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  Page 72 July August 2001 IssueStony Point High School
BLGY, Inc. 
2204 Forbes Drive, #101, Austin, TX 78754

Round Rock, Texas
Total Square Feet: 288,293
Construction Period: Nov 1997 to July 1999

Construction Team
General Contractor: American Constructors - 4330 South Mopac Expressway, #160, Austin, TX 78735
Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers, Inc. - 1609 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Hendrix Consulting Engineers - 115 East Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
Landscape Architect: Alexander Boedy Associates - 3355 Bee Caves Rd., Austin, TX 78746
Cost Estimator: American Constructors - 4330 South Mopac Expressway, #160, Austin, TX 78735

As the fourth high school in the commu nity of Round Rock (located just north of Austin, Texas), Stony Point is the first high school on the east-side of the district, and was therefore viewed as an important landmark for this fast growing community. The exposed barrel vaulted roof trusses and the glass wall of the main entrance reflects the influence of new high-tech industries located in the area. Glass curtainwalls used in the main entry, the library, and the mall admits an abundance of natural light and offers expansive views to the outdoors.

A sloping site prompted the design of the two separate buildings with different floor elevations. A courtyard is located between the two buildings, and enclosed bridges along each outer edge of the courtyard, connects the two buildings. The courtyard includes a stage pavilion and amphitheater seating for large school events such as pep-rallies. The two-story north building consists of classroom wings to the east and west, and the library and administrative offices in the center. The media center's large windows look out over the courtyard. Recognizing the importance of windows and natural light in effective learning environments, most classrooms and labs are located along exterior walls and have large windows. The south building is organized along a wide circulation mall that begins at the courtyard and extends south to a glass block window looking into one of the gymnasiums. The cafeteria, fine arts wing, career and technology wing, and the athletic department are located off the circulation mall in the south building. The mall serves as an indoor student commons space and supplements the courtyard for student gatherings.

School safety is enhanced by locating satellite administration offices near building entrances and stairwells for improved supervision. Student toilets are typically located across from teacher workrooms to encourage appropriate behavior. Lockers are placed between classroom doors and located on one side of the corridor only to reduce congestion and allow for easy supervision by classroom teachers. Corridor supervision is enhanced by avoiding hidden areas created by recessed door pockets. Each classroom is equipped with an intercom system with a panic button and a telephone. A security system which includes door monitors and motion detectors protects the building after hours.

The school is master planned for future additions. Classrooms can be added to either end of the north building. Additions can also be made to all sides of the south building. Core spaces such as the library, cafeteria, and locker rooms are oversized to accommodate future enrollment increases. The site is master planned for future portable classroom buildings and additional parking.

To accelerate the construction schedule, Construction Management at Risk was selected as the project delivery method. The construction manager started site work and foundation construction while the construction documents were being finished. This fast-track approach added three months to the construction schedule, and allowed the school to be completed on time in July 1999.

Exterior Walls - Entrances & Storefronts, Windows & Curtainwall: EFCO Corporation; Glass & Glazing: AFG; CMU: Featherlite.
Roof - Metal: Berridge; Low Slope: Soprema.
Floors - VCT: Azrock; Carpet: Mohawk; Tile: American Terrazzo Company; Epoxy: General Polymers.
Interior Walls - Acoustical Treatment: Conwed Designscape; Plastic Laminate Wall Systems: Panel Specialist, Inc.
Elevators - Thyssen Dover.

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