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Portfolio: Libraries Parman Branch Library at Stone Oak Project The Parman Library at Stone Oak, San Antonio Client San Antonio Public Library Architect Marmon Mok Architecture Design team Stephen Souter, FAIA; Briant Harkiewicz, AIA; Larry Schmidt, AIA; Dror Baldinger, AIA; Edgar Farrera, AIA; Denise Beneke, AIA Contractor Swinerton Builders Consultants Vickrey & Associates (civil); CFZ Group (landscape); JQ (structural); CNG Engineering (MEP); Cleary Zimmermann Engineers (commissioning); Raba Kistner (geotechnical) Photographers Ryann Ford; Dror Baldinger, AIA 7 REF. The 17,000-sf Parman Branch Library at Stone Oak, designed by Marmon Mok, is located in a rapidly growing and previously underserved section of San Antonio. Nestled within a natural clearing centered on a grove of existing live oaks, the crescent-shaped building includes a community meeting room, quiet study/meeting spaces, public-access computers, and sections for children and teenagers. The ten-acre site features a walking trail, outdoor amphitheatre, and a Rotary-funded playground. 6 1 12 was given to providing views out to the rolling Hill Country prairie populated by native grasses, prickly pears, and elms, as well as to neighboring limestone escarpments and a dry creek bed. Taking cues from local historic structures, the architects incorporated ample overhangs, screens, rambling pathways, and stone walls into the library design. Natural light has also sculpted the shape of the building, which features expanses of high-performance glazing interspersed with translucent insulated panels. Solar shading is provided by a dramatic perforated screen that tapers dynamically along the entire eastern and southern facades. The facility utilizes a variety of high-performance building features, and has been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was completed in 2011 for $7.4 million. 7 8 11 9 Careful consideration 10 4 2 4 5 4 First Floor 1 Entry 2 Lobby 3 Quiet Room 4 Stacks 5 Reading Area 6 Community Room 7 Storage 8 Work Room 9 Office 10 Circulation Desk 11 Break Room 12 Mechanical Resources concrete materials: Alamo Concrete Products; masonry units: Hohmann & Barnard; limestone: Pyramid Stone; metal materials: Unico Steel; metal decking: Epic Metals; architectural woodwork : Baring Enterprises; laminates: Wilsonart; shade screens: Delta Composites; waterproofing: York Manufacturing; membrane roofing: Versico Roofing Systems; metal roofing: Drexel Metals; metal doors: RACO; entrances: Nabco Entrances; high performance translucent building systems: Kalwall (Ed Flume Building Specialties); tile: Amtico International; acoustical ceilings: Armstrong; paints: Comex; signage: J&B Graphics; operable partitions: Modernfold (Ed Flume Building Specialties); floor mats: Arden Architectural Specialties; software : DC CADD 88 Texas Architect 9/10 2012

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2012: Design Awards

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