This is a new 10,000-square-foot community teaching center and 2,700-square-foot daycare facility for the city of San Antonio, serving Districts 8, 9 and 10.
This project had considerable challenges:
•The project site was too tight to accommodate all the building COST PER SQ FT$133.86FEATURED IN2009 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCommunity Center/Joint Use requirements.
•It housed two different occupancy types, creating life-safety issues.
•Tight construction budget.
•It is situated in an area prone to vandalism.
All allowable areas of the 0.89-acre site were used with no room to spare. The two different occupancy areas in the building are divided by a hallway with clerestory windows, creating a light well that identifies the separation of functions.
To control the budget, the design used materials commonly available in local distribution and manufacturers’ warehouses. The exterior and interior were designed carefully for easy construction methods to achieve cost savings while maintaining the unique form of the building.
Because the project area is prone to vandalism, the building had to be able to withstand abuse. The exterior was painted in two different colors and into smaller sections so graffiti can be painted over easily.