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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

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