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Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Library

p r o j e c t  Dr.

Clotilde P. Garcia Library, Corpus Christi

c l i e n t  City

of Corpus Christi and Corpus Christi ISD

a r c h i t e c t  WKMC

Designed by WKMC Architects in Corpus Christi, the Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Library was built through a partner-

d e s i g n t e a m  Bill Wilson, FAIA; Margaret Brown; Aleisha Kolb, Assoc.

Christi to engage both students and the general public.

AIA; Alva Pulido, Assoc. AIA; Bob Otto

The main concepts behind the design are conservation of

c o n t r a c t o r  The

the natural environment and education about ecosystems

DLP Group & Welch (civil); Jaster-Quintanilla Austin

in the Gulf of Mexico. Those messages are conveyed

(structural); Stridde, Callins & Associates (MEP); Gignac Landscape

in artworks such as an interactive marine life mural

Architecture (landscape)

donated by the Harte Research Institute and etched

p h o t o g r a p h e r  Jud

glass donated by the Wallace Family that depicts sea

c o n s u l t a n t s   Bass


ship between Corpus Christi ISD and the City of Corpus


Haggard Photography







life. The 12,000-sf library was built next to an existing Alamo Concrete Products; masonry

middle school, using similar materials and brick colors.

Acme; unit masonry wall assemblies : Headwaters Construction

Inside, an abundance of natural light creates a warm

Materials; glass block : Pittsburgh Corning; carved brick : Acme; brick

and welcoming environment, with separate entrances

artist : Molly Merkel; metal materials : Nucor-Vulcraft; structural steel :

for students and the public. The stacks accommodate

r e s o u r c e s concrete materials : units :

Modern Machine Shop; cold formed metal : Dietrich Metal Framing;

up to 70,000 volumes. The student section includes a

architectural woodwork :


computer room for the neighboring Kaffie Middle School.

mar; water repellants : The Euclid Chemical Co.; building insulation :

On the opposite side of the building is the children’s area

Icynene (Enersave Systems); roof and deck insulation : Atlas Roofing;

with tiered seating for story time and tables for arts and

Imperial Mill & Fixtures;

laminates :

membrane roofing : Soprema; metal roofing : MBCI; joint sealants : BASF;

crafts. The adult lounge/reading areas are tucked into

fiberglass doors and frames :

Chem-Pruf Door Co.; exterior entrances

corners and away from student/children activities. A

and glazed curtainwall : Vistawall; plastic glazing : Kalwall (Griesenbeck

community room with an attached coffee bar was in-

Architectural Products); automatic door openers : Horton Automatics;

cluded, available to the public for holding meetings after

tile :


hours. Built for approximately $2.9 million, the library


opened on Jan. 11, 2009. The project was recognized

Mannington; carpet: Shaw, Interface; letters

for excellence in all six criteria of the 2009 Exhibit of


flooring :

acoustical and metal ceilings :

Alloc Commercial;

vinyl composition tile :

paint :



special coatings :

The Southwell Co.; interior and exterior signage : Corpus

School Architecture co-sponsored by the Texas Associa-

Christi Stamp Works; toilet accessories : American Specialties; fire

tion of School Administrators and the Texas Association

extinguisher cabinets :

of School Boards.

and plaques :


book drop :

American Book Return

(Crossroad Specialties); book security system : 3M; book stacks : Montel; shades :

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First Floor Plan 1 Student Entrance 2 Public Entrance 3 Work Room 4 Circulation Desk 5 Children’s Library 6 Adult Study 7 Adult Stacks 8 Young Adult Stacks 9 Young Adult Study 10 Meeting Room 11 Office 12 Mechanical

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Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2010: Design for Education