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Karen Wagner High School

project client

Karen Wagner High School, San Antonio

colored limestone and brick, contributing to the school’s lo-

Judson ISD

cal character. The school’s interior spaces maintain a level

PBK

of separation between upper and lower-level classmates.

architect

contractor

Joeris General Contractors

Grade levels are grouped in different classroom areas, but

Reynolds-Schlattner-Chetter-Roll (structural);

students interact in common spaces such as the library,

Goetting & Associates (MEP); Robert Simpson & Associates (food

athletics, and the fine arts wing. The building’s entry is

service); BAi (acoustics); Gould Evans Associates (landscape)

oriented to align with the 1968 Hemis Fair’s Tower of the

consultants

photographer

Jud Haggard

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Americas in downtown San Antonio. andi beierman

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Completed in August 2005, Karen Wagner High School is located on a 100-acre hilltop overlooking San Antonio’s

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downtown skyline. The footprint features a formation of

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two Y’s placed end-to-end. This design compresses the 399,949-sf building while allowing the maximum amount

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of natural light to permeate the interior. Windows line the

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corridors, affording views to the outdoors and providing a sense of orientation and direction within the building.

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Two secondary corridors bisect the main mall in either

r e s o u r c e s concrete pavement :

direction, and tertiary corridors help in the daily movement

athletic and recreational surfacing :

and security of students. Security is easily maintained by

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placing administrators at the various intersections. All

roof panels :

stairwells either open to the corridors or have windows to

masonry units : Elgin-Butler Brick; limestone : Interceramic; cast stone :

Pavestone;

unit pavers :

Plexipave; fences , gates , and hard-

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Aztec Ornamental; precast autoclaved aerated concrete wall and Tectrum;

precast architectural concrete :

Interceramic;

Texas Quarries; metal materials : Aurora; metal decking : Consolidated

the school to reflect a collegiate atmosphere that would

Systems; roof and deck insulation : Tectum; membrane roofing : Soprema;

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encourage a sense of pride in students, faculty, adminis-

metal roofing :

trators, and the community of Judson ISD. The building’s

Iron Works;

interior reinforces this atmosphere through the use of

curtainwall : Vistawall, AFG; tile : Interceramic; athletic wood flooring :

subtle and elegant colors, materials, and finishes. The

Action Floor Systems; wall coverings : Kenmark; acoustical treatments :

site plan 1 visitor parking 2 main entry 3 administration 4 commons 5 food service 6 library 7 classrooms 8 band 9 music/fine arts

design also incorporates native materials such as lightly

Tectum; operable partitions : Hufcor

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Pavestone;

the exterior as an added measure of security. PBK designed

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Berridge Manufacturing; specialty doors : The Cornell

unit skylights :

Skywall Translucent;

structural glass

10 forum 11 mechanics 12 competition gym 13 auxiliary gym 14 future expansion 15 parking 16 staff parking 17 student parking

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2007: Spaces for Learning