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Portfolio: TASA/TASB Awards Garden Ridge Elementary School Project Garden Ridge Elementary School, Garden Ridge Client Comal ISD Architect SHW Group Design Team Walter Etsay, AIA; Thomas Oehler, AIA; Tavo Reyes; Cristy Bickel, AIA; Christian Owens, AIA; Alison Binford Contractor Baird Williams Construction Consultants Hendrix Consulting Engineers (MEP); Gil Engineering (civil/permitting); JMK Foodservice Consulting & Design (foodservice); COMBS Consulting Group (technology/security); Austech Roof Consultants (roofing)

SHW Group’s design of Garden Ridge Elementary School places the library at the center of campus, with a planted roof above and tubular skylights that draw daylight into the reading areas. Both elements are used as part of the school’s science curriculum, along with aboveground cisterns that collect rainwater and teach students about conservation of natural resources. Completed in June 2010 for $14 million, the 89,000-sf school is designed for an enrollment of 825 students. The architects preserved many of the mature trees on the sloping 18-acre site. In several parts of the building, the design allows for easy access to exterior environments. For instance, the cafeteria opens to the bus loop, providing a simplified drop-off and pick-up spot, while the gymnasium opens to an inner courtyard, increasing the area for physical education during temperate months. Also, walkways installed on the library’s living roof can be accessed from the adjacent second-floor science lab. The two-story classroom block stretches across the north end of the complex along an east-west orientation. On the south side, but connected to the classrooms by the central library, are separate one-story wings. One contains administrative offices and the other holds the cafeteria, kitchen, and gymnasium. Ample amounts of glass and passive solar-shading devices allow all spaces to receive natural daylight. Designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating, Garden Ridge Elementary received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 TASA/TASB Exhibit of School Architecture.

First Floor Plan 1 Classroom Wing 2 Flex Space 3 Cistern 4 Restroom 5 Library 6 Play Area 7 Gymnasium 8 Cafeteria 9 Kitchen 10 Administrative Wing





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6 concrete finishes/wall : K-Stone ; water stor-

age tanks: CorGal Water Storage Tanks (Spec-All Products) ;



fences: Viking Fence ; masonry units: Acme ; masonry wall


assemblies: Acme, Hohmann & Barnard, DOW; masonry


veneer assemblies: Acme ; metal materials/decking/ railings: Bludau Steel ; laminates/casework : Alpha Omega



Casework ; waterproofing: BASF, Tremco; building/exterior insulation : Owens Corning ; roof/deck insulation/ membrane roofing: Johns Manville ; roof/wall panels/ metal roof : Architectural Building Components; vegetated roof system : Texas Fifth Wall Roofing Systems; metal doors:


Pearland Industries; specialty doors: Cornell (Alamo Door Systems); glass: Bell Glass; tile: DalTile, Laticrete; acousti-

Stephen Sharpe, Hon. TSA

cal ceilings: Armstrong ; indoor athletic surfacing : Connor

Sport Flooring; paints: Sherwin Williams; signage: Design Center Signs; food service equipment: Edward Don & Company

1/2 2012

Texas Architect 73

Texas Architect Jan/Feb 2012: Education  

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