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structure and aluminum sun controls. Leuters limestone walls anchor the entries, and mark the axes as they puncture the skin of the building. The concrete columns were cast in fiberglass forms, finished with a slurry mixture, leaving a homogenous matte finish. Occurring outside and inside, the columns provide an honest contrast to the brick facades and the ceramic tile that lines the corridors. The concrete has not been relegated to hide within the walls. It steps out to support the fixed bleachers in the gym. Concrete benches cantilever through the exterior wall, providing seats along the edge of the athletic facility plaza. The circulation path is clear, a welcome interlude between campus elements. The halls are characterized by light. Pouring in from adjacent courtyards, stairways, or from skylights cutting through floors, it further enlivens the bustling corridors. The band and choir rooms have an expressive form. Viewed from the north, the two cascading forms look like giant megaphones that might explode with tremendous volume. Inside, they are funnels that collect the soft northern light that illuminates the spaces. At its heart, the campus guards a central court. Defined by the offset east-west axes, it creates tension, an inviting void for the surrounding campus. The interaction of the courtyard, art lobby, and auditorium compose the most successful spaces on campus. Art classes flank the lobby and open up to the courtyard where locations for student sculpture have been reserved. A canopy extends into the courtyard as an invitation to enter. The lobby serves as a gallery of student art. It begins at the courtyard doors and terminates at the auditorium where the warmth of wood panels compose a dynamic form. A wood clad soffit protrudes from the wall held back from the adjacent concrete columns belying its support. It slopes toward the center, creased along its axis. Its lights hang below voids that seem to be created by their departure. The formality of the campus reflects a community with a strong sense of propriety and need to establish itself among its neighbors. It is a handsome facility with some striking components. One hopes it would evoke a moment of reflection before an oncoming wave of anonymous development that is rapidly approaching.

First floor Plan 1. Main Entry 2. Athletic Locker Rooms 3. Competition Gyms 4. Kitchen 5. Cafeteria 6. Fine Arts 7. Auditorium 8. Freshman Center Entry 9. Freshman Center 10. Freshman Gym 11. library 12. classrooms 13. Administration

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

Pavestone;

porous paving :

Southern Star Concrete; unit pavers :

E-Z Roll;

retaining walls :

Engineered

Retaining Wall Systems; concrete materials : Southern Star Concrete; precast architectural concrete :

Coreslab Structures;

Acme;

Palestine Concrete Tile;

concrete unit masonry :

brick masonry : limestone :

Mezger Enterprises; cast stone : United Cast Stone; unit masonry wall assemblies : Palestine Concrete Tile; membrane roofing : Johns Manville; metal roofing : Berridge Manufacturing Co.; entrances and storefronts :

Kawneer (Armetco Systems); glass : ACI; glazed curtainwall: Kawneer (Armetco); wood ceilings : Decoustics; operable partitions : Modernfold Door & Specialties; exterior sun control devices : Armetco Systems;

Bart Shaw, AIA, practices with Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford in Fort Worth where he designs a wide range of religious, commercial, and educational projects.

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acoustical ceilings : treatments :

U.S. Gypsum (Baker/Triangle);

acoustical wall

Golterman & Sabo (Baker/Triangle)

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2008: Design for Education  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

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