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 Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Library p r o j e c t Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Library, Corpus Christi c l i e n t City of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi ISD a r c h i t e c t WKMC Designed by WKMC Architects in Corpus Christi, the Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Library was built through a partner- d e s i g n t e a m Bill Wilson, FAIA; Margaret Brown; Aleisha Kolb, Assoc. Christi to engage both students and the general public. AIA; Alva Pulido, Assoc. AIA; Bob Otto The main concepts behind the design are conservation of c o n t r a c t o r The the natural environment and education about ecosystems DLP Group & Welch (civil); Jaster-Quintanilla Austin in the Gulf of Mexico. Those messages are conveyed (structural); Stridde, Callins & Associates (MEP); Gignac Landscape in artworks such as an interactive marine life mural Architecture (landscape) donated by the Harte Research Institute and etched p h o t o g r a p h e r Jud glass donated by the Wallace Family that depicts sea c o n s u l t a n t s Bass 12 ship between Corpus Christi ISD and the City of Corpus Architects Haggard Photography 12 7 10 6 8 5 life. The 12,000-sf library was built next to an existing Alamo Concrete Products; masonry middle school, using similar materials and brick colors. Acme; unit masonry wall assemblies : Headwaters Construction Inside, an abundance of natural light creates a warm Materials; glass block : Pittsburgh Corning; carved brick : Acme; brick and welcoming environment, with separate entrances artist : Molly Merkel; metal materials : Nucor-Vulcraft; structural steel : for students and the public. The stacks accommodate r e s o u r c e s concrete materials : units : Modern Machine Shop; cold formed metal : Dietrich Metal Framing; up to 70,000 volumes. The student section includes a architectural woodwork : Neva- computer room for the neighboring Kaffie Middle School. mar; water repellants : The Euclid Chemical Co.; building insulation : On the opposite side of the building is the children’s area Icynene (Enersave Systems); roof and deck insulation : Atlas Roofing; with tiered seating for story time and tables for arts and Imperial Mill & Fixtures; laminates : membrane roofing : Soprema; metal roofing : MBCI; joint sealants : BASF; crafts. The adult lounge/reading areas are tucked into fiberglass doors and frames : Chem-Pruf Door Co.; exterior entrances corners and away from student/children activities. A and glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; plastic glazing : Kalwall (Griesenbeck community room with an attached coffee bar was in- Architectural Products); automatic door openers : Horton Automatics; cluded, available to the public for holding meetings after tile : laminate hours. Built for approximately $2.9 million, the library Zolatone; opened on Jan. 11, 2009. The project was recognized Mannington; carpet: Shaw, Interface; letters for excellence in all six criteria of the 2009 Exhibit of Earthwerks; flooring : acoustical and metal ceilings : Alloc Commercial; vinyl composition tile : paint : ICI; Armstrong; special coatings : The Southwell Co.; interior and exterior signage : Corpus School Architecture co-sponsored by the Texas Associa- Christi Stamp Works; toilet accessories : American Specialties; fire tion of School Administrators and the Texas Association extinguisher cabinets : of School Boards. and plaques : Larsen’s; book drop : American Book Return (Crossroad Specialties); book security system : 3M; book stacks : Montel; shades : 1 / 2 S u s a n 9 4 3 11 1 2 11 First Floor Plan 1 Student Entrance 2 Public Entrance 3 Work Room 4 Circulation Desk 5 Children’s Library 6 Adult Study 7 Adult Stacks 8 Young Adult Stacks 9 Young Adult Study 10 Meeting Room 11 Office 12 Mechanical B u t l e r Draper (Service Shade Shop) 2 0 1 0 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 65