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  Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public LibraryDr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library


WKMC Architects, Inc.
909 South Tancahua Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

General Description

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Date Bid: July 2007 Construction Period: Nov 2007 to Jan 2009
Total Square Feet: 11,986 Site: 2.063 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor 11,986; total, 11,986 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’9”; total to highest point of elevated roof, 24’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Jaster-Quintanilla & Associates, Inc. - 1608 W. Sixth Street, #100, Austin, TX 78703
General Contractor: The DLP Group, Inc. - 1891 County Road 26, Corpus Christi, TX 78415
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Stridde, Callins & Associates, Inc. - 342 South Navigation Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Civil Engineer: Bass & Welsh Engineering - P. O. Box 6397, Corpus Christi, TX 78466

The Clotilde P. Garcia Library celebrates light, art and the natural environment. Designed by WKMC Architects, Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas, the Clotilde P. Garcia Library was built in partnership between the City of Corpus Christi and the local school district (Corpus Christi ISD). The joint use facility functions as both a city public branch library and as the learning resource center for the Kaffie Middle School.

The primary design concepts focus on light, art and respect for the environment. These messages are brought into the building design in numerous ways. Natural lighting is carefully integrated throughout the building interior. The design utilizes five different types of glazing materials including translucent panels, glass and glass block. Window and building orientation, varying levels of transparency and sun shading play a key role in providing spaces which allow widespread use of technology and while using high levels of controlled natural light.

Tanner Spears, Vice President of Griesenbeck Architectural Products of Houston utilized a 2 ¾-inch Kalwall Hurricane Hi-Impact (Large Missile Impact) fiberglass translucent panel around the clerestory. The "U" factor on the panels was .29 with 15% light transmission and solar heat gain coefficient of .23. “Working with Margaret Brown at WKMC Architects during the design phase of this project, it was clear that they wanted to create a library to showcase while being mindful of a strict budget. The "U" factor of the Kalwall system is similar to what you would see with low "E" glazing, however its solar heat gain coefficient far exceeds the performance of conventional glazing at a fraction of the cost,” said Spears. “The soft glow effect of the Kalwall into the interior of the building creates a "museum quality" daylight that is ideal for studying, reading etc. In addition, the ability to backlight the Kalwall system gives a nice architectural presence to the building at night as well as an added safety feature,” stated Spears.

This project incorporates the work of several independent artists. A publicly funded art project was created through the use of carved brick panels which depict, “Earth, Air and Sea”. Additionally, the project team collaborated with marine scientists from the local university and the local geological society to integrate learning lessons into the design of the children’s library.

Etched glass interior artwork depicts aquatic life of the Gulf of Mexico.

The 12,000 square foot facility accommodates 70,000 volumes of book stacks. The building floor plan allows separate and simultaneous use of the facility by students and by the public general. The building design incorporates a student classroom/computer lab, a separate student entry and a multi-purpose classroom space.

The careful placement of different spaces allows the maximum flexibility for the building to respond to a variety of user needs. Adult reading and stack areas are located away from student classroom and apart from the children’s library. Generous use of interior glass allows parents to observe their children and library staff to easily observe all facility users.

This library is the fifth public library in the city library system. It is the second branch library which has been constructed as a partnership with the school district.

Product Information
Envelope: Alamo Concrete Products, Acme Brick
Interior: ICI Paints, Zolatone Acoustical: Armstrong
Membrane Roofing: Soprema Metal Roofing: MBCI
Flooring: Shaw Industries, Interface, Mannington, Earthwerks
Lighting: Lithonia, Shaper, Eureka, Precision Architectural Lighting
Window, Curtainwall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope™
Glass Block: Pittsburgh Corning Block
Entrances & Storefronts: Horton Automatics
Daylighting: Kalwall 2 ¾-inch Hurricane Hi-Impact Fiberglass Translucent Panel System.

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