Comal Independent School District, Administration and Support Services Building

New Braunfels, Texas

  • FIRM



    Comal ISD

  • AREA

    115,000 sq.ft.





This facility consolidated 27 separate buildings into one central administrative and support-services building housing eight departments. Because they are in one central location, employees are able to work more efficiently, which is more valuable to the students they serve.

There was much discussion among the departments to design a facility that catered to the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$60.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAdministrative Areas/Offices of the district. One important need was a boardroom. Previously, board meetings were held at different campuses throughout the district, which caused confusion among parents and employees.

Each department had a different vision of what it wanted in the building, but after multiple meetings, a design was finalized that included input from each employee.

The entire existing facility consisted of three single-story industrial warehouse buildings, two of which were metal buildings. The third building’s exterior walls were constructed using cold-formed metal framing and EIFS with a built-up roof system. Then, new interior partitions walls were constructed of light-gauge steel studs and drywall. Load-bearing steel studs also were used to support office, storage and mechanical mezzanines. Rooftop units on the roof and on interior mezzanines service the buildings.