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.
West Brazos Junior High p r o j e c t West Brazos Junior High School c l i e n t Columbia-Brazoria a r c h i t e c t SHW Independent School District units : Alamo Concrete Products; Southwest Concrete Products; masonry unit masonry wall assemblies : Southwest Concrete Products; membrane roofing : Flex FB45 Elvaloy Group d e s i g n t e a m Gary r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement : Blanton, AIA; Jennifer S. Henrikson, AIA; Frank Kelly, FAIA Roof System; acoustical ceilings : Celotex; 4 indoor athletic surfacing : 5 Mondo Sport Flooring c o n t r a c t o r Tellepsen c o n s u l t a n t s DBR Builders 3 Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks & 6 Sparks (civil); SHW Group (structural); Millunzi and Associates (food service) p h o t o g r a p h e r Richard 1 2 Payne, FAIA 7 West Brazos Junior High School, located in the Columbia- clerestory windows in the circulation spine and low-E Brazoria Independent School District of Brazoria, is the glazing, along with inexpensive shading devices that first LEED certified public school in Texas. SHW Group double as light shelves on classroom windows and al- designed the 91,500-square-foot building to fit into its low natural light to penetrate deep into core spaces. natural surroundings. Over 190 trees on the site were Signage has been incorporated into the school’s interior preserved, since only three acres of the 53-acre site to promote discussion of environmental awareness were disturbed during construction. Durable, low- among students. West Brazos Junior High School was maintenance materials including concrete masonry, recognized in the 2007 Exhibit of School Architecture stucco, and metal panels were chosen for the building’s for excellence in five out of five categories—design, exterior. Beiges, browns, and rusts were integrated into educational appropriateness, innovation, process of the color scheme to complement the soft colors of the planning, and value. exterior materials. Sustainability technologies include 68 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t M e g a n B r a l e y 8 8 8 ground level plan 1 main entrance 2 administration 3 fine arts 4 dining 5 gym 6 changing rooms 7 science labs 8 classrooms 9 library 9 1 / 2 2 0 0 8