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.
LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex p r o j e c t Troy & Sarah LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex c l i e n t Denton Independent School District a r c h i t e c t PBK Architects d e s i g n t e a m Fred B. Montes, AIA; Richard Chi; Christian Herr, AIA; David Mogray architectural metal works : Builders Acme; cast stone : United Cast Stone; 12 11 Armetco Systems; railings and handrails : York Metals; fascia and soffit panels : Bake/Triangler; metal doors and frames : 8 Piper Weatherford; wood and plastic doors and frames : Piper Weatherford; c o n t r a c t o r Charter con sulta n t s r e s o u r c e s masonry units : terrazzo : acoustical ceilings : American Terrazzo; building insulation and 10 1 Baker/Triangle RLK Engineering (civil); Isbell Engineering (struc- tural); Reed, Wells, Benson & Co. (MEP); Round Tree Landscaping 9 (landscape); Ackerman Barnes Consulting (kitchen) p h o t o g r a p h e r Jud 2 Haggard 3 4 The 120,792-square-foot LaGrone Advanced Technology exterior skin, anodized aluminum curtainwall systems, Complex, located in the Denton Independent School ceramic tile floors, and low volatile organic compound District, includes 16 academies that provide students paints. PBK’s architects focused their design around with trade-specific technical skills. PBK Architects the use of long-lasting, low-maintenance materials, of Dallas has uniquely designed each academy to as well as the preservation of the natural features of reflect a specific professional working environment the site. LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex was that facilitates increased learning through experience. recognized in the 2007 Exhibit of School Architecture Although designing a sustainable facility was the main for excellence in five out of five categories—design, challenge PBK faced, they have successfully designed educational appropriateness, innovation, process of an environmentally responsible building that incorpo- planning, and value. rates green-building technologies such as an all-brick 1 / 2 2 0 0 8 M e g a n B r a l e y 5 6 7 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 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 65