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Andy Dekaney High School p r o j e c t  Andy

Dekaney High School, Houston

c l i e n t  Spring

Independent School District

a r c h i t e c t  SHW

Andy Dekaney High School recently received the 2008 Caudill Award, the highest honor given in the TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture. Based on findings that


d e s i g n t e a m  Mark Lam, AIA; William Wadley, AIA; Stuart Campbell,

students perform better in small groups, “Instruction

AIA; Frank Kelly, FAIA; Jody Henry

Should Drive Construction” was the guiding philosophy

c o n t r a c t o r  Gilbane

for SHW Group’s design of the 486,000-square-foot

Construction Company

c o n s u l t a n t s  Brooks & Sparks (civil); DBR Engineering Consultants

high school sited on 80.7 acres in Houston’s Spring

(MEP); Millunzi & Associates (food service); Dan Pope Associates

Independent School District. Completed in 2007, the

(irrigation); Jones Borne Inc. (structural)

school supports a capacity of 2,500 students and is

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Richard

divided into four academic houses of approximately

Payne, FAIA

600 students. The houses draw from the same palette r e s o u r c e s mall furnishings :


masonry units :

Landscape Forms; concrete materials :


stone :

Alamo Stone;

cast stone :

of building materials but derive individual identities wainscot. A main spine with two-tier clerestory windows

proofing :

Grace Construction Products; roof and wall panels : MBCI,

brings in natural light and connects the houses to other

MCT Sheet Metal; metal roofing : Berridge; glass : Visteon Versalux;

areas. A 900-seat auditorium is centrally located in the

glazed curtainwall :

Dietrich Metal

school and can be subdivided into three spaces -- two

gypsum board framing :

acoustical ceilings :

150-seat teaching theaters and one 600-seat audito-

Armstrong; wallcoverings : Walltalkers; paint: PPG; grilles and screens :

rium. The facility’s location on a wooded site creates

Ruskin; operable partitions : Kwik-Wall (Hudson Building Systems);

a nature preserve-like atmosphere that is reinforced

markerboards :

through the use of materials including timber-framed

Framing, USG;

tile :

DalTile, Casa Dolce Casa;

Best-Rite; theater equipment: Texas Scenic Company;

instrument storage cabinets / sound conditioned rooms :

Wenger Corp.



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through the use of different colors on doors, trim, and

Stone Castle Industries; glue- laminated timber : R.M. Rodgers; water-




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First Floor Plan 1 administration 2 classroom 3 dining 4 fine arts 5 physical education 6 support and commons 7 Media Center

site signage, natural stone, handmade brick exterior, and native landscaping. Interior materials include lowmaintenance durable finishes, such as no-wax porcelain tile, galvanized handrails, and high-performance glazing. In the main commons, a prominent granite merit wall to identify academic achievement and rustic metal signs with inspirational words convey the educational intent of the facility. The project was completed on time and on budget at approximately $114.81 per square foot. N o e l l e

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Texas Architect Jan/ Feb 2009: Campus Communities