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 Karen Wagner High School project client Karen Wagner High School, San Antonio colored limestone and brick, contributing to the school’s lo- Judson ISD cal character. The school’s interior spaces maintain a level PBK of separation between upper and lower-level classmates. architect contractor Joeris General Contractors Grade levels are grouped in different classroom areas, but Reynolds-Schlattner-Chetter-Roll (structural); students interact in common spaces such as the library, Goetting & Associates (MEP); Robert Simpson & Associates (food athletics, and the fine arts wing. The building’s entry is service); BAi (acoustics); Gould Evans Associates (landscape) oriented to align with the 1968 Hemis Fair’s Tower of the consultants photographer Jud Haggard 17 13 14 12 7 Americas in downtown San Antonio. andi beierman 3 Completed in August 2005, Karen Wagner High School is located on a 100-acre hilltop overlooking San Antonio’s 15 4 2 downtown skyline. The footprint features a formation of 6 5 two Y’s placed end-to-end. This design compresses the 399,949-sf building while allowing the maximum amount 11 of natural light to permeate the interior. Windows line the 7 corridors, affording views to the outdoors and providing a sense of orientation and direction within the building. 10 Two secondary corridors bisect the main mall in either r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement : direction, and tertiary corridors help in the daily movement athletic and recreational surfacing : and security of students. Security is easily maintained by ware : placing administrators at the various intersections. All roof panels : stairwells either open to the corridors or have windows to masonry units : Elgin-Butler Brick; limestone : Interceramic; cast stone : Pavestone; unit pavers : Plexipave; fences , gates , and hard- 8 Aztec Ornamental; precast autoclaved aerated concrete wall and Tectrum; precast architectural concrete : Interceramic; Texas Quarries; metal materials : Aurora; metal decking : Consolidated the school to reflect a collegiate atmosphere that would Systems; roof and deck insulation : Tectum; membrane roofing : Soprema; 16 encourage a sense of pride in students, faculty, adminis- metal roofing : trators, and the community of Judson ISD. The building’s Iron Works; interior reinforces this atmosphere through the use of curtainwall : Vistawall, AFG; tile : Interceramic; athletic wood flooring : subtle and elegant colors, materials, and finishes. The Action Floor Systems; wall coverings : Kenmark; acoustical treatments : site plan 1 visitor parking 2 main entry 3 administration 4 commons 5 food service 6 library 7 classrooms 8 band 9 music/fine arts design also incorporates native materials such as lightly Tectum; operable partitions : Hufcor 2 0 0 7 14 9 Pavestone; the exterior as an added measure of security. PBK designed 1 / 2 1 Berridge Manufacturing; specialty doors : The Cornell unit skylights : Skywall Translucent; structural glass 10 forum 11 mechanics 12 competition gym 13 auxiliary gym 14 future expansion 15 parking 16 staff parking 17 student parking t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 55