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 2008 68 West Brazos Junior high school, located in the columbia- Brazoria independent school District of Brazoria, is the first LeeD certified public school in texas. shW Group designed the 91,500-square-foot building to fit into its natural surroundings. over 190 trees on the site were preserved, since only three acres of the 53-acre site were disturbed during construction. Durable, low- maintenance materials including concrete masonry, stucco, and metal panels were chosen for the building’s exterior. Beiges, browns, and rusts were integrated into the color scheme to complement the soft colors of the exterior materials. sustainability technologies include clerestory windows in the circulation spine and low-e glazing, along with inexpensive shading devices that double as light shelves on classroom windows and al- low natural light to penetrate deep into core spaces. signage has been incorporated into the school’s interior to promote discussion of environmental awareness among students. West Brazos Junior high school 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 west brazos Junior High 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8 8 9 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 project West Brazos Junior High School client Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District architect SHW Group design team Gary Blanton, AIA; Jennifer S. Henrikson, AIA; Frank Kelly, FAIA contractor Tellepsen Builders consultants DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks & Sparks (civil); SHW Group (structural); Millunzi and Associates (food service) photographer Richard Payne, FAIA resources concrete pavement : Alamo Concrete Products; masonry units : Southwest Concrete Products; unit masonry wall assemblies : Southwest Concrete Products; membrane roofing : Flex FB45 Elvaloy Roof System; acoustical ceilings : Celotex; indoor athletic surfacing : Mondo Sport Flooring