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  The Village High SchoolThe Village High School


Turner Duran Architects, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Sep 2007
Construction Period: Oct 2007 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 42,743 Site: 4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 18,218; second floor, 13,209; third floor, 11,316; total, 42,743 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 10’; second floor, 13’; third floor, 26’; floor to floor, 13’; total, 62’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, cast stone. Roof: Built up, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Pinnacle Structural Engineers - 5516 Chaucer Drive, #B, Houston, TX 77005
General Contractor: Durotech LP - 11931 Wickchester Lane, #205, Houston, TX 77043
Mechanical Engineer: Graves Mechanical - 5910 Schumacher Lane, Houston, TX 77057
Electrical Engineer: LECS, LTD - 11226 Jones Road West, Houston, TX 77065

Meritas, a world wide family of college preparatory high schools, embarked on an ambitious project to master plan and build a new high school campus on a small site in west Houston. By consolidating their various grade levels to a single campus, the project created a renewed sense of academic community and addressed the need for a comprehensive K-12 program.

The main entry sequence encourages visitors to move through a two-story high archway. Brick, stone, pitched roofs and the building forms recall Neo-Classical architecture from around the world, which reinforces the "global learning" concept. Common materials and modulating massing suggests the fine traditions of the school, while setting a standard for the next generation of students.

The building is both sheltering and nurturing, while retaining an open plan to facilitate collaboration and improve communication between departments, students and faculty. The new three-story building is a state-of-the-art facility with an academic program including high-tech classrooms, fully-outfitted science lecture/laboratories and a performing and fine arts component.

An important strategy for meeting the "sustainable" energy use reduction goal was the lighting approach. Daylighting is used throughout the building to provide illumination. This design approach greatly reduced the need for interior cooling to offset the heat generated by even the most efficient electric lighting loads.

A focal point of the building is a rooftop plaza; the heart of the facility serves to inspire and encourage faculty/student interaction and functions as a multi-purpose area for group events.  

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