where the school itself could become 11 a tool for learning. The 84,000-sf, $10.5 million school embraces the theme of “Texas Tradition” and emphasizes the history of Bridgeport, the surrounding community, and the flora and fauna of Texas. Colorful interactive 10 displays line the corridors and connecting spaces to provide learning opportunities for children as they walk r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement : Sandy Hill Redi Mix; athletic and recre- from their classrooms. A state of Texas tricycle map helps ational surfacing : Saf Deck; fences , gates , and hardware : Merchants Met- kids identify concepts taught in the commons areas while als; masonry units : Acme Brick; cast stone : Better Cast Stone; glazed working on the development of motor skills. Classrooms masonry units : are arranged in pods by grade level and are separated from insulation : Firestone; vapor retarders : DuPont™ Tyvek® (Weatheriza- Acme Brick; water repellants : Rainbloc; roof and deck public spaces. They are equipped with computer stations, tion Partners); membrane roofing : Firestone; fascia and soffit panels : teacher’s work rooms, and storage and resource rooms. Petersen Aluminum; specialty doors : Modernfold Door; entrances and This design is expandable without disrupting the function storefronts : of the school, and it accommodates multiple teaching wall; tile : Daltile; acoustical ceilings : USG; athletic surfacing ( indoor ): United States Aluminum; glass : PPG; curtainwall : Kal- methods. The classrooms were configured by the teachers Dynamic Floors; signage and graphics : ARK Ramos; protective covers : and tailored to each grade level. The architectural team American Walkway Covers; exterior sun control devices : Construction consulted the community in an effort to lessen the impact Specialties; interior graphic deisplays : Museum Arts 1 / 2 2 0 0 7 9 8 7 ground Floor plan 1 main entrance 2 administration 3 media center 4 2nd Grade wing 5 1st grade wing 6 pre-k & kindergarten wing 7 gymnasium 8 stage 9 dining 10 kitchen 11 outdoor play area t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 51