Texas Architect Jan/ Feb 2009: Campus Communities
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texas architect 1 / 2 2 0 0 9 71 project Walnut Bend Elementary School, Houston client Houston Independent School District architect VLK Architects, Inc. design team Steve Aloway, AIA; Todd Lien, AIA; Kenneth Hutchens; Will Faber; Tracy Loftin; Molly Rall contractor Drymalla Construction Company consultants Henderson+Rogers (structural); Landtech Consul- tants (civil); Marshall Engineering Corp. (MEP); Jarreau & Associates (landscape); Amtech Building Sciences (roofing); Busby & Associ- ates (cost); Frank Clements Associates (food service) photographer G. Lyon Photography resources unit pavers : TXI; masonry units : Acme (Upchurch Kim- brough); glazed masonry units : Elgin Butler (Upchurch Kimbrough); waterproofing : BASF; water repellants : The Barry Group; vapor retard - ers : Stego Industries; membrane roofing : Grace Construction Products; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; glass : PPG; paint : PPG; operable partitions : Kwik-Wall (Hudson Building Systems); floor mats : Balco (Architectural Sales) Walnut Bend elementary school in the houston inde- pendent school District received the 2008 tasa/tasB exhibit of school architecture’s “special recognition for outstanding Primary school” commendation. From start to finish, green design played a key role in the upgrade to a high-performance building, which was selected as a case study for utilizing leeD on the district’s future projects. after an assessment of renovation and addition costs versus new construction, VlK architects proposed rebuilding the 1960s school for $9,457,755. a more efficient building envelope, lighting, and hVac systems were used in the design of a two-story 84,553-square- foot structure that is 15 percent more efficient than the baseline building. the school’s original bricks were salvaged and used in several areas, and 82 percent of construction waste was recycled. Building materials emphasize local and regional products, and low-emitting adhesives, sealants, carpet, and paint were selected for 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 the school, a majority of existing trees were preserved on the five-acre site, and native plants were selected 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 organiz- ing 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. Noelle HeiNze walnut bend Elementary school 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 1 1 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 8 6 10 7 4 4 4 4 9 9 9 9 9 9 2