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.
Walnut Bend Elementary School Walnut Bend Elementary School in the Houston Inde- p r o j e c t Walnut Bend Elementary School, Houston c l i e n t Houston Independent School District pendent School District received the 2008 TASA/TASB a r c h i t e c t VLK Architects, Inc. Exhibit of School Architecture’s “Special Recognition for d e s i g n t e a m Steve Aloway, AIA; Todd Lien, AIA; Kenneth Hutchens; Outstanding Primary School” commendation. From start Will Faber; Tracy Loftin; Molly Rall to finish, green design played a key role in the upgrade c o n t r a c t o r Drymalla to a high-performance building, which was selected as Construction Company (structural); Landtech Consul- a case study for utilizing LEED on the district’s future tants (civil); Marshall Engineering Corp. (MEP); Jarreau & Associates projects. After an assessment of renovation and addition (landscape); Amtech Building Sciences (roofing); Busby & Associ- costs versus new construction, VLK Architects proposed ates (cost); Frank Clements Associates (food service) rebuilding the 1960s school for $9,457,755. A more c o n s u l t a n t s Henderson+Rogers p h o t o g r a p h e r G. 1 TXI; masonry units : Acme (Upchurch Kim- baseline building. The school’s original bricks were waterproofing : BASF; water repellants : The Barry Group; vapor retard - salvaged and used in several areas, and 82 percent of ers : Stego Industries; membrane roofing : Grace Construction Products; construction waste was recycled. Building materials entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; glass : PPG; paint : PPG; operable emphasize local and regional products, and low-emitting partitions : adhesives, sealants, carpet, and paint were selected for (Architectural Sales) 2 9 6 9 4 foot structure that is 15 percent more efficient than the brough); glazed masonry units : Elgin Butler (Upchurch Kimbrough); Kwik-Wall (Hudson Building Systems); floor mats : Balco 6 8 were used in the design of a two-story 84,553-squarer e s o u r c e s unit pavers : 4 4 efficient building envelope, lighting, and HVAC systems Lyon Photography 1 9 1 2 9 4 3 10 interior materials and finishes. Other green strategies reduce the school’s CO2 emissions equal to planting 93 acres of fully mature trees. To provide shade for 7 9 4 4 9 the school, a majority of existing trees were preserved on the five-acre site, and native plants were selected 5 for other areas. A loop drive removes traffic from the street, and three playgrounds, a nature center, and a pond grace the grounds. A main corridor and organizing wall create a simple transition into the school and join interior zones. A cafeteria, multipurpose room, and library are separated from academic areas, allowing after-hour community use while the rest of the facility remains secure. N o e l l e 1 / 2 2 0 0 9 H e i n z e First Floor Plan 1 pre-k & k classrooms 2 classrooms 3 special population 4 administration 5 cafetorium 6 resource 7 fine arts 8 compuer media lab 9 mechanical & support 10 science t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 71