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 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 schoolâ€™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 Sheplerâ€™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