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 57 project West Columbia Elementary, West Columbia client Columbia-Brazoria ISD architect SHW Group contractor Tellepsen Builders consultants DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks & Sparks (civil); Haynes Whaley Associates (structural); Millunzi and Associ- ates (food services) photographer Richard Payne, FAIA PORTFOLIO: 2006 TASA/TASB AWARDS 1/2 2007 completed in september 2005, West columbia elementary is the realization of a vision to create a dramatically dif- ferent learning environment for students. By combining the existing K-4 facility and the fifth and sixth grade facility, the architects created a 95,584-sf campus that promotes inter- est and creativity. classroom pods are uniquely designed to offer swing space for changing class needs. Wood, bright colors, and natural light stimulate students and encourage learning. Beyond the classroom settings, the entire facility is designed to serve as a learning tool. corridors become extensions of classrooms, with geometrical floor patterns, time-line graphics, maps, and display space. tile patterns in the hallways are configured to teach mathematical concepts, such as simple counting blocks in the lower grade level pods and more complex patterns in the upper grade level pods. areas of the building are left exposed to enable the students to see how the internal mechanisms of the building operate (fire main, hVac, mechanical, struc- tural). the key feature of this project is a working sundial in the main foyer, which keeps time accurately because the design team calculated the longitude and latitude of the site. Depending on the season, light and shadows are projected through the glass panels in the school’s tower that students can interpret to tell the time. a science lab and two fine-arts classrooms open onto an outdoor space that provides an indoor/outdoor feel to instructional areas. a cistern captures rainwater from the roof to provide a water source for science classes. andi beierman resources fences : Merchants Metals; precast architectural concrete : Shepler’s (Tilt Panel); cementitious decks : Tectum; cast stone : Star Medallion; unit masonry wall assemblies : Eagle-Cordell Concrete Prod- ucts; masonry veneer assemblies : Acme Brick and Elgin-Butler (blend); exterior insulation and finish systems : Dow Building Materials; roof and wall panels : Millennium Building Components; membrane roofing : Flex Thermo; specialty doors : The Cookson Company; entrances and storefronts : United States Aluminum; unit skylights : Major Industries- (translucent panel); glass : Oldcastle Glass; tile : Daltile; special ceiling surfaces : USG Interiors; athletic surfacing ( indoor ): Sport Court (Mondo USA, dist.); laminate flooring : Armstrong; acoustical wall treatments : Tectum; quarry tile : American Olean West Columbia Elementary 1 3 4 5 2 6 7 8 grounD Floor plan 1 pre-kindergarten 2 kindergarten 3 1st grade 4 2nd grade 5 3rd grade 6 4th grade 7 5th grade 8 6th grade 9 administration 10 library 11 fine arts 12 physical education 13 dining 9 10 11 12 13 11