Sandra Bales Walker Elementary School

Houston, Texas

The program required a 920-student, preK-5 school. Instructional areas were to have an open-concept environment with closed areas for special services, technology, art, music, physical education and science.

The solution is a linear plan organized into pods connected by a loop corridor. Pods are grouped around the learning resource center and technology labs. Each ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY920COST PER SQ FT$82.17FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio of the pod includes science, teacher workroom/storage and textbook storage. Activity areas are grouped opposite the administrative suite and separated from the remainder of the building by an entrance promenade. This promenade not only provides a sound separation, but also allows administrative personnel to monitor public entrances.

The site includes separate bus, automobile and special service drives; visitor/faculty parking spaces; physical-education hardscape; walking trail; playfields; and landscaping.

Construction includes a concrete foundation/slab, CMU, metal stud and demountable wall panels at interior walls with brick veneer exterior. The HVAC system is a combination of dual-duct variable-volume and constant-volume single zones with pretreated outside air, and two water-cooled screw chillers controlled by a building-automation system.