Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2008: Design for Education
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 1 / 2 2 0 0 8 63 portfolio: 2007 taSa/taSb awardS carl Wunsche sr. high school is a career academy located in the spring independent school District of houston. shW Group oriented the 273,178-square-foot school around three academic towers that each focuses on a specialized area of study. courses are organized into the Professional tower, the technology tower, and the Medical tower. each tower is surrounded by a variety of resources, including core curriculum spaces, large group instruction, media centers, interactive planning areas, and administration and ancillary spaces. an elevated corridor referred to as the “Learning street,” connects the three towers and encourages students to interact with one another. sustainable building technologies also have been incorporated into the school’s design and include tinted, low-e, insulated glazing skylights and interior glass partitions. the large windows allow sunlight to illuminate the hallways. the use of natural, unfinished materials, such as galvanized metal stairs and railings, eliminates the need for paint and creates a durable, low-maintenance interior. carl Wunsche sr. high school was recognized in the 2007 exhibit of school architecture with the caudill award for excellence in five out of five categories—design, educational appropriateness, innovation, process of planning, and value. Megan Braley Carl wunsche Sr. High School 1 2 4 3 6 7 GrounD fLoor PLan 1 large group instruction 2 dining 3 teacher work area 4 Business tower 5 technical tower 6 Medical tower 7 auto shop 3 3 5 project Carl Wunsche Sr. High School client Spring Independent School District architect SHW Group design team Gary Blanton, AIA; Stuart Campbell, AIA; J. Matt Brown, AIA; Frank Kelly, FAIA; Bill Wadley, AIA contractor Dyad Constructors consultants DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks & Sparks (civil); Wong & Associates (landscape); PSS Partnership (structural); Millunzi And Associates (food services); Paradigm Consultants (geotechnical); Price Consulting (roofing) photographer Richard Payne, FAIA resources concrete materials : Southwest Concrete Products; masonry units : Southwest Concrete Products; stone : Alamo Stone Company; masonry veneer assemblies : Acme Brick Company; metal framing : Dietrich Metal Framing; roof and wall panels : Alcon (alucobond); fascia and soffit panels : Berridge; metal doors and frames : Ceco Door Prod- ucts; wood and plastic doors and frames : VT Industries; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; wood windows : Pella Windows; glass : Oldcastle Glass; glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; metal ceilings : Chicago Metallic; indoor athletic surfacing : Duroflex; operable partitions : Modernfold