Texas Architect 2011 Jan/Feb: Education
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
texas architect 1 / 2 2 011 69 First Floor Plan 1 ADMINISTRATIoN 2 CLASSRooMS 3 LIBRARy 4 PhySICAL EDuCATIoN 5 DINING 1 2 2 2 3 4 5 Designed by shW Group, the 102,835-sf evelyn turl- ington elementary school in hockley was completed in 2009. the architects worked with Waller isD to create a firm connection between the facility and its 20-acre rural site. two pre-existing features influenced the design—a century-old live oak and a pond situated along the western boundary. the school’s placement, form, and footprint were planned to preserve these natural features. the pond, coupled with a detention pond and an on-site well, allows rainwater to be captured and all potable water needs to be met. the building narrows at a centrally located library and aligns with the oak tree, creating a usable outdoor area and a connection between the building and outdoors. steel portal frames form a structure that coincides with a 25-foot classroom module. in addition, local and natural interior and exte- rior materials were chosen for long-term sustainability, innovative design potential, and cost effectiveness. the facility’s layout creates varied learning environments for the school’s 800 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and is organized into grade-level pods situ- ated around the library. evelyn turlington elementary school was recognized as the 2010 caudill Winner, the highest award given in the annual tasa/tasB exhibit of school architecture. NoELLE hEINzE project Evelyn Turlington Elementary School, Hockley client Waller ISD architect SHW Group design team Mark Lam, AIA; Sam Savage, AIA; Daniel Whalen, AIA; Dwayne Trahan, AIA; Luis Fernandez; Donovan Bryant contractor Gamma Construction consultants DBR Engineering Consultants (MEP); Brooks & Sparks (civil); Millunzi & Associates (food service) photographer Luis Ayala, Assoc. AIA resources concrete : Campbell Concrete & Materials; waterproofing : Sonneborn; metal doors : Ceco; wood doors : Graham; access doors : Overly Door Co.; graphics & signage : South Texas Graphic Specialties; tile : DalTile; acoustical ceilings : National Gypsum; athletic surfacing indoor : Armstrong; wood flooring : Action Floor Systems (Long Floor- ing); paint : Sherwin Williams, Pittsburgh; markerboards : Claridge Products; athletic equipment : Draper; fans : Big Ass Fans Evelyn turlington Elementary School