Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2010: Design for Education
This edition highlights architecture deigned for education throughout Texas. Texas Architect, the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects|AIA, publishes the best projects by Texas architects and thoughtful articles on design and the architecture industry, and maintains an award-winning standard of quality.
P o r t f o l i o : T a s a / T a s b A w a r d s Binion Elementary 1 1 2 7 5 4 p r o j e c t Jack Richland Hills near Fort Worth solved Birdville ISD’s se- c l i e n t Birdville vere lack of space. Prior to the August 2008 completion a r c h i t e c t HKS of the $11 million project, 21 portable classrooms had d e s i g n t e a m Mark been in use. HKS designed Binion Elementary to initially Mabry; Dean Mobley accommodate 700 students but also to be flexible for fu- c o n t r a c t o r Key ture growth in enrollment. The firm’s principal-in-charge, c o n s u l t a n t s Structural Mark VanderVoort, AIA, said the design also allows edu- Schrickel Rollins & Associates (civil, landscape); JMK Food Service C. Binion Elementary School, Richland Hills ISD VanderVoort, AIA; Greg Frnka, AIA; Jessica Construction Engenuity (structural) ; IEG (MEP); cators to customize classrooms according to activities Consulting & Design (foodservice) or curriculum, adding, “Open, studio-like areas serve p h o t o g r a p h e r Blake Marvin every grade level. These spaces are intended for various 1 3 The new 88,000-sf Jack C. Binion Elementary School in group sizes and learning activities.” Built in an L-shape r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement : immediately adjacent to the original campus, the new Fence; architectural woodwork and manufactured casework : Contractor Consys Concrete; fences : Acme school’s modern design pays homage to its mid-century Millwork Services; predecessor. Construction was phased so classes could Supply; tile : R&E Floor Designs; signage : Sign & Awning; protective continue as the replacement school was being built, then covers : AVADEK; operable partitions : Modernfold Door & Specialties; the old school was razed to allow a park-like playground food service equipment : Kirby Restaurant Supply; blinds , roller shades , to face the neighboring community. With emphasis on stage curtains , cubicle curtains : metal and wood doors , hardware : Dallas Door & Kite’s Draperies horizontal lines and cantilevering roof forms, along with the use of similar brick colors, the new building is a blend 6 of old and new. The school’s design also looks to the future with sustainable strategies such as transparency and First Floor Plan 1 Teaming Area 2 Library 3 Main Entry 4 Administration 5 Music 6 Stage 7 Cafetorium daylighting. The new Binion Elementary School received Special Recognition in the Outstanding Primary category in the 2009 Exhibit of School Architecture co-sponsored by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Boards. S u s a n 64 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t B u t l e r 1 / 2 2 0 1 0