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Portfolio: TASA/TASB Awards Atascocita Springs Elementary School Project Atascocita Springs Elementary School, Humble Client Humble ISD Architect PBK Design Team Irene Nigaglioni, AIA; Richard Chi; Darrick Jahn; Mark Madorsky, PE; Trey Schneider, PE; Jason Hull, PE; Jesse Garcia Contractor/Construction Manager Tellepsen

Builders Consultants PBK (MEP/structural/civil); GreenScape Associates (landscape); Mullunzi & Associates (food) Photographer Jud Haggard Photography

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For the design of Atascocita Springs Elementary School in Humble, the architects of PBK integrated elements that support its science and math curricula while also reflecting the town’s rich tradition in energy production. Interactive kiosks allow students to log the school’s consumption of water, natural gas, and electricity—exercises that tie the building’s sustainable design features to grade-level appropriate curriculum. Additional learning opportunities are embedded in various surfaces, with images of ecosystems represented on ceilings, floors, and walls. Also, solar panels and a rainwater cistern located outside the building showcase renewable resources. The design spreads the program across 114,461 square feet, with most classrooms arranged in three two-story wings configured as double-loaded corridors. Oriented to face north and south, the narrow “fingers” allow natural light into all classrooms and create shaded interstitial courtyards used as outdoor learning spaces. Designed to accommodate 960 students from pre-K to fifth grade and completed in July 2010, the project meets standards set by the Collaborative For High Performance Schools (CHIPS) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Sustainable design features include low-flow plumbing fixtures, native and drought-resistant plants to conserve water, reflective site paving, and specialized roofs to minimize solar heat gain. Atascocita Springs Elementary received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture Awards.

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concrete materials: Southern Star; grass road

doors: Door Pro Systems; glass/curtainwall : Signature Glass

pavers: W.T. Byler; cellular roof deck : Marton Roofing Indus-

Co.; skylights: Kalwall (Griesenbeck Architectural Products);

tries; masonry units: Acme, Headwaters; stone: Stone Castle

tile : Texas State Tile & Terrazzo; indoor athletic surfacing :

Industries; masonry veneer assemblies: Acme; metal materi-

Sport Court; paints: Sherwin Williams; carpet : Tandus Flooring;

als: Myrex Industries; metal studs: Dietrich Metal Framing ;

resilient floorings: Mannington ; awnings: AVADEK ; toilet

expansion joint covers: CS Expansion Joint Systems (Griesen-

partitions: Ampco (Grisenbeck Architectural Products) ; food

beck Architectural Products); lumber: Building Concrete Solu-

service equipment : Stafford Smith ; manufactured casework :

tions; pre-fabricates structural wood/roof decking: R.M.

MGC; drapery/curtain hardware: National Stage Equipment;

Rodgers; metal roofing: Petersen Aluminum ; metal and wood

solar energy systems: E3 Electric

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