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.
texas architect 1 / 2 2 010 64 Portfolio: tasa/tasb awards the new 88,000-sf Jack c. Binion elementary school in richland hills near Fort Worth solved Birdville isD’s se- vere lack of space. Prior to the august 2008 completion of the $11 million project, 21 portable classrooms had been in use. hKs designed Binion elementary to initially accommodate 700 students but also to be flexible for fu- ture growth in enrollment. the firm’s principal-in-charge, Mark VanderVoort, aia, said the design also allows edu- cators to customize classrooms according to activities or curriculum, adding, “Open, studio-like areas serve every grade level. these spaces are intended for various group sizes and learning activities.” Built in an l-shape immediately adjacent to the original campus, the new school’s modern design pays homage to its mid-century predecessor. construction was phased so classes could continue as the replacement school was being built, then the old school was razed to allow a park-like playground to face the neighboring community. With emphasis on horizontal lines and cantilevering roof forms, along with the use of similar brick colors, the new building is a blend of old and new. the school’s design also looks to the futu- re with sustainable strategies such as transparency and 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. SuSan Butler project Jack C. Binion Elementary School, Richland Hills client Birdville ISD architect HKS design team Mark VanderVoort, AIA; Greg Frnka, AIA; Jessica Mabry; Dean Mobley contractor Key Construction consultants Structural Engenuity (structural) ; IEG (MEP); Schrickel Rollins & Associates (civil, landscape); JMK Food Service Consulting & Design (foodservice) photographer Blake Marvin resources concrete pavement : Consys Concrete; fences : Acme Fence; architectural woodwork and manufactured casework : Contractor Millwork Services; metal and wood doors , hardware : Dallas Door & Supply; tile : R&E Floor Designs; signage : Sign & Awning; protective covers : AVADEK; operable partitions : Modernfold Door & Specialties; food service equipment : Kirby Restaurant Supply; blinds , roller shades , stage curtains , cubicle curtains : Kite’s Draperies First FlOOr Plan 1 teaming area 2 liBrary 3 main entry 4 adminiStration 5 muSic 6 Stage 7 cafetorium 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 binion Elementary