Texas Architect Jan/ Feb 2009: Campus Communities
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 9 69 PORTfOLIO: 2008 Tasa/Tasb awa Rds project Andy Dekaney High School, Houston client Spring Independent School District architect SHW Group design team Mark Lam, AIA; William Wadley, AIA; Stuart Campbell, AIA; Frank Kelly, FAIA; Jody Henry contractor Gilbane Construction Company consultants Brooks & Sparks (civil); DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP); Millunzi & Associates (food service); Dan Pope Associates (irrigation); Jones Borne Inc. (structural) photographer Richard Payne, FAIA resources mall furnishings : Landscape Forms; concrete materials : Headwaters; masonry units : Acme; stone : Alamo Stone; cast stone : Stone Castle Industries; glue - laminated timber : R.M. Rodgers; water - proofing : Grace Construction Products; roof and wall panels : MBCI, MCT Sheet Metal; metal roofing : Berridge; glass : Visteon Versalux; glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; gypsum board framing : Dietrich Metal Framing, USG; tile : DalTile, Casa Dolce Casa; acoustical ceilings : Armstrong; wallcoverings : Walltalkers; paint : PPG; grilles and screens : Ruskin; operable partitions : Kwik-Wall (Hudson Building Systems); markerboards : Best-Rite; theater equipment : Texas Scenic Company; instrument storage cabinets / sound conditioned rooms : Wenger Corp. andy Dekaney high school recently received the 2008 caudill award, the highest honor given in the tasa/tasB exhibit of school architecture. Based on findings that students perform better in small groups, “instruction should Drive construction” was the guiding philosophy for shW Group’s design of the 486,000-square-foot high school sited on 80.7 acres in houston’s spring independent school District. completed in 2007, the school supports a capacity of 2,500 students and is divided into four academic houses of approximately 600 students. the houses draw from the same palette of building materials but derive individual identities through the use of different colors on doors, trim, and wainscot. a main spine with two-tier clerestory windows brings in natural light and connects the houses to other areas. a 900-seat auditorium is centrally located in the school and can be subdivided into three spaces -- two 150-seat teaching theaters and one 600-seat audito- rium. the facility’s location on a wooded site creates a nature preserve-like atmosphere that is reinforced through the use of materials including timber-framed site signage, natural stone, handmade brick exterior, and native landscaping. interior materials include low- maintenance durable finishes, such as no-wax porcelain tile, galvanized handrails, and high-performance glaz- ing. in the main commons, a prominent granite merit wall to identify academic achievement and rustic metal signs with inspirational words convey the educational intent of the facility. the project was completed on time and on budget at approximately $114.81 per square foot. Noelle HeiNze andy dekaney High school First Floor Plan 1 admiNistratioN 2 classroom 3 diNiNg 4 fiNe arts 5 pHysical educatioN 6 support aNd commoNs 7 media ceNter 3 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7