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 65 the 120,792-square-foot LaGrone advanced technology complex, located in the Denton independent school District, includes 16 academies that provide students with trade-specific technical skills. PBK architects of Dallas has uniquely designed each academy to reflect a specific professional working environment that facilitates increased learning through experience. although designing a sustainable facility was the main challenge PBK faced, they have successfully designed an environmentally responsible building that incorpo- rates green-building technologies such as an all-brick exterior skin, anodized aluminum curtainwall systems, ceramic tile floors, and low volatile organic compound paints. PBK’s architects focused their design around the use of long-lasting, low-maintenance materials, as well as the preservation of the natural features of the site. LaGrone advanced technology complex was recognized in the 2007 exhibit of school architecture for excellence in five out of five categories—design, educational appropriateness, innovation, process of planning, and value. Megan Braley laGrone advanced technology Complex 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 GrounD fLoor PLan 1 Main entry 2 lecture 3 hospitality/culinary arts 4 cosMetology 5 autoMative technology 6 Machine/welding 7 architectural construction 8 adMinistrative offices 9 Media technology 10 counseling/testing 11 criMinal justice 12 pre-engineering project Troy & Sarah LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex client Denton Independent School District architect PBK Architects design team Fred B. Montes, AIA; Richard Chi; Christian Herr, AIA; David Mogray contractor Charter Builders consultants RLK Engineering (civil); Isbell Engineering (struc- tural); Reed, Wells, Benson & Co. (MEP); Round Tree Landscaping (landscape); Ackerman Barnes Consulting (kitchen) photographer Jud Haggard resources masonry units : Acme; cast stone : United Cast Stone; architectural metal works : Armetco Systems; railings and handrails : York Metals; fascia and soffit panels : Bake/Triangler; metal doors and frames : Piper Weatherford; wood and plastic doors and frames : Piper Weatherford; terrazzo : American Terrazzo; building insulation and acoustical ceilings : Baker/Triangle