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 55 project Karen Wagner High School, San Antonio client Judson ISD architect PBK contractor Joeris General Contractors consultants Reynolds-Schlattner-Chetter-Roll (structural); Goetting & Associates (MEP); Robert Simpson & Associates (food service); BAi (acoustics); Gould Evans Associates (landscape) photographer Jud Haggard PORTFOLIO: 2006 TASA/TASB AWARDS 1/2 2007 completed in august 2005, Karen Wagner high school is located on a 100-acre hilltop overlooking san antonio’s downtown skyline. the footprint features a formation of two Y’s placed end-to-end. this design compresses the 399,949-sf building while allowing the maximum amount of natural light to permeate the interior. Windows line the corridors, affording views to the outdoors and providing a sense of orientation and direction within the building. two secondary corridors bisect the main mall in either direction, and tertiary corridors help in the daily movement and security of students. security is easily maintained by placing administrators at the various intersections. all stairwells either open to the corridors or have windows to the exterior as an added measure of security. PBK designed the school to reflect a collegiate atmosphere that would encourage a sense of pride in students, faculty, adminis- trators, and the community of Judson isD. the building’s interior reinforces this atmosphere through the use of subtle and elegant colors, materials, and finishes. the design also incorporates native materials such as lightly colored limestone and brick, contributing to the school’s lo- cal character. the school’s interior spaces maintain a level of separation between upper and lower-level classmates. Grade levels are grouped in different classroom areas, but students interact in common spaces such as the library, athletics, and the fine arts wing. the building’s entry is oriented to align with the 1968 hemis Fair’s tower of the americas in downtown san antonio. andi beierman Karen Wagner High School 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 1 3 24 5 6 7 10 7 8 9 11 10 forum 11 mechanics 12 competition gym 13 auxiliary gym 14 future expansion 15 parking 16 staff parking 17 student parking 12 13 14 14 15 16 17 resources concrete pavement : Pavestone; unit pavers : Pavestone; athletic and recreational surfacing : Plexipave; fences , gates , and hard - ware : Aztec Ornamental; precast autoclaved aerated concrete wall and roof panels : Tectrum; precast architectural concrete : Interceramic; masonry units : Elgin-Butler Brick; limestone : Interceramic; cast stone : Texas Quarries; metal materials : Aurora; metal decking : Consolidated Systems; roof and deck insulation : Tectum; membrane roofing : Soprema; metal roofing : Berridge Manufacturing; specialty doors : The Cornell Iron Works; unit skylights : Skywall Translucent; structural glass curtainwall : Vistawall, AFG; tile : Interceramic; athletic wood flooring : Action Floor Systems; wall coverings : Kenmark; acoustical treatments : Tectum; operable partitions : Hufcor