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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 West Columbia Elementary project client West Columbia Elementary, West Columbia Columbia-Brazoria ISD architect SHW Group tural). The key feature of this project is a working sundial in the main foyer, which keeps time accurately because contractor Tellepsen Builders the site. Depending on the season, light and shadows are consultants DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks & Sparks projected through the glass panels in the school’s tower (civil); Haynes Whaley Associates (structural); Millunzi and Associ- that students can interpret to tell the time. A science lab ates (food services) and two fine-arts classrooms open onto an outdoor space photographer Richard Payne, FAIA 8 the design team calculated the longitude and latitude of 9 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 7 10 that provides an indoor/outdoor feel to instructional areas. 6 A cistern captures rainwater from the roof to provide a Completed in September 2005, West Columbia Elementary water source for science classes. is the realization of a vision to create a dramatically dif- 11 5 andi beierman 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- 4 est and creativity. Classroom pods are uniquely designed to 12 offer swing space for changing class needs. Wood, bright r e s o u r c e s fences : Merchants Metals; precast architectural concrete : colors, and natural light stimulate students and encourage Shepler’s (Tilt Panel); learning. Beyond the classroom settings, the entire facility Medallion; unit masonry wall assemblies : Eagle-Cordell Concrete Prod- cementitious decks : Tectum; cast stone : is designed to serve as a learning tool. Corridors become ucts; masonry veneer assemblies : Acme Brick and Elgin-Butler (blend); extensions of classrooms, with geometrical floor patterns, exterior insulation and finish systems : time-line graphics, maps, and display space. Tile patterns and wall panels : Dow Building Materials; roof Flex Thermo; specialty doors : The Cookson Company; entrances and concepts, such as simple counting blocks in the lower storefronts : United States Aluminum; unit skylights : Major Industries- grade level pods and more complex patterns in the upper (translucent panel); glass : Oldcastle Glass; tile : Daltile; special ceiling grade level pods. Areas of the building are left exposed to surfaces : USG Interiors; athletic surfacing ( indoor ): Sport Court (Mondo enable the students to see how the internal mechanisms of USA, dist.); laminate flooring : Armstrong; acoustical wall treatments : the building operate (fire main, HVAC, mechanical, struc- Tectum; quarry tile : American Olean 2 0 0 7 13 11 Millennium Building Components; membrane roofing : in the hallways are configured to teach mathematical 1 / 2 3 Star 2 1 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 57

Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning

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